Ski Blog: Les Deux Alpes

A group of Middle and Upper School students have travelled to the French Alps to enjoy some skiing at Les Deux Alpes ski resort before Christmas. Read the latest updates from trip leader Mr Steve Gorman below:

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Day 6

Today’s conditions couldn’t have been more different than yesterday. Snow, wind, thick mist and some closed lifts greeted us. Conditions could hardly have been more difficult but all dealt with it in good spirits. The beginners managed to ski from the glacier all the way down, which some didn’t think they would be able to do. Free ski was exciting but still enjoyed by those that braved the elements. With half a metre of fresh snow being blown around it certainly tested everyone’s ability.

The trip has been great with the pupils getting stuck in and having a go. I know all of the staff have enjoyed skiing with the pupils and spending time with them out of the classroom and the school environment. You really get to see a different side to them and share some great experiences.

Day 5

Simply amazing, what a day! We woke to blue skies, fresh powder and perfectly groomed pistes. Most groups headed straight for the glacier and the deep fluffy snow. The beginners stopped at the halfway station and practised their newly found skills on the blue piste heading back towards the town. The top two groups managed a little off piste skiing in knee deep powder before settling down to some serious carving practise.

Following lunch everyone went off to explore; some even asked if they could join the staff! Although there are a lot of people in the resort, it was easy to find uncrowded runs with excellent snow. A couple of boys even managed to squeeze in a little black run (with staff in support), which they skied very well and thoroughly enjoyed.

After skiing we all went for a swim in the outdoor heated pool, which was refreshing. Later this evening, we are having part two of Miss Campion's Christmas quiz. I know the boys are particularly looking forward to it.

Day 4

Snow, snow, snow! It snowed all night so by morning the resort was covered in a deep white layer. Low thick cloud did hamper everyone’s skiing but didn’t dampen their spirits. All the beginners enjoyed the day and are fast catching up with the intermediate group. Following lunch the weather brightened and the clouds cleared, revealing stunning views in all directions. As it has been so cold, the snow conditions were amazing, crisp thick snow with not too many on the slopes, possibly put off by the flat light this morning. The runs off the glacier (Le Signal-my favourite) had some of the best conditions I can remember for this time of year. This evening the ‘Babyfoot’ will have a good workout as we have an inter group tournament. I’m sure they’ll be a lot of competitive fun!!

The forecast for tomorrow is good so we are all looking forward to exploring the resort and being able to take in the views.

Day 3

Heavy snow overnight made for quite tricky conditions. The added difficulties of low cloud and a lot more people meant that everyone had to concentrate hard on what they were doing today. Each group looked to be coping well with these challenges, although I don’t think powder skiing is everyone’s favourite activity, as several took tumbles down some of the slopes that still had thick snow from last night!

The evening activity was ice skating which went down a storm with everyone. Matvey, for one, seemed to spend a lot of time sprawled on the floor - I’m not sure why - and ended up closely resembling a snowman. After our evening meal, Miss Campion did her Christmas quiz which kept everyone entertained. Following the quiz, some of the Upper School students went out with some of the teachers to see Annie Mac and Camel Phat (although I haven’t a clue who they are!) and certainly seemed to enjoy the evening.

More heavy snow overnight looks like it will make conditions a little difficult again tomorrow, but at least we won’t be short of snow!

Day 2

A very exciting day! Three boys managed to get stuck in the hotel lift and had to be rescued, all ok and I think it might turn out to be the highlight of the week for them! It was Miss Campion’s birthday and so at breakfast we all sang 'Happy Birthday' to her.

Skiing went well with everyone making impressive progress. Travelling up to the glacier took some time but was worth the effort as the snow was fantastic and the pistes empty. The food continues to be excellent.

Evening entertainment was riding on doughnuts, which involved sitting in a doughnut-style rubber ring, being pushed down a ramp flying off the end into the air, before landing on an inflatable air bag! As the pupils slid down, the air was filled with the sound of flying Oakhamians.

Day 1

Our journey to the resort took a little longer than expected and was a little more eventful than I would have liked! After having to change planes due to a cracked window screen at Luton we landed in Geneva and transferred to our coach, which after the first hour developed an electrical fault so had to be changed. We arrived in the resort three hours late but all in fine spirits. The hotel fantastic and is run by Italians. The food is great, lots of superb pastas, soups, meat and salads. A late meal and bed meant everyone was ready for a full day on the slopes.

The need for a 7am breakfast wasn’t what anyone wanted to hear but is going to be the norm for the week. The snow cover is fantastic and everyone seemed to enjoy the lessons. With blue skies and empty slopes all made good progress. Following lunch the free ski went well with pupils skiing with their friends before having to check-in at the hotel. The evening entertainment was a town trail, which encouraged everyone to explore the resort.

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