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Ski Blog: Panorama, Canada

A group of Middle and Upper School students have travelled to British Columbia, Canada to enjoy some skiing at the Panorama ski resort before Christmas. Read the latest updates from trip leader Mr Steve Gorman below: 

Day 7
What a day. We awoke to masses of snow which meant we would be skiing POWDER all day??.

Everyone was determined to make the most of the last day and were extremely excited to be heading out to play. By 10.30am the sky was blue and the sun was out, could life be any better? Lots of tree skiing interspersed with open glades allowed everyone to travel far and wide.

The resort is amazing with runs for all abilities including steep and deep off piste which is patrolled, how civilised.

After lunch most looked a little tired but undeterred, headed out for the afternoon session.

This is one of the best resorts I’ve been lucky enough to ski and I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of young people and staff to ski and explore it with. I think we are all looking forward to heading home and preparing for Christmas especially after watching Elf last night, a great film. 

A magical week with amazing people, roll on next year.

Day 6
Another great day’s playing in the snow. Now that the racers have left the resort there are a few more runs to play on. A few of the group are getting a little tired but still taking every opportunity to get out. 

The evening entertainment was ELF which went down very well even with the older pupils and has put them all in the Christmas spirit. 

Day 5
Blues skies, fresh snow and no wind greeted us today on the slopes. The only fly in the ointment was the -13*C to go with it! The top groups headed straight for a few double diamond blacks with a bit of backwards Skiing thrown in. The snow boarders continued to hit some lumps and bumps whilst the beginners are shooting around the mountain as if they had been born on skis. Evening entertainment was ‘games’ which included 3 balloon keepy uppy, forehead to mouth biscuit, mummy rap, ping pong ball in the beaker and many more. The noise being made by the pupils certainly demonstrated how much fun they were having. Snow is forecast for tomorrow which will be well received. 

Day 4
Fresh snow overnight made for some great skiing on crowd free slopes, heaven. All the pupils are making the most of the conditions which is nice to see. The accommodation is as close to the main lifts as I have ever been, which is very convenient especially when someone forgets their gloves. Most are taking advantage of the free skiing at the end of the day to get a few extra runs in. Evening entertainment was s’mores (marshmallows and chocolate between biscuits) which went down very well. 

Day 1, 2 and 3
The journey went very well if a little long, 29 hours in total! Our first day’s skiing started with ski fitting followed by a ski off to sort the groups. There is a good covering of snow and there are very few visitors so we have much of the resort to ourselves with no queuing for lifts. The views have been amazing especially once you get above the cloud inversion and can see the surrounding mountains.

All the groups are doing well and because we are here early season we have been given several extra instructors which has meant much smaller groups. The beginners have come on leaps and bounds already. The skiers and boarders have managed to dust off the cobwebs and are gaining in confidence, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not?!! Tonight’s evening entertainment is musical bingo followed by an early night, I hope. 

 

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