This year’s Ski trip to New Hampshire, USA saw 44 pupils and 5 staff enjoy some of the best snow and weather conditions experienced in Boston, over the February half term holidays! Our beginner skiers were eased into the thrill of this sport with two days skiing at Waterville Valley whilst our experienced skiers rediscovered their “ski legs”. This was then followed by three fantastic days skiing at our second larger resort of Loon Mountain.
All of our skiers were enabled to ski at the right level with a variety of instructors disseminated across the range of abilities. Indeed, there was no holding any of our young people back as, Skiing on “hero” snow under perfect blue skies, the beginners made great progress and quickly got to grips with the challenge of Green and Blue terrain, while the “Top Guns” impressively enjoyed the Black diamonds! “I feel the need…the need for speed!”
The challenge, set at the beginning of the week, was for all pupils to ski down from the top of the mountain together, and after five days intense practice all of our skiers brilliantly achieved this! A superb week on the snow came to its climax with our traditional group photograph on the viewing deck at Loon Peak on Friday afternoon, before the skis were hung up for yet another year! The excited and beaming faces on the bus back to our hotel encapsulated how all of our students took pride in their achievements. The word of the day was “awesome”, with all keen to tell their stories of “thrills and minor spills!”
Based in Waterville Valley, the group enjoyed shopping in the town square for American candy and “Mountain Dew.” Ice cream and pizza parlours were available in the town and throughout the week other Après ski activities involved Outlet shopping, Ice skating, a Cinema trip, Walmart visit, McDonalds feast and an American themed quiz night!
The week was not to pass without recognition for our pupils’ skiing success, and so the “Paper Plate Awards” rounded off the final evening, with presentations to those who had particularly impressed and improved throughout the week. However, all of our pupils were brilliant and their conduct impressed the staff both on and off the slopes!
Our final day was spent with some shopping therapy in Boston and lunch in Quincy Market. Not surprisingly this saw the last of our dollars disappear on presents and gifts for home, with a tired but elated “WHSKi17” crew, later arriving safely back at Wallace.
Ski trip leader J Reid expressed,
“Thanks to all the staff for making it such an enjoyable experience for the group and thanks must also go to the pupils for their company and sense of fun. See you on the slopes for more “Eat-Sleep-Ski-Repeat” next year!”
Last modified: March 15, 2017