Amongst the tales of woe caused by the recent volcanic eruption, was a happy ending for the 2010 Glebelands School ski trip.
As the school trip was coming to an end, party leader Adrian Erricker was informed that the flight home had been cancelled. “That was the jaw-dropping bit. The flight was a week away.” said Adrian Erricker.
Pinnacle Travel from Haywards Heath then came to the rescue. “We asked if the resort could put us up for a further week.” said Mr Erricker. Jay Peak in Vermont kindly then reopened the resort and put the students back into the Tram Haus Lodge. The accommodation package included free skiing!
The return to Jay Peak caused a stir and two local TV news stations turned up to do articles. Fox 44 and Channel 5 (a branch of NBC) interviewed and filmed staff and students from the group. Fox 44 News broadcast at 6.30pm on Sunday 18th April, whilst Channel 5 News entitled their report “British Kids Stranded at Ski Resort” and broadcast it as their top story at 6pm on the same day.
Fortunately, American Airlines booked the group along with fellow travellers from Amery Hill School in Alton, on the next available flight. All the group arrived safely back into the arms of anxious parents at 11pm last Friday 23rd April.
“We cannot express our thanks enough to all concerned. In particular Jay Peak Resort and the staff at Pinnacle Travel in Haywards Heath who had organised the visit. They were fantastic.” said Mr Erricker.
Headteacher Anne Hutchinson added “I am delighted and relieved that all the students and staff have arrived back safely. I am told that the students’ behaviour was exemplary and this is why Jay Peak reopened their resort. They are a credit to themselves, their parents and Glebelands School. My thanks go to the students and also to the trip leaders, Mr Erricker and Ms McAulay, for managing the situation so well.”
Source - Glebelands