Ski Trip 2013

SKI TRIP 2013 – 08/02/2013 – Day 7

February 8th, 2013 Comments off

Day7EE02Day7EE92Day7DISCO14We can’t believe that the week has gone so quickly. The children should remember their trip for the rest of their lives; they have been so lucky to have had some of the best ski conditions imaginable to end their ski trip.

Presentations took place after their 5 hours in lessons and the instructors gave an amusing summation of the week with plenty of anecdotes that stood out in their memory.

It’s been busy. We’ve packed and thrown some shapes at the disco. We’re tired and need to go to bed as we have an early start in the morning. Let today’s pictures tell the story.

See you next year. Love from the Ski Team xxx

SKI TRIP 2013 – 07/02/2013 – Day 6

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

Day6EE22As the Bee Gees once said “How deep is the snow, is the snow, how deep is the snow … We need to learn to ski … Coz we’re falling in it waist deep … We make such a heap … And should all get more sleep” (You see we’ve all contracted snow madness, but it’s a nice feeling.)

IMAG1204Today the groups experienced powder skiing both on and off the piste. The top group did some incredibly tough and steep runs and looked like a car-boot sale with debris all over the place. Now, for those of you who are keen skiers, off-piste is great fun, but as you know if you fall over in it, it’s incredibly difficult to dig day6rh 024yourself out. Cerys is an expert at it. In fact, at one stage she ran for her life when Fletch came careering towards her. It was a funny sight as Cerys kept disappearing up to her neck with every step she took. There were some spectacular wipe-outs and we had to keep head-counting to make sure we had dug them all out. All groups returned this afternoon saying that it had been the best day ever. Read more…

SKI TRIP 2013 – 06/02/13 – Day 5

February 6th, 2013 Comments off

day5rh 007day5rh 013Well, they promised snow and we got it! In fact, when we peered out the window this morning we thought that the world had disappeared. About a foot fell over night.

The students have coped very well with the conditions and we like the fact that they disappear like the gorillas in the mist, although the gorillas are far better looking, but ours can ski better. The big bonus is that falling no longer hurts as it’s like falling into a marshmallow. The highlight of Miss Escritt’s day was seeing Emily C and Frankie P fall off the shortest travelator and ended up in the orange netting. They looked like two fish caught in a fishing net. After the instructor managed to untangle them and pull them out from underneath, he asked Miss Escritt to retrieve their ski poles. As you know, she is getting old and less flexible and fell over and off the lift, which was greeted with large cheers and screeches of laughter from the children. Miss Escritt got up looking like the Abominable Snowman! Read more…

SKI TRIP 2013 – 05/02/13 – Day 4

February 5th, 2013 Comments off

IMAG1177Looking out of the window now, at bed time, there is a blizzard going on outside. The snow is horizontal and there must be at least 15 cm that have settled in the last hour. That said, we have been very lucky with the weather during our ski lessons today. The sun shines on the righteous! Read more…

SKI TRIP 2013 – 04/02/2013 – Day 3

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

MondayEE16MondayEE21We’ve had a mixed bag of weather today. The morning was bright with light snow showers and the afternoon started off sunny and finished in complete fog. Miss Escritt tried to con the beginners, who she shared a gondola lift with, that as they rose through the cloud layer and were greeted by brilliant sunshine they had a free pass to Heaven for the day. Sadly she’s not convinced that some of them believed her. Once at the top, they did a 2-mile descent down a beautiful green run and as you can see from the photos, there were a few tumbles. That said, the progress on that one run was incredible and their instructor was very pleased that they had got to the top of the mountain so soon. Read more…

Ski Trip 2013 – 03/02/13 – Day 2

February 3rd, 2013 Comments off

SundayEE34SundayEE35‘S no joke! It snowed all day yesterday; snowed all night; then stopped just in time for us to go out and sample the delights of the super sport, ‘skiing’. Those who had skied before couldn’t wait to go out and play in the powder and those who had never skied before felt a mixture of excitement and apprehension.

The instructors seem like a nice bunch and bonded with their groups very quickly. The new skiers’ instructors remarked on how excellent they were and thought that the dry-slope skiing had given them a great start. They soon got off the nursery slopes and quickly managed to do a nice green run in their first morning, so we expect to see great progress by the end of the week. Read more…

SKI TRIP 02/02/2013 – Day 1 (Outward journey to Les Menuires, France)

February 2nd, 2013 Comments off

IMAG1143IMAG1144The day started exceptionally well with an unsociable 3 am start, but despite this we had a really cheerful bunch of students and parents.

The journey to Gatwick ran very smoothly. Our friendly coach driver informed us that he knew Andover well as he raced whippets at Ludgershall. What he hadn’t bargained for was that he would have to become a whippet himself as he raced after our group, who were halfway up the escalator, to return a camera left on the coach by one of our students. The driver’s medal is in the post, although we don’t think he’ll make any future British Olympic team! Read more…

Ski Trip Parents’ Evening – Final Meeting – Thursday 24th January

January 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Please ensure that you bring Passports and European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) to the meeting as we will collect these in.

Parents are reminded that the final Ski Trip Parents’ Evening takes place this Thursday on 24th January at 7.00 pm in the Hall. Link to the letter home

This is an important meeting at which we feel both the student and at least one parent must attend. It is the opportunity to:

  • Give out last minute information and answer any question
  • Inform you of the travel arrangements
  • Provide you with emergency contact numbers

Please ensure that you bring Passports and European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) to the meeting as we will collect these in.

The following link will take you to the PowerPoint Presentation used: Presentation

The following link will take you to the Booklet that will be handed out: Booklet

The following link will take you to the Packing List: Packing list and What’s allowed in my luggage

The following link will take you to the Emergency Contact Numbers: Emergency Contact Numbers

Please use the links below for WEBCAMs and WEATHER REPORTS

December 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Les Menuires Live Webcams ‘Panoramic Livecam’ and ‘Panoramic Video Cam’

Snow Eye This site links to the webcams in the resort.

WEATHER 6 day snow forecast 7 day forecast

Dry Ski Slope for Beginners – 28th November 2012

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

There will be 18 students with 3 members of staff, and the teacher leading the visit will be Miss Escritt.

To cover costs a charge of £34.00 will have to be made, for the 4 hours’ tuition including transport. Please make cheques payable to ‘Harrow Way School’ and take your payment to Mrs Cook (Uniform Office) on or before 16th November 2012.

Students will need to bring/wear to the slope:
1. A packed lunch and snacks with plenty to drink
2. A pair of tracksuit bottoms (not their best!)
3. A long-sleeved top
4. Strong gloves
5. Ski socks
6. Bag to put wet kit in and a change of clothes if necessary

We will ski whatever the weather and it is often cold, so it is a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket and a hat. For safety reasons students cannot ski without gloves, trousers and long-sleeved tops. (Boots, skis and helmets are provided at the slope.)

We will leave at 8:45am from the school car park and return to Harrow Way at approximately 3:45pm.