Mounds of fluffy powder and picturesque snow scenes were waiting for the students and staff who headed off to the USA last week for the annual Ski Trip. Arriving in Jay Peak, Vermont, in the midst of a snow storm meant that, for many, this was the most snow they had seen in their lives. Students took to the slopes during the day, making the most of the amazing conditions, and then enjoyed the variety of activities the resort had to offer in the evenings, including ice skating and the huge waterpark. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities made progress throughout the week, fuelled by pancakes and Vermont’s signature maple syrup, and helped by a host of charismatic instructors. The disappointment of having to eventually leave the mountain was diminished by a shopping spree at an outlet mall and a tour of New York’s most iconic sights. Fingers are already crossed for equally fantastic snow conditions for next year’s trip.