Ormiston Academies hit the perfect pistes

40 very excited students from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy and Ormiston Chadwick Academy fly out to the French Alps in February to hit the slopes in the wonderful ski resort of Les Menuires.

The bright blue skies and warm sun every day complemented the freshly-fallen snow, making skiing conditions simply perfect for the advanced, intermediate and beginner skiers.

Staying in the Hotel Piolet, enabled the students from the two sister academies to experience home cooked meals, as well as practise a little bit of French with the locals. Evenings were spent joining in lots of après ski activities; from the very silly team games of the tough-mudder night, to swimming and multi-sports, a disco and even bum-boarding!

As the week progressed, and the conditions remained perfect, every student became a much more confident skier and developed their technique on the piste. This was marked by an awards ceremony with the instructors on the final evening where everyone received a certificate and a medal to acknowledge the level of skiing prowess they had achieved.

Mr Scott Fenner, trip leader from OBA, said:
“Once again the ski trip was a huge success. It was amazing to see students being taken so far out of their comfort zone but really pushing themselves to do well and try out new skills. All of the staff and students had an incredible experience and although everyone returned home exhausted, they were very happy and had a real sense of achievement. Well done to everyone involved.”

Executive Principal, John Rigby, also an accomplished skier, added:
“This joint venture with OBA and OCA proved to be an amazing success and offered all those involved a very memorable experience which will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their lives. We have many more joint trips in the pipeline, both at home and abroad, to broaden the experiences of all our young people.”

Image of mountains, taken by Ricorocks