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Thirty-nine sixth form students accompanied by five staff travelled to Waterville Valley in New Hampshire in February to experience skiing US style.

When a snowstorm closed Logan International Airport in Boston and Aer Lingus had to cancel the flight. Topflight representative Siobhan Neeson quickly booked the party onto an alternative flight. Siobhan’s husband Paul Neeson an Aer Lingus pilot and former student of the College was the actual pilot on this flight and is pictured with former classmate Mr McNamee.

The students stayed in the Snowy Owl Inn in Waterville Valley very close to the Waterville slopes. The snowstorm that initially threatened the entire trip provided on arrival the best skiing conditions experienced in New Hampshire for 10 years. The group comprised mainly of beginners quickly progressed from the nursery slopes of Waterville Valley to the more extensive slopes at Loon a 30-minute drive from the Waterville base.

The simple and familiar food choices available, wide slopes, powder snow and flexible attitude of everyone from Ski Lodge staff to Instructors made this very much a trip to remember!

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