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Due to the COVID pandemic, King’s had not been able to run a ski trip since 2019; it was no surprise, then, that interest in this year’s trip was high. The enthusiasm and excitement were palpable on the morning of the 25th March when the party of 86 (58 pupils, 19 adults and 9 staff) gathered together for the first time to begin the outward journey of the 2022 ski trip.
It was the first time in over ten years that the KCS Ski Trip did not head to what had become its spiritual Swiss home of Arosa. This year, the trip sampled the glitz and glamour of the chic Swiss resort of Crans Montana. However, despite the range of exclusive designer stores that the village had to offer, on the daily town trip the children chose to spend their pocket money in the much more down to earth surroundings of the local supermarket!
We stayed in The Moubra Centre – normally an international summer school – which was ideally suited to cater for the skiing needs of such a large school party, complete with an on-site ski hire room and a door-to-lift bus service. The group had a wide range of skiers from complete beginners to very experienced skiers and the resort had something for everyone. We started the week skiing in beautifully warm sunshine, so warm, in fact, that we were able to sit outside and sunbathe when we returned to the centre in the afternoon! Later in the week, however, the temperature fell dramatically and we finished the week in heavy snow. The weather was not the only thing to change during the week. The skiing ability – particularly of the beginners – improved hugely and it was lovely to see the nursery slopes empty because all of our groups had headed further up the mountain.
Despite the size of the group, everyone worked together superbly well. The children were an absolute credit to the school and it was a pleasure to spend time with them. Special thanks must go to the staff who gave up a precious week of their holiday so that everyone could have such a wonderful experience.
Head of Juniors