Ski Trip 2018

 THURSDAY  1ST FEBRUARY

Best jump

Lewis Japa
Sam Hallam

Dare devil

Emre Mehmet
Rohan Okebu

Eddie the eagle

James Street
Ameen Rahmen
Simon Fleming
Joe Melton

Hazard on the slope

Levent Altintas

Jester for the day

Noyan Dikmen

Ski lift king

Luke Gibbs

Snowflake

 Lucas De Melo
Casey Curtin

Snowplough

Claudia Lynch
Natalie Murray-Lockett
Andrew Robertson
Joseph Slawson-Lawer

We woke this morning to 3cm of snow that had fallen over night and low cloud cover. The students ventured outside for their 9.30 lesson wrapped warmly and raring to go. Everyone started from the same chairlift to go up even further into the cloud and more snow, at times we could hardly see the chair in front. The intermediates went further up the mountain, whilst one of the beginners’ groups headed towards Italy down their first blue slope of the week. They also crossed across the black slope managing to stay upright as they traversed across.  Just before the border with Italy we caught the chair lift back, but not before watching one of the French national cross country skiers practicing for next weeks’ winter Olympics.  Snow conditions were perfect for us to practice our newly found skills.

The afternoon was much better however, clouds did roll in at times which made it difficult to see at the top of the mountains. The recent snow fall gave us a soft landing when we fell. All students encountered plenty of jumps along the way, and lots of stories where told on their return back to the hotel.

After dinner tonight we ventured outside once more into the darkness to bum board down the beginner slope, all wrapped up nice and warm as the temperature outside is -9. On returning to the hotel an hour later, we have succumbed to an early night ready for our last day skiing tomorrow when we expect the sunshine to return.

On top of that students tried the French delicacies of snails and frog's leg.  An amazing day!

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY

Dare devil

Altan Gungur

Hazard on the slope

Connor Liddle

Jester for the day

Reyda Hassaine

Snowflake

Luke Gibbs

Snowplough

Ismail Sanci

Worst fall

Connor Liddle

 

Yet another sunny day on the slopes, although much colder than yesterday. We have all now managed to reach the top of the mountain. The sight across the mountain top is beautiful and we even got a geography lesson from Mrs Tidmarsh whilst we skied.  The advanced group unfortunately spent the afternoon back down on the beginner’s slope as they were very silly and our instructor Ludo thought it was best that they went back to basics.  After dinner we then took part in the quiz which unfortunately the teachers won, however we think they cheated!!!!!!!

Looking forward to skiing tomorrow the weather forecast is for snow, which will be a first for many people, we have been told to put on extra layers.

Quotes from students

    The ski instructors are so helpful, patient and funny.

    Skiing is extremely tiring and hurts a lot if you fall down. But its also really fun once you     learn how to do it properly.

    Even though your legs ache when skiing it is so worth it, because you have so much fun and     the ski instructors are so supportive.

 TUESDAY 30 JANUARY

And they are off beginners off for their ski lesson this morning much colder than yesterday.                            

Dare devil

Jake Raymond

Lily Murray

Eddie the eagle

Courtney Chivso

Hazard on the slope

Freddie Hornsey

Jester for the day

Tatyana Muzondo

Ski lift king

Louie Rodman

Snowplough

Alex Negoita

Worst fall

Ariana John

Another Sunny day in resort with perfect ski conditions. Slopes are very empty so we have them practically to ourselves. Everyone has now conquered the chair and gondola lifts to take us even further up the mountains. Our instructors are fantastic and are helping us make even further progress. The evening entertainment was a trip to the local ice skating ring, so some of us learnt how to ice skate also. It was very cold there at the foot of the mountain, but we were prepared dressed in our ski gear. We even wore our ski helmets!!!!!!!

Back to the hotel at 9pm ready for an early night to be up bright an early for another day on the slopes in the sun.

Some quotes from the students

“I conquered my fear of the chair lift”  Reyda

"I skied backwards on multiple occasions “purposely”. i am now parallel turning."  Tatyana

"I ended up getting as close as I can to the splitz to avoid crashing into the people in front of me"  Sam

"We went down the black slope and then slightly off piste. It was going so well until Ms Murphy stacked it."  James.

Forecast for tomorrow is another sunny day and hopefully even more progress will be made.  It is however, forecast to be colder.

Apologies for late update.  This is due to intermittent network connection.

 MONDAY 29 JANUARY

 

Eddie the eagle

India Saleem

Hazard on the slope

Jesselle Porter

Jester for the day

Stephanie Leddy

Ski left king

Oscar Hamilton

Ski left queen

Tia Shah

Snowplough

Timur Mustafa

Worst fall

Beau Karim

Students have made even more progress today in perfect ski conditions with intermediates venturing on to the red slopes and the beginners are now half way up the mountain using the chair lift or gondola. It is good to see some of our previous instructors coming over to say hello. We celebrated a birthday and finished the day with birthday cake and a movie all chilling out and relaxing ready for another day on the slopes.

Forecast for tomorrow is another sunny day and hopefully even more progress will be made.

"today and yesterday has been a once in a life time experience. I had such a great time skiing down red slopes. I haven’t always stayed upright, but it was all worth it in the end. I am so grateful that I am able to come on this trip and hopefully can come next year" – Ariana

I skied and didn’t fall once. We went on a red slope. – Tatyana

Red slopes are not as easy as expected, but we live to tell the tale. Fun and laughter all the way.

SUNDAY 28 JANUARY

 

Best jump

Ash Parekh

Eddie the eagle

Anjali Tailor

Hazard on the slope

Rebecca Leney

Ski left king

Levent Altintas

Ski left queen

Stefanie Leddy

Snowflake

Aaron Garner

Snowplough

Cengiz Ergun

Worst fall

Michael Perets

Perfect ski conditions today for our first day ski-ing. Plenty of snow and blue skies, sun shining. After a hesitant start this morning, Students have really pushed themselves this afternoon in order to make excellent progress. Beginners have overcome both the moving carpet and drag lift. We finished the day on a high with lots of stories to be told…………..

"the thrills and adventures of going down such a massive mountain is a memory that will stay with me throughout my life" _ Ash

I had such a great time. You are really approachable and friendly staff. It was tiring but really worth it. I had lots of fun – Noyan

Thanks for a great experience we found it hard at the beginning, but it got easier as you listened to the instructors – Luke

I really enjoyed the ski-ing down the mountain. – Alex

I’M NOT SUNBURNT Mum – Simon

EVENING ACTIVITIES - TEAM GAMES, MAKE THE MUMMY!

Can you guess who this member of staff is?

The skiers have landed and are on the way to their resort.

 

 

There has been excellent snow fall in resort.  All bodes well for skiing conditions ready for our arrival.

 

Meeting place for ski lessons - picture courtesy of Equity taken Sunday 14 January 2018

View from first floor of our hotel.  2 metres of snow has fallen in the village.  All bodes well for a great ski trip.

Picture taken by Equity, Sunday 14 January 2018