Lower School Ski Trip

On the first day of the Easter holidays, 34 Lower School pupils and 5 staff set off on the epic coach journey to the Alps.

After an overnight trip, we awoke to find ourselves in Southern France. Despite a minor contretemps with a traffic sign, serene progress was made, and we passed through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy, and the beautiful Aosta Valley.

After a day of acclimatisation, sorting ourselves out with ski kit, and locating the hotel, we were ready to hit the slopes (sometimes literally). Weather conditions, after a cloudy first morning, were warm and sunny - which was good for the sun tan, but not so good for afternoon skiing.

However our expert instructors were able to find the best snow on the mountain. The beginners' group did brilliantly, and were all over the mountain by day 4 or 5. All groups progressed fast, although no-one ever saw the expert group as they were moving too fast.

Après ski during the week consisted of bowling in Aosta, ice creams in the resort of Courmayeur, pizza, and karaoke in a local bar. Let's just say that it wasn't a choir tour - the skiing was better than the singing.

Well done to Jemima, Ben, Luke, Hannah and Georgia for winning some of the main awards at the end of the week. And thanks to the staff for accompanying the trip. And above all, great news for trip organisers - no injuries!