Action in Alpe d’Huez

From complete novices through to bansai skiers, Seaford College students and teachers came back buzzing from their trip to Alpe d’Huez .

One of the top skiers, Cameron Mitten, narrowly missed the flight after tripping on steps after the carol service. Cameron Mitten, a ski racer, managed to lead the way with some awesome skiing despite having visited A&E only hours before the flight took off. Dan Joseph, Head of Cricket, said: “Cameron, as ungainly and uncoordinated as he proved to be on the fateful night with his visit to A&E, proved to be a pro on skis.”

This year’s ski trip proved to be a huge success with 30 children spending an amazing week skiing in the beautiful Alpe d’Huez. Years 9-13 took part in a week full of fun and adventure both on the slopes and après ski. Abilities ranged from beginners through to expert skiers that weren’t shy of a few black runs.

Oscar Strasman, a beginner at the start of the week, proved to be a danger to all fence panels, parked objects and houses. By midway through the week’s holiday he was enjoying the challenges that Alpe d’Huez has to offer. Onesie Wednesday was a big hit with Declan Thompson wearing his squirrel onesie described as “a flying squirrel, very true to his nature.”

The fearless, bansai skiers were Sam Steel and Jacob Ball with Jacob being described as a “little flea on sticks.” Robbie Steward, also a beginner, bravely conquered a lot of fear. Despite not liking heights, and in poor visibility, he conquered the toughest back run the resort has to offer.

When it came to après ski, Robbie wasn’t as happy on ice skates spending most of the session with his bottom on the ice but Dan Joseph said: “he had enough of tasting the ice from his ice skating exploits but put this to good use on one of the hardest black runs in the resort, to come down conquering his fear of heights. A total of seven novices proved they could cope with any piste we threw at them by the final Friday.”

Plans for next year’s trip are already underway with the aim to double the number of participants, with 60 places on offer.

 

 

 

Posted by Sarah Twigger 15 January 2014

 

 

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