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Ski Trip to Austria

School ski trip to Austria

 Skiing Trip Article By Ben Shepherd, Year 13

During the February half term a group of students and teachers went for a week long ski trip to Austria.  We departed from school at 6:30 on the Friday evening, suitcases and food supplies in tow. The journey took us a whole 26 hours!  We began to wonder whether the coach driver was taking us to Austria or Australia.  When we finally arrived we were pleasantly surprised by the hotel which had lovely rooms and was in a great location.

The next morning after a much needed good night’s sleep we set off to Alpendorf for our first day’s skiing.  We had been told that we had the best skiing conditions the resort had seen all year, everyone seemed excited to get on the slopes and start skiing by this point.  We all managed the first day’s skiing without any injuries, then it went downhill from there.  Every day more and more people were becoming acquainted with the local hospital; mostly teachers.  By the end of the week Miss Formby was the only teacher still standing and enduring a full day’s snowboarding.

The ski school who organised the whole week put on some brilliant evening entertainment, we went bowling, sledging, swimming and had an awards evening on the last night.  We had 26 students going down the water slide at once and had nearly all the students sledging down the hill at the same time, ending up in a heap at the bottom.

On the last day of the ski trip every ski group from beginners to experts had to do a timed race down a slalom course, we then had an awards evening that same day in the town hall to present medals and certificates to the winners.  Alice Humphries (Year 11) was awarded fastest beginner out of the whole ski school; which contained seven separate schools from England.  She received a large trophy and certificate on stage.  The ski trip was enjoyed by all and I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Tidswell for organising the ski trip and to the teachers who gave up their half term.  It was great to see all students from Years 8 to 13 getting along, and I am sure many of them will be looking forward to future ski trips that the school organises.