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Ski Trip Diary Part 5 2018

Ski Trip Diary Part 5 2018
29-March-18
Ski Trip Diary Part 5 2018

Day 5 Group 6

Welcoming each day was fraught with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. But on this last day, we all bore sadness, a longing to live in these days and stretch them out into the future with no foreseeable end. One thing I kept hearing from people was that we felt that this had become our school now. Skiing had become our new curriculum and the Leaving Cert was no longer a matter of equations and essays, but the conquering of slopes and testing our parallel turning. We were happy, and it felt like another world up there in pristine white snow.

We ascend to the mountain top in the gondolas for the last time, and I am flooded with the realisation of how much I have learned, of how much I have achieved in the past four days. This was my first time skiing, along with around 20 others. I couldn’t count the amount of falls, collisions and tumbles down the slopes we endured. The first two days were painstakingly spent on the magic carpet, which was a wild ride at first, where we perfected our snowploughs and our stance on the 3 minutes ride back up the slope. Our caring and patient instructors Emilio and Luisa gave us the perfect basis for our skills, by the time we hit the blue slopes we were more than ready.

As we spent sufficient time crossing the ‘T’s and dotting the ‘I’s, on our last day in Pinzolo we were on the cusp of parallel turning. None of us could believe how far we’d come, for our last slope we decided to return to our beloved blue, on which we all became true (beginner) champions. The 9 of us sailed down the mountain with Emilio by our sides, and enjoyed a few careless falls to end our final slope on a high note. The 5 days were filled with laughter and learning, it’s at times like these that we grow and stretch our personal boundaries.

We all made our way back to the hotel after bidding a fond farewell to our boots, skis and helmets in the shop. If there’s one thing I won’t miss it’s the not so comforting squeeze of those boots! The rest of the evening was quiet as we slowly packed our bags and prepared for the long journey of tomorrow. Though we were tired and weary, it didn’t stop us from one last excursion; to the local gelateria. We indulged in fine, creamy flavours of chocolate and praline to fruit of the forest. I shut my eyes that night with mellow pride and gratitude strong inside me.

Sarah W

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