The school ski trip for 2020 will be going to Kronplatz, in the Dolomite mountains of South Tyrol, right on the border between Italy and Austria. The hotel is Italian, which means better food than in Austria! It will take place during the February half term week in order to take advantage of the best mid-season snow conditions. The trip is open to all ages and abilities (you do not already need to be able to ski) and offers a rich learning experience, not only through a fun and challenging sport in a new and exciting environment but also enjoying the culture of another country and developing important emotional skills such as team work, perseverance and determination. First timers will find it a life changing experience and returning customers will continue to develop their skills and enjoyment of this wonderful sport.
If you are interested in taking part, there are some items to clarify:
The package includes Coach travel, hotel accommodation, all meals, ski lift pass, skis, boots & helmet hire, licenced ski instructors with 6 × 5 hours instruction per day, insurance and evening entertainment. The total cost will be £979 for those under 16 at the time of travel, with a lift pass supplement of £67 for anyone aged 16 or over. The pound/euro exchange rate has unfortunately increased the price of these trips in recent years, but an all-inclusive overseas adventure sports trip, in peak season in a great resort, still represents good value compared to cutting corners that would decrease the quality of skiing and the trip in general.
Kronplatz is South Tirol’s premier ski resort with wide, open slopes in all directions from the top of the main summit. Nearly all the lifts are gondolas, including the beginner slope (something I have never seen anywhere else!), with no drag lifts at all in the resort. There are 120km of pistes (58km blue, 32km red, 29km black) and most are great for general ‘feel good’ cruising. Beginners start on the nursery slope but will find themselves touring the main slopes as the week progresses. For more experienced skiers, there are plenty of big, wide runs for which the Italian resorts are famous. February has an excellent snow record but modern snow making facilities also help to ensure 100% coverage.
The hotel Peintner is in Uttenheim, a relaxed, picturesque village located nearby. It is a charming little hotel which takes only one group, so we will have sole occupancy of the hotel. The family who own the hotel run it themselves with a very warm and friendly atmosphere. The rooms are traditionally pretty and very well kept, with a maximum room size of 4 (all with private facilities and balcony). Other facilities include wi-fi, dvd/TV, sauna, heated drying room, dining room and sun terrace. Being Italian, the food is really good. Breakfast and three course dinner is in the hotel and packed lunches/drinks are provided. Some choose to buy extra lunchtime snacks or drinks but this is a preference rather than a necessity. Some spending money is recommended for a meal on the outward and return journeys, and possibly a couple of trips to a supermarket or souvenir shopping area, but all trip activities are included. The coach stays with the group for the duration of the week and is used to get around in the evenings for the included activities as well as to take us to and from the slopes each day.
In accordance with Norfolk CC regulations all skiing is under the supervision of English-speaking, official Ski School Instructors. For beginners this is essential and for the more experienced skiers they act both as a guide, knowing the best routes, areas and conditions for their group, as well as teaching more advanced ski techniques. Ski groups are organised by prior experience and form a strong bond with each other and their instructors as they progress through the challenges of the mountain. All Instructors are insured and have direct contact with Mountain services. Students wear the ski helmets included in the package at all times whilst skiing; this is now the law for under 16’s but we extend this rule to all staff and students on our trip.
Other than skis, ski boots and helmet, all other winter sports clothing and goggles will need to be provided. For beginners the best starting point is to borrow items from friends or family. Further details including a recommended clothing list and retailers will be given to all members of the confirmed group and can be discussed along with any other queries at the parents evening which will be held at a later date.