Among the wealth of experiences University offers you lies one particular opportunity that I had heard plenty of good things about – the ski trips run by Newcastle University Ski and Snowboarding Club (NUSSC). Now, I know what some of you might be thinking, “I can’t ski, so I can’t go on this trip.” Wrong. I had never skied before and had the time of my life.
I have just returned from the Easter ski trip in Alpe d’Huez, France. The trip lasted 8 days, consisting of 2 days of coach travel and 6 days of skiing/snowboarding. Firstly, let’s talk about being on a coach for 24 hours – it’s not as bad as you might imagine. Download a TV show to binge watch, bring a book and plenty of snacks and any potential boredom will be curbed. The excitement of the trip and being with a group of friends will make the journey more than bearable.
Now onto the good stuff. As part of my booking, I purchased 10 hours of skiing lessons. We were sorted into random groups so sadly me and my other beginner friends were separated, but it actually gave me a chance to make new friends who I have since kept in touch with. Lessons lasted 2 hours and after only a couple of lessons I felt myself getting the hang of it. Mid-afternoon brings après-ski at La Folie Douce – an afternoon of partying at the top of the mountain in the sunshine. Then follows either a chilled night in, a meal out with friends or continued partying at events run by NUSSC.
Whether you have all the experience in skiing or snowboarding or none at all, I would thoroughly recommend going on the trip. I feel like it’s a right-of-passage for university and an opportunity that you shouldn’t miss out on, especially if you have never been skiing/snowboarding before – it’s always great to try something new.