During February half term, 68 pupils and eight staff set off for the slopes of Bansko in Bulgaria for an action-packed week of skiing and après-ski fun.
With a range of skiing abilities to cater for, Bansko was the perfect resort to help new skiers build their confidence whilst allowing the more experienced pupils to develop their skills and enjoy stretching their ability to their limits.
The weather wasn’t picture perfect for the group but this did not stop them from making the most of the slopes. The pupils were split into smaller groups depending on their experience and ability and they were often taken above the clouds to tackle the slopes higher up the mountain.
The first few days were definitely tiring, but the excitement and developing friendships kept the group going as they adjusted to the early mornings and the physical demands of skiing.
The groups worked on a variety of exercises relevant to their ability which resulted in the more experienced skiers going off piste and being introduced to moguls and jumps, whilst the newer skiers grew in skill and confidence, ending the week tackling their first ever black run, at which they excelled.
The pupils and staff not only enjoyed the skiing but also took full advantage of the activities off the slopes. From a very competitive bowling night and a traditional Bulgarian meal, to an evening ice-skating, the group always ended the day on a high note.
For staff involved, the highlight of the trip was seeing the progress the pupils made on the slopes. Pupil Sam Curwen commented on his return: “I have really enjoyed this trip as I have been able to reach a level that I never thought was achievable for me, as at the start of the trip I was doing blue slopes and I have now been able to master the mighty black slope.”
For other pupils it was the friendships and lasting memories made that made the trip. Cameron Wylie remarked: “This trip allowed me to forget about my phone and experience all that the trip had to offer. Not only did I become closer with people in my own year, I also met lots of new people from all years. An eye-opening experience.”
The trip follows on from skiing lessons that pupils have been undertaking at the Chill Factore.