Last Friday all the Boarding Houses moved to Crans-Montana for the week-end again. The weather was fabulous! The snow was very good! And all the Ecureuil girls enjoyed two and a half days of fun and sports and friendship in a spectacular setting 🙂
It was my 3rd time in Crans-Montana, but the first time skiing this year… Finally I got to ride “normally”. There is nothing easier than skiing! I don’t fill comfortable snowboarding. All the small hills on the slopes were mine ;). Time passes so quickly when you do something you like, plus it is a good way of releasing energy and for some hours forget about IB. My best part of the week-end was social hour after dinner on Saturday: we had a little snow ball fight-game, where the boys won! Now I am back to school as well… must finish my maths IA!
Elena: Hello Natalia! So tell us something about your second ski week-end in Crans-Montana! Did something particularly exciting happen?
Natalia: I jumped with my snowboard for the first time! A kind of “snow trampoline” had been set up, with a big airbag right under it. I could have practiced my turns but just jumping was great!
E: What about the weather? And the snow condition?
N: There was more snow that the previous week – more slopes open for us! I also enjoyed the fact that our teacher offered us more variety during the class, we explored different sides of the mountains and other slopes.
E: And then..?
N: Then we finally went to Amadeus restaurant, my favorite on the slopes!
E: I heard you brought a “special guest” with you this time. Who is it?
N: My friend Liza came with me. She is a former CDL student, she studies in another school in Geneva now. This was our kind of “CDL reunion”! She is also a snowboarder, we really had a good time!
E: Would you like to add anything else?
N: Everybody come! I am going again next week-end!
E: What is so special? Tell me the secret…
N: It is like being in CDL but… not really! I enjoy the change in the routine, it breaks the school rhythm… and it is so beautiful up there!
Monday afternoon, January 20th: I am sitting in Villa Ecureuil with Natalia, who participated to the first CDL ski week-end of this winter season. All our audience is very curious to know about the ski condition up there and about… anything else worth knowing in order to have a great experience on top of the (best) mountains!
Elena: So tell me Natalia, what was the situation like when you arrived in Crans-Montana?
Natalia: It was great! We went directly to the rental shop at Grand Signal* to rent what was needed… Then we found out the main lift was closed because of the wind. So by bus we went to Aminona* and went up to the top – we [20 participants in total] split in groups with teachers. I was in the snowboarding beginners’ group but the teacher, seeing that I am experienced, let me skip the explanations aimed at the “real” beginners!
E: Did you go skiing immediately or did you first stop at La Moubra, the youth camp where CDL students usually stay?
N: We only went to La Moubra in the afternoon, after skiing.
E: What about your favorite winter sport: why snowboarding, if I may ask?
N: I was a skier before but got bored with it, so I changed to snowboard. Jumping with skis is what I would have liked to improve, but it is not allowed in CDL, too risky! So I moved to snowboard and I am now very happily at my third year!
E: And what about lunch break? Did you eat something yummy on the slopes?
N: On Saturday we went to the cafeteria on the top of the mountain at Aminona – salad and spaghetti bolognese. All the various groups came together for lunch – very nice!!
E: What about the evening? Was something planned for the participants?
N: After finishing our ski practice, we went to La Moubra, had just the time to change our clothes before going to the village to buy snacks. At night we went out for nice meal at the Italian pizzeria owned by Mr. Cuccu.
E: And how was your room in La Moubra? Who did you share it with?
N: It was on the 1st floor – which was all reserved to girls only . I was allowed to choose my room, and I picked a spacious one, that I shared with another Russian girl (grade 8). In the morning we had an amazing view when the sun came up! You could see the whole valley below…
E: Great! And tell me about your Sunday experience, how was the weather?
N: Nice sunny weather, all the ski-lifts were open so we went up from Grand Signal… We had lunch on the slopes again!
E: So, just a few final words: how would you rate your first ski week-end this year?
N: 10/10 as usual!!
E: Thank you very much for your precious words, Natalia, and I do hope that you will bring back some more exciting news next week-end!… Because you are going back, aren’t you?
N: Yes, for sure!
Stay tuned for some more news, folks!!
PS: * a map of the slopes… http://www.switzerland-trips.com/Crans-Montana/Crans-Montana-Hotels-Tourist-Info.html