Saturday, 11 February 2017
Day Two: Scream If You Wanna Go Faster!
This morning, we awoke to a rather gloomy and miserable scene with a covering of grey clouds extending far across the horizon. However, this was possibly the only negative to what has been a brilliant day. It all started at breakfast as there was an extra offering this morning that roused a great sense of excitement: waffles and genuine Canadian maple syrup! After everyone had filled themselves to the brim, we prepared to head out to the Valcartier Winter Park. Excitement grew as we stepped outside and straight into to our first sprinkling of snow. The excitement continued to grow when our coaches arrived in the form of the iconic yellow school buses seen all across North America. I don't think there would have been as many selfies and photos taken had Justin Bieber himself walked into the hotel lobby. The Winter Park itself, which contained a collection of snow slides, had something for everyone and the screams of Mr Kinsella, as he hurtled down 'Mount Everest', could be heard for miles around. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed throwing themselves down the snow covered shoots in inflatable rubber rings but it was soon time to head back to the mountain for an afternoon and evening of skiing. We arrived just as the sun began to peek through the clouds and shortly afterwards we were once again skiing under a bright blue sky. More and more of the ski schools are heading away from the beginner slopes now, with Mona's school doing particularly well. The group consisting of Libby Edwards, Libby Yool, Imogen Lyons, Rebecca Miller, Lisa Duckworth, Alex Lundon, Jacob Whittingham, Charlotte Foulkes, Holly Jones and Enya Williams all showed great skill navigating their way down some challenging slopes on both green and blue runs. They were also greatly amused to see Mr Williams crash into a tree. This evening, we also had the unique experience of night skiing. Hurtling down the slopes under the floodlights and twinkling stars for company, the whole group continue to make great progress. It's great to see some of those, who yesterday were lacking a little confidence, really thriving today. Keira Amis and Jessica Quinn are now doing really, conquering the more challenging of the beginner slopes. Others have flourished further and are quickly reaching a position to move onto the mountain: Victoria Fenner and Rhys Sharp to name just two. Tomorrow, we have a full day of skiing starting at nine thirty before the eagerly anticipated Sugar Shacking in the evening. P.S. I just want to apologise for the lack of paragraphs. Unfortunately, when I upload the blog it removes those that I have put in.