This year, 83 staff and students went to Folgaria, Italy for the 2019 Ski Tour. It was an early/late start as we left the school at midnight on 15th February for Dublin Airport. After the last normal food was eaten (Burger King in Terminal 1 for Mr Havlin's group, and probably something similar for Mr McGuinness' group in Terminal 2), the groups boarded their flights to Italy. Mr Havlin's group got to the hotel first as they flew into Venice, with Mr McGuinness' group arriving an hour later from Milan. The hotel was basic, but it did the trick for all the tired bodies.
Day 1 wake-up call was at 5.30am. There were a lot of angry faces and some poor language but eventually everyone got up for breakfast. The buses took us to the slopes where we got suited and booted. The groups were split into 2 groups for lessons and everyone, including a few teachers, had the pleasure of falling over several times. The snow was excellent, so bruises were few and far between. The students progressed steadily, and most were flying down the blue slopes by Day 5.
The activities were very good this year. Bowling didn't compare to the Brunswick Bowling Alley but it was fun none the less. The tubing was the highlight of the week for the teachers, even though they felt cheated by the instructors when racing the students. The disco was held in a local establishment where we were joined by a school from England. There were a few dance-offs and maybe one too many rebel songs requested, but the craic was good.
The final day saw plenty of sleepy heads getting on the bus. Mr McGuinness' group got a trip to Milan where they went (window) shopping. They had a very long day and didn't get home until 3am on Saturday morning. Mr Havlin's group flew back from Venice again and apart from ridiculously long queues in the airport, everything went incident free.
The staff would like to thank all the students that travelled on this year's tour. They were excellent both on and off the slopes. Skiing is a difficult activity to learn but the students gave 100% to every lesson, with one or two joining extra lessons. Well done to all involved and hopefully this won't be your last time skiing!