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The February half-term holiday saw us make our fourth venture to Andorra, and once again we had an absolutely fantastic time! 46 students were joined by Mr Welsford, Mr Dugdale, Miss Longden, Miss Shawcross and Miss Flaherty for a week of fabulous skiing and apres-ski activities – what more could we ask for?

We arrived in resort early on Sunday afternoon and checked into our hotel, to find that it had been refurbished since last year’s visit, which was a rather nice surprise. We soon headed off to the ski hire shop to collect our gear for the week, before returning for our dinner and a rather welcome bed.

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 we had a fantastic first day. We finished off Monday with a trip to the bowling alley, where Sian Shaw proved that she was top striker on both the bowling pins and the punch-bag in the arcade!

The remainder of the week brought similarly wonderful conditions, and I can genuinely say that we didn’t see a single cloud all week.  Under the watchful eyes of our ski instructors, our skills progressed on a daily basis, and the improvement in some students’ skiing really had to be seen to be believed. By Friday, students who had never before skied had become very comfortable with much of what the mountain had to offer, and when the apres-ski spa, disco and shopping nights had also been factored in, almost everyone had had an
absolutely fantastic time.

Despite an overturned truck causing us a sizable delay on our return journey, we were all back in Culcheth safe and sound just after 9.00pm on Saturday night, more than ready for a relaxing day of rest and recovery on Sunday! I know that many of the students (and staff!) are already longingly looking forward to next year’s visit, so those of you who now wish you had joined us, look out for details, which I hope to have available shortly after Easter

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