Jan 20 2010

We left on Christmas Eve with two coaches filled with an assortment of merry Birmingham and Liverpool Medics along with a few independent travellers looking for a bargain week in the snow.

Arriving Sunday morning and eager to hit the snow, we got everyone into their rooms and once lift passes and ski hire were sorted, they were on the slopes by mid-morning. The groups had mixed abilities so some people opted to take lessons with the local Arc Adventure ski school; the small group sizes meant people got a great level of tuition, especially the snowboarder who ended up with a week of one-on-one lessons – bargain! There were kitchens in all the rooms, but for those who didn’t fancy cooking for a week, a meal option was available in a local bar called Red Hot Saloon – a great bit of mountain grub with enough wine to drown a goldfish at the end of a long day’s skiing – perfect! The meals were a great time to get to meet and get to know other people on the trip before Red Hot Saloon turned into the party-bar it’s renowned for.

While the clients were hitting the snow, we toured the bars of Arc 1800 to negotiate some bargain drinks deals and epic nights for the rest of the week, which by all accounts didn’t disappoint! After some supposedly “chilled” out drinks on Sunday night, the week really kicked off on Monday with a bar crawl round some of the best après spots. The night started off with L’Ambiente where people got warmed up with some live music. Following that we headed through town to Red Hot Saloon for some classic alpine dancing and Barking Mad for some closer-to-home drum and bass to keep our salopettes shaking! The night carried on in to the early hours finishing in L’Apocalypse. The mountain meal was also a fantastic night for everyone who went. We took the last lift up as a group and arrived at L’Arpette restaurant with Vin Chaud on the table not long after. After our local speciality meal of Raclette, the lights were dimmed, tables cleared and it was classic alpine après time! Once everyone had exhausted themselves dancing on the tables it was time for the ski down – flaming torches were handed out and we were sent on our way! Many of the guests said it was the highlight of their week, with great value food and an all-round fun night.

Other highlights in the après plan included a night of live music from the infamous Doctor Bruce Band, as well as a fantastic New Years Eve spread over two bars, followed by bowling on the final night to easy those New Year hangovers!

On the last day of skiing, we did the Valley Rally for Birmingham with the help of their trip organisers, which saw everyone racing round the pistes in retro ski wear doing everything and anything to score points. Special mentions go to Harv for doing things with raw eggs his grandmother wouldn’t be proud of and Helen whose strategy was to leave little to the imagination! It was a great end to the week for everyone, with prize-giving held in Barking Mad. Massive thanks to the Ed, the other Outgoing rep, as well as all the guests for creating an amazing week. Special mention for some brilliant fancy dress efforts from everyone and the endless energy of Liverpool (including one tipsy student whose lively dancing ended in being picked out of the bands drum kit much to their amusement!). I took away with me three vital pieces of information from the week: the burgers in Barking Mad are possibly the best in the world; yes Garlic Vodka is as bad as it sounds and L’Apocalypse Club is known to cause memory loss! Can’t wait for the next trip…

By Rowan Brandreth – Rep on the Les Arcs Trip


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