Attached are a selection of the photos taken from the ski trip. We’ll try to get these uploaded onto the student area later in the week if anyone wanted to have their own copy.
All back safe and sound; touched down in Heathrow ahead of schedule this morning due to very strong tail winds (and significant turbulence) across the Atlantic and arrived back at CCS two hours early, no injuries, tired but happy.
Following the last day on the slopes, we transferred to the Big Apple via a very large shopping mall – Danbury Mall. Students re-boarded the bus laden with bargains, exhausted from their exertions (5 days skiing was nothing on this); trails of dust were witnessed as CCS students sped round the shops in record time and the local economy was boosted for the remainder of the financial year.
Continuing down to New York, we hit the Rockafella Top of the Rock at sundown; well worth the trip to the 67th floor as night fell and the New York skyline sparkled beneath us.
A quick walk through Times Square to our dinner reservation at Hard Rock Café for a delicious meal accompanied by gigantic video music screens, rock music and some seriously dramatic waiting staff.
Back to our hotel, up on Friday morning for our last leg. Walk round Battery Park to take in the sights of the Statue of Liberty, and then onto the 9/11 memorial museum. Students were very respectful and followed the exhibitions that led through the events of that tragic day. Some of the museum’s most profound artefacts were the skewed steel columns, mangled fire engines, and the families moving tributes to their lost loved ones.
Transfer back to 5th Avenue for a final hour of shopping; again the students worked the sidewalks in record time before a gridlocked 2 hour transfer back to JFK. The stamina accrued during skiing really started to pay dividends as the cash was flashed and students returned to the coach laden with bags once again.
On behalf of Mr Walker and Mr Purkiss, I would very much like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their company over this amazing week. It has been superb to be a part of the week. The distance of their journey has, not only been around 7,000 miles of road, air, skiing and retail therapy, but the development of their physical and emotional resilience has been integral to this trip. An absolute pleasure to spend time with the students outside the confines of school, in a different and exciting culture and wonderful memories for life gained by all.
Now we are back, we will punctate the blog with photographs; wifi was very patchy throughout the trip, but rest assured we have plenty of photos.
Enjoy the weekend, get some rest and we will see you all on Monday bright and early in school.
All the best – thanks again.
We’ve made it through the last day safe and sound and have now waved a goodbye to Loon. Some icy runs today but no injuries and even Jack’s kamikaze approach to getting down the mountain wasn’t enough to provide anything other than a few bruises.
A huge shout out to some of the beginners who have come on in leaps and bounds. One or two intermediates have also moved up to the advanced group and spent the last few days carving down blues and blacks. It was also fun to see that a couple of students have learned to doughnut (not the edible variety).
With regards to the food a few parents should be warned that despite all the physical exertion a few of our students may be waddling off the plane this Saturday. Americans don’t seem to believe in ‘light’ meal options. Of particular note have been Matt, Joe B, Kareem, Justin & Avindha. At lunchtime today a few of these boys attempted to eat their own body weight in chips and chicken nuggets.
Awards evening tonight but in the meantime a few honourable mentions:
Georgia R: Takedown boss (wiped out three members of her group in one go and then simply carried on skiing past)
Carys: groovy dude (she’s had that effortlessly stylish approach to boarding all week, even when having to trudge behind the skiers to the lift)
Rhys: leader of the pack (led his group down some particularly treacherous stretches without blinking)
Joe: Most embarrassed member of the group (as it’s his birthday we decided to help him celebrate on the coach at the slopes – he was delighted)
So it’s our final day of skiing! There’s a few aches and pains this morning but we’re digging deep and pulling out the painkillers to make the most of our final runs!
Honourable mentions from yesterday:
Adam: blue champion (courage, grit and determination, plus a few bruises, was all it took to get onto those blue runs)
Beth: for valour (kept on going and going)
Olivia: Fashion queen (most stylish non the slopes AND she’s still got her nails intact)
More updates later this evening!
These blogs are late coming due to a lack of WiFi so today’s blog update will be pretty brief.
Today was a day of rain. The slopes were empty which made getting lifts to the top easy and gave us free reign on the slopes. Layers are coming off as the temperatures rise to 0°C which seems incredible when Sunday recorded -31°C at the top of the mountain.
Tonight’s entertainment of a group quiz ended in a dramatic show down between Kareem, Isla, Phoebe & Liam to decide the final point between the last two teams standing.
Tomorrow is our last day of skiing in Loon. More student shout outs will come in once we’ve got the WiFi to write a longer blog. Pictures to be added at a later point in the trip.
Day 3 at Loon. Much bigger and longer runs today as the group headed up to Loon Ski resort. The most dramatic event of the trip so far followed on from a spectacular fall by Mr Walker this afternoon. Having snapped off part of his ski he had to be rescued off the mountain by a passing Ski patrol…….thankfully, at least four students were present to record the event!
It’s been another good day for skiing and it’s to be followed by an adrenalin filled evening. Later on the students are heading back up the mountain for some snow tubing (sliding down tobogan runs on rubber rings). It’s promising to be an entertaining evening!
Tomorrow the group will be back at Loon for our penultimate day of skiing before we head off to New York. A chance to rest tired muscles with some therapeutic shopping and hitting some of the sights.
Honourable mentions from today:
Heather: Snowplough Queen (aimed for the trees at full tilt and with no apparent fear)
Ella: little miss helpful (any number of crying five year olds are no problem to this girl)
Arun: best progress (huge leaps forward today with skiing)
Kareem: The Siren (best noise made by any student coming down the snow tube slope)
One or two of the girls have had to make certain sacrifices due to skiing related injuries. It seemed important to mention on the blog the loss suffered by two of the girls…..their nails will never be the same.
Here’s hoping these photos all upload.
An update on the weather in Waterville, we’ve now been out in temperatures close to -20°C (not including wind chill). Despite the cold it’s been another good day on the slopes! All of the beginners have made it off the nursery slopes and despite the frozen lifts cutting off some of the mountain everyone is improving.
Thankfully tomorrow is set to be slightly warmer as we head off to Loon to experience some new runs. Ice skating was this evening’s entertainment. There was some impressive re-enactments of Bambi on ice for a few but a fantastic way to finish up the day.
Honourable mentions from today:
Jack, Connor, Joe K, Amy, Michalea, Arun & Avindha: conquering heroes (all took on and smashed the valley run)
George M: A true gent (he’s shown himself to be a real gentleman both on and off the slopes)
Ellie: Jane Torville and ice skating queen (perfect balance on the ice)
Adam: Ski resilience (hit the slopes again with a smile after a fall early on today)
Joe B & Holly: Bambi on ice (some impressive balletic skills demonstrated this evening)
A few people stood out yesterday for their skiing antics and we thought that they deserved a mention on the blog. In no particular order:
Liam: Chair Master (following a brief but brave fight with a ski lift)
Mr Walker: Most extreme beginner (approaching skiing like a game of rugby with no fear of tackling others or even himself to the ground)
Tom: The assassin (one very sneaky attempt to wipe out a ski instructor within the first 30minutes)
Beth & Joe K: Most improved (the instructors were highly impressed with these two for their progress in just one day)
Emma: comedy queen (always enthusiastic and prepared to provide a laugh, a few comedy falls always helps!)