Ski trip Italy 2018
On Good Friday, 40 students and 5 staff, left a rainy Southampton on for the first ever Upper Shirley High Ski Trip. We had a hassle free journey overnight, all the way through France and down to Bardonecchia in Italy, arriving on the Saturday morning. When we arrived, we had an opportunity to explore the lovely little town and have a spot of lunch before organising our ski equipment at ski fit. After ski fit we had time to settle into our hotel rooms and have dinner before we were all ready for an early night in preparation for our first day of skiing!
From day one, students were split into 4 groups. Our experienced skiers set off the mountain from the start and there was no stopping them! They spent the next few days exploring the slopes, completing the Olympic Run and at the end of the week set off on an adventure to Jafferau on the other side of the mountain, which after the huge dump of snow, had the most amazing skiing conditions. Even the instructor was taking photos and saying this was one of the best days of the whole season!
Our 3 other groups were students who had never skied before so they set off to the nursery slopes to learn the basics, in glorious sunshine. Over the next two and half days each group made the next step and moved up the mountain to put their skills into practice on the long and winding blue and red runs. By day 3 everyone had made it up the mountain on the chair lift, which was great to see! However, the visibility was poor, which may have been a blessing for some who were apprehensive about going up the mountain. After two days of lovely sunshine on the beginner slopes, we had two days of snowy conditions, which was good for the students to experience. The final two days, saw perfect conditions for the students to enjoy; fantastic sunshine and great snow!
Through the many falls, poor visibility and tiredness all students spent the week smiling and laughing. Our many laughs included students falling onto and off the chair lifts and students creating human avalanches with each other or even using the side netting to stop!
Evening entertainments included the quiz night, with the addition of ‘Foam head’, games night of pool and table tennis, movie night, ice cream night and our awards night.
All students showed maturity when conducting themselves both on and off the mountain. Students had to organise equipment, keep their rooms tidy, arrive at meet points on time and listen to ski instructors. They were incredible and a real credit to the school and their families. All staff agreed that they were an absolute pleasure to spend the week with!
Our awards evening showed many notable achievements by individual students, but all our students completed all or part of an Olympic run used in the 2006 Winter Olympic games which was a fantastic achievement.
Our awards included- Donut of the Day, Equipment Malfunction, Carnage Creator, Acrobat, Human Avalanche and Wipeout awards.
Some of our main award winners are below-
Unsung hero- Max O’Brien
PMA- Anna Prudnikova
Beginners of the week- Leo Dobbs, Joe Ndupuechi
Most improved- Sam Marsh Collins, Joe Russell
Skier of the week- Henry Books
I would like to thank the staff that gave up their time to allow this trip to happen and make such a memorable time for the students. Mrs Hyslop, Mr Hield, Mrs Rendall and Mr Davies.
Miss Suffling (Trip Leader)