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Austrian Ski Trip Report

Austrian Skip Trip 2014

On Friday the 24thJanuary we left MoorsideHigh School on a Skiing trip toAlpendorf, Austria.  Many pupils on the trip had mixed emotions; they were excited and nervous.  At around 10am the coach arrived!  After putting our luggage onto the coach and finding a seat; we all sat next to one of our friends we began our journey.

The journey was long and tiring but finally we arrived at Dover Port and boarded the ferry.  In smaller groups we had great fun exploring it, everyone seemed to particularly enjoy the duty free shop!  Upon arrival at Dunkirk Port in France we set off in the coach for the long drive through France to Austria.  Everyone was a little drained, but, surprisingly everybody seemed to cope extremely well and settled down to sleep and managed about seven hours.  In the morning we stopped at a service station where we were able to have some breakfast, clean our teeth and have a wash.  By this time excitement levels were rising as Austria was nearing.

Alpendorf view

We arrived at Alpendorf with the picturesque snowy mountains in front of our eyes.  However, we didn’t reach our hotel for another hour as we went to get all our Skis and boots ready for the next day Skiing.  Back on the coach it took about fifteen minutes to get to our hotel.  We were all excited and trying to see out of the windows and figure our where we were staying. The scenary was amazing.

Finally, we arrived at the hotel and all gave a huge sigh of relief as we were glad to get sight of our new home for the next week.  After being shown to our rooms and unpacking we had dinner in the hotel at 6.30 p.m.

It was usual to have activities in the evening, but, on the first night we were all just too tired so we played ping pong matches in the games room and had an early night.  We all slept really well, ready for our first day Skiing.

Our first days Skiing dawned.  We awoke about 7.15 a.m. and eagerly got our ski gear and had breakfast.  Every day we had to be ready and on the coach with our skiing stuff on by 8.30a.m. ready to begin skiing on the mountain at 9.30 a.m.  Woe betide anyone if they forgot their ski passes, although we don´t think anyone did, they were too important and had to be kept safely in our jackets. 

Each day we had to go up the gondola to meet our ski instructors and then begin our skiing for the day. Time just flew when you were skiing and before you knew it, it was time to go for lunch.  After lunch we then had the whole afternoon skiing around all different slopes until half past four.  Skiing was such brilliant fun, with plenty of laughter and falls.  Everyone has tales to tell about their fabulous run, spectacular falls and amazing jumps!!

amazing ski jumps amazing ski jumps

Every evening back at the hotel there was an organised activity between 7.30 and 9.OO  One night it was Austrian bowling, another curling,  There was also swimming and we even went sledging.  That was great fun and such a laugh.  Whilst we all had a brilliant time it must not be forgotten that we had to spend an hour each evening doing work which had been set for us by our teachers in school.  This routine was followed everyday throughout the week.  Over the week we had a mini presentation within the hotel where the person who did the funniest thing during the day would be given a pair of ear muffs to wear. Such as the funniest fall, or who left the plastic film on the inside of the goggles!

Awards evening with out teachers and instructors was on the last day of sking.  Winners of races received awards and we were able to say a final goodbye to our instructors.

Our last day dawned.  We were all sad to go home.  Leaving Alpendorf on the Friday at about 5.00 p.m. we had to face the long journey home which was just as tiring.  However, time passed quickly and we had fun talking about the memories we had created and the new friendships forged over the last week.

the whole ski group

Everyone was excited to get home and have a night in their own beds and see their families

Every day in school we speak about the journey, the unforgettable skiing that we enjoyed so much.  We had the best time ever!!!  We have to thank the teachers who came with us as it wouldn´t have been possible without them.  We are all excited for next year´s trip.

 

By Arielle Halter, Amy Lee and Jordan Paul

 

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