LD Mountain Centre Blog

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Nigel Cook’s 50th Year Challenge

Nigel Cook, friend of one of our directors Roddy, has set himself a 50th Year challenge to raise money for the very worthy cause of Willow Burn Hospice in Co. Durham. Here’s how he is getting on. Hills, Hills, Hills and More Bloody Hills The last couple of weeks have had a lot of ups and downs, all in the name of this 2017 challenge. When many people had a relaxing time over Easter, myself and Victoria booked a cottage in Ambleside and set about climbing as many Wainwright peaks... Read More


The Vallée Blanche (What can you get for 62€?)

John (one of our Ski Techs) and 3 friends headed out to the French Alps for a mixed week of touring and piste skiing, as you will see a perfect day skiing The Vallée Blanche was very much their highlight. Classic shot of the Midi and the ridge that gets onto the Col du Midi With friends still confined to school holidays and having been unable to find common time at Easter for our usual hut to hut ski tour, Feb half term was the only option for the four... Read More

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A Scandinavian Saga (Part 3 of the Trilogy)

Lillehammer More than a place to hide from the mob… Jon from our web team rounds off our Scandi Saga Trilogy with his end of season snowboard trip to Lillehammer in Norway. Jon’s love of Scandinavia and in particular Norway stems from his youth when he spent many school and family ski holidays in the lovely Norwegian ski resort of Voss. Now a fully converted snowboarder, although he still skis pretty well, and having travelled the world and lived in New Zealand for some years he has re-established his connection... Read More

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A Scandinavian Saga (Part 2 of the Trilogy)

Part 2 of our Scandinavian Saga has John and Val heading off for their third trip to Beitostølen in Norway. Three years ago now, in search of a different experience and the possibility of some gentle uncrowded slopes for my wife Val, who by her own admission is a competent but cautious skier we stumbled upon the Norwegian resort of Beitostølen, tucked away on the edge of the Jotunheimen National Park. Beitostølen’s unique appeal and wonderfully laid-back atmosphere stem largely from the fact that it remains very much a family run resort.... Read More

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A Scandinavian Saga (Part 1 of the Trilogy)

We’ve all gone a bit Scandi mad at LD Mountain Centre this winter with three of our staff heading off to different parts of Scandinavia for their winter adventures. In part one of this trilogy we hear from Sophie who with her fella set off in mid January set off on  a 6000 mile road trip visiting six countries over three weeks. Sophie in Lofoten Our mammoth road trip started with an overnight DFDS ferry ride to Ijmuiden from North Sheilds harbour. The first day was a grueling 600 mile... Read More

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Jon’s Squash and Mushroom Cous Cous Risotto

  If you read our previous blog post regarding the upcoming article in The Great Outdoors magazine about LD Mountain Centre you will remember that Jon treated David Lintern and myself to a great lunch at Haughtongreen Bothy during our walk along the Roman Wall and Wark Forest. So here’s Jon’s recipe. Ingredients 350g Shiitakes ( brown cap will do) 2 small red onions A bunch of thyme 400g of diced squash 200g giant cous cous 4 cloves of garlic 150g blue cheese 1.5 litre veg stock Salt & Pepper... Read More

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TGO Come For A Visit

After what felt like weeks of cloud and fog the day of our arranged visit from The Great Outdoors magazine arrived cloudy and foggy. However as we drove to our rendezvous at Steel Rigg on the Roman Wall the fog started to lift and the sky lightened, giving some encouragement that we may be able to see more than 10 metres. Looking SE from Steel Rigg Car Park TGO wanted to do a piece on LD Mountain Centre as an independent outdoor retailer which this year happens to be our... Read More

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COLMAR has arrived at LD Mountain Centre

The iconic Italian brand Colmar is making its first appearance at LD Mountan Centre this winter season with its race pedigree and Italian fashion flare. With a long history going back 90 years, when Mario Colombo started the company, Colmar has changed and developed with the times. The Classic 70’s Colmar Race Look With a blend of stylish design and functional features Colmar Ski Wear is a high performance brand that also looks great on the slopes and looks even better around resort with styles like the Women’s Calgary Down... Read More

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Well Done Sophie!

Three countries, over 3000km, on foot and on her own!     Sophie Rooney, an LD Mountain Centre sponsored athlete, has just completed this marathon trek from Nordkapp at the very northern tip of Norway to the Danish / German border at Flensburg raising money fro the following charities; The Thomas Theyer Foundation – www.thomastheyerfoundation.org.uk Mountain Rescue England and Wales – www.mountainrescue.org.uk The Stroke Association – www.stroke.org.uk       The Sofie’s adventure started in Nordkapp in the very north of Norway. Within a few weeks though, Sophie became unwell and... Read More

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A Welcome Return for Volkl at LD

Winter season 2016 / 2017 sees the welcome return of Volkl skis here at LD Mountain Centre with a great range of old favourites, such as the Mantra with its new geometry and rocker profile, and also the latest offerings including the RMT 84 UVO.   The Volkl Mantra   Involved in the design and manufacture of skis since the 1920’s Volkl is clear proof that top quality German engineering isn’t confined to cars.   The Volkl RTM 84 UVO So whether you are looking for a high performance piste... Read More