Day 0 – Saturday
The flight went smoothly, we even had a photo opportunity with the pilot at check-in, and met an ex-pupil (now 24) who came on the ski trip 14 years ago!
We got to the hotel around 9pm and had dinner (chicken pie), collected our skis and semi-sorted our clothes before to bed. Everyone went straight to sleep.
CS WF SB NP
BM DC AH JD
SH AA / WW LP - room on two levels
LD SC ES
FAB KH AS TS BF
Day 1 – Sunday - First day skiing
The children were split into groups with our 4 instructors Yann, Eric, Laurent & Sihamme (Sisi). The Beginners skied with 2 instructors and will be split into 2 groups tomorrow when they will go on the chair lift.
Here's how the groups were by the end of the day. They may change again.
Yann & Laurent - NP DC AA SH LP FAB KH
Eric – EW EF LD WW AH TS SB JD
Sisi – SC BM AS BF ES CS WF
They all had a wonderful day, and made great progress. Everyone fell over, but all bounced back up with a smile on their face.
The beginners made really good progress on the Nursery slopes and (nearly!) mastered the art of turning and stopping! Three of them moved up a group towards the end of the day.
Eric’s group all went on the chair lift and did a few little jumps.
The experts went with Sisi and had a fabulous time, including enjoying a new ‘Viking’ piste.
At night time we had a ‘Skitle’ drive with various fun forfeits. Including a dance off! We finished the evening with a little bit of calming yoga! All were fast asleep within 10 minutes of lights out.
The children are all happy with their rooms and are trying to get the prize for the tidiest room (see twitter and if you can work out your child's score!)
They certainly loved the skiing and really impressed us in the afternoon with all of them being ready 20 minutes before the lesson was due to start!
Day 2 - Monday
Today the children made so much progress, with them all getting their ‘ski-legs’. Our instructors are very impressed with the beginners, saying it is probably the best group they’ve had – all those Chill Factor lessons paid off!
Sisi’s group whizzed to various runs in the morning while Eric’s group concentrated on technique.
In the afternoon there was significant snow and wind so we did lots of slalom and fun exercises on the lower slopes.
In their free time the children all relaxed and mixed with the children from Edenhurst, playing pool, dancing and enjoying various other games.
In the evening we had Boys v Girls night – comprehensively won by the girls. Games included 3 variations of skittles - ski sock, donkey tale and elephant trunk – very amusing! And we finished with a dance off. A lovely fun evening.
Tomorrow the sun is due to come out, and we hope to go swimming after the afternoon lesson.
Day 3 – Tuesday
The conditions today were absolutely glorious. After the snow from yesterday afternoon and overnight we were greeted by the sun when we woke up. So the piste’s were fantastic to ski on and the temperature was just right.
All of the groups have been to the top of the resort, with Eric & Sisi’s group skiing parts / al of the black slope as well. Sisi’s group also tested out some of the jumps at the jump park.
Lauren and Yann’s group are making amazing progress and made it all the way down form the top to a different village, skiing a good 6 miles in the afternoon.
After skiing we went for a swim in the outdoor pool, and after a fun play held our own Le Corbier Olympics. This was followed by a quick trip to the arcade, before coming back for tea (chicken and/or macaroni cheese). Then we finished off the most amazing day by going outside for a bum-board in the dark (sorry photos weren’t very good in the dark and busy marshalling the slopes!)
It really was a perfect day and one for them all to remember for a long time. Oh and one girl lost a tooth so we had the story of the French Tooth Fairy – La Petitie Souris (a mouse!)
Day 4 – Wednesday
We had lots of snow today and all of the children went off to different villages. The Viking run was a firm favourite with them all. It is a delight to see great progress, such enjoyment and also the helpfulness of them all when someone falls over. Everyone is now turning with confidence and the majority of children are parallel skiing across the pistes and sometimes in to turns. They tried jumps today as well as going off-piste which they loved in the fresh deep snow! The Jump Park was also visited with the children loving going over the big and small jumps.
Sisi’s group stayed out skiing for the whole day and skied 18 miles in total! They had lunch out on the slopes and had a wonderful experience in a variety of conditions. They finished the day with the slalom, which they will be doing tomorrow as a timed event to see what badge they will be awarded.
After skiing we had more time in the snow, making forts (as well as a general play) for a snow ball fight and the snow even came down as we started the battle!
At night we went skiing again with our torches as we led the whole resort down the mountain and then got to see some LED skiers come down and the piste bashers. A great end to a wonderful day.
A fantastic day snow filled day!
Day 5 – Thursday
The morning saw Sisi's group take on the slalom course, and all the children had the chance to demonstrate their skills, which they did very well. They also had a speed test, which they really enjoyed! The other groups went to various new slopes in the resort and did some off-piste skiing and mini jumps as well. They’re all ready for the trip out tomorrow.
After skiing we played in the snow then went into the village. The evening activity was a fun games night followed by the Ski Tucker trial – eating frogs legs and snails, some liked them, but they won’t be appearing on the menu at School!
All children are having a great time, behaving well, if a little tired.
Friday we will be out skiing all day and then at night it is the talent show and packing!
Day 6 – Friday
We are all safely off the slopes having had a 6 hour ski.
The day started with another visit from La Petite Souris and a 10cm of new snow
Due to the visibility we got a bus to the neighbouring resort so we could go and explore it and all it has to offer. All the children coped admirably in challenging skiing conditions. We stopped at a restaurant for lunch and hot chocolate and the children were awarded their badges by the Instructors, some very proud children. (These are now safely in their cases ready to be worn to School on Monday).
The afternoon saw us ski back to Le Corbier and do some of our favourite pistes before a final ski together as a whole school.
After skiing we chilled or played in the snow prior to packing and then had a Le Corbier Talent Show, which was very entertaining! After tea it was a pamper session for those wanting their nails/hair done and then a return of the games night and some old favourites as well as a few new games for them all to enjoy. A lovely end to the day.
The trip never ceases to amaze me about what a wonderful experience it is for the children in so many ways. The things they find out about themselves and variety of achievements – both skiing and non-skiing related are truly amazing.
Everyone has fallen over and bounced back up with a smile on their face, and all of the children have also made great technical progress, they all also managed to be on time for every lesson with the right equipment, which is always one of the hardest challenges!
The children are a credit themselves, the School and family with their behaviour, social interaction and friendliness (we encourage them to talk to others, obviously in a safe way, and this has been commented on), and their attitude towards giving it a go. We’ve had lots of lovely comments from the fellow guests to say what a lovely bunch of children they are and how well they are looked after.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
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