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Ski Trip to Austria

Posted at 10:52 am on 5th March, 2019

Wellacre Takes to the Slopes

During the Spring half term, Wellacre embarked on its annual ski trip adventure to the mountains of Saalbach in Austria.

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Prior to the February trip, Mr Duffy and Mr Thomson, Teachers of PE, organised for beginner and intermediate ski lessons at Beyond in Trafford so that the students could brush up on their skills and make the most of the exciting opportunity.

On arrival, students were welcomed by the staff of Jugendgästehaus Hinterronach, a family-run youth hotel located high above Saalbach town, which offered doorstep skiing and fantastic views.

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With six full days of skiing, students enjoyed instructor-led lessons on the Austrian slopes.  The Ski School catered for all levels of skiers, with some taking their first outings on the beginners’ slopes and the more experienced progressing to take on the black pistes!

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Mr Duffy, Teacher of PE, said:

“Wellacre boys absolutely loved the Austrian ski experience; they all pushed themselves and made amazing progress day by day.  It was a fantastic - and tiring - sporting experience for everyone that took part!”

There was plenty of snow during the holiday, with a blizzard that lasted two days!  After each hard day’s skiing, an evening of entertainment was enjoyed including a quiz, swimming and bowling. The last night’s entertainment was a freestyle ski show, with professionals performing flips and tricks, whilst some of our students enjoyed night skiing with the instructors under a flood slope in Hinterglemm.

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Year 11 Louis said:

“I went on the ski trip in Year 9 and I was in the beginners group, but this time was so much better! I was in the higher group and we had the opportunity to try more advanced skiing and challenging slopes.  

“We did powder skiing, which is off-piste skiing on untouched and thick, but soft, snow.  It was a real challenge because your skis grip to the snow and we learnt how to keep them close together to avoid falling over! It was really fun, even when you fell, because sometimes the snow was waist deep so you had to dig around for your lost skis!”

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Fellow Year 11 Lewis added:

“My favourite activity was the night-time skiing for the advanced group; I preferred it to skiing in the day because it was more of a challenge and a lot funnier!  I went on the trip with school in Year 8 and this year was even better. This will be my last ever school trip with Wellacre and I made some really good memories.”

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