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Skiing - February 2012

It’s always a nice treat when the school holidays come along and February half term is a highlight for me. My flute teacher throughout secondary school was the brilliant Janet Elston who just has endless energy and enthusiasm. Somehow she manages to fit in teaching, leading the Triggshire and Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestras, playing professionally and owning a menagerie of animals including horses! I don’t know how she also fits in skiing but, miraculously, she does and we’ve been going together to the Aosta Valley in Italy which is brilliant. This year was great fun as the snow was deep and the sun was shining! I was very proud of reaching a top speed of 38 mph and taking my cousin, Lydia (9), skiing for the first time. We had a great time exploring the resorts of Pila, Courmayeur, Cevinia and La Thile, while also checking out the local hot spring spa and great food at ‘Shreks’ in Arvier. It’s fascinating to put yourself in the learning seat of a new skill and skiing always makes me appreciate how it must feel for my pupils trying something for the first time. It’s quite often scary!! However, the more you do it the more you realise you will usually survive and even black runs can be conquered with elegance and dignity.