The annual ski trip for Year Six is the best week of the year for those who want a thrilling and challenging time in the Alps on snow.
We started off really well, with a wave off from our parents, our huddle of special ski trip hoodies through baggage and security seamlessly...ish. We took off on time and landed early, all three schools already getting to know each other, especially on the coach to the resort. We ate a welcome meal and made ourselves comfortable in our rooms. Soon as we were in ski fit and with all our skis and boots sorted, we could wind down and get organised clothes wise (and sun cream and lip balm and goggles, not forgetting gloves…)
Sunday morning was really exciting. Groups sorted, we had a lovely morning under blue skies. midday lunch, then off back to the slopes. Press repeat, over the next few days, we saw our skills develop dramatically, with children who thought they could never actually be up the mountain, confidently descending steeper, more awkward slopes than they could have imagined.
IOn Tuesday evening we were whisked up the mountain, under the stars to a café in the clouds...in Italy! Here we had hot chocolate, pancakes and a bit of a dance! We got a little concerned midweek, since our slot for the Monty Express, Montgenevre’s luge, which just happens to be the longest in France. Luckily conditions improved,( the brake doesn’t work with snow on the rail!) and a short walk through the town and a gondola ride later, we shot down the mountain and enjoyed it immensely.
Our nighttime ‘bum boarding’ activity was also good fun, (if a little more sedate!) Later in the week, we were getting a little jaded, so a film night was just the ticket and meant we were in our pjs, ready for an early night. We had tea out on Thursday, at a lovely pizza restaurant and Friday brought the farewell disco, which was good fun, with the soft drinks bar on hand as well! The best thing about Friday was the presentation, which we had at the restaurant on the hill. We all skied down to it from the top and had hot chocolate, followed by some lovely words from our instructors, who commented on the tremendous skill development that the Moor Allerton children had achieved.
Saturday was of course a strange day, our bags packed and ready for the coach, we had a late breakfast and no skiing! Our morning was fun though, as we went on a hunt for icicles. There were plenty around the town because of the freeze-thaw conditions. As well as ‘picking loads, we saw some awesome ice dangling from gutters. Eventually, it was onto the coach to begin our journey home, which felt very long, but with everybody on form, was still a pleasure and we strode into the arrivals hall with lots of smiles from children and parents.
Thank you children for making it a super week for all your school mates and also, a big thank you to all the staff who looked after you!