Crans Montana, Valais

1 Feb 2011 | by Whitney


First, I’d like to share some of my discoveries about the beautiful region around Les Roches.

The Valais was named as such by the Romans because it is a part of the upper Rhone Valley. It is one of the driest cantons but is well moisturized due to the snow run-off coming from some of the highest peaks in Switzerland.

Valais shares borders with both Italy and France. Agriculture (mainly wine production), tourism and cattle rearing are the main industries here. The canton is split into 13 districts including: Brig, Sierre, Sion and Saint- Maurice.

Crans Montana

Crans Montana is the pairing of two separate villages to form one resort area. It is most famous for skiing and golf and is located above Sierre at approximately 1500 m above sea level. Whatever time of year there are many activities available, including a happening night life on the weekends. The school’s Sports and Activities department organises trips and activities in and around the area, the next one being to the ice rink this weekend.

Week 2- First week of Lessons
At Les Roches the HO1 students are split into classes and the academic/ practical rotation every two weeks starts. So for this first week of school some of us have been in pratical (Stewarding or Service in one of the restaurants) and some have been in Academic doing Languages, Effective Writing, Computer Science, etc.

Some comments from:
A student in Service: “Exhausted but excited.
A student in Academic: “The week was interesting, frustrating at times, fulfilling.
An F & B Stagier: “Hectic, challenging and informational.”
After this first week we are all a little more settled but still getting used to our schedules and the standard of excellence expected from us. In Practical, we have had to push ourselves and I speak for myself and others when I say that we have learnt that we can do a lot more than we think.

I rounded of the week with an amazing day of skiing on Sunday, with great weather and a lot of fun. The day was topped off with a huge pot of delicious fondue from Petit Paradis which is the restaurant and hotel adjacent to Les Roches main building.

Pictures by Travis Odegard


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