Tuesday, 21 February 2017

TA Ski 2017!

This week we welcomed home our skiers! Read about their exciting week on the slopes here:

Our Total Adventure Ski this year was quite special, one of the reasons being, unlike other years, none of our vans broke down! We set off on Friday the 10th at 18:30 and arrived in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland at 15:30 the next day.

Sunday was our first day skiing. Those who had been skiing before went off to do their own thing, whereas Jack and I went with the other inexperienced skiers in the group to be taught by Gold Hill Holidays. Skiing isn’t the only thing I learnt that day. I learnt that just because there is snow doesn’t mean that it is not hot you must drink plenty, because by the end of the day I had heatstroke and was out if it for the next day.
Tom on the slopes!

By day two Jack was quite confident. He managed to ace a blue run a couple of times. He was getting the hang of the parallel turns until one minor slip up cost him the rest of the week. Catching the ski on the snow he toppled over and landed on his shoulder re -breaking his collar bone that he broke back in October - but it did mean that he got to ride in the only Landrover ambulance in all of Switzerland! Despite such great efforts of breaking something, poor Jack did not win wipe-out of the day.

At the end of each day we have nominations to see who had the best wipe-out of the day (the biggest calamity). The winner has the privilege of wearing an embarrassing costume the next day consisting of a Ski Patrol jacket and a hula skirt. The Swiss do not understand our British ways, and we get many odd looks. Jon the boss man managed to win for the first time on day 4, so he decided to embarrass himself even more by playing the trombone down the slope. Who would expect to see that when they go out skiing?

Jon in the wipe-out outfit!

Day 3 and 4 everyone was really coming along - except for me. I managed to complete my first blue run (Blue is easy, red is medium and black is hard). Some of the younger ones were managing to complete black runs - Jack and I were really impressed. By day 5 I was really enjoying skiing. I realised that once I got the hang of it, it was an amazing sport, so I was regretting being a tourist instead of skiing on day 4. On day 5 we were skiing at Birg, just below the revolving restaurant and James Bond Museum. At lunch time a few of us decided to do the Skyline Walk which is a terrifying walkway on the side of the cliff with breathtaking views.

Don't look down!

In the evenings we had some life lessons and learned about God from our guest speaker Bill Prevette. Bill is an amazing guy and wanted to ski with everyone. We then split into groups and had some really good discussions whilst learning more about each other.

I think it’s fair to say everyone had a spectacular week, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. I hope you enjoyed reading about it – perhaps you might even want to join us next year?


Tom.

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