Obviously it will vary but how many days skiing do people get out of the lake district ski tow most years.
I joined a few years ago, got two days in because I work a 9-5 and conditikns didnt line up with free weekends
Haven't bothered to renew membership since, mixture of conditions being pants and other factors.
Its vastly better than an indoor ski slope.
Its not a resort. Its very subject to weather and quite a walk in. You need your own gear.
It seems a bit of a shame that it gets a lot of attention from the press every time they manage to run, then from people treating it if its as a commercial operation, suggesting groomers, expansion etc. Its a club, and restricted by being in the NP. So the question to ask yourself really is "do I want to join a club of people enthusiastic about putting a lot of work in to ski some often dubious (but sometimes epic) conditions". And clubs work best when youre willing to put back in, eg committee member or work meets.
In subsequent years I've just toured instead. Also bought kites, but not managed to combine them with snow yet. Maybe this weekend if it lingers!
On the other hand...
Membership is totally worth it for the days that the epic conditions do line up for a weekend, suddenly every man and his dog want to join in, but they're running members only.
"But you could get more money if you have guest skiing" they cry in desperation on the fb group. I quite enjoy watching their lamentations fall of deaf ears.
And it really can be really good, I just remembered I went as a guest for a midweek day the season before last with fresh snow and bluebird skies.
Membership also breaks even on day guest prices after 2days/season, which in non covid years isn't too hard.
They do limit the number of members though, and the decision point is usually in the summer if you want to guarantee a spot and get earlybird price.
If you have the kind of job that can be flexible with short notice days off, or are reasonably local, dont mind a gamble and are very keen its probably worth looking to join this summer.
Dunno. But it's been open this week which I think is marvellous
You had me, I was going to join but then you said "bluebird".
I spent a year in a North American ski resort, if that is any excuse for the Americanism. It seems its more widely used and accepted in skiing circles too, almost a shorthand technical term. Perhaps because weather is important, much like climbers have words like chossy for describing certain qualities of rock. That day really was a bluebird. Cloudless skies, crisp but not bitter temperatures.
I also like the cheeriness of the term. Larking about in the snow, with views over Ullswater, while the rest of the world is in work, in the place where the more common meteorological condition is more "damp grey blanket".
But each to their own. The dislike wasn't from me.
> The thing about touring in the lakes is that a cracking day out on skis will often not involve that much actual downhill skiing .
My only ski day this year was a long slog up to Great Rigg, to boot on, skin up to Fairfield, for one run back down the ribbon of snow on the path before walking back out. Helvellyn massif was better enrobed but that would have meant a drive and that didn't sit well with my interpretation the restrictions. 3 ish hour outing for about 5 mins descent. My girlfriend didn't see the point but I was like a pig in muck.
> I m happy to contribute £50 a year to keep the club well funded as I like the fact that it exists .
My dad takes that approach and has been a member for a good few years now. I was going to do it last year, but forgot during the early call then was pipped by all the people flocking in when their alpine trips were cancelled and the snow fell here. This thread has been a good reminder to get back on it now that I'm more local.
> Edit : I forgot to add : bluebird
Thats now two bluebirds, one earlybird and a lark. Owl bet that ruffles some feathers
It pokes further at the sore that won't heal created by "send".
I had a sparrowhawk in the garden recently. Now that is a good day.
I'll give you that one. Send began as reasonably tolerable when used as encouragement to lob yourself off something scary into a lot of airtime, but when then overused for any minor unimpressive feat, "nice send" etc now makes me wince. Forgivable only when recalling a chairlift story of the guy that "sent himself" into a windlip during a failed step-up. Makes me snigger every time I think about it.
But I can't see how you can be mad at the bluebird. The one in my minds eye is such a chubby, jolly little fella that he could get away with murder.
it was a very bad day for us - a friend of 5 years standing, a regular in the house reduced to downy feathers blowing on the ground, gone like tears in the rain
the ski club carpark was packed yesterday - Striding Edge was like a day in February or March
My mate : “ good day ? “
me “ yep , you know ! “
posh mum looking down her nose “ oh ..have you been hiking ? “
Me ( guessing what was to come ) “ no . I’ve been skiing “
posh mum ( disbelieving ) “ what ? “
Me : “ yes . It was amazing “
posh mum ( now really puzzled ) “ what ? “
me “ I’ve been to raise . The Lake District ski club “
posh Mum “ what ? “
Me “ you know . The Lake District ski club “
posh mum now becomes really flustered and start to look around the playground for husband . Sees him deep in conversation . Shouts and almost runs over to him “ Charles . Charles . There s a ski club . In the LAKE DISTRICT !!!! “