Ski Sunday at Wooler - ‘better than the Alps’

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THE wintry elements which swept the area last weekend saw the first skiing by the Wooler club in five years.

A heavy snow fall covered the ground to a depth of about 30 centimetres (1 foot) and almost 30 people, of all ages, took advantage of the conditions.

The skiers came from as far afield as Berwick and Bedlington and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

The quote of the weekend must go to Anna, aged 11, who said: “This is better than the Alps!”

Only one tow was operating and it was chugging away for the two days until it developed a fault just before close down on Sunday.

The Briton rope tow, which is 25 years old, is one of three owned by the club, and it has proved to be a reliable acquisition.

It was discovered that the metal petrol tank and hose from the replacement was starting to perish. Thanks to Paul Turnbull who had a set of tools with him, the two tanks were quickly exchanged with a remark of “I never thought I would be needed to repair a ski tow in Wooler.”

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