National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 January 2019

A winter wonderland awaited YFC Skiers when they arrived in Belle Plagne this January for a week of action in the snow. 

The trip attracted seasoned skiers as well as those who have never seen a salopette before but were eager to learn. Sophie Tamblyn from Pelynt Young Farmers in Cornwall strapped on her skis for the first time and said the lessons that were part of her package helped her fully enjoy the break away and learn new skills.

“The lessons at the beginning were really enjoyable, the instructors were fun and made you do everything, so there was no holding yourself back. This then allowed us to explore more of La Plagne and by the end of the week we could ski with other YFC friends who already knew how to ski.

For Marcus Bailey from Colchester YFC in Essex, as he hadn’t skied for six years, he decided to get a refresher course and book on the lessons too.

“I picked up the basics pretty quickly again. The good thing with so many Young Farmers on this type of trip, there is always someone that is your ability to ski with and there was lots of slopes of varying difficulty.”

As well as skiing and boarding activities, YFC members enjoyed some dedicated YFC events too – including two fancy dress opportunities.

There was daily après-ski fun, a comedy night and opening and closing entertainment for YFC skiers to enjoy during the six-day snow break in France.

Marcus said: “The events didn’t disappoint and were a good laugh. Over the trip I got to know many members from every corner of the Federation and made many new friends along the way.”

Sophie also enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends on the trip. “Belle Plagne only had one main nightclub, which meant everyone ended up at the same place every night making it ideal to meet other young farmers.”

When it comes to considering a future skiing opportunity with YFC, both Sophie and Marcus said they would definitely book again.

Sophie said: “I would definitely recommend this trip and especially if it’s your first time skiing as your lessons are with other younger farmers with the same ability and same interests as you – making lessons really fun!”

Marcus added: “I’m already looking forward to next year.”

The YFC Ski trip went to Belle Plagne in France from 5-12 January 2019.  The Events and Marketing Steering Group will discuss future ski trips at the Steering Group and Council meeting in February. 


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