The 2017 Darwin High School Alpine Excursion was a great success and proved that anyone can learn to ski and snowboard! Over 40 Year 10 and Year 11 students participated in this year’s excursion, and many had never seen the snow before.
Throughout the trip temperatures ranged between 2°C and -7°C but not even the bitter cold winds and low visibility could stop Darwin High students from shredding up (and more often than not) falling down the slopes. Even new skiers and snowboarders were keen to brave the terrain parks and unbelievably thick powder.
The students spent two hours each morning in snow class, where they learned new skills and tricks on skis and snowboards. After a break for lunch the students would then spend the afternoon exploring the slopes of Mount Perisher in search of jumps and putting their new skills into practice.After dinner the students would all gather at the lodge to share stories from their day.
Over the course of the week students gained more confidence and started attempting challenging ski runs and tricks in the terrain parks. Students of all abilities worked together in small groups to teach and assist each other in improving their skills.
The Alpine Excursion is such a great opportunity for students to develop their social and emotional learning in a new and challenging environment. Students work both independently and in groups to master these skills and successfully achieve their goals.
The trip takes place every year and is offered to students in Year 10 and 11. Information for the 2018 Alpine Excursion will be available towards the end of term 4.