Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Summer calendar

Updated our summer programme of events. There's a good mix of roller skiing, walks and other events. See Forthcoming Events page for details.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A season finale...?

Just when you think there's going to be no skiing in the lakes in 2017, you get deep snow, blue skies and no wind. Almost perfect conditions.
Thankfully, those conditions fell on a Saturday (25 March), and five club members (plus one dog) made the 9.15am start from Matterdale car park. Skis were put on a short distance from the car for the climb to Randerside, then Great Dodd. Snow depth was around 20cm - difficult for the hill-walkers but ideal for skiing - albeit the very hot conditions quickly softened the snow.
From Great Dodd it was to Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd, then down to Hart Crag to cross Rush Gill and back to the car. The skiers were: Nick, Christine, Geoff, Marcus and Mike, and the non-skier was Binky the dog.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

There's early season skiing... and there's early season skiing

Alpine conditions were reported on the fells as club members took to their skis in the Lakes and The Pennines during November.

Bright sunshine, virtually no wind, and deep snow provided ideal conditions overall several days - with tours on Great Dun Fell, the Shap fells, Matterdale Common and the Dodds.

Kevin and Christine Cook provided this picture of their tour up Randerside from Matterdale Common, then on towards the col between Great Dodd and Clough Head..

Kevin said: "The descent to the car was thoroughly enjoyable and we both felt to be discovering our ski legs again. We only met one other person on the fells that day, and the views will linger in our memory for a long time."

The winter meets programme has again been organised should there be snow. Details of weekend leaders will be published on the events page and in the comments box.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Waxing lyrically about ski touring

Few Britons have ski-toured to more Norwegian mountain huts than Stephen Johns has, so we're delighted he'll be giving an illustrated talk following the club's AGM at Natland Village Hall, near Kendal, on Friday 28 October.

We can promise insights into the equipment to take, Norwegian weather and navigation, and the contents of a DNT food store (not provided on the night - but there will be cake and refreshments instead).

Entry is free.

   

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Rolling into the summer

Traces of snow have hardly left the Lakeland fells and we're already publishing Snowsport England's calendar of roller ski weekends - helping cross-country skiers hone their skills for next season.

There's three weekends scheduled, which cater for anyone from beginner to advanced:

  • 25-26 June 2016 - Snowsport England roller ski training weekend, Hayes, London
  • 20-21 August 2016 - Snowsport England roller ski training weekend, Hetton Lyons, Co. Durham
  • 1-2 October 2016 - Snowsport England roller ski training weekend, Salt Ayre, Lancaster

Equipment hire can also be arranged for anyone coming to the sport for the first time. Booking details on the Snowsport England calendar of events.

The Snowsport England XC Coaching Panel is also planning the following courses (on two of the dates above) for skiers interested in becoming instructors or advancing their skills:
  • Hayes – Level 1 Roller Ski Instructor course (two days); Level 2 Roller Ski instructor course Part 1 (two days).  Revalidations for Level 1,2,3 (one day, Sunday 26 June)
  • Lancaster - Level 1 Roller Ski Instructor course (two days), Level 2 Roller Ski instructor course Part 2 (two days).  Revalidations for Level 1,2,3 (one day, Sunday 2 October)
For information about the coaching courses, email: xcskiinfo@btinternet.com

Monday, 22 February 2016

Cairngorms ski weekend

A fair few miles were covered on skis as 14 skiers headed north at the weekend for the club's annual Scottish trip.

John Hooson and Martin Metcalfe on the climb to Glas Maol
From the club's base just outside Braemar, there were tours on the surrounding Cairngorm mountains, including Glas Maol, Carn Liath and Morrone.

Biting winds and low cloud limited the scope for longer tours, but descents on snowy northern slopes more than made up for any temporary cold-based discomfort.

Thanks to Brian Smith for organising the weekend.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

First ski tour of the season

Club member John Hooson provides an account of our first local tour of the 2015/16 season. 

Oh, and happy birthday John...

Today, Sunday 13 December 2015, I turned 52, but more importantly I spent the day ski touring on the Howgills with two other members of LXCSC - a marvellous present which money can’t buy.

The tour started from Weasdale on the north side of the Howgill Fells, near Newbiggin-on-Lune. Martin Metcalfe, club leader on the day, was joined by Brian Smith and me, with Cuddy (the dog) tagging along too. Skis were fitted at the car and the route then went due south over Ravenstonedale Common, climbing steadily to the summit of Green Bell – a chance to get ski legs back. 

A short easy descent followed by another climb brought us to Randygill Top. Here we met the only other person seen all day, before turning north and dropping steeply into the saddle of Leathgill Bridge. This 'challenged' all our skiing skills and anyone at Tom Higgs' talk the previous night will know that he’d approve.

A quick standing lunch was eaten at the col with nice views to the northwest. The final climb onto Hooksey was followed by a long and enjoyable descent back to Weasdale.

I think that this is the first time I’ve been able to ski on my birthday – terrific!

John Hooson

There will be club ski tours throughout the winter whenever there's skiable snow in the Lakes or Pennines. If you're interested in joining us, let us know or keep an eye on the message board.