Over half term we went on the school ski trip to Folgarida in Italy that left at one o’clock in the morning, so naturally we slept on the coach in England, the plane and the coach in Italy. When the coach arrived, we were soon at the ski rental shop to arrange kit. We hardly slept for excitement.
On the second day we trekked to the ski lift where we all met our instructors for the week: Giovanni, Guilia and Daniel. Then the skiing began. The top two groups were thrown in at the deep end. They went on the hard routes straight away, finishing the first five hours with many runs under their belts. The beginners group, to be honest, were of very mixed abilities. However, by the end of the day, we had got the knack of stopping, though there had been many hilarious moments on the way. After a hard day skiing, it was back to the hotel for dinner, followed by a quiz which brought out our team spirits and competitiveness even more.
By the third day, even the beginners’ group were tackling harder blue runs- with turning coming naturally. The other groups were having great fun trying moguls and jumps. That evening we relaxed with a games night at a local social club and enjoyed a table football and pool tournament. We were surprised with the genuine talents of some of our classmates!
The last day was a fun and testing day with the hardest runs for the beginners’ group completed with ease and the other two groups competing for the fastest time down the moguls. After the last view of the beautiful Italian ski slopes, we were ready for the awards ceremony. We said our last goodbyes to our patient and talented instructors. To finish off our holiday on a high note, we went to the end of the ski run to watch a slalom competition.
All in all, it was a really enjoyable trip, which we would recommend to anyone who enjoys thrills… and rather a lot of spills.
Clem Bentley (the beginner)
Alan Davison (intermediate)