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. 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 membership dwindled to fewer than 30 members.
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.