On April 3rd, while many other students were winding down for the Easter Break, 23 budding skiers plus 3 staff members waited excitedly at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 in preparation for their journey to seek out some sun, snow and of course skiing at the Sunday River Resort, Maine, USA.
With no language barrier, an awesome hotel and the most amazing ski instructors, it’s fair to say we were completely spoiled. Our skiing started bright and early on Friday morning with clear blue skies, glorious sunshine and no other schools in the resort – what a perfect combination! Expert instruction continued throughout the week with the beginner group challenging themselves on some tricky ‘blue’ runs, the intermediates successfully completing some black runs and the advanced group rather nonchalantly tackling the mogul fields.
However, the fun didn’t finish on the slopes, our apres ski activities included: swimming (in the Hotel’s outdoor heated pool), bowling (at an old fashioned American bowling alley), tubing (where the girls threw themselves down an icy track on a rubber ring) and finally, a presentation evening where each bedroom (4 girls) created a short performance for the talent show. There were some memorable performances in the talent show, in particular, a certain student’s ability to impersonate members of staff!
So after 5 action packed days of skiing, we hopped on a coach, destination – Boston. A brief (this turned out to be a 5 hours) stop at the Kittery Outlet Mall ensued before we made our way to the Midtown Hotel, Boston. Once settled, we made our way ‘downtown’ to the famous Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. On the final day we were treated to a tour of Harvard University by their soccer coach, following that we spent some time in Faneuil Square before our flight home.
Overall, it was a hugely successful trip. Many positive comments from the instructors were made throughout the week and Roger our Ski Rep said we were the most ‘polite, courteous school group that he had ever worked with!’
Roll on next year!
NB: Special thanks to Mr Garwood for coordinating the trip and to Mr Robertson for generously donating a week’s holiday to accompany the students!