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While Britain was being battered by high winds and rain during the Christmas holidays, a group of pupils from St John’s spent a week in the French Alps over the New Year period.
After a journey lengthened considerably by the weather, the benefit was immediately clear as the group woke up to their first day of skiing: clear blue skies presented them with unbroken views of virgin slopes. Itching to make their mark on the hillsides, the pupils breakfasted and were out in time to catch the nine o’clock lifts. Skiing is rarely better and the perfect conditions continued throughout most of the week. With such good snow, progress was rapid: complete beginners were doing parallel turns within days and skiing red pistes before the end of the week. Alpe d’Huez has, in every sense, mountains of skiing for all levels, with different and distinct areas to ski each day, where glaciers, high peaks and tree-lined runs all add variety to the experience.
Evenings were spent ice skating, bum boarding and tackling an aerial assault course. Also, comparing the differences of ski movies such as Frozen and Chalet Girl provided some relaxation, while an endless stream of crepes boosted energy levels for the next day of fun.
The teacher taking the trip, Mr Gregory, commented too on the high standard of behaviour of the group, saying, ‘They were excellent ambassadors of the School.’
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