Cumbrian ski lift buried by snow

17th February 2014, by Abi Butcher

The Lake District Ski Club button lift was completely buried by snow on Friday

The Lake District Ski Club button lift was completely buried by snow on Friday

While the south of England recovers from Friday’s high winds and floods, a ski resort in the north of England is celebrating “brilliant” conditions.

The Cumbrian ski slope on Raise, next to Helvellyn in the Lake District received 5m (16ft) of snow on Friday — which required some truly dedicated volunteers to dig out the button lift owned by the Lake District Ski Club.

Eight skiers and snowboarders worked through all of Saturday and Sunday morning to clear snow from the ski lift and hut so they could enjoy the powder.

James Blacow, from the Lake District Ski Club, told the BBC that snow had been falling for the past few weeks but it had “really dumped” over the weekend. He said conditions were now “brilliant” after they had struggled for snow earlier in the winter.

In Scotland, the snow is just as incredible. CairnGorm yesterday posted on its facebook page another picture of a buried lift — see our facebook page for more details.

The Lake District Ski Club’s button lift is 360m long and serves nine pistes on Raise, the longest of which is a nearly one mile. A day ticket for the lift costs £30, but membership of the club is £55 and gives a season pass. Last season, members enjoyed 60 days of skiing last year.

Check out our latest snow report for conditions elsewhere.



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