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Your Equity Ski Representative

During the peak weeks of the ski season we send hundreds of groups from the UK to Europe and America. When travelling with Equity, every ski trip has their own Equity representative. These reps are an integral part of every school’s trip and contribute hugely to their ski experience.

Find out first-hand from Oliver O’Donnell what being a rep entails...

Oliver O'Donnell "

Who would volunteer to work on their week off? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Not if your work involves a week away in Les Deux Alpes in the heart of the Alps!

Back on the 1st April, I was embarking on a journey to take Marriotts Sports College from Stevenage on the holiday of a lifetime. The same could be said for me, although I had more responsibilities than them!

I introduced myself to the teaching staff and then gave my introductory speech to the children to get them excited for the week. We relaxed in the high-quality coaches and I went through the itinerary with the staff so I could understand their requirements for the week. Knowing exactly what they want ensures they have the most positive experience possible.

School skiing in Les Deux Alps

Fast forward a weary twenty hours or so later and we arrived! Fatigued? Maybe. Excited? Extremely!
Snow-capped mountains, crisp, clear air and a sense of community that is unrivalled elsewhere.

The first two days for a rep are crucial in building a strong relationship with the school. Focusing on their needs and ensuring everything is ready for their first day on the slopes is key.

I fully researched the resort prior to departure and having that extra bit of knowledge goes a long way in fulfilling the school’s needs. Plus, it makes it so much easier to find the best pizza in town! I like to build up trust with the staff, so they can then relax and make the week as enjoyable as possible for the children. Ensuring the rooms are prepared, confirming meal times and organising ski passes and ski fitting are major tasks.

Showing my face during meals was hardly a chore when the food was such high quality! It was also a perfect time to socialise with the children and the staff as they reflected on their day of skiing.

School skiing in Les Deux Alps

During the mornings and lunches, we often discussed the evening activities for the children. This entailed what their entertainment would be and how to be organised for the activity. "Remember your ski pass!" "Dinner's earlier tonight!" "We will be meeting at 8!" All common phrases I used during the week.

Being a rep means working tirelessly throughout the week but we are also fortunate enough to be able to ski. With that in mind, we are always accessible through the day by phone if required. It was a smooth week and one as a rep that I thoroughly enjoyed. Hopefully I'll see you guys on the slopes next time! "

Choose Equity for your next school ski trip...

For more information about taking your school skiing with Equity, visit our website today or give our ski team a call on 01273 805 646 and we will be happy to help advise on a trip to suit your group's needs!

 

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First day skiing in Saalbach, Austria

Simon Richardson in Saalbach-Hinterglemm school ski resort

Last Saturday, 19th November I had my first ski day of the season.

I love the first day of the season, and although I’ve had since April to get the items we all need prepared, for me it’s always a last minute rush to find gloves and a helmet - even the ski trousers are never where you think they are!

This ski day was a special ski day. In the last 20 plus years I’ve skied many times in October and November on the Kitzsteinhorn, Hintertux and Stubai glaciers in Austria, but I have never skied in a non-glacier resort at this time of year, purely for the reason they generally just aren’t open until the beginning of December, however this year Saalbach, Zell am See, Obertauern, Zauchensee (in the Amadé region) and Kitzbuhel (to name a few) made that commitment to showcase the early snow and opened some of their lifts for the locals and passers-by who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Piste Map of Saalbach-Hinterglemm school ski resort

My starting point was Leogang, which is part of the Saalbach Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn Ski Circus (my local resort). I arrived in the car park at 08.15 to be ready for first lift at 08.30. It was so empty that I felt like I could basically park my car directly in the Gondola! Skis out, boots on and straight onto the lift – amazing!

As a rule, while I sit on the lift I like to watch the skiers and boarders coming down to assess the snow conditions, how they are turning and what noise the snow is making, however this proved difficult because in the 10 minutes I spent in that gondola I didn’t see a single other person – this was truly going to be awesome experience!

I was expecting just to have the one main run open to play on, but on arriving at the top, my expectation was blown away to find multiple lifts open giving me access to the Leogang bowl, which is a favourite of mine allowing many variants of slopes to really get my ski feet back on.

The snow was magnificent- a mixture of natural and man-made, compact, but good and grippy. I’m always tentative on the first day, and want to put in as many turns as possible to help me find my balance (and confidence) to allow me to move on to the next level (what level 2 is I’m unsure). First run complete - legs shaking, out of breath, wobbly to say the least, but really fun.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm school ski resort

As the day went on the snow loosened and the skiing got better and better, and the crowds increased (to maybe a maximum of 50 people in total on the mountain). During our coffee stop, as we all do, we talked about the runs we had been on- the mishaps, the legendary moments and the person skiing in their jeans!

After a coffee, apple strudel and some deep analysis we came to the conclusion that although this day was slightly out of the ordinary in way of date, it was more or less exactly like the skiing is in the pre-Christmas and Easter (or straight after New Year in January) weeks. You can walk onto the lifts with no queues, the snow is great, compact first thing in the morning, becoming more forgiving as the minutes and hours pass, plenty of room on the slopes and to top that all off - it’s easy to find a seat in the mountain restaurant for that all important strudel!

Thanks Ski Circus for a truly amazing day... I look forward to the next one!

Ski in Saalbach-Hinterglemm...

For more information including ski facts and accommodation choices - visit our school ski website or give our ski team a call on 01273 805 646 and we will be happy to help advise on a trip to suit your group's needs!

Saalbach-Hinterglemm school ski resort

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Equity supporting the Kingsley Ski Team

At Equity we are passionate about the development of young people and what can be achieved through sport. We are proud to have helped the Kingsley Ski Team by sponsoring skis and jackets for their school ski team.

The school now has 18 girls in the race squad and 16 girls in the development squad.

Last month the group qualified their Year 8 team and an open age team through to the English Schools Championships which were held in Norwich at the beginning of October. They also made the top 3 for The Coventry and Warwickshire School Sports Team of the Year.

Ski team manager Alan Edwards has said, “this would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship from Equity.”

We wish the girls all the best for their upcoming events and future skiing endeavours.

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