Ski trip is snow much fun for Perse students
8 Mar 2019
Jack MacHale and Jessie Zhang (both Year 10) give their reflections on the Perse ski trip to Sestriere in Italy.
Fifty sleep-deprived students and six members of staff gathered at The Perse at 3am for the annual school ski trip. After arriving at Luton Airport, we filled ourselves with anticipation and coffee (a lot of coffee).
We soon found ourselves at the Grand Hotel Duchi, where we were greeted warmly and swiftly found our rooms to collapse on our beds. After settling down, we were all released for a mass scavenger hunt to familiarise ourselves with the local town. Dinner featured a huge buffet with a plethora of options from local pasta to fresh seafood. It was also a good opportunity for different year groups to bond and get to know one another.
In the morning we were greeted by a large buffet breakfast, with granola, croissants, fruit and bread. The weather and snow were amazing! Swiftly picking up our boots and skis, we soon found ourselves facing the picture perfect slopes of Sestriere, where we were separated into groups and introduced to our ski instructors. The rustiness of the first day brought along some spectacular wipeouts but everyone quickly got into the swing of things. The afternoon ski with teachers allowed a chance to further explore the slopes and take in some incredible scenery. At the end of every day there was a race back to the hotel in order to get the first shower.
The evening brought us exciting activities before dinner, such as sledging, ice skating, swimming and multi-sports. Throughout the week we would test and improve our skiing skills, whilst at the same time having fun with old and new friends.
Thursday gave us the perfect opportunity to show just how much we had improved our skiing. Being blessed with the weather, it seemed like the perfect time to ski across the border into Montgenevre, France. After exploring the slopes, a quick stop at a local creperie was the best way to end an exhausting day. The journey was long and challenging, but was considered the highlight of the trip.
Friday brought some amazing fancy dress costumes. A special mention to the Year 9 pupils co-ordinated in pink unicorn onesies, also to Mr Ingram and Mr Hawksworth, who were a match made in heaven wearing blue and pink Crayola onesies. Miss Creese and Ms Calvert showed off their fairy wings, whilst Mr Mahendra sported a very fashionable skeleton onesie. An award ceremony was held in the evening with some interesting categories, including best goggle tan, best wipeout and most improved skier.
The next morning was another early wake-up call of 3.30am, meaning no eye contact with teachers until they had at least one coffee! Breezing through another day of travel, we arrived back at school to be welcomed by our parents. I’m sure many of us will be wanting to go again next year due to the levels of fun we had and all the memories we made.