Monday, 13 February 2017
Day Four: The Perfect Storm
After last night's snow, conditions today were absolutely sensational for the enthusiastic Holy Family skiers and we have had a perfect day of skiing. Many of the groups are continuing to flourish and their eagerness to improve further is visible to all. Initially, the pupils were slightly apprehensive as we stepped out this morning into a swirling tornado of snow that danced all around the pupils as we ventured to the usual meeting spot. Fortunately, this was a man made hazard created by a gentleman using a high powered machine to cut paths through the 11cm of snow. With the students anxiousness having disappeared, the schools quickly departed eager to be the first to cut their own path through the fresh covering of snow. The groups are continuing to excel. Early this morning, I was struggling to keep up with the very impressive school of Joseph Mepham, Joel Cousins, Amy Darnbrook, Olivia Shannon-Byrne and Harry Bond. The group showed great ability moving quickly down the mountain and they had soon vanished over the horizon, hurtling down a blue run. Conditions in the afternoon reached perfection as the clouds parted and the mountain was bathed in glorious sunshine with temperatures reaching a scorching minus 7. As the pupils are now showing more confidence it means they tackle the slopes at a higher speed which results in more opportunities to go up and down the mountain. The more advanced group of Tess Bennett, Cerys Hughes, Ethan Lancaster and Zac Hayes are even completing jumps. This brings me onto possibly one of my favourite moments of the trip so far: I watched Mr Thorp attempt a jump. Unfortunately for him, but to everyone else's delight, he crashed into a tree upon landing. Tonight has been an opportunity for a well earned rest including a chance for a swim and to show off some other sporting skills in the games room. Tomorrow is our final day on the slopes and with the black runs in sight for some groups, it will round off an excellent week of skiing. Daniel Wilde: photo bomber extraordinaire!