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Alpe d’ Huez never fails to provide a fantastic venue for skiing and this year’s trip was no exception. Pupils and staff from Trent enjoyed a week skiing and snowboarding in this beautiful resort.
Having travelled by coach, leaving Trent on Friday 3rd April, we arrived in the resort the following day to fresh falls of snow, and with the piste covered in 30-40 cm of fresh powder; ideal conditions for day one of what would be a varied and interesting week of activity.
Initial weather conditions were unpredictable however, and the first day presented some interesting challenges under foot, and in particularly with visibility. The snow in resort however, was excellent for the time of year with ample cover enabling access to all the runs in the resort. Ski instruction was provided by ESF with 4 hours of lessons each day. Due to the nature of the resort with its wide range of runs that funnelled back to the hotel, students were also able to enjoy free skiing in controlled conditions throughout the week. The small group of novice skiers made good progress due to the wide range of accessible nursery slopes and quickly made progress onto the higher and more difficult runs. For the intermediate and advanced groups, full snow cover provided ample access to the harder runs and extensive off piste skiing. Many completed black runs such as the infamous Tunnel Run and The Sarenne, which at 14 km is the longest black run in the Alps. With unbroken sunshine following the first day, conditions were predictably icy in the mornings, perfect leading up to early afternoon and a little slushy towards the end of the day. All students made good progress during the week gaining experience of skiing in varied types of snow.
Visits to the Snow Park area proved popular in the late afternoon, where tackling the jumps and developing tricks in the soft snow gave much amusement.
Apres ski included a visit to the resort’s open-air heated swimming pool where for the hardy few, a swim could be combined with a quick roll in the snow before returning to the warmth of the water.
Ice skating was as popular as ever, with most pupils taking part despite the energy level required after a hard day of skiing and the usual uncomfortable footwear. An impromptu ‘games evening’ with killer pool league and table football was also organised and provided some keen competition. Perhaps the highlight however was a visit to the local Sports Centre where the group all completed an indoor Go-ape type high ropes course, providing an exhausting end to an exhausting week of skiing.
In all, a very successful trip with the pupils having had a great time and representing themselves and the school in a positive light.