Since 2007 there has been at least one annual GOC ski trip in the Alps. We have stayed in a variety of accommodation ,mainly hostels and catered chalets in France and Switzerland, with numbers in one year reaching as many as 28 guys. We have visited Davos, Zermatt,Tignes, Meribel, Morzine, Serre Chevalier, Les Gets and most recently Les Arcs 2000 in March 2016 when we had perfect snow conditions and sunshine all week.
We have another trip planned for March 2017 staying in Serre Chevalier in the French Alps.The cost will be about £700 including flights from different airports in the UK. 20 guys will be staying in two chalets .We are fully booked but there is a reserve list as it is probable that somebody could drop out. We are also aiming to add a January trip (22nd to 29th), let us know if you would like to join the fun. GOC members do sometimes also organise their own trips and invite other members to come along. All levels of ability are welcome-from beginners to advanced.
Here are some pics from previous years- somehow we managed to bump into the Simpsons and Darth Vader on the slopes!!!!
The group's co-ordinator is Chris Brown. To contact this group please use our group's email on the contact page.
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We are grateful to Stephen Phillips who has sent in a short report from this year's GOC ski holiday in the French Alps;
I have always wanted to go skiing so when I retired from full-time employment it went to the top of my bucket list. The opportunity came when one of the South Wales Walking Group encouraged me to put my name down. It was with nervous anticipation that I agreed to go to Les Arcs in France in March for a week. It turned out to be one of the best holidays that I have had.
The week had been very well organised with everything planned in advance so my thanks to everyone that made it happen. There were 20 of us from all parts of Britain sharing a number of double/twin bedded rooms. Some of us were sharing rooms with people that we had not met before. The accommodation was reasonably good even if a number of the bedrooms could be termed 'cosy.'
We were lucky to be served by three lovely chalet boys who provided breakfast and the evening meal. The meals were good and improved by liberal amounts of wine that were provided as part of the overall package. Added to which were tempting cakes served with afternoon tea after a hard day's slog on the slopes.
As the only novice skier in the group, I signed up for lessons as a complete beginner. I joined a mixed group of individuals, all of whom were at least 25 years younger than me. I soon discovered that I was not a natural skier. Maybe it was a cultural faux pas that I made in not adapting to the French way of doing things, but I felt that the tuition left a lot to be desired. So much so that by the second day I was in despair and pondered how I would manage for the rest of the week.
I hadn't counted on the encouragement and support that I received from the rest of the group in both chalets. Several offered to accompany me on the slopes; two did so for the remainder of the week. As a result I regained my confidence and learned more from them in the rest of the week than I had from the formal lessons. I cannot thank them enough for their practical support and the rest of the group for their continued encouragement during the week.
I didn't enjoy as much apres ski as I had hoped for having heard the stories from others stopping for lunch on the slopes most days. However, I did get a taste for it on the last day. I took the afternoon off from skiing and along with by now, my unofficial ski instructor, enjoyed a lovely meal and some superb wine in a local restaurant.
What did I enjoy the most? I loved the fresh air, the fantastic scenery which was enhanced by the fabulous weather we enjoyed throughout the week. I found the skiing exhilarating, even if it was at times hard work. What's more I got a suntan into the bargain. It sounds cliched, but nevertheless true, that what made the holiday truly special for me was the friendship and camaraderie that I experienced with a group of men, most of whom I got to know during the week. So much so, that I am planning to go with the group next year.