Previous Trips

Pre-Lockdown Ski Touring - March 2020

Posted by Paul Brooks on 2020-07-13

Mark Ireland, Andrew Hogarth and I were all set for a classic hut to hut ski tour in the Silvretta Alps on the Austria / Switzerland border. Everything was booked and even the weather was looking settled and very promising. Then coronavirus got in the way. Our tour was to start from Ischgl in Austria and guess where the Austrian outbreak was centred? As the trip approached, it became increasing unlikely. The day before we were due to fly, the huts were closed and flights cancelled (with hindsight, this was quite lucky as we may have found it extremely difficult to return home).

Skiing in the Dolomites, Italy

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-04-11

Perhaps we are stuck in our ways but for the third time in 4 years we went ski-ing (and snowshoeing) at Badia, some 30 miles west of Cortina in the Dolomites, Northern Italy. A few miles away, above the village of Arabba stands the highest peak---the Marmalade (3342m) and just up the valley is the famous Sella Ronda, a 50 mile ski circuit ---for very good skiers only!

More skiing last winter

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-05-25

Further to Paul’s section report in the last newsletter, there was also some action around the North Yorks Moors. I got out on langlauf skis from my house in Guisborough on four occasions during December and November. At first I was able to ski from my door along the road but overzealous neighbours digging paths soon put a stop to that. The circuits through the woods and out onto the moors were tough going in deep and soft new snow, but by mid-December the conditions were quite good.

Kvitfjell, Norway - 10th to 17th April 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-05-19

This year's skiing trip to Norway visited a new location - Kvitfjell. We'd received favourable reports from Norwegians and it has easy access from the Oslo - Trondheim railway. Kvitfjell was created for the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. There is a good range of downhill skiing with plenty of wide, easy greens and blues up to the very steep black Olympic downhill run which goes from the top of the mountain down to the railway in the bottom of the valley. The cross country network is very varied and extensive and connects with those from other nearby resorts Gala and Skeikampen. The long distance Peer Gynt Loypa passes through Kvitfjell.

Winter 2010 / 2011 summary

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-25

It's been a funny old winter. It arrived very early with a vengeance. Late November & early December brought the usual havoc that a reasonable dump of snow at low levels brings. Several groups were out enjoying themselves on cross country / touring skis. The Brooks family mixed skiing and sledging at Dalton over several days and Ann Jones and Kay West enjoyed some cross country around Stockton. We attracted a large crowd to a "cross country" taster at Westfields on 4th December, although the snow had softened for the day and made going a bit heavy.