Ski Trip to Colorado
After a 5000-mile journey, two planes, three airports and a two-and-a-half-hour bus ride, we arrived at Winter Park greeted by a frosty atmosphere and the best turkey sandwich you have ever tasted.
With a 6.30am wake-up call and a full American breakfast, we started the next day with the ski fitting. We rode a shuttle bus up to the luxury ski resort before meeting our instructors who would teach and guide us for the next six days.
The beginners' group showed a great improvement, evidenced by the fact that they started the week on the green runs, and ended with a blue-black run. This was thanks to Barry, their instructor, who managed to get the right combination of teaching and fun, with a few film quotes mixed in!
The advanced group spent the majority of the time on mogul runs (for those who don’t know what these are, they are mounds of snow closely packed together on the piste). The instructor, Andrea, had a clear passion for moguls which she managed to pass on to the rest of the group, despite our aching knees.
After a long hard day skiing, we always looked forward to having some down time in the room before a fun night out. During our stay, we ate at many classic American restaurants (Randi’s Pub & Grill being our favourite!) as well a Mexican night and pizza party. We also undertook a variety of après-ski activities. These comprised bowling, swimming, ice-tubing, shopping at Cooper Creek Square and a visit to the local convenience store. This was the first time any of us had ever gone ice-tubing which involves sitting in a rubber ring, either by yourself or with a partner, and sliding down an icy track at around 27mph! The local swimming pool was equipped with a slide, a lazy river, a hot tub and a water basketball court.
On the final evening, we undertook the traditional ski-trip quiz, with questions varying from countries to the bus driver’s name on Tuesday morning (Mr Beard came up with that one!). We then visited Randi’s one last time to enjoy the classic American burger with not double, but triple-fried fries! Finally, we packed and left on Saturday morning, awaiting the two-day journey ahead of us. We may have left Colorado but we brought its spirit with us.
This trip could not have happened without the work and organisation of the ‘chaperones’, Mr Beard, Miss Postgate and Miss Adolphus and, of course, the preparation done by Mr Rodgers. The skiers (and one snowboarder) have learnt a lot and look forward to going back to Winter Park in 2017!
Aryan Bhasin, 4LJS & Toby Fairhurst, 4PJJ