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Day Four and Five Report

Fresh tracks in the powder!

Overnight snow on Tuesday night into Wednesday meant we were treated to fresh powder snow on day four of our trip.

Snowboards were practically invented for these conditions and our boarders had a great day floating over the new soft, fluffy snow. The powder presented a good chance for the intermediate skiers to learn some new techniques for getting the best out of these different conditons whilst the advanced group went off piste in search of the best powder on the mountain. The snow kept falling throughout the day and made for a really atmospheric time on the outdoor, floodlit ice rink where students showed off their balance in the evening.

 Beginner skiers getting some lessons on how to ski in powder snow on the blue piste below the Rote 8er gondola.

The snow on Wednesday evening meant we were still treated to more soft new snow on Thursday as we switched mountain to Flachauwinkl. This part of the ski area had something for everyone from easy and accessible nursery slopes for the beginner skiers who later graduated to the wide and pleasant blue pistes in the afternoon. The intermediate skiers and boarders travelled the red runs whilst the advanced skiers went in search of "The Stash", an unpisted, powdery section of the mountain with freestyle park features such as jumps, rails and even a small building to ski up and over!

 Ascending the chair lift in Flachauwinkl in search of "The Stash"

Thursday evening was our last in the hotel and the instructors who had led the lessons dropped by to present a variety of awards for achievements representing both the sublime and the ridiculous! The overall skier of the week was awarded to Dan Adcock in the intermediates whilst boarder of the week went to Michael Clinton. We finished the evening with Mr Reed's excellent quiz, in which the teachers team put up an embarrasingly poor performance, but the winners were presented with a big bag of sweets for their efforts.