LEH Ski Trip 2018

During the February half term a group of 64 of the LIV, UV and LV were incredibly lucky to take part in the school ski trip, which this year, went to Alpe d’Huez.

Thankfully, our departure was not too early, so we were all happy and excited for the trip ahead. However, I think it is safe to say that none of us quite anticipated the arrival time in Alpe d’Huez. By the time we had finished dinner, it was past midnight. Nevertheless, we all persevered in order to get our ski boots fitted in time to ski the following day.

The next morning was tough: a wake-up call from Mr Piper and Mr O’Brien at 7 o’clock after a mere four or five hours of sleep was far from what anyone wanted! But after such a long journey, we were all eager to get out and ski.

The first day of skiing was extremely enjoyable as the sun shone brightly and the conditions were close to perfect. Everyone had a great time and we were all able to start exploring the resort’s amazing slopes whilst enjoying the stunning scenery.

Every evening there were organised activities for everyone. Whether it was the more adventurous bum boarding and ice-skating or the quiz (did anyone know that the Corbillon Cup was competed for in Table Tennis?) or even a disco, we all had a great time. Bum boarding was definitely an interesting experience. What made us laugh the most was the teachers’ attempt to bum board down the mountain as fast as they could: although Miss Nicholl won the prize for most successful decent (i.e. not falling off once!), Miss Hawkins won the prize for the most enthusiastic decent (i.e. falling over after a mighty and fearless descent!).

Even though the conditions were unpredictable at times, the following days of ski were just as enjoyable. The distribution of Werther's Originals and Vichy Mints helped us when the weather was colder or, on the Thursday, even raining. A few of the skiing groups were also able to ski the longest black run in Europe: La Sarenne. This experience was incredible and many of us, like other skiing fanatics, argued that the run was not a true black!

As the week progressed we all managed to continue with our skiing and enjoy it, with every group improving in their technique and confidence. As we came to the final day, with the sun beaming brightly in the distance, it definitely felt like it had been a great trip.  After we came off the slopes for the last time we celebrated the week’s progress with awards given by the instructors. Everyone was awarded a graded level certificate after their week of skiing. We, in turn, gave the instructors presents for being such great teachers.

All in all, the trip was a huge success and I can definitely say that it is the best trip I have ever been on (even if a few of us suffered some injuries).

I would like to thank all the teachers who were involved: Mr Piper, Miss Crowther, Miss Hawkins, Mrs Lennox Smith, Miss Monteil, Miss Nicholl, Mr O’Brien & Miss Wilson.

By Jade (LVP)

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