Twenty six senior girls from Burgess Hill School for Girls accompanied by three members of staff met in the departure lounge at Heathrow Airport eagerly awaiting the Virgin flight to Boston on 23rd March 2015.
On arrival at The Mountain Inn Hotel in the resort of Killington, Vermont, we quickly found our rooms and went straight to sleep ready for a prompt start the next morning.
Waking up to brilliant sunshine we had breakfast and then walked to the ski hire place, while getting our first glimpse of the magnificent scenery around us. After the ski fit, meeting our instructors and separating into four groups, we were ready to explore the mountains.
The Killington Resort had fantastic skiing with plenty of off-piste, tree and mogul runs, as well as the groomed runs of varying difficulty – it even had a few snowparks with a half pipe! We were very lucky to have six days packed with fantastic skiing.
By skiing with instructors each day, plus the opportunity for a free ski with our teachers in the afternoon, there was plenty of time for everyone to develop their skills, including plenty of wipeouts!
For those who wanted to have a rest after the instructor lessons, there were a few ski shops and a mini market at the resort or they could walk back to the hotel to chill for a bit – the luxury of doorstep skiing! Each day we would meet at Snowshed or Bear Mountain apres-ski for lunch, there was never a shortage of food!
On one of the days we took the bus with all our skis to the neighbouring mountain called Pico. With only four pistes groomed and lots of snow, we spent the day making our own tracks and quite literally had the whole mountain to ourselves – it was surreal!
Evening activities included a quiz, movie night, games night and swimming in the hotel’s heated outdoor pool, which was great relaxation after a hard day’s skiing.
Saturday night was ‘race night’ at the Killington Tubing Park; eight lanes and lots of competition in doughnuts instead of skis!
On Sunday, the sun shone for our final three hour blast of skiing and then it was time to leave. We were sad to go but excited to see New York. We arrived in the evening and our first sights were of the lights of the city.
In the morning, we had a café breakfast and then set out to walk the streets experiencing the buzz of New York City. At Ground Zero we paused to reflect by the 9/11 Memorial. After lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe we headed to one of the greatest New York landmarks; the Empire State Building. The view across the whole of New York City was magnificent.
I think it’s safe to say everyone had a wonderful time – many thanks to Miss Clapp, Mrs Tapping and Mrs Tagg for an absolutely fantastic ski trip.
Report written by Georgina Little (Lower Sixth). Picture contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.