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The Northern Powderhouse: Allenheads, Raise, Weardale and Yad Moss. 2019/20

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Yad moss opening again tomorrow and Wednesday Cool Cool
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Weardale hoping to open tomorrow (with non-members welcome as it's a weekday) Very Happy
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Raise open tomorrow as well I believe.
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^^^^ so almost a full house of lift operations in the north (Allenheads excepted)....before the snow is obliterated in the warm temperatures and rain over the next few days.... Sad
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Can't complain so far, though. Day 2 of useable local skiing - and before Xmas Very Happy OK, so visability was poor today: but I've known worse overseas.
There might even be day 3 tomorrow.
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http://web108.extendcp.co.uk/yadmoss.co.uk/opening-times/
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And, indeed, there was Day 3 Very Happy snowHead Very Happy
The boarders seemed to be having great fun on the crusty white slippy bits covering the grassy tussocks, and the rest of us 2 plank mortals were thoroughly enjoying the pisted parts, nicely compacted, running quite fast enough and holding up very well.
Thanks to all who've given us 3 days of thigh strengthening, knee challenging exercise & fun even before Xmas.
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After seeing what looked like fair cover on the Raisecam, Mrs MA and I hiked up there yesterday – 1hr 45 mins from the Thirlmere side to the point where we got our touring skis on at Sticks Pass. From there, it was skinning all the way (with a couple of short, grassy breaks to begin with) to a point just above the top of the ski tow. By the time we started our first run down it was snowing heavily, with very wet snow falling.

Cover was pretty decent on the main run, with a couple of narrow sections. There was also a nice, wide run down on lovely snow, back towards the pass. The lift could have been open with either a fair bit of shovelling at the bottom (and more shovelling at another small break higher up), or by loading from above the bottom. There was lovely soft snow from the top, which became heavier and a bit sticky near the bottom of the run. The visibility came and went, the snow turned to rain and we ended up pretty soaked through (sopping cheap gloves – urrggghhhh!!) for the 75 minute hike down, which we finished in the dark, with head torches.

Still, it’s always good to get some turns in on home snow and we enjoyed the trip out. Lovely coffee and cake at the Lodge in the Vale hotel to warm us up and round off a good - but somewhat challenging - day (6hr round trip for about 400m vertical of skiing) Very Happy









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Great effort, MA! Very Happy

A good report and pics as well. Thanks.
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Snowing at Yad Moss today. Unfortunately very strong mild saturated air on Saturday.
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Pennines weather outlook is suggesting cold weather and snow possible from next Sunday night...

So it's everything crossed as the snow dances continue.... wink
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@mountainaddict, And only very, very mildly blustery rolling eyes before it no doubt all bugs orf again.
Still, keep on dancing...
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Weardale being inspected in the morning with a view to opening Smile ....while Mrs MA & I will be at work.... rolling eyes


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Doesn't look like there's anything useable on Yad yet, but a good fall expected Thursday early hours onwards.
Roads could be issues, Yad and Weardale? (And Allenheads?)
Friday too windy?
Peter S..?
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Raise was operational today. Probably just about enough snow at Yad Moss today but very strong winds the next 3 days.
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Weardale was open all day today, but road access dodgy. I guess that vis wasn't great either. Hopes to open tomorrow morning until rain comes in.
Allenheads ditto, had 15cm at start, though melting off quick, I guess.
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Raise was open today. Looks predominantly below freezing and more snow all week except a mild blip tomorrow afternoon. Raise could have a lot of snow by next weekend. Direction is not good for Yad Moss. Need a bit more southerly in the wind.
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Raise open today - cover looked decent on the webcam - but we opted for a spot of afternoon skinning at Weardale:

- Cover was very marginal - road was clear and first time we have been there with no snow at all at the car park. The view back down towards Daddry Shield was very green.
- The snow line was just above the bottom of the F1 Tow. We hiked for about 5 mins from the parking then skinned (on about 1 inch of snow initially) on the traverse to the day lodge.
- Although the weather was clear, with sunny spells, the wind was horrendous. The forecast said 30mph at the top but the Weardale website this afternoon showed the max speed as 45mph...Difficult going - especially as our skins continuously balled up, with about 6" of snow under foot at times...
- Climbed to part way up F2 Tow - but as the wind was ridiculous at that point we stuck with skiing the bottom runs.
- Sticky snow and tricky in parts but some nice turns.
- As ever, good to be out on the snow - despite the wind Very Happy













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Weardale open today.... Very Happy
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mountainaddict wrote:
So...seemingly every ski area in the world except Weardale has a reciprocal arrangement with Raise...?? rolling eyes

Come on Weardale...sort it out. Laughing


They have. It's been a tenner midweek for two seasons now.
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^^^^^Hoorah! Ta for that Sweeney Todd. Hadn't seen that on either Raise or Weardale websites...

