We love a bit of snow here at Sally's Cottages - the fells are covered in a dusting of pristine white, the air is crisp, and the skies are often a brilliant blue! Anyone who has experience of hiking in the snow (and you should also make sure you are prepared before walking, especially in adverse conditions!) knows that the Lake District looks like a fairy tale place covered in white.
But did you know that you can also go skiing in the Lake District?
There are only a few skiing clubs in England and The Lake District Ski Club is one of them! Found on the mountain of Raise, just about the small village of Glenridding on Ullswater, this little-known club is entirely run by volunteers and opens when the conditions are right.
In 1936, a group of skiers chose Raise to open a brand new ski club thanks to its consistently snowy conditions. The facilities have seen numerous upgrades over the years, with a rope tow being replaced with a button lift in 1989 and The Millennium Hut - a members' hut with electricity and heating - replacing the original 50s building. It always pays to be practical on the fells, and the club was practical to the T with a flushing toilet built for its 75th anniversary!
Depending on the weather and the amount of snowfall, there are up to nine ski runs available, the longest of which is nearly a mile long. With up to 60 days of skiing possible during a good season, The Lake District Ski Club provides something a little different to do during your visit to the national park!
Please note that there are no ski hire or tuition facilities and, due to its position near one of England's highest peaks, you must be well-prepared for the environment!
We have a number of cottages that are ideally placed for skiing on Raise. Take a look at our small selection below, or view all of our cottages around Glenridding.
2 Low Glenridding
Ideally situated on a popular route up Helvellyn (which is right next to The Lake District Ski Club's home of Raise), you can't get much closer to the action than at 2 Low Glenridding. Sleeping four guests and up to two dogs, this cosy, stone-built property is the perfect place to start your ski holiday! Prices start at £270 for a short break. Read more.
Sleeping eight and welcoming up to two dogs, Elm How is a converted farm building with original features and awe-inspiring views of Helvellyn and Striding Edge. It is found in Patterdale, close to the ski club. Prices start at £735 for a short break. Read more.
With direct fell access, a quiet location, and fabulous views of the surrounding scenery (including lake views of Ullswater), Eagle Cottage is a wonderful retreat. It also has the benefit of a cosy wood burner to light up after a cold day skiing in the mountains! Prices start at £395 for a short break. Read more.
Browse through more of our cottages near Raise and Glenridding and start planning your perfect Lake District ski holiday!
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