29 June 2016; Adelaide Airport; 46 Senior School students were heading off to the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island; the feeling of excitement was brewing. With everyone looking smart in their freshly ordered ski trip jumpers, the students were eager to get on to the slopes and show off their skills, professional or not so professional ... After disembarking the plane in Queenstown, we were greeted with fantastic weather and beautiful scenery. The sleepy bus drive to Wanaka showed us some of the scenic highlights that New Zealand has to offer.
The first day of skiing was at Cardrona. The mornings started with lessons provided by ski instructors from all around the world. We all had to get our ‘ski legs’ back, and the beginners had to learn the ins and outs of snow etiquette. After each extremely fun but exhausting day, we were treated to dinner out in the town. We were even lucky enough to go to the movies most nights at the Paradiso Cinema. The world-famous cookies that were freshly baked at intermission were a serious highlight! With the thought of those warm chocolate chip cookies as a reward, we worked all the harder at trying to improve our skills on the slopes.
The first half of the 9-day adventure was spent at Wanaka, before we moved on to Queenstown. Despite the snow quality on the slopes being less than ideal, this did not impact on the fantastic skiing and snowboarding experiences had by all at The Remarkables. Watching the sun rise over the mountain tops on the bus trip to the ski lifts was truly ‘remarkable’. With only a couple of injuries, the trip was an amazing success—all trip members arrived home exhausted but smiling!
A big thank you must go to the teachers who ran the trip—Ms Jones, Mr Lodge, Ms Hodgkison, Mr Mirtschin, Mr Shillabeer and of course Mrs Crowhurst, without whom this awesome trip wouldn’t go ahead as smoothly as it does each year.
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