Friday, 10 February 2017
Day One: The Only Way is Down.
Our first day on the slopes was accompanied by a picture perfect setting. A bright blue sky barely blemished by a cloud, only added to the buzz that hummed in the breakfast room, as we fuelled up on a plethora of appetising offerings. No one seemed bothered by the -21 degree temperature. The first morning is always a slow start due to the lengthy process of collecting all the necessary equipment from the rental shop, but soon we hit the slopes. The more able skiers raced off to conquer the different green, blue and black runs while those who required some ski education enrolled in the resort's ski schools. It was suggested that maybe Mr Thorp should have reconsidered his decision not to have a refresher course, as trying to show off just how quickly he could go, he accomplished a green run by sliding down 50% of it on his backside. Progress was quick within a number of the classes and after lunch a group of pupils were tacking some of the mountain runs under the tutor's supervision and a tagging along Mr Kinsella. In addition, many of the pupils were becoming a lot more independent on the beginner slopes, Peter Walker one who took to the slopes like a duck to water. There was as well, much to Mr Thorp's disgust, the first ever Holy Family Snowboarding School. Teacher Joe was extremely impressed with the intrepid four who were 'boarding' and, although every time I saw them they were sat on their bottoms, Owain Hughes, Robert Gillespie and Leon Caldwell did absolutely brilliantly. Even Mr Barlow seemed to be getting the hang of 'shredding the slopes'. Finally, it is always good to mention that despite some fantastic crashes there were no injuries. In fact, the resilience of the kids has been brilliant! Every single person dusting themselves down, getting up and getting on with it. Even when Stanley Seddon-Roberts decided the best way to stop would be to slide tackle an enormous snow drift, he rose with a huge grin on his face. Tomorrow promises to be an equally exciting day, with a trip to a snow park filled with frozen slides before an evening of night skiing. I will also be adding some photos to the blog but technical issues have prevented this so far.