We have had a great day today at Zauchensee. All the groups have skied from the top of the mountain some taking longer than others! Lots of children have fallen over and the staff were not far behind them (Mr Rowe and Mr Catt!!) The weather has been fantastic with brilliant sunshine all day. Perfect for plenty of photos. Check out the gallery for our day in pictures. We are off to Flachau this evening for a spot of floodlit toboggoning and then home for a good nights sleep. Up early again tomorrow to catch the first lift up the mountain at Zauchensee.
12th February 2011
We have arrived and have successfully completed the first day with 4 inches of new snow laid today at the top of Flachau.
The temperature is quite warm at about +3 but is good conditions on piste.
The hotel is lovely and only about 15 minute journey from resort, so is simple for transfers. The hotel staff are very amenable and welcoming. The food is good and rooms are lovely.
A few new pictures
Keep you posted
Jenny and Dave Carpenter
We arrived at the hotel for 7am. The guesthouse is lovely.
The Children will be making snowmen this afternoon.
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
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
Just a quick blog entry after a long journey! All arrived safe and well and not a little excited about skiing tomorrow. Journey took a bit longer than anticipated due to a cancelled ferry but the students took this in their stride and have behaved impeccably.
Le Roy and Bernard 2 the Sequel (our drivers) have been their expected efficient selves and got us here in just about 13 hours from Calais - not too shabby.
Hotel is very welcoming and everyone was tucking into soup within five minutes of arrival.
For the first time we have full WiFi access in the hotel so more blog posts, pics and general geekiness will follow over the week. Check back daily and and feel free to comment too - love to hear your feedback.
Mrs Segura and team.
Just over a week to go...
The final itinerary is now available on the site so now would be a good time to check a few things.
Make sure you have your passport somewhere safe and that it's in date (just in case!)
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.
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!
14th February 2011
Well today we have been in Zauchensee and the weather has been gorgeous. Bright blue skies and sunshine, good snow and lots of fun. We stopped for lunch and had chicken wings and ribs (goooood) and then over to the music bar!
After dinner we went and did Segway! This is two wheels and a handbar - you lean forward to go forward, backward to reverse and the pull the handle side to side to turn. Sounds simple but quite fun!
Another day at Zauchensee tomorrow and then see what the weather does.
Should be good though as long as we are on two skis! :-)
Dave and Jen
February half term 2010 saw yet another ski trip head out to Austria for the annual Notley High Ski trip. It was my tenth trip at Notley and quite honestly the best to date!
With only 23 students it was the smallest trip I have ever taken but because of this there was a real family atmosphere to the group. All the students really looked out for one another and there was no separation between the year groups.
Travelling with a new company this year, The Austrian Experience, provided us with a really personal service and a range of new and different evening activities. We went Tubing on the first night where the children slid down the slopes in large tyre inner tubes! Much fun was had by all!! On Monday evening we took a tough walk up the mountain to a small ski lodge where they cooked up a big pan of pancakes and jam for us. We then took a floodlit toboggan ride back down the hill. Wednesday evening was the annual disco and Thursday presentation evening where students received certificates and trophies for their achievements during the week.
The skiing this year was fantastic and the weather and snow conditions couldn’t have been better. All students had had dry slope lessons prior to the trip enabling the whole group to ski from the top of the mountain on the first day. The beginners progressed so well that by the end of the week everyone had skied blue, red and black runs, a real achievement for everyone. It was really lovely seeing and hearing the children at the end of each day telling tales of their adventures on the slopes and what fun they had got up to in the snow!
The students were a pleasure to take away and a real credit to the school and their parents. I would like to thank them for such a good week away. I would also like to thank Mr Rowe, Miss Wilson and Mr Catt who also came on the trip and did such a fantastic job all week.
I am already organising next years trip back out to the same resort and hope to have letters out before the Easter holidays! I know there is a lot of interest already for this trip and there will be a maximum of 40 places. More details will follow shortly.
Nikki Segura: Ski Trip Organiser
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.
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...