The start of the Easter holidays also heralded the long awaited school ski trip to Flaine in France. After leaving a very wet and blustery Emlyn on Saturday morning we headed east along the M4 to Dover and an evening ferry crossing which proved calmer than had been anticipated! The journey through France passed quickly with the help of Mr Gales’ DVD choices! Next we were soon practising our French language skills after a lengthy stop at the services to allow our two drivers Norman and Mark a break, not from driving but from the ‘rave’ going on at the back of the bus! It wasn’t long before we were heading up a winding road and towards the mountains where we would be skiing for the next week.
We arrived at our accommodation, UCPA Flaine, on the Sunday morning and after lunch it was straight out onto the slopes for a first chance to test out the snow conditions. After heavy snowfall during the day the snow was perfectly soft for falling on which was welcome relief to many of the group who had never skied on snow before! That evening’s entertainment consisted of getting even more acquainted with the snow along with practising some very rusty throwing skills and settling in for the week ahead.
Monday saw the first full day of skiing and after breakfast it was back out onto the slopes and more fresh snow. Unfortunately today was the first and last day of skiing for Eloise who fell and injured her knee after previously crashing into Mr Edwards, pity he wasn’t in line to soften the fall a second time! We wish Eloise a full and speedy recovery.
That evening’s apres ski consisted of ten pin bowling and a punch bag competition between year 11 boys, let’s just say the bowling did less to dent the male ego. As the week progressed so did the skiing with everyone making it to the top of the mountain and the spectacular views of Mont Blanc. The advanced group made full use of the snow park along with Mr Edwards who discovered that videoing the group proved vertically challenging! Megan also discovered that one too many really can be detrimental to your health and we wish her a speedy recovery too!
Wednesday evening was quiz night with the victorious team of Harri, Cai, Kym and Lora knowing a large amount of general knowledge, who would have thought that Cai would know where Haribo’s are from! On Thursday some of the group had a go at snowboarding and under the expert tuition of Mr Edwards made huge improvements but also discovered that perhaps skiing maybe a little easier and less tiring! ‘Batman v Superman’ was the evening entertainment and with the twins sporting their superhero onesies they were definitely settled for the night.
After a final days skiing and cleaning frenzy, (be warned never share a room with year 11 girls!) we departed the lovely resort of Flaine armed with plenty of doughnuts for our journey back to Wales.
A big thank you to local sponsors Y Goleudy Lighting and Oak Windows, their support was greatly appreciated.