We have arrived!

Saturday, 13 February 2010.

We arrived at the hotel for 7am. The guesthouse is lovely.

The Children will be making snowmen this afternoon.

Day 4 - Austria Ski Trip 2009 - Blizzards, Combovers and Disco

Tuesday, 17 February 2009.

The Notley ski crew battled incessant snow and wind today on the 4th day of our ski trip. At times you could hardly see your hand in front of your face and the wind chill made conditions even more difficult. Despite this, every group managed to ski down to the foot of the mountain at least once and everyone agreed that we still had a brilliant day's skiing. We might even have thawed out by the time we get back to Notley!

Our evening activity was a disco in a local club. However, before we went out, the staff and several students decided to follow the current trend in hairstyles - the "combover". If you'd like to see what a stylish lot we all were - including Mr Catt(!) click here to view the photos. You've never seen anything till you see what can be achieved with a liquid eyeliner!

More updates tomorrow.
The Notley High Ski Crew

Day 1 - Austria Ski Trip 2009

Saturday, 14 February 2009.

After a long journey we have all arrived safely in Austria. We have already been to Flachau to pick up our boots and skis and have spent the afternoon in the local park playing in the snow and practicing our skiing ready for the big day tomorrow. We also had a massive snowball fight which was won by the staff – regardless of what you may be told by any of the students. We've never seen so much snow at this level on any previous trip!

The hotel is fantastic and Elsa the manageress is the friendliest host we’ve ever had. The students are settling in to their home for the week and we’ll all be having a nice early night so we can get up for breakfast at 7am, ready for the first lifts at 8:30

Bunny Goes Skiing.

Friday, 12 February 2010.

Bunny has packed his bags and run away on the ski trip! He will learn to ski using the "stick it out and stand on it" method and will enjoy such delights as "cheese on skis"

You can follow him on his adventures with the Notley children by checking back regularly.

Day 3 - Austria Ski Trip 2009

Monday, 16 February 2009.

16th Feb - An altogether fantastic day in Austria for everyone on the ski trip - staff and students included. Groups 1 & 2 had their usual blast across the mountains with some of them giving the instructors a run for their money!

However, the stars of the day were undoubtably the beginners groups 3 & 4. Most of these students had never stepped on a pair of skis before Sunday, but after a couple more hours tuition this morning they headed up to their first proper run down the mountain in the afternoon. Not only did everyone make it down in half the time estiumated by the instructors, they managed two more runs top to bottom before the end of the day. Well done to all of them.

After a quick swim in the local swimming pool (with most braving the outdoor pool too!) it was back to the hotel for a birthday celebration. Our thanks go to Franz for making such a lovely cake!

Click here to check out the pictures. There will be another update tomorrow so come back soon!

Day 6 - Zauchensee 2009

Thursday, 19 February 2009.

We had a fantastic final day skiing at Zauchensee. Although conditions were very cold the sun shone all day. It was lovely to see how well the children had improved from day 1. All four groups skied blue, red and black runs which is a real credit to all – especially considering that many of the students had only started skiing at the beginning of the week.

In the evening we had our presentations where each child was presented with a badge and a certificate with their grading.

Day 2 - Austria Ski Trip 2009

Sunday, 15 February 2009.

A great first day skiing! We have been lucky enough to get some brilliant snow to try out our skills on our first day. Beginners have been learning the basic skills and how to master the button lifts, whilst those with some experience under their ski-boots have been more adventurous and have flown down some ski-runs!

Mr Trumper's team were victorious in the quiz - much to the disbelief of Miss Ward. A stewards' enquiry is underway...