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The Northern Powderhouse: Allenheads, Raise, Weardale and Yad Moss. 2020 - 2021

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Yes Snowsports England have confirmed that outdoor snow sports facilities can open subject to setting out their Covid procedures.Watching the weather forecast for the weekend ......will it...won’t it
And in the words of Ray Winston: "Do yer? Don't yer?" Woo hoo Peter S - you're confirming we do! Great news amidst such dark times Very Happy

Time to dust off the kit...heat up the waxing iron....and spend all my time doing snow dances over the next few days !! Laughing
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Forthcoming Pennines/Raise snow amounts now significantly downgraded on Snow-Forecast.com Sad Now down to only 4 or 5cm from 16cm yesterday.

Hopefully time for it to change again. The snow dance continues Smile.....
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@mountainaddict, best bet is not to look at the snow-forecast.com, nobody can predict quantities. The local Yorkshire forecast was saying amounts in heavy showers could be vary hugely!
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I'm still holding out for my original 2 meter forecast!
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Pomas going on today and webcam now fixed. Even if we do get enough it will certainly be thin, nearer 2cm than 2M Laughing
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@Peter S, fingers crossed!!
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Worth a walk up anyway. Fingers crossed indeed.
Mind you, I remember a certain 3 continuous days last pre Xmas, all giddy we were: and look where that then got us Sad
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16th December last year, then. Will we beat that? (Admin, we need a prayer & snow dance emoji!)
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Indeed - though, emoji or not, Yad Moss now back up to 16cm forecast Very Happy (Though freezing level could do with dropping a bit - good for access though...)
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I've been looking at all the northern England Pennines ski websites....

This is mainly in eager anticipation of some snow Very Happy but I'm also trying to work out how to use my Weardale membership on a reciprocal basis at the other areas.

I have previously used my membership to buy a day pass at reduced rate at Yad Moss on a weekend; and understand that I could do the same at Raise, but on weekdays only.

However, I can't find any details of Allenheads arrangements. Can anybody advise? Particularly as they appear to offer skiing only for members who have paid the annual fee - no mention of day tickets...

They do mention reciprocal arrangements for their members at Weardale and Yad Moss though - so there must be something in place for members of those clubs to ski at Allenheads?
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Things are or may be a bit different this year so far as reciprocals are concerned; for instance, Weardale are not allowing Yad members at weekends, I think, in anticipation of large attendance numbers.
In previous years I have gone to Allenheads several times weekday and weekends, and paid a reduced day rate (not that I've ever seen them busy as such) on my Yad membership.
Allenheads full membership wouldn't exactly break the bank though. And you can usually join on the day (though again this year it might need going online).

Have you ever actually been to Allenheads, BTW? It's a shallow field with 1 or 2 short rope tows. Great when the others are closed, and for beginners or kids or those wanting to practice little jumps or tricks, but don't expect too much.
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Have you ever actually been to Allenheads, BTW? It's a shallow field with 1 or 2 short rope tows.
I've seen photos and a You Tube video so know that it doesn't rival The 3 Vallees (or Weardale wink) - but would love to go to add it to my list of lift-served English snow skiing.

That would complete the North Pennines and Lake District - leaving Another World near Halifax still to do....
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@mountainaddict, I’ve never skied here either. Is it meant to be good?
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By the standards of the Team Brecon Beacons that looks entirely sufficient.
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Nearly 2 meters

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By the standards of the Team Brecon Beacons that looks entirely sufficient.


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There's visible white over a lot of the Pennine tops this morning, so fingers crossed there'll be quite a bit more. snowHead Not exactly bluebird forecast afterwards tho' Confused
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Seems North Yorkshire got the bulk of the snow.

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1C and wet sleet on Bodmin Moor right now.
That's probably as close to snow I'll get this year.
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Snowing in Cumbria now

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Around 3cm in Colchester (entirely accept this is off topic). Winter tyres went on yesterday just in time for travel to the Northern powderhouse, well W Yorkshire anyway, tonight. snowHead

My car looks exactly the same as the one above.
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Yad Moss is looking good this morning

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Howhill webcam showing reasonable snow - crucially it looks like the temperature at Yad is going to be around 0 deg C. Annoyingly the weather radar has rain snow mix falling at the moment.

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Lots of snow high up in the Peaks! Let's hope there is more to come overnight!

