The February half-term holiday saw us make our first venture to Andorra, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Thirty-eight students were joined by Mr Welsford, Mrs Brearley, Mr Cushing and Mrs Quicler for a week of fabulous snow, skiing and après-ski activities – what more could we ask for?
We arrived in resort on Sunday afternoon to be greeted with fresh snowfall, always a bonus at the beginning of a ski week. The Grandvaliria ski area in Andorra is one of the most extensive in Europe, with 210km of prepared slopes, and is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s ‘must ski’ areas – we were about to find out why!
Monday morning brought even more fresh snowfall, leaving the slopes in tip-top condition, ready for our first few runs of the week. Mile after mile of wide, perfectly prepared slopes provided some great skiing for all abilities and, despite it being freezing cold, a fantastic day was had by all. Tuesday morning brought similar conditions, with even more fresh overnight snowfall providing the ‘holy grail’ of deep fresh powder snow conditions. Difficult to master at first, such conditions are what every experienced skier dreams of, and whilst some of our beginners weren’t quite ready to fully appreciate the experience, our top performers were in their element on a few off-piste runs towards the end of the day.
Under the watchful eyes of our ski instructors, Luis, Andre, Alex and Clio, our skills progressed on a daily basis, and by the end of the week, the difference in some students’ skiing had to be seen to be believed. As the week progressed, the weather turned more and more in our favour, with both Wednesday and Friday providing perfect blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine, to give us a picture-perfect end to our week.
Those of you who now wish you had joined us, look out for details about next year’s trip, which will be out before we break up for the Easter holidays.