Welcome to Yad Moss, one of northern England’s real-snow ski areas.
Yad Moss is 7 miles south of Alston, high up 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 gets 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 beautiful part of the North Pennines.
Being England, the snowfall is unpredictable and we have to react quickly to favourable conditions. We cannot normally guarantee skiing more than a couple of days in advance. The amount of skiing possible varies significantly every year. In good seasons we can get over 40 days and enjoy some truly superb conditions. Depending on the weather our first runs may 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 or follow shallow gullies where the grass has 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 do however 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 ski runs at Yad Moss are reached by a single fast lift. Our auto stacking Poma tow is 600m in length and climbs 125m in height. It moves up to 600 skiers per hour, maximising skiing time and minimising queues.
Unfortunately, the speed of the tow and the uneven nature of the tow track, make it unsuitable for beginners. Regretfully, our operators reserve the right to decline the sale of lift tickets to novice skiers or boarders who may struggle with the tow. (Please see ‘A few rules’).
Our ‘day-lodge’ near the bottom of the tow provides heating 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 skiing equipment and suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry. 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 depend on day to day conditions. Please see the opening and snow report for our next anticipated day of operation.
To view our ski map CLICK HERE