Led by Head of School of Sport & Applied Coaching Sciences, David Murrie, students and staff are enjoying the immaculate conditions of Flaine, at the heart of the French Alps.

Located in the midst of a spectacular mountainscape, Flaine is a small ski and snowboard village, a favourite with British skiers and the Ski Club of Great Britain, and host to the annual British Schoolgirls Championships. Designed by Bauhaus architect, Marcel Breuer, Flaine is the only ski resort to be able to boast the status of historic monuments of some of its buildings, and even has a Picasso in the main square.

Most importantly to the keen wintersports fans at UCFB, Flaine has the most spectacular views of Mont Blanc, the Aiguille du Midi and the Chamonix Chaine. The pistes were designed by World and Olympic Champion, Emile Allais. There are three free ski lifts for beginners, but it is the off-piste and freeride areas that make Flaine special and a great place to learn to ski powder. Out on the slopes Flaine is also seamlessly linked to Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoens and further afield, Sixt is reached via a 14km piste through a national park. Flaine is the snowsure top of Le Grand Massif ski area, that in all has 265km of pistes making it the fourth largest linked ski area in the world.

UCFB students and staff have been making the most of the idyllic conditions, and the UCFB wintersports trip is proving another huge success.