Twenty-two students recently enjoyed an incredible trip to Austria during the February half term. We left school on Friday evening to embark on the twenty-eight hour journey to Bruck, in the Tirol region of Austria. Our ferry left Dover at around 4:30am and we finally arrived at the Eberleiten that evening. Everybody was very relieved to make it to bed to get ready for the upcoming week.
The next morning we were fully kitted out with our skis, boots, poles and helmets. When everyone had their equipment, we headed to Kaltenbach to begin our first day skiing. The weather was good, and so were the conditions on the piste. We met our ski instructors, and split off into three groups so that the beginners could start their lessons, and the more experienced skiers could get going too. It was very exciting to be back on the slopes, and everybody found the first day very rewarding indeed. That evening, the whole group went out to go bowling, and there was some very fierce competition between us all!
On our second day we returned to Kaltenbach. The beginner groups were starting to find their feet and the ‘professional’ group even began to experiment with some backwards skiing (not recommended!). On that evening after dinner, we all went for a pizza evening. It was absolutely delicious. Skiing definitely creates a large appetite!
Following our first two days of skiing, we set off to the Zillertal Arena for the next two days. This resort does not just have miles of beautiful ski slopes, but also a speed track, slalom race, Snow Park and ski cross run. We had a fantastic time exploring the new place. Ski conditions were made a little tricky by the thick fog that engulfed the mountainside. There were parts of the piste where visibility was reduced to a few metres. However, it was very exciting and our wonderful instructors took good care of us.
For those two nights, we enjoyed going out to the amazing swimming pool and going ice skating. The whole group loved the slides and whirlpool (and meeting another school party from the Netherlands), and had fun racing around the ice.
On the fifth day, we set out to Hochfugen for the ski race. The views on the gondola up were extraordinary. At last we had the bright sunshine that we had been waiting for. There was a lot of competitive talk, but Harry Radford came out on top overall, with Bethany Channon taking a well-deserved victory in the girl’s race.
On our final day, we returned to the Zillertal Arena to make the most of our final moments in the mountains. The top group enjoyed some action off piste and eagerly took on some jumps too. When we returned to the hotel, it was a quick shower and pack-up, before getting back into the bus and heading home. The journey back seemed to fly by, with students soon sitting and tucking into a full English breakfast on the ferry as the white cliffs of Dover came into sight. It was a truly ‘wunderbar’ week and on behalf of all students who were a part of it, I would like to say a huge thank you to the teachers that made it all possible.
Report by Lottie Radford