Welcome to Yad Moss, one of northern England’s real-snow ski areas.
Yad Moss is 7 miles south of Alston, high on the Cumbrian border with County Durham. In good conditions we enjoy over 6kms of varied intermediate skiing and plenty of ‘characterful’ off-piste.
We are all volunteers. Every penny we take is ploughed back in to improve the facilities. Over the last 40 years we have worked to provide accessible lift served skiing and boarding in this part of the beautiful North Pennines.
Being England, the snowfall 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 snowsports more than a couple of days ahead. In good years we can have 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 rough moorland terrain means 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 rushes have been cut shorter. Snowsports are often only possible at Yad Moss because the grassy surface and almost complete absence of rocks, permit skiing on very thin cover. We nevertheless have a modern piste grooming machine to make the most of the snow that does fall (See our gallery and the facebook page).
All the skiing at Yad Moss is accessible from a single fast lift. Our auto-stacking Poma tow is 600m long and climbs 125m in height. It moves up to 600 skiers 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 without experience of using fast drag lifts. 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’).
Our ‘daylodge’ near the bottom of the tow provides warmth and shelter from the wind. You will need to bring your own food and drinks. The daylodge is also where you will find our composting toilets.
Please be aware that there is no ski or board hire facility on the hill. You will need to bring your own snowsports equipment and suitable clothing to keep you dry and warm. The sun doesn’t always shine at Yad Moss !
On ski days we will aim to run the tow between 10:30am and 3:30pm. Precise opening and closing times will be a decision for the operators. Please see the opening and snow report for our next anticipated day of operation.
To view our ski map CLICK HERE