Day 4 - Fancy Dress in Zauchensee

Day 4

Fancy dress day! White out as usual, Snowing heavily all day, however the intrepid groups toured the mountain. Group three progressed from the blue runs to red and even a purple (a bit black) The progression from day one was brilliant! Group two started the day on the cruisey blue and then headed over to the world cup run and up to the music bar for a hot chocolate to get out of the snowy weather. Group one headed up the red gondola and then toured the mountain, not quite sure where they were going due to the poor visibility!

The Journey from Hell (or at least from Dover)

Remember when you waved them goodbye, their happy little faces all full of excitement and expectation? 

Remember when you were told about how the journey was about 13 hours plus or minus a bit depending on traffic?

Remember the weather forecast might have hinted at a modicum of rain and the mearest suspicion of wind

Remember how nothing ever goes to plan? That bit. That might be a tad important.

Day 4 - Fancy Dress in Zauchensee

Kenny Goes Skiing (at least for a while)

Day 4 and it was Ski Notley’s Fancy Dress Day – which obviously means “chuck down the white stuff” to whoever controls the weather round here. 

Looking out the window this morning was a slightly depressing experience since snow was bucketing down. We had visions of a repeat of last year where Sander the Snow Wizard stood in a howling blizzard conducting the weather whilst three penguins huddled in a group to shelter from the storm.

However how different can two apparently similar days be?

Day 1 – Zauchensee

Everyone having a blast!

Day 1 saw our intrepid bunch of skiers tackling the various ski runs at Zauchensee, each in their own way.

Group 1 (as you would expect) bade everyone goodbye then tore off at lightning speed down the red and black runs pausing only to wonder why the rest of the world was moving so slowly. They ended the day windswept and grinning like Cheshire Cats!

Dave and Jen's Day 5 Blog.

Beautiful sunny day in Flachau today, still fairly cold at -5 so snow conditions awesome.

We are really looking forward to meeting you all at the hotel on Saturday. Hope all the packing is going well. The forecast for next week is Snow over the weekend but brightening up as the week progresses. Still cold so bring lots of layers.

See you all on Saturday

Dave and Jen

Day 3 - What's that thing in the sky?

Day three and the sun has been shining. We skied at Zauchensee again today and the beginners have been cruising all day on the blue run practising their turns. There were some very tired legs by this afternoon but all have managed to ski from top to bottom on several occasions so there were smiles all round.

Final Itinerary for Ski Trip 2014 URGENT - REVISED 12 FEBRUARY

Please can you all note the last minute changes to the itinerary for this year's Ski trip.

We are now meeting at the school at 3:30am on the morning of Saturday 15 February.

It is vitally important you read the updated information. 

Also, if you have not already done so, please can you check your email/text messages for the important letter that was sent to all parents/carers on Wednesday 12 February. If you cannot access a copy please contact either Mrs Segura or Mr Rowe at the school as a matter of urgency.

Click here for full details.


Day 3 – An Eventful Day in Flachau

Sorry about the rather late update – it’s been what is euphemistically described as eventful today! (Geek)

Tuesday started promisingly with nice clear skies and the world’s shortest coach journey to…well just around the corner to be honest. We saddled up the groups, hit the Flying Mozart gondola in record time and were some of the first warm bodies on the Wagrain run.

All Arrived Safe and Kitted Out

All arrived safe and sound after a LONG journey delayed by many many traffic jams. 

Everyone all kitted out at the best ski fit ever and now tucked up in bed ready for tomorrow on the slopes.

Pre Notley Ski test week. Jen and Dave Carpenter

Dave and Jen’s safety check week

Day 1: Arrival

So we arrive at around 9 am after a 15 hour drive over. As we pull into resort, the sun is shining, very cold at -15 but the snow looks so good that we decide it would rude not to go and have a ski. So we head of for a lift pass at Zauchensee and ski the day! The snow was fantastic!

Day 2 – Zauchensee Skiing, Ice Skating and Ice Bowling

(Not all at the same time obviously)

So that’s what getting some proper sleep is like – we’d kind of forgotten!

Day 2 and the dawn was met by a bunch of refreshed teenagers and staff whose bags under the eyes looked more like handbags than suitcases. That’s an improvement then.

After the usual palaver of “where’s my gloves, who’s got my goggles, why don’t my salopettes fit” the staff sorted themselves out and got the students onto the slopes by 8:45am and off they went.

Day 5 – Zauchensee and Presentations

This might ramble a bit as it’s late (again!) and my brain has turned into something approaching Swiss Cheese.

Another great day’s skiing in Zauchensee today with bright sunshine in the morning despite the forecast of -15. Many people wore an extra layer. And melted.

Group X (where X is a variable from 1 to 3) skied all around the mountain on every different type of terrain but especially the powder field behind the Music Bar. That was completely awesometastic (I insist this is a real word). Really deep and fresh with sparkly bits coming off the trees like a cut scene from Twilight. Even a certain member of staff not known for his love of off-piste thoroughly enjoyed it. Just don’t tell anyone or I’ll have to do more of it next year!

Day 2 - Flachau

The sun was out this morning as we headed over to Flachau. The beginners went to the top of the Achter Jet and spent about 20 mins recapping what they had done yesterday before skiing down their first blue run. All did really well and there were lots of smiles allround. After a couple of blues they headed to the top of the mountain before skiing down to the mid station several times. After lunch they spent time gaining confidence on more blue runs before getting the gondola down.

Ski Notley - Now with added Facebook!

Just in case you missed the announcement on SchoolComms, we now have a Facebook page!

We'll be updating this whilst out in resort so why now give us a "Like" and make sure you keep up with all our ski based shenanigans?

As you may be aware there are a few issues with power at the school at present. If the power goes off for a time, so unfortunately will our website (hopefully not for too long though). So in addition to giving us "Social Media" means to keep you up to date, our Facebook page will serve as a backup information supply in case of temporary outages over the week. 

See you on the web!

Chris Rowe (Geek)

Ferry Groups 2013

Just in case you've forgotten, here are the Ferry Groups for the Ski Trip 2013. Please make sure you know exactly which group you are in - you'll be asked it a lot!