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Year 10 Ski Camp

Year 10 Ski trip

The Lorne P-12 College Year 10 Outdoor Recreation class joined forces with the Lavers Hill P-12 College Outdoor Recreation class to experience life in the Australian Alps. The 18 students and three staff members, as well as two student teacher volunteers and parent helper stayed at Tanderra Lodge, Mount Hotham, for what was to be an incredible week at the snow.

All the stars had aligned for this trip. A large dump of snow over the previous weekend boosting the resorts ski base to over 1.5m, a high pressure system fell nicely over the majority of Victoria providing stable weather conditions and a sneaky cold front to deliver a mid week snow.

After a long bus commute up the mountain courtesy of Cole’s Coaches and Myrtleford Buses, we arrived to fresh snow on the hill with clearing skies. Lucky the students were so tired from the long day of events as the excitement levels had reached a high! Tuesday was looking to be a good day.

After an introduction ski lesson provided by the amazing instructors at Mount Hotham Snow Sports, the kids were “shredding” down Summit run. It was a blue bird day, no wind, perfect snow and smiles as wide as their new goggle tan. We rode from first to last chair, with our bags sitting next to the base of Summit chair, hooting each other as runs were finished. What an epic start! Tilo infamously stating ‘this is the life!” After a huge serving of ‘spag bol’ that the students had cooked up at school, they were ready for bed and another big day.

Waking up to strange and newly discovered muscles, nothing was stopping the students from being ready again at 7am. The day started out as blue bird, and then came the overcast, quickly followed by snow. There were patches of the mountain that were going to be un-crowded and untracked that the staff would recommend. The students progressed very quickly, with the their persistence and exceptional guidance from lessons. After some freshies, lay back slashies, jumps and linked turns, the students retired for hot chocolate, ski movies, a rest and preparation for night skiing. By chance a lightning storm prevented the night skiing from happening which in hindsight, was a blessing in disguise, as the next day was to be the icing on the cake!

5:45am. Alarm. Window check. Freshies. At least 5cm at the lodge. Go time! A few keen and competent riders were ready for ‘early ups’ with Heavenly Valley opening at 7:30am. This was different. The soft, untracked snow, was proving difficult to transition to. The first lift up Heavenly Valley was an eye opener. Fresh snow, blue bird day, it does not get better than this in Aus! Fresh tracks in the trees, fresh tracks under the lift line – yes black runs after 2 days, fresh tracks all morning! No one was going to rest today. Bags packed and at the community space at the Snow Bird, pockets full of chocolates and fists full of snow kept the energy levels up and out on the mountain. Shred ‘till your dead! The group got together for an afternoon of riding and enjoying each other’s company. The progression from the first timers was unbelievable. Some decided that a hot chocolate and soup were more their style than riding all day. Everyone had a great time! Simon Umbers finished the day with fresh turns down Mary’s Slide and did so in great style.

Overall, the group was incredibly lucky with the conditions. It doesn’t get like that very often, and to luck into a week like that is amazing. No gaper gaps were seen amongst the school group, maybe a world first. They must have had great instruction and preparation. All that attended were successful at completing their ski or snowboard competency unit contributing to the Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation. This will surely remain a favourite and a memory for years of story telling to come. The group, even though from two schools, left as good mates. We definitely have some snow addicts now!


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