In 2016, with the two troops having over 70 Scouts between them, it was decided to launch the idea again. We sent the letters out and within three days all 44 places had been taken. A busy year fundraising followed and on February 9th we all boarded the coach to Austria.
As with all previous trips this was booked through Jeka who provide a very good overall budget package.
After a long journey, the Scouts settled into the accommodation. We could then all relax and enjoy the evening meal. The cooks come in in the morning to cook breakfast and then later in the day to cook the evening meal.
Then to what we had come for, the Skiing. We were transported each morning by our coach to the ski area of Warth and Schrocken about 35 minutes away which is a great area for beginners and also as you progress. Scouts divided up into groups and the lessons began. Some took to it like ducks to water and others struggled a bit. It was a tough first day and I am sure there were a few that hadn’t realised how hard it was going to be.
The next day brought more over cast skies and slight snow and a great comment from one of the Scouts who was ready to give up yesterday “I am still not really getting it, I’ve fallen over lots, but its great fun.”
There were some glorious sunny days and then a combination of snow rain ice and mist to finish the week off. All the Scouts had a great experience – one they would love to do again. Everyone fulfilled the requirements for the snow sports badge!