The Perse School

The Perse hits the slopes in Alpe d’Huez

3 Mar 2014

During half term, 95 pupils from Year 8 to Lower Sixth and 12 members of staff travelled to Alpe d’Huez, France for the annual ski trip.

As the group scaled the 20 hairpins that lead up to the resort and climax of a famous stage of the Tour de France, they marvelled at just how challenging the physical environment can be. The resort is perched above the main glaciated valley, hanging above the old historic village of Huez, with spectacular views of the countryside below. The hotel overlooks the snow covered landscape and the pupils were truly inspired waking up each morning and surveying the changing mountain weather and snowfall.

During the week the most advanced groups skied the entire mountain, which included the daunting ‘Tunnel’ run and the beautiful ‘Sarenne’. The conditions were excellent and with snowfall during the week, the group all experienced the delights of powder skiing on the piste. It challenged their technique and led to some soft landings when they fell over in the deep snow. Skiing all day ensured the pupils made superb progress during the week and by mid afternoon the group often sought refuge in a mountain café and enjoyed a hot chocolate with whipped cream. Some of the pupils even found additional energy for some dancing in the Folie Douce to a variety of Euro dance tracks.

In the evenings the pupils explored the resort buying sweets and take away pizza, enjoying ice skating, snow laser, team games in the sports hall, party games, quiz night and karaoke. In true Perse style popular rounds in the quiz included ‘maths and mountains’, ‘piste anagrams’ , ‘cultural France’ and the more traditional famous faces, music and sports. The karaoke evening provided a few surprises with a teaching staff fusion of Run DMC and slope-style street dance, plus unique performances of recent chart songs by eclectic groups of pupils.

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