Bathed in glorious sunshine six members of staff and 46 Lochinver boys from Years 5 - 8 said farewell to their parents on Saturday, 24th March, and set off on their journey to Pila, Italy for a week of skiing.
They arrived at the the Aosta Valley on Sunday morning, and went firstly to have their ski boots and skis fitted before driving a short distance to their hotel in St. Nicolas for a hearty Italian lunch of pizza and pasta. The village is located in a most stunning location, high up on the valley side, surrounded with spectacular Alpine scenery.
The following day the boys were divided into ski groups according to ability and were greeted by their instructors for the week, before moving off for their first lessons of the day. Lunch was eaten sitting in the sunshine at one of the many restaurants on the mountainside before the afternoon session. After the day's skiing the boys went swimming and had lots of fun with aquatic activities organised by Mr. Tyndale. In spite of his best efforts the boys seemed to have more energy than ever!
Tuesday was another glorious day of sunshine and fabulous skiing! All the groups made excellent progress, with the beginners growing in confidence and developing good technique. The intermediates moved up the mountain and attempted red slopes for the first time and the top skiing group started the day on the blue runs as a warm up and continued to move on to more challenging red runs with the thought of their first black run the next day!
The week continued to be filled with wonderful skiing conditions, blue skies and even higher temperatures, so that layers were being taken off, rather than put on to keep warm as is usually the case! The boys enjoyed a variety of 'apres ski' activities including a visit to the centre of Aosta where they wandered along the cobbled streets and bought mementos of their stay to take home and, more importantly, enjoyed gelatos of all different flavours. Another highlight of the week was eating delicious home cooked pizzas at a local Pizzeria - the supply of pizzas seemed to be endless and, together with chips and huge bowls of salad, everyone was 'full to bursting' by the end of the evening.
The last night was a 'Presentation Evening' when the boys said thank you to the owner of the hotel, Roberto, and his staff for being so hospitable and accommodating during their stay. The five ski instructors also came along to present the boys with their Certificates and announce the Most Improved and Best Skier Awards. They were also given small gifts of appreciation from the boys in the different ski groups.
A huge thank you to Mr Tyndale for organising such a wonderful ski trip and, in return, Mr Tyndale would like to say thank you to the wonderful staff who were quite outstanding, making his task as Tour Leader so much easier.