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Lonsdale Skiing Trip Andorra

From 4th March to 10th March 2018, a group of four very excited young people and 4 members of staff are off to Andorra for Lonsdale's first ever skiing trip. A lot of practice and preparation has gone into it, and now they are all enjoying the snow!

Day 1 (Sun): After a long day of travelling, everyone arrived tired but happy in the skiing resort in Andorra. The only two things on the agenda were dinner and bedtime!

Day 2 (Mon): We have had a great day on the slopes!  We have all enjoyed our first gondola ride and chair lift! We have spent time today making sure everyone is comfortable in their sit ski, so we have only explored the local slopes.  It has been a cloudy day with snow and rain showers.  We are very impressed with the hotel, especially the puddings after dinner!  We are getting lots of ideas to bring back for school lunches and REP tea! We are not quite so sure about the Christmas decorations though!! Off to bed now and will check in again tomorrow!

Day 3 (Tue): Another great day on the slopes! All have used the out-riggers (mini skis on the sides of the sit ski so that the student has more independence, and they can go faster!). They thoroughly enjoyed their independence and did really well.  We ventured further into the resort today going on the 6-man chair lift which took us higher up the mountain, and we then skied down a lovely blue run. The snow conditions are brilliant! The weather today was sunny in the morning and then cloudy this afternoon. There was a flurry of snow as we left the mountain. We're just off to dinner! Check in again tomorrow. 

 

 

Day 4 (Wed): Wow! What a day!  We all visited the snow park, where we went over some ski jumps!  For most this was the best part of the day and some visited twice!  We took the GoPro out with us and fixed it to our helmets.  We have some great videos of us on the jumps and  skiing using the out-riggers.  We also checked out 2 new runs, including the Grizzly Gully which is like a half pipe on a skate park! Mrs W was quite scared when she had to ski so high up the side of the mountain!
Joe's weather report: Today was sunny with a little bit of cloud.  It was windy on the chair lift. We also had a snow flurry this afternoon.
We are just waiting for the restaurant to open for dinnerand are sitting in the piano bar listening to a saxophone and relaxing on the sofas! 

 

 

Day 5 (Thurs): We had a slightly later start this morning as we visited the shops to buy some gifts and souvenirs. Once up the mountain, Lana decided to take Mrs W on a warm-up run through Grizzly Gully! Despite not being able to see due to bad light making the snow look flat we made it through in one piece! We then became the first ones in the team to ski a red run, and Joe joined the Red team later in the day! We all practiced using the out-riggers and all are becoming quite expert now!
The girls enjoyed listening to the music, dancing and drinking hot chocolate, whilst the boys had their ski this afternoon!
Joe's weather report:  Today it was sunny all day and a lot warmer as there was no wind!
We are all a little tired and looking forward to a lie in tomorrow!
Check back soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 (Fri):

Hi! Another great day of skiing, under beautiful blue skies!  The girls went out this morning and went to the very top of the mountain where the views were breath taking! They then skied all the way to the very bottom, which as the crow flies is 1km, but to ski is about 5km!
Joe went up to the top this afternoon, but as the weather was so hot, the conditions on the last run into the village at the bottom weren't great so instead he decided to do 13 x 360 degree turns in a row!!
All 3 also had a timed run through the slalom course!
We had fun in the bowling alley this evening, which is rather different to Hollywood Bowl in Stevenage!  Staff had to hold the make shift ramp and the skittles dangled on string!!  Will, Lana and Flo all tied for first place!
We then had our awards presentation from our DSUK instructors, Louisa and Fiona.  Both, staff and students got medals and certificates:
Joe: Aacurate weather forecasting and awesome skiing
Flo: Best snow dance and awesome skiing
Will: Best wows and awesome skiing 
Lana: Fastest racer and awesome skiing 
Sheena: technical wizardry
Jen: Best route finder
Donna: Most improved adult skier
Mrs W: Biggest air and international rescue services ( but not for us!!!)

We are looking forward to our last day on the slopes tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

Look away now if you are squeamish! This is skiing close to the edge...

 

 

Day 7 (Sat): Unfortunately the weather today was misty and rainy, which meant we could not see very much up the mountains!  However, this did not stop this intrepid group of skiers! Will and Flo were the first on the slopes, and both joined the Red Run team.  Joe and Lana went out after lunch, and both had their own competition to see who could do the most 360 turns in a row! Lana managed 13, and Joe went one further and did 14!  We have captured this on the GoPro!  
We all made it safely down the mountain and are now all packed and ready for home.  We are completely exhausted but excited to share our experiences with our families and friends back at school.
Thank you, Andorra, for a fabulous week! We can’t wait to return!

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