National Academy students’ hit the slopes on life-changing ski trip

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Staff and students from the National Academy, Hucknall, went on a great adventure earlier this term, with a life-changing ski trip to France.

Despite gathering in the 
middle of a cold, dark Nottinghamshire winter night, the group of 53 could barely contain their excitement as they boarded the bus which would whisk them to the foot of the Alps.

“This was more than just a ski trip. So many other life skills were learnt during this fantastic educational visit,” said staff member Paula Cook.

Travelling through snow and cloud they marvelled at the towering mountains of La Grand Domaine range rising up around them en route to the final destination—the Hotel Beausoliel in Alp D’Huez. Situated at 1,900m above sea level and built on the upper slopes of the resort, this was to be home for their week in the mountains.

Skill levels varied across the five groups, although the majority of students had either never skied or had just had a few basic lessons on the dry ski slopes.

Over the course of the week though, progression was outstanding.

Students learned how to snowplough stop and turn before progressing to side-slipping, parallel turning and carving.

By the final morning, two groups were even able to ski the impressive Sarenne run, which at 16km is the longest black run in Europe.

Ski instructors commended the school on the excellent attitude of students and after a final session on the slopes, students each received report cards to show their amazing progress during the week.

Every evening, activities were organised by staff or resort reps, with ice skating, a quiz night, film night and a final evening blow-out disco on the dance floor.

As for which teacher had the most embarrassing moves, well, what goes on tour stays on tour!