Easter Skiing in Italy
The end of the Lent term came early for 45 excited students and 4 brave staff, who flew from Manchester to Prato Nevosa, Italy for the annual ski trip.
A pleasant and stress-free journey took an interesting twist when 2 metres of snow fell in just 8 hours closing the mountain pass to the resort overnight! The tour operator, Halsbury Travel, efficiently organised temporary accommodation and a late night authentic pizzeria experience.
On arrival at the resort in Prato Nevosa the following morning pupils found the village lost under snow drifts, however skiers were on the piste just 24 hours after leaving school.
While two beginner groups, led by Meredith and Chloe, tackled the nursery slope the experts and intermediates made the most of the deep fresh powder, laying fresh tracks all over the empty pistes, and in between as well. The ski-in/ski-out hotel made returning for hot lunches simple, with a large swimming pool and steam room proving popular for apres-ski warm down.
Everyone made fantastic progress on the slopes. The first three days saw 4 hours, 6 hours, and finally 7 hours of skiing - the latter including 2 hours night skiing under floodlights. On Sunday pupils and staff enjoyed a well earned lie-in along with a short day of skiing and an evening dancing in the disco.
Everyone tucked into a superb lunch on Monday at a restaurant called ‘The Palace’ in a neighbouring valley, allowing a longer mountain journey for the less experienced.
By the end of the week, the experts and intermediates had left their mark all over the resort, and the beginners had descended a black run. Pupils returned happy and exhausted from a jam-packed week of great value entertainment. The return journey was seamless, with only one question being asked: “Can we go again next year?”