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Ski Trip 2019

On our way back to Emmaus!

On our way back to Emmaus! 1

After another uneventful flight we landed safely back in Manchester. We can't believe the trip is almost over; just under one hour until we see our families once more.

 

Thank you to Mr Tony McKee (McSki) and the Liverpool Primary Ski Association for making this trip possible. The children have had the most wonderful experience, gained new skills and grown in independence during their eight days away. They have also brought home with them so many incredible memories that will stay with them forever.

 

Thank you too to the families who loaned us their children for the week....it's safe to say that the children are all very grateful and will regale you with many tales of their trip to the French Alps in the days and weeks to come!

Au revoir Montgenèvre

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We're homeward bound! 

Chocolat chauds et Coca-Colas

We were so organised this morning that we had time to visit a local café to enjoy one last drink before our journey home. The children did well to remember their French lessons and asked for their refreshments in the local language. Aurélie would be very proud of them! Other customers commented on the children's impeccable behaviour which was wonderful to hear. They really have been a credit to their families and to Emmaus in the way they have conducted themselves on this trip.

Packed and ready for bed!

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Best pupil

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Best technical skier

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Most improved skier

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Best diary

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Tidiest bedroom

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Best table

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Disco champions

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Quiz champions

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All 24 skiers are down safely from the slopes for the last time. 12 lessons, 24 hours of skiing, and no injuries more serious than a blister!

Skiers of the day

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It's getting harder to catch action photographs of the children as they whizz past us on their way down the slopes! Today, both groups visited the snow park and skied over all the bumps with little jumps and a few 'dabs' along the way!

 

Tonight is disco night and it has to be said....they all scrub up well! 

Getting ready for the......

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Welcome to Mrs Cannon's barber shop!

Skiers of the day

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Today our 24 'beginner' skiers have tackled a red piste. For those of you unsure how this works, the ski runs (pistes) are categorised in order of difficulty, according to colour. Green is the easiest followed by blue, red is trickier and black is the hardest and steepest. The kids' behaviour has been fantastic and today one of our dormitories scored 10/10 for tidiness....and it was one of the boys' rooms!

Walk and shopping

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Chilling in the games room

We can't believe we've reached the halfway point in the week! Already the children are wanting the days to slow down as they're rushing past so quickly.

 

This morning was windy so we stayed low in the mountain and worked on our skills. This afternoon was much calmer and so we climbed in the cable cars once more and skied longer runs which was wonderful. The views really are incredible!

 

We're all looking forward to tonight's tea: chicken wings as a starter followed by fish and chips! Yummy!

Maintaining the manes!

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Welcome to Mrs Lockhart's hair taming salon!

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Winning quiz team - The Crazy Carrots

Winning quiz team - The Crazy Carrots 1

Monday's skiing

The progress today has been incredible. They started this morning on the nursery slopes; by lunchtime had been up in the cable car and skied down a green piste; and by the end of the day had even skied a blue run. This is phenomonal!

 

All the children are eating well which is giving them energy for such tremendous achievements. We can't wait for tomorrow!

Ethan's birthday

As Ethan's birthday treat he was allowed to throw a snowball at a teacher of his choice....Mrs Buckland was the lucky recipient! Take a look at the size of the snowball! frown

Skiers of the day

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What a beautiful first day on the slopes. We stuck to the nursery slopes and mastered our snow ploughs. The magic carpet and drag lifts are familiar to us now and helped us to head higher than some of us expected! Everyone took it in their stride and had a wonderful time.

 

We're all off for showers and dinner then tonight is quiz night. Check back for more photographs tomorrow evening.

Dorm groups and the view from our balcony

With a breakfast spread like this....no one's going hungry. The kids helped themselves (going back for seconds and thirds) to this wonderful breakfast. This will give them plenty of energy for the skiing ahead of them.

Settling in

We arrived at the hotel just before 7pm and found our bedrooms - everyone is happy with their roommates! Dinner was a delicious chicken pie and apple crumble which went down well. After our meal, we were fitted for our skis, boots and helmets and the children were tucked up in bed shortly before 10pm, ready for the day ahead... We can't wait to hit the slopes tomorrow!

And so the journey begins....

Montgenèvre is a commune of the Hautes-Alpes department in south eastern France. It is very close to the Italian border. We will fly to Turin airport in Italy then cross the border back into France.
What's the weather like in Montgenèvre? What does it look like in Montgenèvre? Click on the links to see up-to-date weather reports and hourly webcam images from the resort.
You will also find photos (and hopefully videos if the Wi-Fi allows!) of our progress on the slopes on the Emmaus KS2 Twitter page.
All photographs posted on this page (and many more) will be given on a DVD to each skier when they return to school. Alternatively, you can send in a flash drive / memory stick to be given copies of the images. These photographs will be for personal use only and are not to be shared further on social media. Links can, of course, be made to this public website page should you wish to share news of this exciting trip with family and friends. Thank you!
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