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Exercise Alpine Adventure 2013 - SW Region Ski Trip a success

Three cadets and two staff from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wing have just returned from Bavaria, Germany after taking part in the South West Region Downhill Ski Expedition, Alpine Adventure 2013.

Alpine Adventure has been running since 1998 by Bristol & Gloucester Wing. In 2006 this was opened up to the rest of the South West Region and since then many cadets from Hampshire & Isle of Wight have attended and learnt to ski on the trip.

The trip this year set out on the evening of 8th February and cadets travelled to Germany by coach and ferry. The long journey gave the cadets plenty of opportunity to get to know each other so by the time they arrived at their lodge in Vertach on the Saturday evening many new friendships had already been made.

On arrival at the accommodation the cadets were met with a good hot dinner, before gathering in the hall for a briefing about the week including which ski groups they were allocated to. After this was done, the cadets retired to their rooms to unpack and get a good nights sleep ready for a busy and exciting week.

In the week run up to the trip Bavaria had received an exceptional downfall of snow so the skiing conditions were excellent. On waking up on the Sunday morning the surrounding area was like a picture postcard, thick white snow, a perfectly blue sky and the sun was shining; a great start to the week.

After enjoying a good breakfast the cadets travelled to Sonthofen to be fitted with their Skis, Poles, Boots & Helmet before travelling just down the road to the resort of Oberjoch where the cadets spent their first three days learning to ski.

Exercise Alpine Adventure utilises a variety of ski areas in the Allgau, typically visiting four different areas during the week to allow the cadets to experience of a range of slopes. After spending the first three days at Oberjoch the cadets went on to visit Steibis, Iffen and Jungholz. Both Iffen and Jungholz are located just inside the border of Austria.

During the week qualified ATC staff provide instruction and leadership on the slopes. Their National Governing Body qualifications include those issued by BASI, CSIA, PSIA and Snowsport Scotland.

Not only do the cadets learn to ski they are also taught the ski-way code which teaches them safety on the slopes. As the cadets progress their skills and gain confidence they are set targets to enable them to build their abilities and knowledge.

At the end of the week the cadets are presented with their Snowlife Awards. These awards are based on star grades from one (elementary) to nine (advanced).

As well as skiing during the day the cadets were also kept busy during the evenings with a visit to a local swimming pool where they enjoyed the flumes, an outside swimming pool, inside pool with wave machine and Jacuzzi. They visited a local shooting club in a village called Moosbach and also enjoyed the Gala Night where the staff put on a show, games and ended in a disco.

Alpine Adventure this year was a great success and all cadets have come home looking forward to next year’s trip which will take place during half term week, 15-22 February 2014. Further information can be obtained from Fg Off Rogers, Deputy Wing Sports Officer & Alpine Adventure Exercise Staff.