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alan


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 11.59hrs on Thu 18 Dec 14
Guys, what if any effort is expanded trying to clear snow off the road or if any access is required do they just use the Kassbohrer if there is any snow about?

Any scope for getting a fenced run all the way down the radar road on the basis of persuading NATS or whoever that such snow fencing placed correctly would significantly reduce snow on the road?
sspeirs


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 18.30hrs on Fri 19 Dec 14
great job MoffatRoss et al!
moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 20.43hrs on Fri 19 Dec 14
^
Anjo is the one who's given his all to this for the past year. smiling smiley Compared to him, I'm a newby part-timer but I do enjoy taking photographs of the progress. Loads of people are mucking in from the villages, from the rest of Scotland, and even some from England too. Without their help, digging & carrying in often horrid weather, loaning their own plant and machinery, the metalworking, the chippying, donations etc, the whole thing would still be a pipe-dream.

So close now, and if the club can get enough folk to the work parties this weekend, it might not be long before the rope tow spins on Lowther Hill for the first time.
LowtherAnjo


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 23.13hrs on Tue 6 Jan 15
Hi Alan, apologies for the late reply.

Whenever there's snow on the Radar road NATS takes their Kassbohrer out (even if there's only some drifts). Picture here [www.skiclub.lowtherhills.com]

We are liable for any damage done to the road, so we have to be extremely careful with the use of snowploughs.

A fenced run all the way down the radar road (which is on the neighbouring Estate) is not likely to happen in the short term (long story, but nothing to do with NATS).
LowtherAnjo


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 23.18hrs on Tue 6 Jan 15
A wee video of the engine being run for the first time since its previous life in Harwood.

[www.skiclub.lowtherhills.com]
moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 13.51hrs on Wed 28 Jan 15
Right then folks, the snow is falling again, and we've come-a-begging. :-P We're doing a crowd funder for our very own Alan, the master of Scottish mountain webcams and weather stations to do us an installation on Lowther Hill. So we're looking to get enough weather geeks, ski freaks, and webcam peepers to cough up a few quid to get this installed ASAP. If we go over our goal, any leftovers will help us buy a few more metres of portable snow fencing.

I've used 'justgiving' as most of us in the UK know & trust the site. Sadly, unlike the US crowdfunding sites, there's no paypal option but justgiving charge us less fees, and it only takes a minute to stick in your card details anyway.

Linky below. :-)

[www.justgiving.com]
Freeheel


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 18.20hrs on Wed 28 Jan 15
Actioned and shared on facecloth winking smiley Good luck thumbs up
moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 11.25hrs on Tue 10 Feb 15
Thanks Freeheel, and to all the other winterhighlanders who've made a contribution too :-)

Just a wee bump, please keep it coming. The more cash we can get, and the sooner we can get it, the quicker we can get the cam and weather station up, and use any leftovers to buy more snow fencing.

[www.justgiving.com]

This is part of Weardale's power generation provision for similar functionality ...


Olderalan


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 19.11hrs on Fri 13 Feb 15
The effort made to get a ski tow up and running on Lowther Hill has been superb and the addition of a Webcam and Automatic Weather Station will be a great enhancement. Only another 60 is needed to reach the 1500 target so if anyone can spare a few quid.....it would then be possible for the equipment to be purchased and it all to go online...soon.

Kind regards

Olderalan
moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 01.26hrs on Sun 15 Feb 15
Thanks ever so much to all the winterhighlanders who've made such generous contributions to Lowther Hills Ski Club to fund the webcams & weather station. It's really lifted our spirits to have so many people willing to contribute to the project. Absolutely brilliant !! :-)
Freeheel


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 10.11hrs on Sun 15 Feb 15
Great stuff and be good to see the Lowther snow in time when its all up and running esp with winter set to make a comeback shortly. grinning smiley

Cheers

Freeheel


Mountainaddict


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 22.16hrs on Wed 25 Feb 15
Great re. the donations and Web cam Moffat Ross!

Did you happen to find out what is powered by the Wear sale solar panel? (Don't think there's power in the hut??) (By the way, may be popping up there tomorrow to go ski touring if the snow comes through the ongoing 24 hour savage thaw...)
alan


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 00.11hrs on Thu 26 Feb 15
Weardale power a couple of webcams and weather stations from that setup.
moffatross


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 21.37hrs on Thu 19 Mar 15
Busy couple of days on the hill, but the weather was with us and we finished building the ski tow today. The only club run, volunteer built ski field north of Hadrian's Wall, and probably the only ski lifts in the UK that haven't received any public funding are about ready to rock and roll smiling smiley

Installing the return guide


Laying out the rope


Fixing in the tensioning wheel


Tensioning the rope


Hanging the rope


Monkey business


The final tower

alan


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Re: Lowther Hill Ski Tow!
Date Posted: 22.15hrs on Thu 19 Mar 15
Does she have reverse so you can ride up that patch of snow behind the fencing for the official inauguration?
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