Bloke fuming he’s missed holiday to the Alps skis through sleepy English village

A man was so devastated his trip to the Alps was shelved that he decided to ski through his quiet village instead.

Will Close-Ash had been looking forward to his holiday for months but it quickly became clear Covid-19 was going to wreck his family's plans.

He decided he wasn't going to be beaten as the snow started to fall in Cullercoats, Tyneside.

Using the hilly streets, he got kitted out and took advantage of the wintry weather close to home instead, report Chronicle Live.

With the ski season scrapped he got the next best thing – and saved himself hundreds on a ski pass.

Will didn't regret his decision and said the white stuff couldn't have arrived at a better time.

He said: “I like to go skiing with my family, we normally go out to the Alps and do a bit of skiing, but obviously this year we haven’t been anywhere, and we didn’t go anywhere last year either.

“So as soon as the snow came I thought I might as well put my skis on and get out and enjoy a bit of local snow.

"We were looking at the snow hitting the rest of the UK but there was nothing at the coast.

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"There was snow in Northumberland but the message is to not travel out of your local area.

"The kids were devastated, but then it hit – we woke up on Wednesday morning and there was a good couple of inches of snow.

"I would normally go for a run or a swim in the morning, so I decided to get the skis out instead.

"It’s tremendous fun. Nordic skiing is a brilliant way to keep fit as well. We’ve been lucky living at the coast in lockdown, and this has been an added bonus."

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It's not often you walk down to grab your local newspaper and see a skier zooming by.

His big idea confused many locals but they seem to enjoy his quick-thinking.

He added: “I’ve had a few funny looks. I get a lot of smiles, lots of people looking at me a bit strangely, but everyone says ‘good morning’.

"It’s a bit of fun, and I think people enjoy having a bit of a laugh when they see me go past.

“Everyone’s quite surprised, but quite a few people are quite impressed as well.”

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