Every year, the varsity ski trip takes thousands of Oxbridge studens to France for a week of skiing and partying in the Alps. I’ve taken part every year so far of my degree, both as a participant and resort rep, and while the social side of the trip is less my thing the great skiing at such a cheap price is unbeatable.
The week began on Saturday at 00:30am with a gruelling coach ride all the way from Cambridge, across to France by ferry then up to the mountains. Collecting skis watch the next morning, we then hit the slopes! Val Thorens is one of the largest and highest resorts, almost guaranteeing good snow even so early in the season, and we were not disappointed! Throughout the week, events such as the Blues ski racing and cuppers kept everyone entertained. Those who were complete beginners had lessons every day, while more advanced skiers could push their skills further at free workshops on off-piste skiing, carving or freestyle.
As well as the excellent skiing, there is also the social side of the trip. Every afternoon, the apres-ski party included free burgers and van chaude, and each evening there was a different event on – from huge opening and closing night parties to smaller dinners such as the crew date vs swap night.
In an attempt to save some money, we had opted for the cheapest options across the board, making a great value trip but with a few disappointments such as dodgy quality skis and an incredibly crowded apartment with the worlds most expensive crappy wifi…
Overall, a pretty decent week – with particular highlights for me being the great snow and free workshops.