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 around 55 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 organises 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 can be viewed here.

Join us now!  Membership form download here.  And further information here.




Latest News

Hartlepool Loipers Rollerski Race, 3rd Sept 2023
Hartlepool Loipers Rollerski Race, 3rd Sept 2023
16th November 2023
In September this year Tyneside Loipers hosted the final event in this year's 'Northern Roll' Race Series. The northern clubs in Snowsport England (Manchester, Yorkshire Dales, Lakeland an...
March 2023 – Great hut touring in the Langsua
March 2023 – Great hut touring in the Langsua
1st June 2023
The 2023 hut tour explored the Langsua National Park - covering new ground for the Loipers. Neil, Lewis, and Peter and Alison, plus non-Loiper Andy Roberts set off from Dalseter in late Ma...
Fabulous Norway – March 2023
Fabulous Norway – March 2023
31st March 2023
Back this year to two of our favourite destinations in Norway. Seven of us had a week in Dalseter with the GB Nordic team and five Loipers followed up with a week in Hovringen. Other Loip...
Snow before Christmas: adventures in the Cheviots!
Snow before Christmas: adventures in the Cheviots!
23rd December 2022
Early December – the met office promised a week or more of freezing conditions and supposedly there would be several days of snow showers.  Mostly along the North Sea coast, we were de...
Loipers 40th Anniversary
Loipers 40th Anniversary
7th October 2022
Tyneside Loipers is 40 years old this year. The club was founded in 1982 by Helen Charlton and Sylvia Dowse. We are celebrating on 22 October with a meal and social event at The Badger ne...
Winter Roundup: not much UK snow but lots happening away from home!
Winter Roundup: not much UK snow but lots happening away from home!
23rd May 2022
We thought we were in for a good season. Alan and Jon started out on 29 November with a grand day touring on Nordic skis onto the summit of Bolt's Law above Weardale. Just after Storm Arw...