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Visitor reviews for Pen-y-Fan Ski Resort
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January 10, 2013
Brian Simpson from Ireland
Reading the stories of great but rare days out boarding, skiing and sledding on the Brecon slopes, amazing as it is such a similar story to the Comeragh and Knockmealdown mountains a couple of hundred miles west in South East Ireland where on occasion there has been some fun adventures meeting ski and boarders in the most unlikely places all united by our love of snow. I would love to see this excellent site cover the few slopes we have so that you guys in Wales can read of similar experiences of snow days on your sister ranges to your west.
November 25, 2009
Dave Cooper from United Kingdom
Had some great fun at the point where the road has been renewed (where the Seven Sisters used to be). Some really good snow, done loads of sking and my son was boarding.
On 7th Feb 2009 it snowed on the Sat and then Sun when we went up. Had to leave early Sunday because we thought we were going to get snowed in! Awesome
October 30, 2008
Ben from United Kingdom
Went to Penyfan yesterday (29/10/08) in the hope that there would be some snow on the peaks so that we could get a good few runs in. I called the Storey Arms centre before I left to check, the lady said that there is snow on top but not enough for sledging or skiing. But we decided to go anyway and check it out for ourselves. As we were driving up from Cardiff we caught our first glimse of the peaks which were covered in snow. We stopped at the carpark before you get to Storey Arms, and got our gear on an walked up. The walk up took us about an hour and a half, thats including loads of breaks. When we got to the top we were shocked at the amount of snow. We had a few runs and were over the moon. After about 20 mins the weather closed in and the snow started coming down. After about 2 hours of boarding we headed back down to the carpark, we snowboared about half the way down and went down parallel to the path we came up on. All in all, awesome day!!!!
August 22, 2006
Rob Davies from United Kingdom
Back in 1989 when I was a student at Cardiff and snowboarding was barely known in the Alps, let alone in Wales, I used to head up to the Beacons to have fun dodging the tussocks on my first board, a Burton Elite (swallow-tail, skeg, no edges and warped like a spoon). Happily, I've been all over the world riding since then, but I still maintain that on a rare deep-snow day, there are runs in the Brecon Beacons that are worthwhile, offereing a huge variety of open slopes and a chance for local rookie boarders to make the transition to real snow before heading to the Alps - meanwhile, the rounded summits make for great ski-touring terrain.
Many years ago when winter snow was reliable, (1970's and 1980's) local skiers used to run a drag lift at Storey Arms every year. The lift is long gone and these days you can only expect between 5 and 10 good snow days a year, although the year that access was barred because of foot-and-mouth disease, the hills were mantled with several feet of snow for weeks on end. However, even after light snowfall of just a few inches there are sheep-nibbled grass slopes that allow skiing e.g. alongside Glasfynydd Forest on Moel Feity. Even on rare deep-snow days, windward slopes are swept bare of snow so study a map to make the best of the cover. If the wind blew from the SE, the flanks of northern ridges of Pen-Y-Fan, high above Brecon town, tend to accumulate snow, and because SE winds blow off the continent, you may even score an incredible powder day. They allow up to 600m of challenging vertical with some lightly wooded areas low down. The other common snow-accompanying wind direction is from the NW, in which case, the hummocky run down from 734m Fan Fawr to the A470 is a safe-bet and excellent fun too. Ban Brycheiniog, 20km to the west tends to catch more snow than Pen-Y-Fan but a 6km walk is needed to reach the excellent 250m high escarpment above the Llyn Y Fan lakes. The 200m high slope of Bwlch Giedd on the slopes of Fan Brycheiniog is probably the most snow-sure spot in South Wales, but the real challenge is the huge escarprment. For most of its length it's too steep and rocky to ski, but there is a small rock-free area mid way between the two lakes where it is safe enough to launch off the edge if the snow is deep enough. Further down the mountain, drifts sometimes form along the west walls of deep stream gulleys and some years these boardable sinews of snow get deep enough to survive weeks of warm weather. There is another great run down the steep benched west-facing slopes of Fan Gyhirych above the A4067 though it is unsual for sufficient depth of snow to accumulate on these exposed slopes.
March 03, 2005
Craig from United Kingdom
This place and the surrounding mountains rock!! when it snows you are guarenteed some awesome powder! we had a storm on tuesday and looking at the mountains after the stowm Pen-Y-Fan and co is completely white!! havent been up cos im in school but i'd love 2 get up there!!