Leehurst Swan School


Independent Co-Educational Day School

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Sun, Snow and Smiles in Saas Grund


Pupils and staff had a phenomenal ski trip to Saas Grund in Switzerland at the beginning of January.  Not only did they ski in Saas Grund but also in Saas Fee.  The views of the Dom were incredible and having the opportunity to ski through the glacier in Saas Fee was special.

Our Viamonde hosts were brilliant - a fun, friendly and hard-working bunch who went above and beyond to make every day a great day. From the brilliant catering and house staff to our fabulous instructors, Hannah, Ed and Owen and the programme manager, wonderful Aldo, we could not have asked for better people to share our experiences with.

There was heavy snowfall during the week before we arrived in resort, giving us superb skiing conditions from day one. We had sunshine everyday which only added to the breath-taking views.

The pupils were split into groups and ventured far and wide - up to the top of the mountain, across to the far reaches of the resort and down a slalom and fun slope! The views were amazing and our skiing improved so much. I was so proud that our beginners made such good progress and they were able to descend Hohsaas on the last day - top to bottom - which is a rather tricky 45 minute ski down a red run. Our advanced skiers were challenged all week and were confidently tackling the black runs all over the resort; some skiing black routes for the first time ever! 

Our evenings were busy sledding, snow shoe walking, team competitions and, of course, we saw the New Year in with an incredible fireworks show courtesy of all the surrounding residents!

I am so proud of all of our skiers.  It was a pleasure to watch them improve their skiing but even more pleasing to see the care and kindness they demonstrated to each other; stopping to help eachother up after falls; checking on each other as they descended tricky sections of the mountain; and ensuring everyone was eating and drinking enough are just some examples.  I was filled with pride when these moments of care were noted by the people around us.  What fantastic children we have here!

Thank you to Viamonde for hosting us and giving us such a tremendous holiday.  We cannot wait to come back! A huge thank you also to Miss Doré and Mr Pearce for accompanying us on this trip.  I think they will agree that it was an absolute pleasure! I have my list open and ready for the next ski trip, who wants to sign up now!

Report by Mrs Pearce

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