Written by Ashleigh Gibby, Year 13.
The ski trip of 2016 to Lake Tahoe, USA, was undoubtedly an unforgettable experience for everyone. The week saw those who had skied before building on the skills, and those who were new to the experience tackling the slopes for the first time. It was a great experience to be surrounded by not only the idyllic scenery but also such great people who were up for the challenge of mastering the slopes.
Over the course of the week, everyone managed to make it to the top of the mountain to see the views and experience the descent down on skis. The weather was on our side with warm weather and clear skies, boosting the mood of the group and making the experience of skiing even more enjoyable – if that could even have been possible.
Following our successful week of skiing, we travelled towards San Fran – stopping at a shopping outlet on the way. We left there having boosted the American economy and with bags of new clothes, and headed for the city. The following day was another day to spend our hard-earned money with more shops than imaginable to visit. Nike, Mac, Bloomingdale’s… everything was there for us to splash out on.
Our last day saw us experiencing the cultural side of San Francisco, starting with a short boat ride out to Alcatraz. We were able to look around the prison and gain an insight into the interesting story of the escapees. The last stop was a bus tour of the city, with a picture stop by the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. By this point, we were all exhausted from an action-packed week, but nonetheless gutted to be travelling back to the airport to catch our flight home.
We ended the week by catching up on some much-needed sleep on the plane after a week full of excitement and memories. It’s safe to say many will be returning to the slopes next year to experience it all over again.