It was an early start on an icy Saturday morning but the children were raring to go for the Ski Trip to Tignes 2016. We arrived at Birmingham Airport with plenty of time to spare allowing for a hearty breakfast or for most an early Burger King. The flight was enjoyable with many games of Othello and cards and then the long but picturesque coach journey through the Alps to Tignes.
We arrived in Val Claret at L'Oree du Lac, our home and shelter for the next week. We were welcomed by Melvin and Meladie, our very nice French hosts. A refreshing drink and cake and it was on to the ski rental hire. While one group was donning the boots the others were having a friendly snowball fight. Back for the food, which we have to say is absolutely delicious. As we walked into the dining room fires were lit on the tables and out came bowls of melted cheese, cured meats and breads. The fondue went down a treat with exotic fruit ice cream for dessert. An early night was much needed ready for skiing the next morning.
Wake up was brisk with everyone scrambling for their thermals, it has been snowing lightly since we arrived which has made for the most wonderful first day. The 5 instructors had a good look at everyone and the groups were formed. We all could not believe how well they all skied, the technique in the top group is staggering and with the beginners finding their feet the other 3 groups spent the morning flying around the L'Espace Killy. We all met for a hot lunch at the hotel, Moussaka was on the menu. Well done to the senior boys who managed to finish a whole tray between them. Back out warm and full for a fabulous afternoon with glimpses of sun, despite it being a chilly -12. The skiing was over in le Breviere down by the dam which was warmer in the tree cover.
We all met with smiles on our faces and many a story to tell after the first day's skiing. A beautiful lasagne for starter and a fishy main with creme brûlée for dessert. This was the perfect meal, clean plates were plentiful and we donned our swimming gear, a free asset with the ski pass. It was great fun, racing on the slides, volleyball and playing around. We headed back on the bus to Val Claret for dress down and a good night's sleep with plenty more skiing to look forward to.
The Ski Team