Yes. Snowboarding on real snow in England!
For those who want to snow board on real snow in Cumbria, there are two main options. Be aware though that these locations are only available in winter when there has been substantial snowfall on the tops and you must make enquiries before you travel.
Snowboarding at Raise Cumbria.
The slopes at Raise are located about 25 miles South West of Helvellyn and can offer up to several months of skiing and snowboarding per season. The downside is that the slopes are not suitable for beginners and involves a long walk from the car. You have to become a member of the Lake District Ski Club to use the facilites, although membership is very reasonably priced. See www.ldscsnowski.co.uk. Both skiiers and snowboarders are welcome at Raise.
Snowboarding at Yad Moss Cumbria.
The facilities at Yad Moss have recently been upgraded and have the longest lift in England. This combined with a brand new day lodge mean that Yad Moss is a great snowboarding venue in the lake district. There are long wide slopes and varied terrain making it ideal for boarders and skiers alike. However, the long lift and fairly steep slopes mean this mountain is unsuitable for beginners.
Dry Slope Snowboarding Cumbria
Kendal Ski Club (0845 6345 173) offer an 80 metre dry ski slope. The club is staffed by volunteers and Instructors are qualified through Snowsport England. The club offers recreational skiing and snowboarding for all ages and abilities (members only) as well as snowboard instruction.
Carlisle Snowsports Club (01228 810696) has 50 metre and 25 metres slopes. They cater for all abilities and have fully qualified Instructors. Adult snowboarding lessons in Carlisle start at £10 per hour.