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February 24th 2017

LNR cadets take to the slopes for Ski Cadet 2017

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Cadets from the beginners group in the mountains

Half term was all downhill for many cadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) as they hit the ski slopes of Italy for a week of fun.

Ski Cadet 2017 saw a group of 62 cadets and 19 adults leave by coach on Friday, 10 February for the 25 hour journey through France and Switzerland to the resort of Aprica.

They enjoyed several days on the ski slopes and for most it was their first ever taste of skiing.

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On the way.

More experienced cadets were able to take part on more challenging slopes and there was even chances to ski at night.

There was also plenty of socialising opportunities, team meals and a party to finish off the week.

Cadet James Coleman of A Company’s Rhine Detachment based in Brackley said: “This week has been great. Before this week I wouldn’t even know how to put on some skis let alone go down a black run (a piste designated for ‘advanced’ skiers) on the last day.

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On the slopes.

“My favourite part of the week was getting to go in a gondola ski lift because I’ve never been in one of them before and the views were really amazing!

“The hotel and the staff working there were really nice and the food was delicious. I really enjoyed Ski Cadet. I had such a good time and I hope next year will be even better!”

Cadet Lance Corporal Emya Smart of D Company’s Rothwell Detachment said: “I have been on other cadet adventurous training trips and enjoyed them a lot but I have to say that, even though this was my first Ski Cadet ever, it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

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LNR in Italy.

“At the start of the week I couldn’t even ski and I wouldn’t believe that I would be able to ski down a mountain.

“Ski Cadet expresses the ACF in all of its glory because you push your limits and brake your boundaries, meet new people and truly develop as a person and cadet.”

Senior adult volunteer and Deputy Commandant of Leicestershire, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Smales, said of the trip: “I would like to thank the adults, hotel, coach drivers and everyone who helped make this week possible.

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Reaching new heights.

“This is the first Ski Cadet I have organised and it was an amazing success.

“We have never taken so many novices away before and to have such a successful week is testament to the professional standards and commitment of the staff which transferred through to the cadets.

“I never had to ask anyone to smile once for the camera – everyone was smiling all week. We are already planning for next year’s trip.”

“Ski Cadet expresses the ACF in all of its glory because you push your limits and brake your boundaries, meet new people and truly develop as a person and cadet.”