Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

2013 Ski Trip

Although the 2013 trip was the fourth Redland Green ski trip it contained a number of firsts for us!  

It was the first time that we ran a joint skiing and snowboard trip, the first time we have gone to the USA and the first time we visited New York City.

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We suspected that we would be made to feel welcome in America, but we were still overwhelmed by just how much everyone we encountered went out of their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.  The snow conditions were fantastic and the slopes were very quiet, meaning that we spent virtually no time queuing. The instructors regularly remarked on how great the Redland Green students were at learning to ski. They listened well and tried really hard to follow the advice they were given; were always polite, considerate and supportive and were looking to have fun and enjoy themselves. As a result the students made spectacularly good progress, which meant that many of them spent time in freestyle terrain parks, got all turned around in 'squeeze play', which was a run among the trees and even progressed to 'black diamond' or 'double black diamond' slopes.

Being surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery and spending 6 days achieving our best ever skiing and snowboarding would have been enough for most of us, but we still had our trip to New York to look forward to on our way home. We arrived in New York at lunchtime on Friday and immediately set about exploring the City.  All 54 of us got a 'take out' lunch from a 'deli' before walking to Central Park to eat it.  In the evening we continued to explore downtown Manhattan by walking through Time Square to our evening meal at Planet Hollywood. From there we went to the Empire State Building, which gave spectacular views of the city by night. We got up early the next morning and after breakfast in a cafe had a 4-hour guided tour, taking in such sites as the 'Rockefeller Center' and 'Grand Central Station'. We ended with a trip on the 'New York Metro' to visit the new 'World Trade Center', and a boat tour to the 'Statue of Liberty'.

It was a great pleasure to be involved with this trip, not just because the USA was so fantastic, but because the students we took were all organised, punctual, thoughtful and fun to be with. I'd like to say a big thank you to them and all the staff that worked so hard to make the trip a success.  I can't wait for Ski and Snowboard 2014.

Mr S Evans 

Leader of the Ski Trip