A great saving vs the usual £30 for a day. Will try & take advantage at some point.
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Well, Raise will be running tomorrow - and it's looking pretty good... Madeye-Smiley
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Yad Moss is go tomorrow Thursday but expect ‘Pennine’ conditions Laughing
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https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/incredible-skiing-conditions-lake-district-17820805

Report from Raise in the Manchester Evening News
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@Peter S, Might pop along later today, looks like it could clear up to be a sunny day
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Good work by the Yad moss team to get open today. Plenty of fun to be had and finally got to use my season ticket!
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Great couple of hours at Yad today, thanks to all the team of volunteers who keep it running
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@Brian Sun, @srobbo, pleased about that snowHead we had a couple of inches overnight which probably helped despite the wind direction. At least it was sunny. After about 2:30 the snow froze and the last hour was really quite good.

We’re heading up tomorrow but the forecast isn’t great heavy snow, strong southerly wind which should improve conditions quickly but then turning to rain around 3pm. We’ll see Puzzled

Weardale also open today.
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Strong southerly wind today and heavy snow which instantly improved the skiing and softened the rather frozen surface. With the wind blowing slightly down the hill this made all the difference. Only 5 or 6 skiers today so no queues Laughing

Packed in at 2pm when the snow suddenly turned to rain as forecast. We are unlikely to run this weekend unfortunately. Crying or Very sad
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After tonight’s blip the trend in the Pennines is cool out into Fantasy Island.
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Report from Raise in the Manchester Evening News
Good report despite:
- the reference to Raise being a ski 'resort' and
- no mention of the ascent of up to 2 hours (for non-members at least as they need to park further away) to reach the ski lift.

Mancunian snowsports enthusiasts may be in for a shock... Laughing
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Weardale ran F1 today. Too windy for F2.

Yad Moss hopefully being inspected and pisted later today for possible operation later this week.

Raise loaded Cool
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Great report from Raise today. Both the President’s and Savages gulley are well filled. More snow fell during the day. Raise hope to run again on Wednesday.

More showers expected at Yad Moss tonight and tomorrow which may make a small difference in advance of running again on Wednesday. Day tickets will be available. snowHead
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Windy day at Weardale on Sunday but good cover on the main runs off F1. F2 Tow was off due to the wind, which was loading the upper part of the fell. Todays reports 30 lines being skiable; that's most of what's on offer. Some lines will still be a bit esoteric rather than full cover in some sections to get back to F1. If you're Pennine curious it's worth a look.
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Raise and Yad Moss both operational tomorrow Wednesday from 10:30. Day tickets will be available at Yad Moss. Just the main run skiable. Much more snow up at Raise but a lot longer walk in Cool
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Weardale. Looking at the snow reports for today - skiing not quite matching Monday for snow quality but still attracted 100 or so people and a Ski Sunday film crew. I was beginning to think the prospect of the latter was jinxing this and last season!

One of the usual tow road issues has cropped up - it's been a while but... IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCESS THE SKI TOWS FROM NEWBIGGIN ON THE TEESDALE SIDE. The plough only usually goes as far as the last farm which is a couple of miles from the summit and the descent into weardale is steep / icey. Makes a good summer bike ride though - check out the Chapel Challenge route on strava and the like. I was over the St John's to Langdon Beck road on Sunday and this was clear / snow mostly being blown off that side of the hill.

More unusually there's also reminder of the advice around the government's self isolation for returners from virus hot spots such as Northern Italy.
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Skiied ourselves silly at Yad Moss today. Just the main run complete really but it’s been superbly pisted. All our snow must have ended up at Weardale!
Powder gulley is skiable but there is a grassy traverse at the top. Only 20 skiers today so ride on all day, which is why I am knackered!
Doing it all again tomorrow Cool unfortunately the forecast is not great for the weekend Sad
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Some nifty tele turns you were putting in there PeterS.
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