Ski Trip 2023

January 31st, 2023
Alessia Billekens
Ski Trip 2023

The ESV kicked off 2023 with a delightful skiing trip. Together with two external members, we spent a week indulging in plenty of skiing and après-ski activities in Saint Sorlin d'Arves. This trip was highly enjoyable due to the stunning location, great weather, and incredibly friendly company.

We'd like to share with you how this trip unfolded.

On January 20th, the ESV, along with their luggage, eagerly awaited the bus that would take them to the sunny south at precisely 4:45 PM. Unfortunately, the bus didn't arrive until 6:00 PM, causing a bit of frustration for the travelers. Due to miscommunication, the start of the bus journey didn't go as expected, but once the bus was on its way, it didn't dampen the spirits. The atmosphere was lively, and palinka was flowing freely. Despite a minor delay in Belgium, we arrived in Saint Sorlin the next day in time for breakfast.

On the day of arrival, some motivated skiers hit the slopes right away. Since we could only access the apartments at 5:00 PM, those who weren't skiing had ample time to explore the village. As a result, one group discovered the size and beauty of the ski area, while another group found a place for bowling and drinks.

At the end of the first day, the ski trip committee had reserved a restaurant. After a long and chilly walk in -16°C weather, we enjoyed acceptable pizzas there. The staff kindly arranged two minibuses to take us back afterward. Most of us headed straight to the Yeti bar to celebrate Mr. Knops' birthday at midnight.

The next day, everyone hit the slopes. Split into groups based on skill level, we conquered the mountains of the Les Sybelles ski area. The beginner group stayed closer to Saint Sorlin to improve their skiing skills (successfully), while the advanced groups ventured further into the mountains.

In the evening, we discussed our day's adventures over delicious burgers. Then, we headed to the Yeti bar for beers, bottles of wine, and the obligatory jägerbombs.

After another enjoyable day of skiing, the ski trip committee had planned a game night for Tuesday. Everyone participated cheerfully, getting to know each other better (both willingly and unwillingly). After a few "adjes" (a Dutch phrase), the whole group headed back to the Yeti to continue the activities of the past days.

The following day was a relaxed and free day. Some stayed in bed a bit longer, while others hit the slopes early. That evening, we all gathered once again at our trusted friend, the Yeti, where we celebrated the birthdays of Mr. Glas and Mrs. Billekens senior at midnight.

Thursday was another calm day. By this point in the week, we had played a lot of "Bakmania" (a game), the "pudding corner" had become a thing, and Mr. Radema had shared his wisdom with us: "I can't know what I no longer know."

At this point, no one could get "Oh ragoutbakje" (a Dutch phrase) out of their heads, unless Raf Coppens with his timeless song took its place. Otherwise, the girls from Doorn delighted us with their lustrum song "Feestje in de Keizer" (Party at the Emperor).

That evening, the ESV members headed back to the Yeti, continuing the search for the Yeti's secret.

On Friday, the second-to-last day had arrived, and everyone was getting a bit restless; we had to vacate the apartment by 10:00 AM the next day. So after skiing, everyone packed their belongings and did a lot of cleaning. This had to be done quickly because we were already sitting in the Yeti by 7:00 PM for a pub quiz to test our academic knowledge. Afterward, we turned the place upside down for one last evening.

On Saturday at 10:00 AM, everyone was outside their tidy rooms, returning their keys. Afterward, a small group of enthusiasts hit the slopes one last time, while another group hit the pub. In the afternoon, we visited the Yeti bar one last time, and then we all went out for pizza. We had to rush because the bus was supposed to arrive at 6:30 PM. Oh no, wait, unfortunately, the transport company made us wait for an hour in Saint Sorlin as well. But fortunately, we didn't have to share the bus that arrived with anyone, so everyone could sleep soundly and wake up the next day in our beautiful city, Nijmegen.

And thus, a wonderful journey came to an end. We can confidently say that this trip was a great success. Onward to next year!

We'd like to thank our committee for their efforts, especially our committee chairman, Mr. van Leeuwen, for organizing such a delightful trip. Also, on behalf of the committee, I'd like to thank the XXXIVth board of the ESV for their excellent support and our fellow travelers for their unwavering enthusiasm and companionship.

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