Once we landed in Geneva and collected our baggage we were greeted by Ollie who is a representative for ChaletFinder. He drove us to our chalet and provided us with a document to go and collect our ski equipment and passes.
But before we arrived at our accommodation we were taken to an iced over lake called Lac de Montriond which supplied us with the most peaceful and breathtaking of scenes. It was just utter bliss.
After settling in and unpacking at the chalet we headed down to SkiSet who are a traditional and local company with stores based all around the resort. You can buy and rent skis, snowboards and mountain bikes from them and they were the ones providing us with our equipment.
The first thing they got me to do after telling them I’d rather ski than snowboard was measure my feet to fit the boots. It’s a bizarre feeling when you put them on for the first time because they are very tight, to say they were a snug fit would be an understatement! Also they instantly make you lean forward, which is a good thing, as that will help you when learning to ski. It’s like having a pair of ice-skates as boots, that’s the best way to describe them. I’m just giving you the heads up now so you know what to expect. Also whilst we are on the subject of the ski boots, I would recommend not trying to walk down steps or anything that can easily put you off balance as I nearly found that out the hard way (phew).
The next step is they determine what skis will suit you best. The way they do this depends on your height and weight and you will find that the length of the ski will come somewhere between your top lip and forehead. Although for beginners they tend to size the ski closer to your chin as it will help with being able to turn. This is what you can expect for your first ski fitting, as I don’t think many first time skiers would have a preference.
Last but not least is being fitted with your ski poles. This is still an important piece of equipment but you don’t really concentrate on using them much when you’re a beginner. The snowplough is the key movement to grasp, as you will come to find out soon enough. Again the poles are based on your height and ideally your arm should be parallel to the ground when you hold the pole.
Going into the shop and being kitted out with all the equipment really is a vital part of your journey to learning to ski. You will never forget this experience.
Part three is the big finale…
The Webbswood Stadium played host as Swindon Supermarine played Corsham Town in a preseason friendly. Marine showed their class against a team who looked out of their depth straight from the get go. This win ensured The Marines unbeaten preseason record was kept in tact, and demonstrated the strength they have in their ranks at the club.
Strikes from new signings Connor Waldon and Jacob Davidge gave Supermarine a comfortable lead going into halftime. Two goals from Josh Morse and a goal from Ryan Stanners, who were used as substitutes in today’s game, sealed a compelling victory for the Wiltshire based team.
Marine looked right at home from kick off, dominating possession and working the ball in midfield. It didn’t take long before the first opportunity was created as Chris Taylor played a diagonal pass out to the left hand side and Davidge raced on to the ball, but his shot flashed across goal and went out for a goal kick.
The visitors were proving to be a handful up top with midfielder Levi Cox winning the ariel battle throughout the first half. Cox was proving to be a tricky customer and had Corsham’s first shot on goal with a thunderous volley that had Matt Bulman scrambling to his right-hand side, but the shot whistled just past the post.
The home side took the lead on the 20th minute with a controversial goal from Connor Waldon, there were appeals for offside before the former Swindon Town striker nutmegged Corsham’s goalkeeper and slotted the ball home.
The Marine soon doubled their lead eight minutes later as Jacob Davidge finished off a brilliantly worked goal from the righthand side. Winger Bradley Gray combining with fullback Kyle Lapham before drilling the ball across for Davidge.
Davidge who was having a great debut for Supermarine, had the chance to double his tally. Once again he raced clear from a precise pass from Marines playmaker Chris Taylor, but Town’s keeper pulled off a good save to prevent them going in 3-0 down.
Supermarine went into halftime with a comfortable lead over their opponents, whilst Corsham Town looked like they couldn’t wait to get in and regroup for the second half.
The second half was much like the first half for Marine, as they showed no sign of settling for the result they already had.
The home team begun to find their rhythm and Waldon showed why he was Supermarines main transfer target this summer with some great holdup play and skill to skip past Corsham’s centre-back Sam Ockwell, cutting the ball back to Davidge who puts the ball wide from a shot 12 yards out.
It didn’t take long for Swindon’s next chance to come along, with Bradley Gray rising above everyone else to direct his header from a corner towards goal but Corsham managed to clear it off the line.
Town looked lackluster in this half and struggled to create anything up top. Marine’s defence looked solid with summer signings Ashley Taylor and Ryan Morgan already looking settled in their positions.
Dave Webb, Supermarine’s manager, decided to switch things up and subbed on Ryan Stanners, Josh Morse, Aaron Oakley, Joe Shepherd, Ryan Elliott, Sam Morris and Ryan O’Hara.
The subs made an instant impact as Waldon plays a perfectly weighted pass to put Stanners through on goal, who calmly finishes to put Marine 3-0 up with 75 minutes played.
Stanners then turns from goal scorer to assister, as he squares the ball across goal to Josh Morse who comes in off the left-hand side, beats the defender using the tricky of the step-over to go through one-on-one and tuck away the host’s fourth goal.
Morse scored Supermarine’s fifth goal, and his second of the game with a powerful volley into the keepers top right. Town’s keeper was left standing as he could only watch the ball fly past him into the top corner.
Connor Waldon, who resigned back to the club earlier this week after being released from Swindon Town FC. Was brought in on loan at Marine last season for three months and quickly become a fan favourite.
“I am really happy the deal went through and Dave (Supermarine manager) reassured me of the clubs ambition. The whole team looks like it has improved a lot compared to last seasons.
I felt I had a good game today, and It’s always a good feeling to get on the score sheet. We looked very dangerous in attack and the score line should have been a lot more.
I can’t wait for the season to start and for us to give the Marine fans the season they deserve,” said Waldon.
This win capped off an emphatic performance from Marine and showed that they have the resources to do well in the league this season.
Marine have beat fellow rivals and League One side Swindon Town FC in their preseason and since that win, they have not showed signs of letting up.
Dave Webb has brought in a lot of young new players, and his gamble on players looks to be paying off. Webb’s team already looks like it is in the process of the team gelling together and if Supermarine can continue to play their attractive style of football like they have this preseason, then they will be one of the teams to watch in the Evo-Stik League.
“This is our fifth preseason game and we are making good progress, the squads looking strong and we kept another clean sheet. I am pleased where we are at the moment and it’s all heading towards two weeks time when we start at Bambury in the league on the 8th of August.
We’ve attracted a good mix of players and have a good spine to the team. We have some really exciting young players and I don’t think we could be in any better shape,” said Dave Webb.