Welcome to Yad Moss, one of northern England’s real-snow ski and snowboarding areas
Yad Moss is 7 miles south of Alston, high on the Cumbrian border with County Durham. When conditions are good we enjoy over 4kms of varied intermediate skiing and plenty of ‘characterful off-piste’.
We are a community amateur sports club run by unpaid but enthusiastic volunteers! Every penny we take is ploughed back in to improve the facilities. Over the last 40 years we have been able to provide accessible lift served snowsports in this beautiful part of the North Pennines.
Being England, the snow at Yad Moss is unpredictable and the amount of skiing we get varies every year. We have to react quickly to favourable weather and cannot normally guarantee skiable snow more than a couple of days in advance. In good seasons we can get over 40 days skiing and enjoy some truly superb conditions. Depending on the snow pattern our first runs can be as early as November and our last, as late as mid April.
The erratic snowfall and rough moorland terrain mean that it is not possible to mark our runs in the same way as ‘alpine pistes’. Instead we ski on drifted snow between fences and follow shallow gullies where the grass has been cut shorter. Snowsports are often only possible at Yad Moss because the soft surface and almost complete absence of rocks, permit skiing on very thin snow cover. We nevertheless have a modern piste grooming machine to make the most of the snow that does fall (Please see our gallery and facebook page).
All the skiing at Yad Moss is accessible from a single fast ski tow, reached by a 10 minute uphill walk from the car park. Our auto-stacking Poma is 600m long and climbs 125m in height. It moves up to 600 skiers and boarders per hour and serves runs of up to 800m in length.
Unfortunately, the speed of the tow and the uneven nature of the tow track, make it unsuitable for beginners or those without experience of using a fast drag lift. Regretfully, our operators reserve the right to decline the sale of lift tickets to novice skiers and boarders, if they think they may struggle with the tow. (Please see ‘A few rules’.)
Please be aware that we have no ski or snowboard hire and we do not provide lessons. You will need to bring your own snowsports equipment and suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry. The sun does not always shine at Yad Moss !
Our ‘daylodge’ near the bottom of the tow provides heating and shelter from the wind. You will need to bring your own food and drinks and take your litter home with you. The daylodge is also where you will find our composting toilets.
On ski days we will aim to run the tow between 10:30am and 3:30pm. Precise opening and closing times will however be a decision for the operators. Please see the opening and snow report for our next anticipated ski day.
Yad Moss Ski Club Ltd