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Harwood // Sunday 5th February 2012
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Wee Ski Hut

These boots are doomed

Thaw setting in

Rope toe between fencing in centre of photo. Main slope to the left.

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:: Snow Cover
Limited Terrain Complete/Open.
:: Surface Conditions (out of 5)
:: Weather Conditions
WARM- Shame really as it was eating the recent snow falls. Some very nice sunny spells and no wind. Photo's should indicate how good the visibility was.
:: Snow Conditions & Info
As the rain came down in the T Valley yesterday and the boy Mclean glided through the snow in the Potteries. I had high hopes for today in any of the Alpine playgrounds of Northern England. As it turned out my expectations were not quite matched by reality but hey This is England (RIP Joe).
Not sure of where we were going today, even after covering a few miles. Decided to give the lovely family friendly Allenheads a miss because there was a massive thaw in the air and if we took the high road via Alston it would at least give us a couple of options. Kept driving past the Yad, there seemed to be people coming back down to their cars and there was more grass in view than at a Grateful Dead jamboree. Very happy with our choice of Harwood. Nice folk about and enough spring like snow to give us some fun. I even faired better on the rope toe than during previous visits even though the thaw left it very rutted later in the day, with the higher section closed off as more ground poked through. Many thanks to the lift team who did a great job of keeping things going.
Great visibility. No wind(WOW). No queues. Slided-it back down to the road. No damage to our kit ? except rupture of old Nordica Ski boots(You blow 5.50 on Ebay and it does'nt last) Roads very easy. Twenty quid well spent says me and the PowderPuppy.
MANY THANX to the Harwood Federation people. Your hard work made us very happy. We appreciate it.
:: Riders
Me and the PowderPuppy aka The SkiTruant plus another 20-40 happy souls
This report was posted by Imsoboardwiththeewesa at 22.37hrs on Sun 5th Feb 12