SNOW SPORTS TOUR
10/07/2012 3:58:31 PM
Another early start. The boys were not quite so keen to get going this morning. Yesterday's skiing had had its effects.
A little cooler today which the boys appreciated after sweating their way through the day yesterday.
Again after lessons the boys were divided into the three groups. This time Mr Wyer took the advanced group to Perisher but instead of catching the bus back, as they did yesterday, they skiied back. After a break they couldn't wait to do that again. I didn't see Mr Wyer looking quite so enthusiastic but they all headed out again.
Mr Kennedy took the intermediate group today and concentrated on their skills on the blue runs. They were all keen to get back on the slopes after a break as were the beginners who had Ms Lawless and my daughter, Georgia, chasing after them on the simpler slopes. Last I heard from them they were heading to the chair lift - a big event - this would take them up the mountain to higher and slightly steeper slopes.
The boys were only out about half an hour after afternoon tea when it began to snow. Very exciting!
We are all looking forward to seeing the magician tonight. Should be lots of fun!
SNOW SPORTS TOUR
10/07/2012 3:43:26 PM
Early start - woke up at 6am, breakfast at 6:30.
The boys could have cereal (4 choices), plus bacon, sausages, tomato, baked beans, poached or scrambled eggs, plus yoghurt and berries, plus toast and juice (apple or orange).
After breakfast it was a quick dash back to the room to get their ski boots and goggles and then on to the bus for the trip to Smiggins.
Getting our ski boots on and juggling skis and poles was a challenge for some - but we all managed to get on to the snow safely.
The weather was beautiful - sunny and blue skies! Perfect for the first day on the slopes. The boys were divided into two groups for lessons (2hrs) - beginners and others. At the end of the lessons we all found each other and had lunch - hot chips, pies, burgers etc.
After lunch the boys were divided into three groups: Beginners with Ms Cassie Lawless, Intermediates with Mr Mark Wyer and Advanced with Mr John Kennedy. Each group went off to test their skills on appropriate runs. Everyone had such a good time that when it came to having a break at 2:30pm they didn't want to stop for long and were all keen to get going again.
At 4:30pm the boys returned to the bus to go back to Ski Rider. After showering it was dinner time - again 3 courses - and then we all joined in the Trivia Night activities. As well as answering questions the boys played Heads and Tails and made paper aeroplanes for a paper plane flying competition. It was a lot of fun but we had to finish up early. Some of the boys were falling asleep at the tables.
A great day!
SNOW SPORTS TOUR
10/07/2012 12:13:11 PM
The trip to Ski Rider, Perisher Valley was uneventful (thank goodness).
The boys were very excited but travelled well and were complimented by the Virgin airline staff on their behaviour. We stopped off at Jindabyne for lunch, which was very welcome given the early start we had, before making our way to the hotel.
At Ski Rider, there was no time for rest - everyone was keen to get to the snow, so we put our bags into our rooms, then went straight around to the ski hire room to collect boots, jackets, skis and poles or snow boards. The ski hire room looked chaotic, but in the end the boys managed to not only get fitted but managed to collect everything they needed and headed to the bus. After labelling everything we headed to Smiggins for a quick play in the snow. By this time the lifts had closed and everyone was preparing to leave for the day.
After snow fights, snow men making and playing in the icy water it was back on the bus to get ready for dinner.
Dinner involves 3 courses - a soup, 3 choices for main and a dessert. The boys were very full after this. After this it was back to the room to unpack, get ready for bed and pack for an early start the next day.