Alpine Adventure

Forty students, accompanied by four members of staff from Albany Academy, experienced the thrill of a skiing trip this month.

The hugely popular annual event, which is in its 15th year, was organised to allow students to develop their skiing skills in the natural environment of the French Alps. 

Staff and students stayed at the Le Mont Corbier Hotel in the resort of Le Corbier. The ski resort, located in the Savoie region of the French Alps, is part of the Sybelles ski area, the 4th largest ski area in France with over 310 kms of skiing linked by lifts and pistes. After flying from Manchester to Grenoble pupils enjoyed four hours of tuition each day from the resort’s English speaking Nationally Qualified instructors. There were many success stories and by the end of the week all beginners were able to ski on the black runs. The advanced groups showed considerable success with several being awarded Gold Stars – the highest award children can achieve before they join “Race School.”

In the evening pupils enjoyed entertainment including, bum-boarding, games night and a disco. The trip organiser Mr Thoburn said “The pupils made excellent progression over the course of the week and showed dedication in the face of some changeable weather. The week ended perfectly with blue skies, powder snow and some great skiing which GCSE PE pupils can use towards their final exam.”