At 4am on Sunday 1st April 47 Grove children, their families and staff set off for the Grove School Ski trip, this year to Prato Nevoso, Italy. We arrived at the resort in glorious sunshine and everyone was very excited to check into the hotel and collect our ski equipment ready for our first day of skiing.
On Monday morning we headed to the bottom of the slope to meet our ski instructors for the children’s lessons. For many of our skiers this was their first time skiing on a real mountain after lessons at the MK SnoZone and they were excited to get going. A few children were a little nervous being their fist time on the mountain but at the end of their first run Lilian Goodman and Alexander Briscoe could be heard shouting “Wow that was amazing!” and “Again! Again!”. For some of our Group 1 skiers Hector Simms and Jude Cronin-Webb this was their first ever time with skis on. All the children had a great first morning with Alice Alder, Sophie Hartley-Wiley, Jacob Millburn and Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio very enthusiastically telling everyone at lunchtime how they had skied their first ever black run! With the hotel being ski-in-ski-out our top two groups met their instructors at the hotel to ski for the afternoon. Following our first day of skiing we enjoyed an evening of ‘Bum boarding’ which the adults seemed to enjoy as much as the children.
Day two we woke to very cloudy skies and poor visibility but this didn’t put the children off, as they headed out for their 2nd day of skiing. For the afternoon session, the top two groups went to the snow park to attempt some jumps and a box! Our beginners group continued to work on their snowplough at the bottom of the slope where visibility was a little better. In the evening the children chose between swimming and watching a film, with a huge swimming pool all to ourselves the children thoroughly enjoyed racing each other hunting for dive sticks.
On day three, like day two, the skies were very overcast and we even experienced some rain and hail, this didn’t deter the tough Grove school skiers though as they continued to work on their skiing and a little more freestyle in the afternoon. Due to the poor weather we decided to postpone our outdoor activity and enjoy another evening of swimming and a film.
Day four saw the return of the amazing sunshine and it lifted everyone’s spirits following two cloudy days. We saw a lots of parents venture out onto the slopes, many of whom, like the children, were also skiing for the first time whilst some were very experienced skiers and snowboarders. With the much better conditions the children skied a little further away and tried some new slopes. During the afternoon, some of the parents took the opportunity to take their children out skiing themselves and the parents, who had named themselves “Group 4,” were really impressed with how well all their children skied. With the improved weather the children enjoyed an evening of Sno-tubes and inflatables before a well earned supper and an early night ahead of our final day of skiing.
On our final day the instructors arranged a race for the children, and any adults who wanted to join in. The group set off to warm up then skied through the gates to see the layout of the course before heading back up to the top of the slope for the race. With the race taking part on the slope in front of the hotel a small crowd of parents had gathered to watch and cheer on the racers. To show them how it’s done Miss Keates set off first, however as she is a super skier (and ski instructor!) to give the other adults a chance she skied the course on just 1 ski, a very impressive run from Miss Keates! The children then raced with the U6’s, Aron Sonander, Lilian Goodman, Alexander Briscoe, Frederick Lancaster and Timothy Lancaster going first. All skied brilliantly down the course. The U10s race followed with Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Ruesha Kaur and Jacob Millburn having their first go at racing followed by our experienced racers Alice Alder and Sophie Hartley-Wiley completing the under 10s race. With all the children successfully down the course the pressure was now on the parents. Mr Briscoe, Mrs Briscoe, Mr Lancaster, Miss Keates and our resort rep Davide all put in good performances but we’d have to wait until the evening for the final results. Just as we thought the race was over the group 1 skiers, Jude Cronin-Webb, Ruaridh McErlean-Watson, Hector Simms and Dylan Sonander, all just 3yrs old, joined the race from half way down the slope and all had a go at the bottom section of the course. A brilliant finish to the race watching them all ski, a huge achievement from our beginner skiers!
Following a final afternoon ski we all met up at the stage for the race results, having already discussed the race at length over lunch everyone was eagerly waiting to find out who had won, and more importantly had the children beaten the adults? The under 6s results came first with 3rd place going to Lilian Goodman, 2nd place to Aron Sonander and 1st place to Timothy Lancaster. In the under 10s Alice Alder was 3rd with Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio in 2nd and Sophie Hartley-Wiley in 1st place. The parents results were revealed last with Miss Keats in 3rd (amazing considering she completed the course on 1 ski), Mr Brisoce came 2nd and Mr Lancaster was in 1st place. The parents were just as pleased with their medals as the children. However, the most important result, Sophie Hartley-Wiley had beaten all the adults, well done Sophie!
We finished the week with a Pizza night at the top of the mountain and a mini disco for the children and adults. What a great way to finish a fabulous week of skiing which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children, adults and Grove staff. Thank you to all the Grove staff for your hard work and to all the parents who helped make it a very successful week. We look forward to the next Grove School Ski Trip!
We heard it would be blue skies... we wished for blues skies... and that is exactly what we received! What a beautiful day for skiing! The morning involved plenty of coaching techniques for all the groups. A lot of the children took the opportunity to head off in the afternoon with their parents and staff for some free ski time. Sno Tubing and inflatables were the activities for the après ski, which was enjoyed by the children, parents and staff!
The weather didn’t improve from yesterday, and at times we had rain and hail on the slopes, but the children showed how much they had built up their confidence and skiing ability in such adverse weather conditions from yesterday into today! Unfortunatley due to the weather, the planned Aprés Ski has been postponed until tomorrow, so it has been swimming and watching a movie for the children. Well done everyone, I’m hearing It’s blue skies for tomorrow!
Today The Grove faced their toughest test with poor visibility throughout the day and the rain in the afternoon turning the snow to slush, but the children persevered and conquered the extreme weather conditions!
The children, as well as parents and staff, have had a fanstic first day on slopes. The sun was out shining on some brilliant skiing, with special mention to a couple of the children who are doing this for the first time! After our two sessions on the mountains, we had a really fun session of Bum Boarding, where the children enjoyed trying to crash in to the spectating adults! Lets hope the weather is just as good for tomorrows skiing!
Bonjour! We have landed safely in Nice, and have boarded our coach to the resort. Once there, we will be collecting our ski equipment and relaxing this evening, after a long day of travelling.