The February half-term holiday saw us make our second venture to Andorra, and once again it certainly didn’t disappoint! Fifty-two students were joined by Mr Welsford, Mrs Quicler, Mr Cushing, Mr Bolton and Miss Longden for a week of fabulous skiing and après-ski activities – what more could we ask for?

We arrived in the resort on Sunday afternoon to find some of the best snow conditions throughout the whole of Europe. The Grandvalira ski area has been developed over recent years to become one of the most extensive in Europe and, with 210km of prepared slopes, it is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s “must ski” areas.

We woke on Monday morning to a cloudless sky and slopes in tip-top condition, so everything was set for a great start to our week. Mile after mile of wide, perfectly prepared slopes provided great skiing for all abilities, and all had a fantastic first day. Our resident entertainment guru, Louie Thorpe, provided us all with some great laughs on Monday night (if you know him ask to see the photos!) and the scene was set for a wonderful trip.

Tuesday and Wednesday brought similarly fantastic conditions, and under the watchful eyes of our ski instructors, our skills progressed on a daily basis. By the middle of the week, the improvement in some students’ skiing really had to be seen to be believed, with students who had never skied before now very comfortable on much of what the mountain had to offer. The weather turned slightly against us on Thursday, with cloudy skies and reduced light conditions making the skiing far trickier, but by Friday afternoon we had returned to perfect blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine to give us a picture-perfect end to our week.

Despite a few unforeseen issues causing a missed ferry and slight delay to our return journey, we were all back in Culcheth just after 8.00pm on Saturday night, more than ready for a relaxing day of rest and recovery on Sunday! We know that many of the students are already longingly looking forward to next year’s trip, so those of you who now wish you had joined us, look out for details, which we hope to have available before we break up for the Easter holidays.