Welcome to Yad Moss, one of Northern England’s real-snow ski and snowboard areas
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Yad Moss is in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 11 kilometres south of Alston. When conditions are good we enjoy over 4kms of varied intermediate skiing and plenty of ‘characterful’ off-piste.
A SNOWSPORTS CLUB
We are a Community Amateur Sports Club run by volunteers. Every penny we take is ploughed back in to improve the facilities for recreational skiing. Over the last 40 years we have been able to provide accessible lift served snowsports in this beautiful part of the 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 SKI RUNS
The erratic snowfall and rough moorland terrain make our ski runs rather different to ‘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 All our ski runs are graded blue including some short steeper pitches. The skiing remains challenging however because of the uneven surface and frequently thin snow.
THE SKIING AREA AND SKI TOW
The skiing area at Yad Moss is located between the ticket office at 600m above sea level and the top pylon at 720m. It is served by a single fast ski tow which is reached after a 10 minute uphill walk from the roadside car parking.
Our auto-stacking Poma is 600m long and climbs 125m in height. It moves up to 600 skiers and snowboarders per hour and provides access to runs of up to 800m in length. Please see our piste map
Unfortunately, the speed of the ski 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 !
Located near the bottom of the tow our club room is on the first floor above the piste basher garage and is available to all season and day ticket members when the slope is open. It provides shelter, heating and access to our composting toilets. You will need to bring your own drinks and a packed lunch. We ask that you please take your litter home with you.
On ski days we 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 Snow report for our next anticipated ski day.