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The February half-term holiday saw us make our third venture to the Grandvaleria ski area in Andorra, the sixth largest interlinked ski area in Europe, and once again it certainly didn’t disappoint!

Thirty-three students were joined by Mr Welsford, Mr Dugdale, Miss Longden and Miss Shawcross for week of fabulous skiing and après-ski activities. We arrived in resort early on Sunday afternoon to some of the best snow conditions throughout the whole of Europe – what more could we ask for?

The weather turned slightly against us on Monday and Tuesday, with cold temperatures, cloudy skies and heavy snowfall making the skiing conditions very tricky, but we knew that all the fresh snow meant that perfect conditions were only just around the corner. So we wrapped up tight, got our extra layers and goggles on and got out onto the slopes and persevered! Our resident entertainment guru, DJ Max Gray, also kept us entertained with some top tunes on the slopes, so although we couldn’t always see where we were going, we could always hear where we needed to be!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday brought us fantastic weather conditions, and the heavy snowfall from the beginning of the week meant that we now had mile after mile of perfectly prepared pistes to match the outstanding weather. Under the watchful eyes of our instructors, who commented that we were experiencing the best conditions of the entire ski season, our skills progressed on a daily basis. By the end of the week, the improvement in our skiing really had to be seen to be believed, with some students who had never skied on real snow before, now able to handle much of what the mountain had to offer.

Despite a missed Eurotunnel slot causing a delay to our return journey, we were all back in Culcheth for 7.00pm on Saturday night, more than ready for a relaxing day of rest and recovery on Sunday!. I 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

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