A typical day on the ski tour would begin at 7am with a wake-up call followed by breakfast half an hour later. Sugar Puffs and Coco Pops were the most popular options with a few students opting for the more traditional Austrian fare bread, meat and cheese. The group then clomped up to the ski hire shop in ski boots to pick up their skis and alight the gondola to ascend Mount Horberg (2,300m). Leaving behind a thin dusting of snow at ground level the lift would tip them out in to the blinding white playground of snow that is the Mayrhofen ski area. The instructors were energetic, helpful and knowledgeable – they responded to what each group wanted to do and helped each skier to improve. The top group were the most technical but group 2 wanted to go fast (over 90km/h in some cases…tracked on the app!). Groups 3 and 4 wound their way across the mountains occasionally hitting the snow park for some jumps. The beginners showed a staggering improvement over the course of the week and demonstrated this by tackling red runs with confidence and style. The most memorable moments came on the fifth day when the clouds were quite low and the skiers broke through them to see only the blue sky and the peaks of other mountains poking through. After a full five hours of skiing the group headed back to the hotel for a short break before supper. Hotel Sidan is known in the region for its amazing pizzas and no one was disappointed to find that they were on the menu two nights out of six. Each evening had some form of entertainment and something for everybody, whether it was active like ice skating or curling or more cerebral like Miss Donaldson’s fiendish quiz. Over the week every student had been challenged in some way. Mr Spring- Wallis, trip leader, would like to thank the staff who helped to support the skiers throughout the week; Mr Harvey, Miss Donaldson, Miss Gordon, Mr Bayntun and Mr Stanley. Stories of various exploits on the trip are still bouncing around school so it’s no great surprise that most of the group are turning their attention to the next time they might find themselves in the mountains…