On the last day of what was a very long term, 21 children and 3 teachers headed off for a week of skiing in Solden, Austria.
After a smooth flight and short bus transfer we arrived in the town of Innsbruck for a bit of shopping in the Christmas Market. The sweet stalls and crazy hats seemed to be the most popular purchase!! After another fairly short drive in a very comfortable coach (we wanted to bring it home) we arrived at our chalet and immediately fitted our skis and boots ready for the skiing to start.
It was straight onto the slopes the next day and with a big group of beginners this year it was a chance to get to grips with ski boots and skis. The top group were straight off exploring the many kilometres of piste available to ski. The beginner groups spent most of their first day laughing at each other and trying to get back on their skis! It was not long before the skiing improved, confidence grew and speed increased, which only resulted in more high pitched laughter, bigger crashes and wider circles being skied around our groups by the locals.
The skiing progressed at an impressive rate and by mid week we had the upper beginner group skiing safely on blue runs, including Mr Ngare. Although at times he did decide turns were unnecessary and found it much more fun to point his skis straight down the mountain. We were very lucky with the weather, having three days of blue skies to acclimatise and then a day of skiing in falling snow before a last day of blue sky.
As well as skiing, in the evenings we swam in the local indoor pool, ice skated, went out for pizza and had a couple of video nights. The children demonstrated an endless supply of energy with everyone skiing each session, which is excellent. Moral was extremely high throughout the week and friendships developed between all year groups. By the end of the week, all groups were skiing comfortably on blue and red runs and the top group tackled a couple of black slopes. Infact the hardest challenge of the week was getting the children to write home!! Sorry parents.
We were again very well looked after by our hosts, Snowtraxx who were fantastic yet again and very impressed by all of the children, as was I and the other teachers. Thank you also to Julie Dowd and Julius Ngare for giving up their holiday and helping staff the trip. The biggest thank you must go to the children who represented the school and their parents in such a tremendous fashion. Well done!
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