2018 Snow Trip Report

August 24, 2018

The annual College ski trip is always a highlight and 2018 was no exception. Students are warned when they sign up for snow trip that they may; get cold, sustain an injury and or develop a serious snow addiction. Mount Hotham once again turned on a spectacular week for us. We had everything from blue skies to blizzard and experienced heavy snow falls to add to what was a great base.

The students were eager to strap in and learn after a long overnight bus ride. Our first afternoon began as clear, mild conditions, but quickly deteriorated into a cold, cloudy experience. Students put on a brave Trinity face and established the basics as skiers and snowboarders. Most were pretty happy to get back to our top class lodge for a hot shower, game of pool, delicious dinner and yarn by the fire. The staff got excited, realising the student crew were a respectful bunch of experienced and first timers, happy to have a chat and stretch their abilities daily. Our cook was amazing, preparing delicious meals for breakfast and dinner. We were never short on food and always satisfied.

The comfort of the lodge allowed for relaxing evenings playing cards, listening to live music and socialising. This helped keep us in good spirits and get us pumped to ski and board each day. Instructors gave valuable help between 10.30 to 12pm each day and students used the remaining daylight hours to hone their skills. The improvement we saw during the week was phenomenal. Some went from total beginners to intermediate riders in a matter of days. A number of students made the most of their time, making sure they were on the lifts from opening to close. The last day saw some students begin on mountain skiing and waiting for the lift to open at 7.30am. Motivation was helped by the 25cm of fresh powder added overnight, providing a cracking final day. Students were amazed at the difference in riding powder compared to groomed conditions.

The week of learning new skills was definitely needed, as was stamina, as all participants skied pretty hard before returning their hire gear, cleaning the lodge and sitting on a bus for 14 hours. A large number of the participants are already planning a return on next year's trip. Competition for spots will once again be hot.

For details on next year's Snow Trip please see Scott Charlton or Jayan Mace (South), Tom Forwood (Blakeview), Kristy Williamson (Gawler River), Cain Ryan (North/Senior) or send an email to charltsc@live.trinity.sa.edu.au.