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http://web108.extendcp.co.uk/yadmoss.co.uk/opening-times/

Tow opening tomorrow Cool
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From Yad website: Day tickets will be available although regrettably this year there will be no discount for Weardale or Raise season ticket holders. Must be to keep out the Tier 3 Weardale riff raff... Laughing

But really, why's that then? Just to discourage people amidst the pandemic Puzzled
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Decision by WDSC and LDSC because of potential capacity issues I think.
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Went up to Weardale today for a spot of ski touring - lots of snow and chains required for the access road.

Visibility was very poor - thick fog & light snow on our ascent to the top. Nevertheless, it was just fantastic to be back out in the snow Very Happy Cover was fairly extensive with drifts of one or two feet in places - breaking trail made for a good workout.

As is usually the case in the Pennines, the wind was very strong at the top - so the usual flapping of the skins as we removed them from the skis...

The snow then turned to rain just as we set off down, meaning turns were hard work in the sticky, wet snow.

Amazingly, one of the Weardale operators then turned up on a skidoo, to do a bit of maintenance....and switched on the F1 tow just for us! What a fantastic bonus - our own private ski run Laughing

The snow got even heavier, slower and stickier in the rain but we still had a great time - in the words of a 70s singer who shall remain nameless: "Good to be back!" - even if we did get a soaking in the end...

We're keeping an eye on the forecast - but it's looking like tomorrow at Yad Moss will be very hard going based on Weardale today. By the time we left, snow lower down was disappearing and the ground was very soggy. The road was almost clear too. Tomorrow will be a day for diehards, I would suggest....

I was going to post some pics - but have just seen that Snowmediazone won't allow it any more as it's closing... Confused

Can anyone advise how I can post pics directly onto here? (I really am rubbish with stuff like this....)
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@mountainaddict, use imgur.com to upload the picture, then click the three dots, get share links and copy the BBCode (Forums) one
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Temperature now dropping. Should start to freeze up again soon.
https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/WeatherStations/A686Hartside.asp
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After downloading the app, it just seems to bring up a load of zany/viral videos? Can't see anywhere to upload photos.... Puzzled
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@mountainaddict, plus button top right , or use the website
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What's up with the Yad Website page, Peter? Webcams seem to have stopped showing anything (or looks like a coloured night shot), no up to date report of if you are open (just still says hope to open tomorrow on Friday's report) - and Facebook page not saying anything either.
Hope that you had fun if you were open. I didn't know whether it was worth the panic to get gear out, given possible very marginal conditions (but could only judge by the Weardale webcams and e-mailed reports).
Hope to see you next time.

EDIT - Yad cams now working and today's report up. Looks like useable Pennine conditions, and hopefully they'll run tomorrow too. Looks better than Weardale, maybe? Just seen the pics on their FB site: keen and hopeful attendees but more grass than snow, it seems. Still, good efforts for 5th December Very Happy
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Weardale Report - 5.12.20:

Two words: Extremely challenging rolling eyes

A lot of snow had been lost since our visit yesterday and the access road was clear. However, en-route, cars in Wolsingham and Daddry Shield were covered in thick frost, meaning yesterday's wet snow had frozen overnight - into breakable crust at best; unskiable/dangerous ruts at worst... Confused .

It was survival skiing at its finest - the safest course of action was to turn on the grass where the snow was thinnest! Shocked .

There was no let up in the icy conditions - but it was a sunny day, the views were great and it was nice to be out.
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Good day today though the frozen snow was a bit tough first thing. Rather worn and rough by the end of the day on the main run but tomorrow we’ll probably ski powder gulley and ‘ Yad the Impaler’ instead. Bit of new snow forecast overnight but fog tomorrow unfortunately Sad
Power problem with the webcam I think. About a 100 folk up today.

http://web108.extendcp.co.uk/yadmoss.co.uk/opening-times/
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@mountainaddict, pics!!!!
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Chair (?) of Weardale quoted as saying that UK skiing is a "grassroots sport".
Indeed Toofy Grin
Brave folks out today. My knees salute you.
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Weardale Report - 5.12.20:

Two words: Extremely challenging rolling eyes


My favourite description of conditions comes from a report on Raise - Tufted Brûlée

Two runs skied into condition after an hour or so. Main run was getting scrubbed at the top. Nice to be out but breakable crust on the first run of the season was definitely type two fun fortunately it morphed into type one later in the day.
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Bit worn at Yad Moss but three runs skiable and the snow was easier today. Just 30 or so aficionados so quite laid back and mellow for the Committee Cool

Two days in the Pennines is equivalent to a third of a ski holiday Laughing
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