Skiers hit the snow... near Sheffield

Snow-covered Mam Tor looks like French Alps

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Messenger/Solent News/REX (4418730a) Skier on Mam Tor Skiers on a snow covered Mam Tor in the Peak District, Derbyshire, Britain - 04 Feb 2015 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/pwnm  These experienced skiers look like they are carving down a mountain in the French Alps - when in fact they are just 20 miles from Sheffield. The adventurous trio travelled to Mam Tor, a 1,695ft hill in the heart of the Peak District, after the country was covered in snow yesterday. When they arrived they were delighted to find the steep hill completely white and coated in fresh powdered snow. The rare moment, which happens 'once every 20 years' because of the wind direction, was caught on camera in the -5 degree Celsius conditions. Photographer Alex Messenger, from Manchester, captured the unique moment when he travelled to the picturesque spot with two ski-ing friends. He described the hill as being like a 'little corner of the Alps', when in reality they were just 30 miles from their home in Manchester.

Three experienced skiers took to the snow this week to experience Alps-style conditions - just 20 miles from Sheffield.

The adventurous trio travelled to Mam Tor, a 1,695ft hill in the heart of the Peak District, after the country was covered in snow.

When they arrived the steep hill was completely white and coated in fresh powdered snow.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Messenger/Solent News/REX (4418730e) Skier on Mam Tor Skiers on a snow covered Mam Tor in the Peak District, Derbyshire, Britain - 04 Feb 2015 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/pwnm  These experienced skiers look like they are carving down a mountain in the French Alps - when in fact they are just 20 miles from Sheffield. The adventurous trio travelled to Mam Tor, a 1,695ft hill in the heart of the Peak District, after the country was covered in snow yesterday. When they arrived they were delighted to find the steep hill completely white and coated in fresh powdered snow. The rare moment, which happens 'once every 20 years' because of the wind direction, was caught on camera in the -5 degree Celsius conditions. Photographer Alex Messenger, from Manchester, captured the unique moment when he travelled to the picturesque spot with two ski-ing friends. He described the hill as being like a 'little corner of the Alps', when in reality they were just 30 miles from their home in Manchester.

The rare moment, which happens 'once every 20 years' because of the wind direction, was caught on camera in the -5C conditions.

Photographer Alex Messenger, from Manchester, captured the unique moment when he travelled to the picturesque spot with his two friends.

Speaking to Rex Features, the 41-year-old said: "It often snows in the Peak District but it is very rare to have snow like this on Mam Tor - we were lucky because of the wind direction.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Messenger/Solent News/REX (4418730h) Skier on Mam Tor Skiers on a snow covered Mam Tor in the Peak District, Derbyshire, Britain - 04 Feb 2015 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/pwnm  These experienced skiers look like they are carving down a mountain in the French Alps - when in fact they are just 20 miles from Sheffield. The adventurous trio travelled to Mam Tor, a 1,695ft hill in the heart of the Peak District, after the country was covered in snow yesterday. When they arrived they were delighted to find the steep hill completely white and coated in fresh powdered snow. The rare moment, which happens 'once every 20 years' because of the wind direction, was caught on camera in the -5 degree Celsius conditions. Photographer Alex Messenger, from Manchester, captured the unique moment when he travelled to the picturesque spot with two ski-ing friends. He described the hill as being like a 'little corner of the Alps', when in reality they were just 30 miles from their home in Manchester.

"It was fantastic being there; it was like we were in a little corner of the Alps, whereas in reality we were just in the Peak District - 30 miles from home."

Skiers John Roberts, 30, wearing yellow, and Chris Lockyer, 42, in red, went up and down the hill four times and were forced to make the 40-minute trek up to the summit each time.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Messenger/Solent News/REX (4418730g) Skiers Skiers on a snow covered Mam Tor in the Peak District, Derbyshire, Britain - 04 Feb 2015 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/pwnm  These experienced skiers look like they are carving down a mountain in the French Alps - when in fact they are just 20 miles from Sheffield. The adventurous trio travelled to Mam Tor, a 1,695ft hill in the heart of the Peak District, after the country was covered in snow yesterday. When they arrived they were delighted to find the steep hill completely white and coated in fresh powdered snow. The rare moment, which happens 'once every 20 years' because of the wind direction, was caught on camera in the -5 degree Celsius conditions. Photographer Alex Messenger, from Manchester, captured the unique moment when he travelled to the picturesque spot with two ski-ing friends. He described the hill as being like a 'little corner of the Alps', when in reality they were just 30 miles from their home in Manchester.

Mr Messenger, a photographer from the British Mountaineering Council, added: "The hill is really steep; it's the equivalent of a black run in the Alps.

"We didn't know what was underneath, though. There could have been rocks under the snow, or even sheep!"

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