It was early Saturday morning 15 February and two coaches were waiting for 75 pupils and teachers, ready to take us to Dublin Airport for our flight to Zurich, in Switzerland. We checked through security at the Dublin airport and we all had about an hour to have a look around and buy a few drinks and some breakfast – our last Burger King for a week. When we landed in Switzerland another 2 coaches were waiting to take us from Zurich to Ehrwald. We finally arrived at the hotel in time for dinner which was very tasty. We had a busy night as we all had to get all our equipment – skis, poles, boots and helmet and move in to our bedrooms. We couldn’t wait to get started.
At 9.00 am we all went down to the boot room to put on our boots and skis. When everyone was ready we were all put into groups from advance to beginners and we walked outside to meet our instructors who were waiting for us on the nursery slope beside the hotel. Some people found it very difficult that day but everyone was enjoying the experience. We had lunch in the hotel and it was so good to get the heavy boots off for a while. Our afternoon session was 2-4 pm.
Our evening activity was a disco with a real DJ and it was really good and really funny – Myles definitely got the best dancer prize ! Lights were out at 10.30 pm , skiing is very tiring.
We met our ski instructors outside as usual and started our lesson. After two hours of lessons we went in to the hotel for lunch. Then our ski instructor started lessons again.
After lessons were finished for the day we met at the cable car to go up to the Zugspitze – the highest point in Germany. It was very windy at the top but the views were incredible, you really felt you were on top of the world.
On Monday night we went to a ski show in the next resort called Lermoos. There were all sorts of tricks in the show – somersaults, synchronised skiing, snowboarders, skiers on old fashioned wooden skis and a man with a jet pack skiing up hill!
On Tuesday, we had our normal 4 hours of skiing and then we went to the shops after the second session to buy food and water. When we got back to the hotel we had our dinner and then a short briefing afterwards to tell us what was happening that night and the next day. We had two choices – swimming in the village pool or watching an ice hockey match. The year 11’s got to stay behind if they wanted to do revision with Mr Gamble for their Science GCSE that they had on the Monday after we returned from Austria, lucky them.
Today we had an early start as this was our first day at a different ski area called the Alm. We took a 3 minute journey to the resort and got a cable car up to the slopes. The Alm is a bigger ski area with lots of different runs and lots more lifts, even a heated 6 man chair lift ! .
The snow conditions were fabulous, deep powder and it continued to snow most of the day. At 12 o’clock we went in for lunch at a restaurant beside the slopes then back out with lots of energy for some more fun skiing.
Dinner was served at 6pm and tonight’s activity was swimming for those who wanted to go. The pool is Ehrwald is really nice and has a slide which was fun. The hotel’s common room had a pool table, X Box, Apple Mac computer and snack bar so we liked staying there too.
Today we skied at the Alm again and it was even better as we now were skiing on more difficult runs and going further up the mountain. We again had lunch on the slopes in a large restaurant, we had time for some snowballing and sliding outside before our afternoon session began, which was good fun.
On Thursday night we all went in to Ehrwald, either to swim or to go rifle shooting. Daisy McKee was the best shot but we all enjoyed trying it.
Friday was unfortunately our last day skiing and one of the best days. As it was our last day we had a race, slaloming around poles as fast as we could…trying not to fall, it was just like Sochi ! We got a lovely lunch in the restaurant beside the slopes then we headed back out for another 2 hours of skiing hoping it wasn’t going to pass too quickly.
After dinner our ski instructors came to our hotel and talked about what we had achieved during the week and told some funny stories about what we had done. We all got a medal and a certificate and said our goodbyes to the instructors before we headed up to our rooms to pack our bags and tidy up as we had an early start the next morning.
At 9 o’clock we came down to the common room for another presentation only this time from our teachers. Everyone enjoyed our last night with each other having fun. The ski trip was the best experience of my life! – Rachel Gibson
On Saturday we got up at 04:00 and by 4.30 we were on the coaches on our way back to Zurich. It had snowed all night and the resort looked amazing as we left it. Our return journey to Zurich and then Dublin seemed to go faster and by lunchtime we were in the school car park waiting to be collected. What an amazing trip, can we go back ?
The ski trip was fun, relaxed and very well organised. I would love to go again. The people were very helpful and it provided a good opportunity to practise German. Caitlin Spice
I thought the ski trip was very good and enjoyable, I think skiing is a great way to get fit and we got to visit Austria and Germany. The hotel staff were very nice and I would highly recommend it to anyone and I would love to go again. Thomas Ferguson
I thought the ski trip was amazing it was everything I expected and more. I had an amazing time and am looking forward to go in fifth year! Myles Ogden
I really enjoyed the ski trip. I would go back skiing any day, I found it a fantastic experience. It was very enjoyable. Alison Totten
I had an amazing time on the ski trip. Austria was so beautiful and I would defiantly go again. I will never forget this trip. Sophie
I had a fantastic time on the ski trip. It was one of the best holidays I have been on. The skiing was such a good experience and the craic was brilliant. Alix Aiken
The ski trip was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. It made it better than being with my parents as I was around my friends all the time. Ross Morrow