The Cedars Academy Easter Ski Trip
Easter 2017 saw 33 pupils and 4 staff from The Cedars Academy take to the slopes in Les Menuires, France for the inaugural Cedars Academy Easter Ski Trip. The 2am start from The Cedars Academy on Easter Saturday saw lots of bleary eyes but a smooth journey to the airport and lots of sunshine to welcome us at Geneva Airport made for a great start to the holiday.
On arrival at Le Piolet Clubhotel in Les Menuires, we received a very warm welcome from the SkiBound staff and after checking into our rooms tucked into a lovely ‘spicy’ tomato soup accompanied by fresh, French baguette. This set the scene for the week’s food which was wholesome and hearty with pupils being offered meals such as sausage, mash and peas followed by bread and butter pudding and chicken curry with chocolate crispy cakes for dessert. The staff were very keen to help and catered for all of our dietary requirements expertly.
After our late lunch Bryn and Luke – the SkiBound Hotel Reps, took us down to the in-house ski room and we were fitted out with boots, skis and helmets. With most of our pupils being beginner skiers this was a very different experience to having their trainers fitted! Some time to relax and recharge before dinner was offered with most of our pupils (and some staff!) taking to their rooms for a late afternoon snooze!
Each morning we woke for an 8am continental breakfast which included lots of croissants, pain au chocolat and bread; a variety of cereals, ham, cheese and hard boiled eggs were also on offer. We could also choose from apple juice, orange juice, tea, coffee and water. After breakfast we changed into our ski clothes then collected boots and skis from the boot room, put our boots on and then met on the pathway outside the Hotel at 9.10am to make our way to ski school. This was a short walk but for most of us the most tiring part of the day!
Each morning we met our ski Instructors, Phillipe, Quinton and Severine for the sessions which were between 9.30am and 11.30am and certainly filled with fun and some trials for our beginners. The snow was excellent at the top of the mountain and typical for spring skiing in that it was hard in the morning and a little slushy in the afternoon. This did mean that for the beginner skiers the conditions weren’t ideal but by the end of the week every single person was able to ski unaided with most starting to master the parallel turn too. However, with only one exception the weather on the piste was superb with beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine. A fabulous achievement from everyone.
Lunches back at Le Piolet at 12pm were hearty affairs too, lasagne and chips, pizza and sauté potatoes and spaghetti bolognaise fuelled our afternoon skiing sessions which ran from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
On return from the slopes dinner was scheduled for 6pm and we also had a variety of evening activities which included a Town Trail Treasure Hunt, which was an opportunity to discover the locality of Les Menuires, Speed Mountain, which was an exhilarating toboggan style ride on a metal rollercoaster, a games night in the hotel games room and of course watching Leicester City Football Club play against Atletico Madrid.
A fabulous time was had by all.
We were very impressed with the conduct of our pupils and would like to thank them for their polite and appropriate behaviour. We received positive comments from the Ski Instructors, the hotel staff and even members of the public as we travelled to and from France and are happy that the image The Cedars Academy has presented has been so positive.
Finally, I would like to thank the pupils for their positive attitudes and also the staff, Mr Moralee, Mr Karavadra and Mrs Rogers who gave up their Easter holidays to enable the pupils to have this valuable experience. Let’s hope this is the first of many Cedars Academy Ski Trips!