Bingley Grammar School

USA Ski Trip 2018

During February half term, a group of Year 10 & 11 students and 5 members of staff embarked on their trip to New York in order to undertake the Bingley Grammar Alpine Ski School at Whiteface Mountain, home to the 1980 winter Olympics.

Mr Briggs reports:

The 3.30am start didn’t faze our team and they were eager to get the 3200 mile journey to Lake Placid underway. In good spirits the students travelled well, in particular clearing US customs in Dublin then having to emulate Usain Bolt running to reach the closing gate to get to JFK. We arrived in Lake Placid at The North Woods Hotel in good time and got some rest in preparation for 5 intense days of skiing and evening activities.

Kitted up and ready to go, the ski teams, guided by their instructors headed up Whiteface Mountain to cruise down the likes of ‘Excelsior’, ‘Drapers Drop’, ‘Wilmington Trail’ and the infamous ‘Mixing Bowl’ where students mastered the art of using those edges to make neat and commanding turns. The fantastic instructors, Jim, Kathleen, Joe & Barbara were hugely impressed with the ability, attitude and enthusiasm of all our students.

Throughout the week we saw a whole range of weather, from the start of the week being snowy and cold with a wind chill factor of -20 C, to the end of the week which saw much sunnier and warmer conditions allowing students to get some great views of the Adirondack mountain range.

The evenings brought a range of entertainment. Movie nights at the hotel with buckets of popcorn, bowling and pizza at ‘Bowlwinkles’ and an evening of ice skating at the Olympic outdoor speed skating rink.

We all shared an absolutely fantastic week with some great memories to take away. A big well done to all our students - the group were fantastic ambassadors for the school and hopefully the trip has enthused them to continue skiing.

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