After an early start on the Saturday morning and a very long coach journey, we finally arrived in Andorra on the Sunday morning. We received a lovely welcome from our fantastic hotelier, who provided us with much-needed coffee and toast before showing us to our rooms. The boys soon discovered that there was a PlayStation and FIFA game in the lounge area of the hotel which kept them occupied for the week!
Monday was our first day of ski school. We caught the gondola lift up the mountain to get ‘suited and booted’ and to meet our instructors, Hector, Belen and Olau. The weather was, frankly, horrible! The students’ first experience of skiing on a mountain was in the middle of a raging blizzard! Nevertheless, by the end of the day everyone had big smiles and said how much they loved skiing and snowboarding!
Each night after dinner, we had nominations for the funniest moment of the day. There were some laugh-out-loud nominations throughout the week for acts such as ‘getting stuck on a chair lift’, ‘falling off-piste’ and ‘most falls in one day’.
Luckily, the weather improved as the week went on and we had some beautiful sunny days with clear blue skies and fresh white slopes. Our skiing and snowboarding abilities progressed quickly and the students were soon exploring the mountain. Towards the end of the week, the students had progressed so much that the instructors took them through the snow park, skiing them over a variety of jumps and rails with some hilarious outcomes!
On Wednesday night we ventured into Andorra La Vella to the local bowling alley and arcades. The students’ competitive side really came out and after some well-fought bowling matches, the competition went over to the pool tables, the basketball shooting game and the punch bag. Mr Barney proved to be unbeatable on the latter!
On the last day, we went up to the top of the mountain and enjoyed the incredible views over the tops of the Pyrenees and over into Spain; it was absolutely breathtaking! From the top of the mountain, the instructors led the group down red runs, the second-hardest runs on the mountain. Each group looked amazing, skiing parallel and performing linking turns on their snowboards – an amazing achievement after just one week!
At the very end of the final day, each student was presented with a certificate of achievement – a great way to recognise what they had accomplished.
I’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Mr Barney and Mr Beattie for their help, support and good humour throughout the week and a huge ‘thank you’ as well to all the students for making it a very memorable and thoroughly entertaining week! Their amazing ‘thank you’ gift of a brand new ski helmet was the icing on the cake for me!
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