Jan 20 2010

Hello! My name’s Simon and I was fortunate enough to escape the office-lifestyle and go to the snow to rep Chichester Snowsports’ trip to les Deux Alpes, 2nd Jan – 10th Jan 2010.

And what a week it was! 6 feet of snow dropped from the sky during our all inclusive stay at Les Deux Alpes UCPA, and the après antics experienced on tour were second to none.

So…With a full coach of snow eager students, we embarked upon Les Deux Alpes on the Sunday morning at 8am. After getting everyone off the coach, I organised everyone to leave their bags at reception, and took them up to the dining hall for their first all inclusive breakfast! Check in was as smooth as Sean Connery , getting everyone sorted with their accommodation, ski passes, hire and tuition groups by 9.30am meaning the Chichester crew could hit the slopes first thing that morn. Food was fully inclusive (breakfast, lunch and dinner) providing a delightful spread of French cuisine throughout the week. Those that requested were provided with packed lunches by the kitchen staff, so they could stay on the mountain all day, and not have to come back down to the village for lunch.

12 hours tuition was also included in the package, so passengers were split into groups based on their ability; the beginner groups starting on the Sunday afternoon, and the intermediate and advanced classes starting on the Monday afternoon. The first evening was a chilled, relaxed introduction, taking place at the Red Frog across the road, where we held a “Killer tournament” on their pool table. The winner, a young ragamuffin named Perry was a graceful winner if ever I saw one, even buying a few beers for his chums with his winnings.

The Monday evening was less civilised, consisting of a bar crawl starting at the UCPA bar, then Bar Maya, moving onto The Red Frog, and then finally ending at the legendary Smithy’s. Free shots were provided on entry, and by the end I was hugging my new found friends like I’d known them for time. Daniel Sythe-Moore deserves a special mention for his theatrics outside the Red Frog, and successfully wooing a lovely lady 20 minutes later in Smithy’s, naming no names – KIRSTY! It’s alright; everyone knows already, I told as many people as possible the next day, even the UCPA kitchen staff who don’t speak a word of English. Come to mention it, I didn’t see many people on Wednesday, I think most were hiding in their rooms, nursing their monster hangovers, so I decided to give them a night off so they could rest and re-group.

The next evening, I challenged the Chichester kids to come to my Challenge night, where teams were split into groups of 6. Each team was set 6 individual challenges (no member could perform more than 1 task) and then 4 team challenges. Individual dares consisted of seeing who could fit the most marshmallows in their mouth and the dry salt cracker challenge. Team challenges included human pyramids and “across the Amazon”. I’d like to thank Rich Askey and Elisabeth Rowden (my 2 judges) for their help adjudicating this raucous event. It was messy, it was tough, but boy were we rewarded! The greatest moment had to be watching Fu, Paul and then Josh, throw up during the marshmallow challenge, into a conveniently placed UCPA kitchen sink. So that brought us to the final Friday, where we organised everyone in fancy dress, and took them to the panoramic bar at the top of the mountain, for a 3-5pm happy hour rave! The beats were huge up there on a daily basis, the bar pinching the main nightclub DJ from the village for their happy hour slots. Once there was no rave left in us, the boys decided to see who could take Rich Askey (the group leader) down the quickest. The music was filthy, the snow was relentless, and it was bloody brilliant! This was then followed by yet another bar crawl, mainly for those who couldn’t remember the last one.

And then it was home time…
A fantastic week, I’d like to thank everyone at Chichester Snowsports for being as good as gold, not smashing up the accommodation, the coach or their hire equipment, and also a massive thank you to Richard Askey and Will Stebbing for their hard work in both the build up and trip itself. Good work lads! I hope to see you for a pint the next time I’m in Chi!

By Simon Goodwin – Ski Manager and Chichester Snowsports Trip Rep!


  1. Will Stebbing Says:

    Awwww…what a beautiful write up young Simon, a wizard with your words I see!!

    It was an absolute delight to use Outgoing as our tour operator, couldn’t have asked for a better week. Not only was the snow and apres ski in plentiful supply, but the hotel, travel, food, hire, passes and everything else fundamental to a successful ski trip just worked in harmony!

    A fantastic resort, top dollar rep and great crowd from the WSIHE massive made this a week to remember.

    Many thanks on behalf of the UCSU Snow Sports Club for your involvement and hard work!

    Much Love,


    x x x

  2. Lorna Says:

    THE most amazing trip!! Thank you so much Simon- everyone (me included) had an absolute joy of a time!! Thank you for organising all the fun stuff in the evenings, I don’t think there was one sober person on the first pub crawl! Thanks again for an amazing ski trip, it was definitely one to be remembered 😀 Lorna oxox

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