Skiing in the North Penninnes is becoming more and more popular and Alston Moor makes an ideal base for skiers and snowboarders with Yadmoss, Allenheads & Weardale ski slopes all within 15-30 minutes drive. As the clubs are run by volunteers, please check their websites for information on opening times and membership before making a journey.

Yad Moss ski clubYadmoss

High up on the fells lies the Yad Moss ski tow, situated approx 7 miles from Alston on the B6277. When conditions are good it offers fantastic skiing and serves wide-open mellow pistes that are often groomed to perfection, using its piste-bashers to maximum effect. Yad Moss takes pride in offering the longest single button lift in England (650m). The experience of making turns down a flawless corduroy run on a Pennine mountain can be somewhat surreal, to say the least. Yad Moss is comparatively easily accessible, being just off the B6277, although this makes it popular, so it is advisable to get there early. After heavy snows it is common to have to dig your own parking space, so bring a shovel with you just in case!

A day ticket for Yad Moss will usually set you back £20, but be warned, when it's busy, ticket sales can be limited, and some days the club may be open for members only, so it is worth checking the website before setting off.
T:  01228 561634,  W:  www.yadmoss.co.uk


Allenheads ski club courtesy of Mike HorrocksAllenheads

On the edge of the old lead mining village lies the small but friendly Ski-Allenheads club, about 11 miles from Alston. The club sets up two semi-permanent tows for the winter, offering runs of approximately 120m in a sheltered field that holds the snow well. The facilities at Allenheads offer a friendly atmosphere and welcome all abilities of skier and snowboarder. They are especially good for families and provide an excellent opportunity to get the kids started on the snow. The centre is easily accessible, even when other roads are blocked, and the ski area is often quiet. After a hard day's skiing, the fantastic Allenheads Inn is only 200m down the road for some well-earned après, Pennine style!

Membership costs £35 a season for adults, £20 for juniors and £70 for families.
T:  01661 860689,  W: www.ski-allenheads.co.uk


Weardale ski club courtesy of Kay MyerscoughWeardale

Weardale Ski Club sits on the east side of the Pennines, about 17 miles from Alston. If conditions are good, runs of just under 1km are possible and the high basin becomes one big playground. The longer lift offers a variety of easier descents, while the shorter and steeper lift takes adventurous skiers and boarders to the fell top, from where it is a case of picking a route to the bottom. The club is normally open Wednesdays and Weekends from November to April whenever snow cover is sufficient, but will open other days if conditions are suitable and tow operators available. The road up can be hazardous, and parking at the top limited, so those who don't have snow chains or a 4x4 are best parking in the lay-by at the bottom and hitching a lift up.

Day tickets cost £20, but they are not usually available at weekends when it is only open to members.
Tel:  01388 527527, W: www.skiweardale.com