Category Archives: Skiing

Ski Trip 2016

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!

Snowman Jasmine and friendsWhilst 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.

More crittersMonday 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.

Ben and critter

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.

Top group photoThursday’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.

Prize night 1

Snowman Tamsin YasminFriday, 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.

Whole group pic

Yasmin and Tamsin on chair liftLater 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!


Y Pant Ski Trip 2014

Many people are put off by the thought of a school ski holiday due to a long bus journey and having to spend a week with teachers. However, to everyone’s surprise, these factors make the holiday. We left school on a sunny Friday morning after watching our friends embark on a day of hard graft in school. We set off knowing that in twenty four hours we would be in our resort. Apart from a few rubbish films and Mr Soroko’s snoring, the bus journey was smooth and we soon arrived in Altenmarkt, Austria.

We arrived at the resort earlier than planned.  This was the result of fantastic bus drivers Les and Skippy of Mainline Travel. After going to get our skis and boots fitted, which was a quick and easy process, we were left with a full day to unpack and pick up supplies from the local supermarket.

Sunday morning was the first day of ski school and for those who hadn’t been before, the traditional rendition of Sunshine Mountain was performed on the bus. The experienced skiers got what they had been waiting for and the beginners fell in love with the sport just like every beginner before them. Conditions were fantastic and the resort never fails to impress both experienced and beginners and this is why the teachers make the ‘tough’ decision to return year after year.

After settling back into the bindings, we started with a nice ‘easy’ run on the women’s world cup downhill run (according to our instructor) and an action packed day overall. Bowling was Monday night’s entertainment  where everyone competed in a full-on bowling battle led by the most competitive teachers in the school. The teachers beat the pupils in the final round: Pupils-0 Teachers-1.

Tuesday, we enjoyed a sunny day on the slopes taking in the amazing views of the Alps. A couple of falls later and we were off swimming in the thermal baths or as the teachers saw it ‘The Olympic Games’. A swimming race was arranged with the competitors being Lewis Cartwright, Joe Isaac, Miss Gavaghan and the favourite to win, 6ft 4in Mr ‘The Machine’ Mortimer. To our surprise Miss Gavaghan won her race with outstanding technique and power. It all looked good for the second leg of the race, however, Lewis who had earlier warmed up with butterfly, flew through the water overtaking the Giant and taking the lead to win the race: Pupils-1 Teachers-1.

Wednesday and Thursday turned out to be another two beautiful days skiing  with Thursday being race day! The competitors lined up at the start gate. The beginners set off surprising everyone with how they had come on during the week. After watching everyone, the anticipation was building as the favourites took to the start gate. Joe Isaac flew the track, followed by Lewis Cartwright. Georgia John showed her talent on the skis, however we all waited for the master of the slopes. With no fear, Jack Penberthy flew out of the start gates narrowly missing every gate.  The crowd cheered as he reached the bottom and was a clear winner with the time of 28 seconds, 4 seconds quicker than second place. Thursday night was presentation evening and the well-deserved winners were delighted with their trophies.

Friday was a day skiing in Radstadt, the conditions were perfect. We skied a full day and skied right up to the door of the rental shop at the end of it. A fitting end to an amazing week.

We arrived back at school on Saturday afternoon with many disappointed to be home. A true example of just how amazing the trip is. The list is full for next year, with the reserve list even fuller. Bring on 2015!

Many thanks to the staff who gave up their holiday to take us away.  Mr Soroko said “It’s a tough job, but some-one has to do it!”

Written by Sophie Gibbon and James Lamb

Skiing 2011 – Brochure & Slideshow

The brochure for the 2011 ski trip is now available here as a download.  This contains important information for parents and students about the trip.

Remember there is a Parents’ Evening for the ski trip on 9th November at 7pm.

Click to download the Ski Trip brochure for 2011

In order to prepare students properly, we have also created this guide as a slideshow to make sure you have a brilliant holiday by being as ready as you can be!  This slideshow is a Microsoft PowerPoint file.  If you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint installed you can download a free PowerPoint viewer here.

Click to view the slideshow

Click here to download a printable PDF versionWarning this is 48 pages!