Altitude: 550-650 Meters

Weardale Ski Club in short

  • Longest pistes in England
  • Off-piste skiing and snowparks
  • Challenging and varied terrain

The Weardale Ski Club (500m-650m) is based at the Swinhope Ski Area, 50km west of Durham in the North Pennines. The ski area boasts some of the longest pistes in England, a few of them stretching up to almost a kilometre when the snow cooperates. The ski club is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by a passionate group of local volunteers, and as such, access to the slopes at weekends and bank holidays is members-only. Check road conditions and opening hours before going; the mountain only opens on days that have both enough snow and enough manpower.

Two permanent rope tows, each about 400m long, bring skiers to a handful of marked pistes. The terrain at Weardale caters to a higher level of skiers and snowboarders than most other ski areas in England, with natural snowparks and plenty of off-piste skiing available. The terrain is relatively challenging and the ski area is one of the best in England. However, while beginners can amuse themselves on the F1 lift, first-timers are perhaps better off learning the ropes at the nearby Silksworth dry slopes, which also offers lessons and ski and snowboard equipment for hire.

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Best ski resort in England in my books. When snow is good the terrain is challenging and varied. Bit of a slog to get to the ski area - bring snow chains or y...

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Weardale Ski Club


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Additional information

Blue slopes1 km Drag lifts2Start of the seasonOctober
Red slopes1 km Chair lifts0End of the seasonApril
Black slopes0 km Gondola lifts0Glacier
Off-piste0 km Train0Min. altitude550 m
Total2 km Capacity1440 Pers./HourMax. altitude650 m

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Off-piste & freestyle in Weardale Ski Club

Snow parks 0Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Weardale Ski Club GBP 5.00 GBP 48.00

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Weardale Ski Club GBP 5.00 GBP 48.00
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