Scottish Prep Schools Ski Championships

Scottish Prep School’s Ski Championships at Glenshee
Thursday 21st January 2016
Team: Molly, Stephanie, Samuel, Chloe-Marie, Cameron, Thomas, Wilfie & Matt
Our adventure north commenced on Wednesday afternoon following our fixtures with Merchiston and Cargilfield. Our destination on Wednesday evening was the Pine Tree Lodge in Kirkmichael, an alpine styled Lodge, perfect for small groups of excited children (parents and staff too).

Well rested, well fed and well rugged up, we set forth for the slopes at 07.30 on Thursday morning, calling in at Freshtracks to hire ski equipment for the day ahead. Conditions at Glenshee when we arrived were perfect. Patches of blue sky and sunshine peered through, although conditions at 1068m can change in an instant!

The course inspection wasn’t until 10.30 so we had ample time for some pre-race runs and we were fortunate to be able to make the most of these idyllic conditions.

The race itself saw 83 competitors from schools across Scotland race down a giant slalom course, through 24 gates. Mrs Letts and myself were marshalling the course, judging gates so we were well positioned to watch all the racers whizz past. I was astounded at the standard of skiing on show. It was by far the highest standard I have witnessed  in the years I have attended the event, so it was a huge credit to the eight St. Mary’s competitors that they managed to compete among such strong company.

Each racer had two runs down the course and by the time the second run started, it was sleeting  and icy, so far from easy! However, as Mrs Letts and I gradually froze, the deteriorating conditions were not proving detrimental to the speed or ability of the children. There were a few fallers and a few missed gates but the race finished on time and without incident. There was time following the race for a few more runs although by this time the slopes had gone flat (the fresh snow fall and poor light meant that perspective had gone and it was virtually impossible to detect any undulation or feature on the pistes) so we had a couple of runs whereupon we made our way to the Bottom Café for the Prize Giving.

We didn’t return to Melrose with any Silverware, however we had all thoroughly enjoyed our expedition and I was delighted with the conduct and performances from every single member of the team. My thanks to Mrs Letts for all her help in preparation for and during the trip and to Mrs Blunt, Mrs Muir and Mrs Ballantyne for their company and for supporting our adventure.
Mr Purvis

skiers Jan 16

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Mr I Purvis, 21/01/2016