Students hit the slopes in the Alps

37 students, accompanied by four members of staff from Albany Academy, experienced the excitement of a skiing trip this month. The hugely popular annual event, which is in its 16th year, was once again organised by the school to allow students to experience the thrill of winter sports.

Staff and students stayed at the hotel Marguareis in the resort of Artensia, situated in the Italian region of the Alps. Students enjoyed five hours of tuition a day from the resort’s English speaking Italian instructors. There were many success stories and by the end of the week all beginners were able to confidently ski some tricky red runs. The advanced group were able to enjoy some skiing on the black runs with Pippa Jacobs, Morgan Newton, Zac Walsh and Jordan Monaghan all achieving Gold awards.

In the evening students enjoyed entertainment including a disco, bumboarding and snow tubing. The trip organiser, Mr Thoburn, said “The students worked extremely hard throughout the week and made excellent progress. They faced some extremely cold conditions and icy ski slopes however they took this in their stride and were determined to improve their skiing.”

Year 10 student Morgan Newton, who had a week’s skiing experience prior to the trip and was amongst the students who achieved their gold award, said, “I really enjoyed the ski trip, it was a brilliant experience. I was so pleased to achieve the gold award which required us to do various things including parallel turns. My favourite thing was when we got to do freestyle at the end of each session.”

Year 9 student, James Baugh who had no previous skiing experience found the trip to be a memorable experience. James said, “The ski trip was hard at times with early mornings, long days and strenuous activities but it was so enjoyable. By the end of the week we were going down the red runs at speed and I would definitely want to ski again after this trip.”

To view photos from the ski trip check out our gallery page.