A group of Lower School students have travelled to the French Alps to enjoy some skiing at Les Deux Alpes ski resort over the Easter holidays. Read the latest updates from trip leader Mr Steve Gorman below:
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Overnight we were lucky enough to have 1 metre of snow fall; the most amount of snow recorded overnight in Les Deux Apes in the last 5 years! This made for a brilliant penultimate day on the slopes!
Yet another great day skiing although definitely a day of two halves. This morning saw clear open pistes with good visibility and great snow and this afternoon was windy, cloudy with lots of snow falling making it harder work but brilliant underfoot. All of the pupils were challenged but came through with flying colours.
Powder snow looks like the order of the day tomorrow as we are expecting about 40cms of fresh beautiful powder to fall overnight ??.
After skiing, we managed to eventually go ice skating which was very atmospheric with heavy snow falling. Some of the boys looked like they were swimming as they spent more time lying down than stood on their skates. With our second birthday of the trip being celebrated, it gave us a chance to eat more fantastic cake. Jemima H certainly seemed to enjoy it as did everyone else. The French and Italians certainly know how to make candles!
Everyone is now quite tired but looking forward to getting out on the slopes again tomorrow.
Pupils continued to impress with their time keeping and enthusiasm during skiing lessons. After an intense morning and afternoon of lessons, everyone came off the slopes beaming having had a fantastic action-packed day. The beginners have managed some challenging blues while the intermediate skied all the way down to the bottom village and completed the steep black run. Some of them even stopped for a drink from the waterfall! The advanced skiers have really impressed the instructor with some excellent slalom practice too. All topped off with a relaxing swim in an open-air pool with gorgeous mountain views. What a great way to round up another excellent day!
The weather has been perfect, blue skies this morning, slightly overcast this afternoon; perfect conditions for a great day skiing.
The students have managed to remain punctual and headed up the chair lift to meet the instructors and got cracking on another ski-filled day!
Beginners showed fantastic progression today and tackled some challenging runs without hesitation! Instructors and staff continue to be impressed with the enthusiasm they showed!
To round off the day nicely, we finished with some adrenaline-filled flying through the air on a donut and landing on an airbag! This evening, we taste tested crêpes from the numerous crêperies Les Deux Alpes has to offer and then had some well-earned rest!
By Miss Whearity
Waking up in resort to the stunning views from our hotel windows certainly made the coach journey worth it. After a short burst of ‘happy birthday’ to MaxF everyone rushed off to get kitted up. The slopes are very empty and I for one am hoping it stays that way.
All the pupils managed to get out of the hotel and meet their instructors on time and with all the correct kit, which is a first for a Lower School ski trip! Sorting everyone into ski groups went well and all made good progress during the day.
After lunch, a couple of pupils moved groups, which has helped level the standards with each instructor. The top group, who would certainly give the Upper School skiers a run for their money, went to the snow park in the afternoon and even managed a couple of off-piste runs.
Everyone finished the day with smiles on their faces and the start of what looks like a good goggle ski tan??. In the evening there were more birthday treats for MaxF including an impressive flame throwing candle and a card. This was followed by explorations of the resort with Miss Madden's enjoyable 'town trail' quiz. Another early night was needed as I think the exertions of the day had worn everyone out.
That was one of the easiest journeys I’ve ever done. No sooner had we left Oakham and we were arriving in Les Deuz Alpes! The pupils have been fantastic so far with no issues at all. Ski fit and check in went very smoothly, the slopes are looking in good condition, the sky is blue and the sun is shining brightly. The resort looks and feels a bit like paradise. Everyone is excited about getting out to explore the slopes tomorrow.