Friends pupils take learning to the slopes

Friends pupils feeling on top of the world during their ski trip to Italy.
Friends pupils feeling on top of the world during their ski trip to Italy.

Pupils of Friends’ School Lisburn recently embarked on the Junior Ski Trip.

Students in Years 9-11 flew from George Best Belfast city airport to arrive in Verona, Italy and then took a bus to their home for the next week.

That was the Park Hotel Miramonti, in the beautiful village of Folgaria situated just a short distance from the ski area.

The beginner groups began on the nursery slope and learnt how to stop, turn and stay upright, while the others enjoyed the scenery of the slopes further up the mountain.

As the week progressed, all groups enjoyed skiing down the mountain on various different slopes of different grades and difficulties.

After morning lessons, it was off for lunch, where pizza was consumed in large quantities along with hot chocolate that was almost too thick to drink.

The weather was almost too good to be true, there was snowfall for the first time in several weeks and also the highest temperature of 15 degrees Celsius on the slopes so the conditions were excellent.

There were various après ski activities arranged in the evenings which included snow tubing, ice skating, swimming, movie night and trips into the nearby town of Folgaria. The activities were enjoyed by all, especially after a hard day’s skiing.

On the last day, a series of races were arranged in each group involving a slalom course. The winners were announced and awarded prizes, along with everyone else receiving their badge and ski report.

By the end of the trip everybody was so confident in their skiing you wouldn’t have known they had been beginners just five days before. The trip was thoroughly enjoyable and everyone returned safely looking forward to a good lie in the following morning.

The pupils sent special thanks to the school staff for being so patient and thoughtful, to the hotel staff and to the ski instructors for making the week so enjoyable.