Best Snow in Twenty Years

Posted at 2:00 pm on 22nd January, 2019

Over 35 FGS students skied into the New Year, departing school for Salzburg/Sportwelt, Austria on the 2nd January 2018, involving a twelve hour journey through Europe.

The coach and ferry journey felt like a million miles but everyone arrived safely following a frenzy of songs and films, with a few nourishment pit stops along the way.


The following day saw the beginning of the groups spectacular ski adventure. The early 6.30am start commenced with adding layers of clothing and lots of “Austrian milkmaid” hair braiding - all before a hearty breakfast could be consumed.

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Stepping outside, the journey to collect ski boots was a very different scene to what our students were used to in their own back gardens, in Manchester. The snow covered their legs like icing on a lemon cake. After retrieving their heavy equipment the group embarked on a coach trip to the ski slopes.

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Separated into groups according to abilities and experience, students were united with their amazing ski instructors. Before heading off to experience the -11 weather conditions and beauty of the environment; students and staff alike got to grips with snow ploughing and left and right turns and definitely had a few tumbles along the way.

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Returning to Salzburg in late afternoon presented the group with a picture perfect scene straight out of a painting, with traditional Austrian buildings and a sky stitched with stars.

Evenings saw the whole group enjoying their evening meals and free time which was aided by quizzes and on the last night karaoke. Dancing was also on the agenda including the Cha Cha Slide, Macarena and many more. Everyone said it was really good fun and a great way to end their final night in Austria.

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All staff who participated wished to thank all the girls for an excellent trip and hopes many will wish to join them again next year. 

We were also very pleased to receive the following comments from Karl Dover at Dover Coaches who escorted the group during their trip.

‘I would like to say how much of an honour it was to escort your students and staff. I drove the group with my colleague Darren and personally we have been taking school groups on ski/European trips for over 10 years now, with around 8 or 9 ski trips every season, and your students were a joy to take on their ski trip. The girls were very polite and always listened to any instructions that were given to them. The staff on the trip were also a pleasure to deal with.

Dover’s coaches would not hesitate on taking any future requests from Flixton Girls.’

For more detail on the students perspective of the ski trip read their blog at: