Ladies and Gentlemen, I write to you from a hospital bed. Well, not really. But it definitely feels like I should be in traction because the whiplash that I’ve gotten from how fast this semester blew by is crazy! It feels like just a week ago that I was writing a blog post about the delectable Malaysian food that was served in the cafeteria…well, actually that ‘was’ about a week ago, give or take.
The point is this. The Winter Camp is the best. And this post is going to stray a little from the formula here, because much like the winter camp itself, this post isn’t all about Olympus. It’s about so much more.
The Winter Camp is held in February and it consists of a whole week in Crans-Montana packed with activities and copious amounts of skiing. As much skiing as the human soul can handle.
The Troops, putting everyone to shame with their splendour and enthusiasm!
Where I would usually be rattling on about our fabulous boys (and they really ‘are’ the best) the Winter Camp isn’t just for boarders! It’s for the whole lot, including day-students, which is a wonderful opportunity to bring them all the bests parts of boarding at CDL. It’s also the reason that this post is going to be more about the Winter Camp as a whole. Still mainly featuring the unbeatable Olympus Boys, but also giving the spotlight to some other fabulous CDL folks!
I’m amazed that there wasn’t more altitude sickness with all the gymnastics that were put on display. Maybe I’m just jealous as I was at the foot of the mountain. Getting some sleep, sure. But look at that view.
You’ll undoubtedly recognise Crans-Montana as the same wonderful location that we take our boarders to over the ski weekends. This unbeatable locale has all your mountain-holidaying needs!
The wonderful Parc Hotel was in turn to be haunted by our rowdy bunch. Nice place. Good, sturdy furniture.
The Gang from the front.
The Gang from the back.
The Invisible People convention is in town. At a different hotel, I mean. This is just…well, this is just the dining hall.
Oh, this? It’s just the unbeatable view of the Swiss Alps.
The day hasn’t even begun and the fancy moves are already being busted out.
Kitted up and ready to Rock and also perhaps Roll, provided we have the time.
We have a very diverse selection of skill-levels and disciplines that we entertain with the Ski Camps. We cater to all levels and source the best local instructors and guides for smooth rides and also a little bit of risk-taking from time to time to get the blood flowing. There really is no better place for a novice and experts, together.
I’ve got an idea for a film where people go nuts in a mountain hotel. I feel like a type-writer should be involved, but here it seems the high quality of the salad bar has done it.
‘Cheese In Repose’ (2022) Beatriz Lourido Fernandez
Tony. The best of the best. Slides with the best.
Improvised Bob-sledding featuring (left to right) Rodrigo, Yuto, Ayu and Ryunosuke.
Richard belts across the ice with a young lady.
(right) Local goons Gary and Ivan pack the snowballs tightly for a surprise attack.
A beautiful night by the frozen lake.
This is a picture of three of our CDL Campers hanging out in a haunted house. The strange man on the right wasn’t there when the picture was taken. Spooky.
Sr. Xavi battles in another frighteningly intense game of UNO against the ever-competitive campers.
Billiards comes from the french word ‘Billiards’ meaning ‘Less Fun Ball-Pit’
For those of us who don’t own an ice-axe, the in-door facilities here are top of the line.
‘Comfortable Headwear No. 1’ (2022) Beatriz Lourido Fernandez
(left to right) Ivan and Richard plunge their souls into the Valhalla-worthy sport of curling.
‘Comfortable Headwear No. 2’ (2022) Beatriz Lourido Fernandez
Good times at the bowling alley!
‘A View From The Bench’ (2022) Xavier Benenaula
There’s nothing like the CDL Winter Camp. Except for the CDL Summer Camp, which is just as great. But it’s in the summer. As the name implies. Stick around to find out more about that.
Good lord! What a wonderful week. And to think that it’s back to school from here. For all of us. So until next time, hold on to your hats, keep your mittens about you and don’t be afraid to have fun!
Best of the best from the CDL Winter Camp (2022) Crew!