We’ve all been dreaming of a White Christmas and this year that was exactly what we got. Christmas Day 2009 will be a day that no one will ever forget.
Wall-to-wall blue skies and almost Arctic conditions - the temperature didn’t rise above -8 oC all day and beautiful ice crystals hung in the air like heavenly glitter.
The snow that fell in the week before Christmas stayed with us, with the benefit of a few top ups along the way, until the first week of January. The beauty of being on the A65 meant that no-one got snowed in, (except those that wanted to be – you know who you are...) and we could all get in to the Dales to enjoy the Alpine landscapes.
I don’t think I’ll ever see so many people ski touring to the top of Ingleborough again but the memory of gliding downhill past people clambering up the snowy slopes will stay with me for the rest of my life. The idea of the Yorkshire Dales as winter sports destination may not yet be a reality, but personally, I can’t wait to see what next winter brings!
Published on Monday 18th January 2010 in: