The 2017 ski trip is now sold out with pupils on the reserve list. Details for the 2018 ski trip will be out soon!
Yasmin Thomas and Tamsin Penberthy have written this fantastic account of this years trip.
On Friday 12th February, 43 eager pupils set off on a 24 hour bus journey to Altenmarkt, Austria. After a box set of 5 Rocky films, the toilet being repeatedly blocked and hours of Mr Duggan’s snoring we finally arrived at the resort earlier than planned, thanks to our bus drivers Les and Skippy!
Whilst most people were recovering from the long journey and having had very little sleep, year 8 and 9s were busy building a snowman outside in the sun. After getting our skis and boots fitted in the chalet, which was a quick and easy process, we spent the rest of the day unpacking and exploring the local Austrian village of Altenmarkt.
Sunday morning was our first skiing day. We set off up the mountain listening to Mr Duggan and Tamsin doing a duet of the famous, Sunshine Mountain. Everybody joined in with ‘our faces all a glow.’ The more experienced skiers waved goodbye from the chairlift to the beginners who took to the snow like Bambi on ice. Although some did not get off to the easiest start (Gilly) the rest fell in love with the sport like every pupil before them. Both the conditions and weather were phenomenal and the food was the cherry on top of the cake.
Group one got off to shaky start, losing their instructor in the first ten minutes, their communication skills only improved from there on in. After an eventful day, everyone began to bond as one big family! Sunday night consisted of an intense game of bowling between pupils, followed by a well-deserved victory from the Donkey of the Day’s team: Jordan Quinn and a short trip to hospital for Alex Potter who’s first day of skiing turned out to be his last.
Monday turned out to be a snowy day making the conditions slightly more challenging, which of course the experienced skiers loved. After exchanging the days antics on the bus journey back to resort, everyone looked forward to the ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ themed quiz that evening. This included a menu of mealworms, crickets and locus’ enjoyed by Izzy Hallett, Ben Robinson and Ben Sutton.
By Tuesday/Wednesday the beginners were finally getting to grips with skiing, despite the snowy conditions. Tuesday evening involved a trip to the thermal baths and treating ourselves to a delicious pizza on the way home. Wednesday evening was a night tobogganing down the Alpine slopes which was enjoyed by all.
Thursday’s skiing was in a neighbouring resort called Wagrain where the ski race took place in sunny, blue skies. After wipe outs, a skidoo rescue and multiple snow ball fights, all the pupils completed the course and eagerly awaited to find out the rankings later on that evening. The presentation evening took place in the chalet where pupils, teachers and instructors all came together. The awards were as followed; best boy skier went to Liam Dando, best girl skier was a joint award between Tamsin Penberthy and Yasmin Thomas and donkey of week went to a well-deserved Thomas Chudley.
Friday, was our final day on the slopes spent in Flachauwinkl. Marc, the top group’s instructor, planned to wipe-out M-Kat (Mr Muscat) as he skied with them for the day. Mr Muscat was a first time skier on this trip and by the end of the morning he was incapable of skiing any longer with the top group – he disgracefully had to make his decent from the slopes via a chairlift! Even though he was the youngest member of staff on the trip, he was by far the most tired at the end of the week.
Later on that evening, we made our departure from the resort after a tasty final meal at the chalet. Another smooth journey on the bus which left everyone fast asleep due to the action packed week. We arrived back at school 4 o’clock the next day with everyone sad to be returning to the rain and cold weather of Wales. This was another fantastic ski trip and we would like to thank the staff for organising and coping with us for the week. Bring on 2017!