As the Christmas celebrations draw to a close it is a good time to reflect on the adventure of the 39 who embarked on courageous mission to the French Alpes and learn how to ski. After a long journey, we eventually arrived at the hotel and were greeted with welcome drinks and an amazing buffet lunch. In the afternoon, we settled into our hotel rooms, gathered our ski equipment, lift passes, signed up for lesson and prepared for the challenges of the coming days.
The next morning, we awoke to the sight of a glorious red set rise as we ate our breakfast and put on our ski clothing. The next 5 days settled into a nice routine. The pupils had a 3 hour ski lesson in the morning and a 2 hour ski lesson in the afternoon. Everyone’s skiing technique improved dramatically every day and the more they improved, the higher up the mountain they went. At the top, they experienced more spectacular views and more challenging terrain to ski. The pupils came back to the hotel very tired at the end of everyday which was a testament to how physically demanding skiing is and many of the pupils showed tremendous resilience, courage and determination. The members of staff on the trip greatly enjoyed watching the pupils develop in not just their skiing ability but also their character traits. In the evenings, the pupils relaxed (recovering from a hard days skiing), played games and completed their holiday homework.
On the 5th day, they weather deteriorated. There was lots of rain in the town, high winds and heavy snow higher up the mountain. The pupils all braved the weather and we were most impressed with their fighting spirit against the weather conditions.
On the final day, the cloud was low, however on the mountain, the skies were clear and we went up to ski and experience some spectacular views of the cloudy valley below and the mountains bathed in sunlight. In the afternoon on the final day, we got a bus into Briancon, a historic fortified town. There we went shopping for souvenirs for our family’s and some pupils went to see the ruins of the old forts.
The next day, we woke up early in the morning to catch a bus for the airport. The ski instructors were full of praise for how the pupils behaved and their determination on the mountain and we are very proud of how all the pupils conducted themselves on the trip. We hope they all had a fantastic time.