Over the half term holidays, 36 Epsom pupils in the Fifth and Sixth Forms set off to the French resort of Les Deux Alpes to participate in the Senior ski trip. A mid-morning flight from Gatwick allowed for a relatively leisurely departure, yet ensured that the group was airborne ahead of the disruption caused by the incoming Storm Dennis.
Snow and weather conditions in the Alps were superb, with glorious sunshine pervasive for most of the week. This allowed our students to explore the entire mountain, ranging from an altitude of 3,600m to 1,300m with stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including the towering Mont Blanc.
The party was divided into five groups on the mountain, each accompanied by an instructor throughout. The trip was open to all abilities, ranging from complete novice to advanced. The advanced groups moved rapidly around the mountain, continually seeking out new speed records, and the instructors commented on the very high standard of their skiing. At the other end, the beginner groups grew hugely in confidence making marked technical progress.
The pupils were good company throughout, taking care of each other on the Mountain, and made the trip a real pleasure to be part of.
By Rob Johnstone