40 students and 4 staff returned from the French resort of Alpe D’Huez last week after a fab week skiing.
We couldn’t have wished for better conditions, a fresh layer of snow at the start of the week followed by five days of sunshine with just enough of a nip in the air to keep the snow in good condition.
Our four French ski instructors were lovely, Manu, Francois, Martine and Sylvie, and by the end of the week all our groups had improved beyond recognition, the staff felt very proud!
Some of the more experienced skiers got to ski the famous La Sarenne black piste which at 16km is the longest in Europe from Pic Blanc at 3300m. All the group got to get a view from this altitude of the majestic Alps in all their glory, truly spectacular.
One of the benefits of going out of holiday time is the pistes are relatively quiet, giving much more time to learn without wasting time in lift queues or dodging the crowds, we were blessed.
Our stay in the Hotel Valle Blanche was great and the group were an absolute credit to the school with their ‘get up and go’ attitude both in the day and during our evening entertainment, so much so the instructors gave us their emails so we could ask for them specifically again next year, now there’s a great endorsement!
We heard a smattering of French being attempted although these days the French seem to always want to reply in English, that’s where perseverance is required!!
Our group made us proud to be from Ashton Park School, it was one of the best trips we’ve had and we will definitely be going to the same resort next year.