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Selby High School

Selby High School

Alpe D'Huez Ski Trip

The 2015 Alpe D’Huez Selby High ski trip got off to the best possible start with a light snow shower greeting us on arrival after the infamous 21 hairpin bends of the ascent to the resort.  Whilst pupils settled into their rooms, gained their bearings of the area (including the ‘Bucket’ lift) and went through ski fit, the weather continued to develop. 

The first morning provided the conditions every skier dreams of, deep fresh snow and clear blue skies.  The pupils were taken through their paces and shown what the mountain had to offer with these fantastic conditions on offer.  The instructors provided a great challenge for all of the groups and each member of the group revelled in the time on the slopes.  The blue skies ensured fantastic views every day for the groups, enabling them to take in the wonders of the mountain scenery. 

This culminated in an early Thursday morning trip to Pic Blanc, 3300m above sea level!  The views were literally breath-taking, well worth the early breakfast and the numerous gondola rides.  The week on the snow provided lots of opportunity for progression for all three of the ski groups, the groups went on a variety of terrain and visited some of the outlaying small villages that are part of Alpe D’Huez ski area, including the ‘Scare Chair’ ride over to Auris.  The higher ability group were fortunate enough to take on La Sarenne, the longest black run in the Alps at 13km.  The spring conditions provided further challenge on this epic black run but all pupils conquered it with aplomb. 

Away from the slopes pupils revelled in the ‘Après’ activities, the night time laser tag, Bum Boarding, Easter Sunday treasure hunt, the visit to the outdoor ice skating rink and the inevitable souvenir shopping proved to be highly entertaining.  The pupils were fantastic representatives of our school and made the most of the opportunities presented to them.  Both staff and pupils enjoyed their time in the Alps and we’re all looking forward to the next adventure.