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Ski trip to Austria 2016

Ski Trip 2016

Uderns, Zillertal Valley, Austria (Years 8-10)

By Adam Fry and Will Thomson

Austria 2016 trip

Friday and Saturday - Journey to Austria

A coach journey from Rugby to Dover was followed by a ferry crossing to Calais. From Calais, we went through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and finally Austria. We arrived at our hotel around midday on Saturday, picking up our equipment and settling into the rooms. Lunch was provided by the hotel, and gave us the first taste of the delicious meals served throughout the week. Our ski groups were allocated in preparation for the next day’s skiing.


On our first day of the trip, we went to Kaltenbach, just a 5 minute coach trip from the hotel in Uderns. We faced cloudy and windy conditions on our first day but everyone enjoyed the first day skiing. For evening entertainment, we went to the Freizeitpark for bowling, which saw Team 4 prevail in the team challenge and Charlie Thompson win the individual competition with Ben Walker second. Everyone enjoyed the bowling experience and there was full participation from everyone.


Zell am Ziller was the location of Day 2’s skiing. Poor visibility didn’t dampen the mood amongst our skiers as an excellent day of skiing was recorded. Special commendation goes to the novice skiers, notably Sam Boazman and Ethan Brock, who showed 100% effort and both accordingly, won ‘Star of the Day’. Wally of the Day went to Ellis Danby who forgot his lunch and gloves. The evening entertainment saw the return of the Tyrolean Evening after we participated last year. In a fantastic night, our students not only performed excellently in many of the events but had great fun with smiles all round come the end of the night. Adam Whitfield, Ben Walker and Will Thomson all showed great enthusiasm. Tom Bergendorf won the ‘Best Cuckoo Clock’, Sean O’Kelly won the hammering a nail contest, Will Browne and Ben Walker milked ‘Daisy the Cow’ while Ethan Walker and Adam Whitfield sawed through wood in just 13 seconds.


It was 3 resorts in 3 days as we headed to Mayrhofen for our third day of skiing. A great ski day despite poor visibility for a second day running. Mayrhofen had a balance of good slopes for the less-experienced to learn new techniques on and challenging runs for more advanced skiers amongst us. This ensured everyone came off the slopes happy with the day's skiing. In the evening, we went swimming at the Freizeitzentrum near Fugen. It was a fantastic facility which included 2 large slides, a whirlpool, a cave and waterpool, a salt pool and an outdoor pool.


We returned to Mayrhofen for our 3rd full day of skiing. With improved visibility came improved performance especially in the beginner groups. The ski day was rounded off with a trip into Mayrhofen town which provided an opportunity to buy souvenirs and visit other shops which included a Spar and Superdry. Wednesday was also quiz night where we faced up against the other school staying in our hotel. Some interesting challenges were included that were all very fun.


We remained in Mayrhofen, albeit on a different part of the mountain called Finkin. The fog of the previous days cleared and the weather was fantastic. Skiing conditions were excellent and everybody had fun out on the slopes. In the evening, we were presented with our Skiing awards and this gave us an opportunity to thank everyone involved in the running of the trip, including teachers, instructors, drivers and hotel staff. Following our presentation, we headed out for the end of week disco. The live band at the disco performed well and it was a great evening to cap a great week.


On Friday, we headed back to Kaltenbach for our last day. The visibility was good despite it snowing. On return to the hotel, we all prepared for our return to England with a final lunch courtesy of the hotel and packing before departing the valley for the coach ride home.









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