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Amazing Aosta provides skiing success!

Date published: Wed 18 Apr 2018   Author: D Tyler   Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Thirty Seven excited students along with six equally keen staff set off from England half way through the Easter break. The first challenge was to endure the lengthy coach ride across the channel, France and into the Italian Alps. The excitement peaked passing through the Mont Blanc Tunnel, knowing we were only 30 minutes from our home for the week.

Ski hire was a smooth operation where students gathered their boards, skis, poles and helmets, storing them safely in their lockers ready for the days to come. A short jaunt back on the coach to our accommodation high in the valley, picture perfect lodgings that would be called home for the week.

Unpacking and exploring took an afternoon before the challenges began… Quiz Night hosted by Mr Tyler, the staff team being pipped to the post by a year 10 team who enjoyed their sweet prize! Everyone was quickly to bed, tired from the journey but excited to wake up and get on the mountain as soon as possible.

Bulmershe School ski team worked like a well oiled machine collecting equipment and ascending the mountain on the gondola without a hitch and arriving to meet their instructors on time, keen to get started.

The weather over the first couple of days provided a challenge for all. Visibility was mixed and there were no views to distract from the lessons that students were learning at a rapid pace on piste. This meant that students progressed quickly and it was evident that they were working as a team to help not only each other to learn and develop but teach the staff new skills as well!

Thankfully after the first few days the cloud decided to drop a great amount of snow to provide fresh powder and sunny skies that provided some spectacular views and allowed students to explore and develop their technique even further without the distraction of the mist.

Everyone was kept busy every minute of the trip with an apres ski programme including town tour, pizza night, snow tubing (with mass snow ball fights), bowling and a presentation evening on top of the two quiz nights led by staff and a giant game of cluedo! One of the highlights was the mid week celebration of two birthdays with pizza, cake, cards, candles and even a visit from the owner of Interski.

The presentation evening was a reflective experience where the instructors took the time in the evening to travel to the hotel and provide individual accounts of their time with each student. It was fantastic to share the stories, challenges and successes each student had through the week and see them receive their awards in front of staff and peers. The instructors could not speak more highly of the group and were grateful that our Bulmershe students were their last (and in some cases best) groups of the season.

The final day was a very early start with bags packed and an early lesson start with icy slopes and clear skies. Some were sore, some were tired and some still showed the same excitement but all wanted to make the most of their last day.

As a staff member it was a highlight each day to see the massive smiles that each student had on their face as they reached the top of the gondola at the end of the day. The last day did not disappoint and we caught those big grins on camera as a team before making our last trip down the mountain from Pila to Aosta.

I am writing this on the coach on the way out of Italy, into France on our way back to the UK and there is still the same buzz that I have come to realise has been the key to this amazing experience. The group have gelled better than I could have imagined and been a pleasure to lead through this adventure. Thank you to every student for your effort, your determination, your resilience and your smiles! You made every bit of this trip worth while.

Finally, before the coach goes dim and the laughter fades to sleep (I hope) I want to take the chance to thank the staff who have been so supportive, enthusiastic and equally excited for their time and effort this week. Without Mr Lord, Miss Roberts, Mr Fisher, Miss Harris and Miss Bishop this week would not have been possible or run as smoothly as it has, so thank you.

See you back in the UK and keep your eyes peeled for our next snowy opportunity. Until the next ski trip, good night.

Mr Tyler




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