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! 

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're all having a fantastic time.. Enjoy the last day of skiing and look after each other!
    Patrick McDonald's Mum and a Dad :-)

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  2. Happy 15th Birthday Ria Lea have a wonderful day your cards and stuff should be hidden in your case wish we were there, lots of love and kisses.

    Nan, Grand-dad and Gary.

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  3. Looks absolutely incredible hope your all having a fantastic time. Sounds like your making good progress Rhys, Pity there isn't a gcse in skiing 🤔. Enjoy your last day on the slopes.
    Lots of love dad and Sue xx

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  4. Happy birthday Ria, we miss you so much, can't wait to have u back home with us
    Love mum dad lee and roxy xxxx

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  5. Sounds like you are all having an amazing time! Thank you for the fab updates, it means a lot to be able to see the group enjoying their fantastic adventure xx Ethan Lancaster's mum & dad xx

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  6. Enjoy your last day skiing Leo Halewood and all of you miss you so much but you look like your having a fantastic time. Lots of love Mum dad and Olivia xxx

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  7. Enjoy your last day on the slopes. Next stop Toronto and Niagara Falls...I'm not a bit jealous! Have fun. (Audrey - Poppy's mum)

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  8. Happy Birthday Ria, Grand-dad forgot to put us on
    Lots of love.

    Theo & Maggie.

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  9. Sorry Ria
    Grand-dads doolallyness is getting worse, Happy Fourteenth Birthday.

    Grand-dad.

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  10. Happy birthday Ria hope u have a great day
    Lots of love max xxxxx

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    1. Predictive text sorry, love nan maz xxxxx

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  11. Sounds like another amazing day, hope the last day on the slopes has been brilliant. Dan said he was looking forward to the ice hockey game later.

    Looking forward to hearing all about Toronto & Niiagara Falls as the next part of your adventure begins.

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  12. looks like your all having a really exciting time Patrick and making great memories, have a blast Pad we are all missing you and cant wait to hear about your amazing adventure; take care young man and see you soon, ENJOY babe, loves ye loads, Bub xxxxx

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  13. Well done everyone sounds fantastic ( Joel cousins mum )

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