Lower School Trip to Les Contamines

A group of Lower School pupils are spending a week of their Easter holidays enjoying the snowy slopes of Les Contamines in France.  

To catch up on their latest updates, see blog posts below from trip leader Mr Steve Gorman:




April 7 2017
A brilliant last day's skiing. Sunny blue cloudless skies with no wind made it an ideal day to be on the mountain. The groups had ski tests, which went well. The piste and lift staff even opened a nearby gondola just for us, and the luxury of our own cable car station meant the pupils have been able to make the most of the evening entertainments and skiing opportunities.

It's a great feeling to finish the week with everyone enjoying an excellent week's skiing. Les Contamines is a hidden gem and attracts less visitor numbers than some of the more popular resorts, which makes it a fantastic destination. Will we come again? We all certainly hope so. 

I would like to thank all of the following staff that have helped make this such a memorable trip and without whom it would not have run so smoothly: Helen and Steve Foster, Sasha and Glenn Gelderbloom, Martha Hinxman, Tom Backhouse and Chris Dook. 

Planning is already underway for next year. I can't wait. 

April 6 2017
The sun was shining today and the snow was excellent. We all enjoyed the perfect conditions. Everyone has made great progress during the week, whether it be more difficult off piste or mastering some super controlled turns on the rather enticing blue runs. All Oakhamians enjoyed the challenges the instructors have set them. The slalom produced some cracking times and tomorrow everyone is doing their ski tests, which I hope will go well. Skating tonight was fun and now all the pupils are reluctantly packing to go home. 

We have a full day's skiing tomorrow and plan to leave around 19.30.

April 5 2017
A day of four seasons would be a good description. Hail, rain sleet and snow followed by glorious sunshine after lunch. Everyone is enjoying the good snow conditions and being able to ski with their friends (that includes the staff). Our evening entertainment was indoor games, which was organised by Mr Backhouse who enjoyed every minute of it. 

Skiing tomorrow looks like it will be a fantastic day and in the evening we are going ice skating. 

April 4 2017

The skiing has been great today with the snow holding up on crowd free slopes. The weather was a little changeable but certainly didn't dampen our spirits.

Our trip to St Gervais this evening was well received with many pizzas, crepes and sweets being purchased and consumed. We're hoping for sunnier weather tomorrow. 

April 3 2107
What a brilliant day, wall to wall sunshine, excellent snow and everyone wanting to make the most of it. All the groups are making very quick progress and even the beginner group is heading further up the mountain. It's a pleasure to watch the pupils skiing in lessons and during free ski. Most groups even ventured off piste to sample the delights of untracked snow. 
Tonight's entertainment was swimming and even though some of the boys did not like the regulation of wearing speedos, they all had a great time. Following the evening meal, the pupils had the delights of a Mr Dook room inspection, which some looked forward to more than others!
Roll on tomorrow. 

April 2 2017
After a very easy and uneventful journey we arrived at the hotel around 07.45. Luckily we were able to check into our rooms before walking to Les Contamines via the Tour de Mont Blanc (TMB) trail. Brunch purchased, we returned to have skis fitted and a few hours rest. Our first day's skiing started a little on the foggy side but cleared steadily as the day progressed. Groups were sorted quickly and lessons went well. The snow in the afternoon was a little heavier/slushy but the pupils made the most of it and stayed out for an hour of free skiing before heading back to the hotel. Tonight's evening entertainment was a quiz run by our ski Rep Mark. 

All are looking forward to another beautiful day skiing tomorrow. 


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