We left from Gatwick airport at 6.50 am on Sunday 11th December for a short flight to Barcelona. There followed a short transfer to the ski resort of Massela mountain, 90 minutes north of the capital. At this stage, things were not looking promising for skiing as there was a distinct lack of snow.
The equipment hire and fitting was like a military mission and took no time at all and we were able to get out for our first day on the slopes and the normal assessment of students abilities. We were divided into two groups with seven students being categorised as ‘intermediate and advanced’ skiers and three being on the novice slopes for the first two days.
Everyone made swift progress with the help of the well trained and experienced ski instructor. In common with most other resorts we were suffering from a lack of snow and there were only two slopes open for the first two days but all the students still managed some good skiing practice.
Day three, four and five we had three more slopes open with a great deal of enjoyable skiing and good selection of graded slopes. By the end of the week all the students had improved and everyone had had lots of fun into the bargain! The Hotel was very good and all meals were buffets with lots of choice. The rooms were comfortable and the facilities included a swimming pool in the basement, a cinema, table tennis and a fitness suite.
We finished skiing on the Friday 16th December and returned to the UK on Saturday 17th December to a well earned Christmas break. Preparations are already under way for a 2012 ski trip with a launch in the near future.