Weardale Ski Club
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Visitor reviews for Weardale Ski Club Ski Resort
January 14, 2016
Steve lumb from United Kingdom
Fresh snow on Wednesday and Thursday means we can open tomorrow (Friday) but snow cover is thin so may be an early finish to skiing.
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Weardale Ski Club Ratings
Overall: 2.5. Based on 4 votes and 7 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Weardale Ski Club.
Public Transport: 2.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Weardale Ski Club, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Weardale Ski Club, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Weardale Ski Club.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Weardale Ski Club, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Weardale Ski Club is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Weardale Ski Club relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Weardale Ski Club, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Weardale Ski Club are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Weardale Ski Club is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Weardale Ski Club, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.5
(1) Weardale Ski Club usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Weardale Ski Club are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Weardale Ski Club are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 1.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 1.2
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Weardale Ski Club has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Weardale Ski Club, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Weardale Ski Club, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Weardale Ski Club, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Weardale Ski Club has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 1.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.2
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 2.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 5.0
(1) Overall, Weardale Ski Club is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 5.0
(1) Overall, Weardale Ski Club is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 02, 2011
steve lumb from United Kingdom
First patches of snow arriving 2nd December. Lets hope this season is as good as the last 2. New this season is the "M1" piste which was created last year and also the portable tow lift that will be used in addition to the 2 permanent Poma tows when conditions allow. This portable tow opens up the bowl to more exploration with less walking!
Please note that membership is full but we do take day members (£20 for an adult) on weekdays - please print off a day membership form from the website. Please also note that we do not allow day members at weekends - these are reserved for members only.
The road to the slopes can be tricky if there is much snow or ice - sometimes chains are essential so check the answerphone (01388 527527) before traveling which will give details of road conditions but remember these can change quickly. Alawys pack a shovel and park diagonally close to the fence. More info on the website including webcam.
January 03, 2010
Godders from United Kingdom
Went up to Swinhope recently and was surprised at the area. There was a fair bit of snow up there, but some long grasses were poking through the upper runs. The lower runs were similar to those at Yad Moss, whilst the runs of the top lift were steeper and more naturally undulating. With good snow there is huge potential for exploring and hiking, with gulleys and steeps off to both sides of the top lift (if you are prepared to walk a bit). The road definitely needs snow chains or a 4wd (we learned the hard way, but were early enough not to cause anyone any delay).
There is plenty of variety, with lots of natural kicker building spots and drop-offs. When we visited we found there were a number of kickers already built of a variety of sizes. These in no way constitute a professionally built park, but are just jumps groups of people have built when they visited.
The lifts are very good, fast-ish and when we were there even a long looking queue seemed to be cleared in less than 10 minutes. One problem was the number of beginner snowboarders who could not manage the bottom pomma lift, and even proficient snowboarders seemed to struggle on the top lift.
In conclusion, needs a bit more snow than Yad Moss does to be decent, and is a bit more of a treck, but when the snow is good it is by far the best place to ski (maybe not snowboard if you don't get on with pommas) in England.
February 09, 2009
Ian M from United Kingdom
Went to Swinhope yesterday for the first time 'outdoor snow skiing' in the UK in more than 10 years. First, let me say that it's difficult to find as the road leading up to the lifts from the 689 is little more than a single track road right after a petrol station. Also the road up to the lifts needs you to be in either a 4x4 or equiped with snow chains. Having neither I opted to walk and I can tell you it's one heck of a trek with ski boots and skis to carry too. Next time I will definitely have chains available.
Up in the bowl at Swinhope you have a wide area of terrain that can be accessed off the two old Poma lifts and you would be well advised to keep the lift in sight if you don't want to end up doing yet more walking. No runs seem to be marked and so it's pretty much up to you to decide what to ski. I found the odd sheet of wind blown ice and plenty of nice virgin powder snow to play in, I only wish I wasn't so knackered from the walk up.
January 23, 2009
LizG from United Kingdom
Skied Swinhope for the first time yesterday (23.1.09). Approach to the piste is on foot for about half a mile, which is a warm-up prior to skiing. I found the people there very friendly and approachable. Skiing was varied, challenging in places but wide pistes make it an enjoyable day out. I will definitely be going again.
June 01, 2008
steve lumb from United Kingdom
Great little ski club if the weather is kind.
Note that there is no ski hire so you will need your own.
Also note the new answerphone for snow conditions and opening - 01388 527527
February 02, 2008
onemanmows from United Kingdom
The most extensive ski area in the North Pennines with a wide range of runs, from broad open pistes by the tows to narrow gully runs. Unfortunately, the number of days skiing has fallen dramatically since we broke the climate. Broad, grassy slopes mean skiing can be available with modest snow falls. Heavy falls of snow really open the area up, runs of up to a kilometre are possible with a little hiking! The club has possibly the worlds smallest piste basher but uses it to good effect.
Facilities are basic but serve their purpose - no 'on the hill' cafe but a large club house with toilets, bag store and south-facing sun terrace. Uplift is by two button lifts, the lower one serves wide blues and greens, the upper one gives access to reds, blues and an extremely short black. To call the latter a run may be stretching a point.
One thing worth noting is the access road - you will need snow chains or a 4wd!