Wallace High School party enjoys US ski-trip

The Wallace High School recently visited New Hampshire on the annual ski trip. Here the party are pictured at North Peak, Loon Mountain on the last day.
The Wallace High School recently visited New Hampshire on the annual ski trip. Here the party are pictured at North Peak, Loon Mountain on the last day.

Wallace High School’s recent ski trip saw 43 pupils and five staff enjoy five reportedly action-packed days on the slopes at two venues in New Hampshire, USA over the February half-term break.

The first two days skiing were spent at Waterville Valley ,which enabled beginner groups to get going on more gentle terrain and allowed the skiers to get their “ski -legs” back.

The remaining three days saw the group move to Loon Mountain, described as a bigger challenge for everyone, with two mountains and many miles of tree-lined piste to explore and conquer.

With the help of instructors and staff for four hours tuition daily, all groups were said to have made great progress and improved their technique and speed, which meant everyone was ready for the traditional final day’s challenge, conquering the summit of North Peak.

The final day therefore played out against a backdrop of “stunning, panoramic views of Mount Washington” from the 3,050ft summit of North Peak.

Everyone having safely skied from the summit, the trip ended with the WHSki Awards and USA quiz in the Black Bear Lodge, hailed as having been expertly hosted as always by trip organiser Mr Reid.

Throughout the week apres-ski activities included ice-skating, outlet shopping at Tilton, a trip to the local Waterville cinema and swimming, while on the last day the group enjoyed shopping and sightseeing in Boston.

Mr Jonny Reid, teacher in charge of the ski trip, was delighted with its success.

He said: “I wish to thank the staff for giving up their half-term holiday to accompany our young people on this exciting trip.

“And a big ‘well-done’ to the 2016 WHSKI crew for your company, sense of fun and improvements on the slopes which was, as ever, great to see.

“Our group were complemented on their great attitude and behaviour by everyone we met and I am already looking forward to our next school ski-trip.

“As our ski motto says, ‘eat-sleep-ski-repeat’.”