Girls and staff from the Senior School spent an action-packed week in the French Alps where they learnt to ski or, for those who had skied before, improved on their skills. The girls stayed in the resort of Alpe d’Huez and were surrounded by ski slopes and wonderful views across the mountains. They were divided into groups based on their skiing experience, from beginners to advanced.
The girls spent every day on the slopes, skiing for 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. They also tried snowboarding and ice skating, as well as visiting an indoor climbing centre and an outdoor swimming pool. Their French speaking skills were put to good use, conversing with locals and ordering food and drinks. Some of the girls visited an ice grotto which is a tunnel deep into the glacier where sculptors have created beautiful carvings in the ice.
“The girls were superb throughout the trip. My favourite memories are of the girls having fun whatever they were doing.”Mrs Waters
“I am proud of myself because I skied the Sarenne (the longest black run in the Alps) with the top group. This was very challenging for me, but because I did it, and did it well, I really enjoyed it. It was a great sense of achievement.” Holly
“The best parts of my trip were the afternoons when we went through the snow park and jumped over ramps and obstacles.” Sydney
“I started the week as a complete beginner, by lunchtime I was promoted to group two and by the end of the week I was skiing down the hard red runs. It was wonderful to learn a fantastic new skill.” Charlotte
“The outdoor swimming was amazing!” Laura
“The night-time skating was fantastic!” Vicky
“My first ski trip was unforgettable! I had a great time with all my friends and made friends with girls in different years as well as my own year.” Ashleigh