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Mt Hotham Trip
The Mt Hotham Snow Camp saw 30 students and five teachers eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bus at 6:00am on Sunday 14 July. After packing our luggage into the bus and saying our goodbye’s we all boarded, excited to experience the slopes later that day. Unfortunately, due to an incident further up the road involving a bus, broken snow chains and an embankment, we were stuck on the road 3km from the summit for 6 hours, bringing the total travel time to 13 hours. We all managed to cope with this delay with good music, mobile phones and social skills, eventually arriving at The Drift Ski Lodge, located in the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. Despite the below 0 temperatures outside, we managed to get warm by the open fire, assisted by our lovely lodge staff cooking us a very tasty dinner.
On day two, we picked up our ski and snowboard equipment and split off into classes based on our skill level and whether or not we could use the ski lifts. It was then onto carve up the mountain on various runs. The days following, everybody’s skills developed greatly with a lesson every morning and free time to ski in the afternoon. Most days we enjoyed beautiful blue skies and nice cold weather which created hard, crisp snow conditions, perfect for those learning the basics and for those leaning into long carving turns. By the end of the week, almost half of the group were going down advanced slopes, and nobody wanted to go home. While there were many memorable moments each day of the camp, the most memorable was skiing at night under floodlights, something that will be hard to forget.
Overall the trip was a once in a lifetime experience and one to remember. A camp that every student should experience. The trip could not have happened without the amazing help of our teachers Madame Morgan, Mr Brown, Mrs Schreuder, Ms Roffey and especially Mr Bushell, who organised the entire trip for us.
Charlie Hermans, Year 11