About Us

 Tyneside Loipers is the cross country ski club of northeast England. Founded in 1982 and covering mainly Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear, we now have over 50 members active in all forms of nordic (freeheel) skiing.  Some of us even ski in the summer months using roller skis.

The club has a stock of metal-edged touring skis which can be used by members. New members are always welcome and will be offered help and advice about where to ski.

Good conditions for skiing in the NE no longer happen every year but there are usually a few days when skiing is possible in the N Pennines or the Cheviots or a little further away in the Lake District. The club also organise foreign holidays or short breaks abroad. Typical trips include telemark skiing in the French Alps, track-skiing and nordic-touring in Norway and telemark touring in the Silvretta Alps of Austria and Switzerland.

Why ‘Loipers’?…

We have creatively reused the Norwegian word ‘loipe‘ – with the following definition from Wikipedia – ‘a cross-country ski trail or loipe is a route laid out, constructed and maintained for cross country skiing‘. The name has stuck and we are commonly referred to by the other clubs as ‘The Loipers’.

Tyneside Loipers started life in 1982 as Tynemouth College Cross Country Ski Club. Founder members Helen Charlton and Sylvia Dowd quickly built up a following of 100+ members and the name changed to Tyneside Loipers to reflect the wider membership.  These were the days of more widespread winter snowfall.

Through to the late 1980s the club had a programme of regular winter meets in the Border Forest and the Cheviots. But sadly snow became less reliable and the membership dwindled.

One of our regular Scottish venues was Glenfeshie Hostel. Even through to the year 2000 we would usually have a club weekend at the hostel over the early May Bank Holiday with sometimes a dozen members turning out.  There always seemed to  be enough snow either on the Cairngorm ski hill or on the surrounding tops or perhaps in Lurchers Gully.

Today the club has a stable membership of about 55 members, helped partly by cheaper air fares and the opportunity to ski in the Alps or Scandinavia. Members ski in the N Pennines and elsewhere in Northumberland and Durham when conditions permit but also go away on club trips to indulge in cross country track skiing, nordic touring and telemarking.

The Club’s constitution (Word document) can be viewed here.




Latest News

Ski touring in the Queryas
18th February 2019
Loiper club members, Tim, Penny, Robert and Alan, plus a friend Philip from Dorset, had a great week of ski touring (telemark and alpine) in the Queryas area, southern French Alps, arranged...
The snow has arrived at last
23rd January 2019
Loipers Peter and Alison Aldred are the first this winter to get some local skiing. They skied today up from the Durham/Cumbria county border between Alston and Middleton in Teesdale. There...
Dec 2018 – Telemark skiing in Val d’Isere
12th January 2019
Val d'Isere in December - great snow, lovely scenery, six telemarkers Six keen telemark skiers went to Val d'Isere in mid December and had a fantastic week of freeheel skiing with Ben La...
Mike and Alasdair are both heading for Cross Country Ski Marathons in March
12th January 2019
Good luck to Mike Hall who is heading to Switzerland in March for his debut (Engadin) ski marathon. Mike is doing a few days of training before the race with Alan Eason (a senior coach with...
Canoeing on Ullswater – Nov 2018
19th November 2018
Tyneside Loipers have had a good summer - not just roller skiing, but also walking on Hadrian's Wall, a couple of mountain biking trips, a day out on tandem bikes and two Canadian canoe trip...
Ski Guiding for the visually impaired, Akaslompolo, Northern Finland – Feb 2019
19th November 2018
If you would like to give something back to the sport and also have a great week skiing with a sociable group of visually impaired skiers, then your help would be greatly appreciated. A grou...