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Posted: 23 April 2019

Easter Inspection Visit 2019 - The Report

Over Easter our team took a group of party leaders out to Les Deux Alpes, on one of our now famous inspection visits!Here’s what they got up to:

Sunday 14th April

We all met at Heathrow bright and early for our flight to Lyon. We made good time and arrived in Lyon around 12pm.

Some of the group were eager to get up on the mountain, so after arranging the lift passes and ski fit, they were off for a couple of hours. Others spent the afternoon familiarising themselves with the resort in the afternoon sunshine.

After such a long day, our first dinner at the Hotel Atmosphere was very welcome! Every night we had a choice of two starters and two mains.

The first night’s choice was tortellini with cream and ham or pennette alla puttanesca, followed by traditional sausage and potatoes, and a dessert of chocolate.

All being tired out from the very early start, an early night was in order - ready to get skiing the following morning.

Monday 15th April

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Easter Inspection Visit 2019 - The Report

We all met up for a hearty breakfast in preparation for our first day’s skiing. Looking out at the mountains we could see we were going to have a glorious day skiing in fabulous sunshine.

All kitted up, we walked the 300m to the Jandri Express gondola. We had organised for our hotelier Andrea, who is also a ski instructor, to guide us around the Les 2 Alpes ski area so that we could find our bearings.

He showed us around the area including the Jump Park (!) and the Ski Across. He did a fantastic job and even offered skiing pointers to some of the group.

We bade farewell to Andrea and our very own James Babb, Ski Specialist and Les 2 Alpes expert, took over the guiding responsibilities until lunchtime. We did a lot of skiing and everyone was very hungry and thirsty come lunchtime.

The lunchtime restaurant for today was La Patache in the Crêtes area of the mountain - just below where we hold the Independent Schools Ski Championships each December. There’s a variety of food and drink on offer here, with spectacular views of the mountain.

We had a lovely relaxing lunch on the terrace, our skin kissed by the hot afternoon sun – one of the advantages of Easter ski trips.

Despite the warm weather, the snow was in absolutely amazing condition for skiing. This is because the majority of skiing is above 2000m, and goes up to 3600m.

We split into two groups for the afternoon and skied until about 4.30pm.

After skiing, we got changed and visited another hotel we use in Les Deux Alpes called the Hotel Annapurna – the perfect choice for groups looking for sole occupancy in a big/high-altitude French ski resort. The hotel offers wheelchair accessible accommodation if required. And the instructors can pick your group up from the hotel in a minibus each morning, for the 5-minute drive to the Jandri Express.

We went for an après-ski drink in the cosy Motown Bar before dinner. Tales of amazing skiing flowed like the vin, followed by a 4-team quiz won by Babbsy’s Babes (Lynne, Claire, Eleri and James).

Tuesday 16th April

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Easter Inspection Visit 2019 - The Report

Waking up we noticed that the snow had arrived, with snowfall from the top of the resort at 3600m all the way down to the resort level at 1650m.

After a big, hearty breakfast we made our way to the Jandri gondola, taking us up to the glacier to make the most of the fresh powder that had arrived.

After a great ski in the early morning the clouds began to form, meaning the visibility started to go. However, this didn’t stop us from making the most of the fresh powder on the slopes.

As a group led by James, Beth and Davide, we made our way down from the top station at 3200m to the mid station gondola at 2600m.

By the time we’d reached the mid station the clouds had cleared up meaning the visibility improved greatly. We were able to enjoy a beautiful ski down to the restaurant in Crêtes.

For lunch we had a lovely tartiflette (a Savoyard staple) with a side salad - the perfect meal for the cold weather to warm up and recharge the energy in our tired legs.

We spent the afternoon enjoying a gentle ski, staying below the clouds to try and retain as much visibility as we could.We skied down into the Thuit area, which had some fantastic conditions on the piste.

With the visibility not improving we came down a little early at 3.30pm to enjoy a nice drink at the Sherpa, which has a lovely firepit to keep you warm and toasty.

For dinner that night we had a beautiful tomato and basil pasta followed by a lovely bit of salmon with green peas, carrots and onion.

After the meal we put the Champions League on with Davide rooting for Juventus to beat Ajax - however he was left disappointed.

After a fantastic day with laughter, great food and skiing we all retired to bed.

Wednesday 17th April

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Easter Inspection Visit 2019 - The Report

Saving the best ‘til last was order of the day today - it was a true bluebird day with perfect conditions.

We were all keen to get going so, after another lovely breakfast, we met at 8.45 and jumped in the queue for the first lift. We took the Jandri Express all the way to the top and then up on to the glacier.

After a few minutes taking in the view and taking the obligatory photos we were off. And, as expected, the conditions were amazing!

We skied the Signal area, which can be reached directly from the glacier via either a red or blue run – both long, wide runs which are perfect for progression.

We then all spent some time in the Toura sector and the fun park, where there is a slalom course which you can be timed on and which is accessible on your lift pass.

Your run will be filmed and can be viewed on the resort’s app, offering a great opportunity for video analysis.

There is also a boarder cross run, as well as plenty of freestyle jumps and kickers - all at 2600m.

We met at Glacier 3200m for lunch, and then in the afternoon took a ski down to the Fée sector, which is a beautiful side of the mountain.

We headed up high for the last few runs and can certainly say this was Easter skiing at its finest!

Tired legs, sun kissed and buzzing we were all treated to a wonderful raclette (another local speciality) as our final evening meal with our new found friends.

Fresh vegetables were grilled at the table, and along with the raclette, potatoes and salad it was just delicious. What a treat!

Thursday 18th April

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Easter Inspection Visit 2019 - The Report

Following three full days of skiing we received a well-deserved lie in and a late checkout.

Everyone slowly made it down to breakfast and then took the opportunity to do a spot of souvenir shopping.

We then all decided to gather on the terrace and bask in the sun to reminisce about how great the trip had been.

At midday the transfer arrived, and the journey home begun. We made our way from the resort to Geneva airport to catch our flight back to London and reality.

With another successful Halsbury inspection visit complete, it’s time to start planning next season's trips. Watch this space!

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