Priestnall School's Ski Trip to Italy

School / Group
Priestnall School
Teacher / Group Leader
Adam Morrison
Madonna di Campiglio

What was your main aim/objective for this trip?

The main aim of the trip was to introduce our students to a ski tour and to inspire those who already ski to continue to enhance their ski ability by attending our trip.

We were also keen to provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom by restarting international school trips following Covid.

Why did you choose this resort?

There were a number of reasons. Primarily we picked Madonna di Campiglio/Pinzolo as the ski area has an incredible reputation – which we found that it more than lived up to.

This ski range catered to the mixed abilities of our group allowing great progression for all.

The hotel was of a size that that could cater for the size of our groups (normally around 100). It was also located in a vibrant town, just a short bus ride to the gondola station.

Can you briefly describe the skiing experience and après-ski activities you participated in during this trip?

The ski experience was incredible. The Dolomites are unquestionably one of the most beautiful ski areas we have visited.

The ski area is vast and caters for all levels of ability. The nursery slopes are ideally located by the lift station and give students the big mountain experience on day one. This allowed them to make rapid progress.

The intermediate and advanced groups loved getting out on tour and exploring the full area, testing themselves in the snow parks and the amazing food in the mountain restaurants.

In the evenings, I was keen for students to experience Italian culture and get out of the hotel. Visiting a traditional gelato parlour one evening was a very popular option.

The pedestrianised area in the town centre meant that students could have fun while safely exploring the local area. We visited the local ice rink and had a wonderful evening skating to music around an Olympic venue. The evening visit toMadonna di Campiglio was also a treat for students.

Finally, we found the hotel facilities to be good and hosted a Kahoot quiz, movie night and karaoke party for the students.

What will be your lasting memories of this trip?

The lasting memories will be the joy of getting a ski trip out after a prolonged absence due to Covid. It was great to be getting back to normal.

The beauty of the Madonna ski area will long live in my memory - the tree lined runs are as stunning as I was led to believe.

We will go back.

What did students get out of this trip?

The students had the holiday of a lifetime. Many had never been abroad before (or not for a long time) and were grateful for the experience.

Students developed self-confidence on the slopes and also by being away from their families, therefore developing their own independence.

Students also made and cemented friendships on the tour.

Why did you choose Halsbury for this trip?

I chose Halsbury as they provided the best ski options for our group.

They were the most attentive to our requests and came up with the best solutions.

Previously we have toured with Halsbury and I was impressed with the initial conversations and the support throughout while planning the specifics of the trip.

Were there any guarantees that Halsbury were offering that made it easier for you to get senior leadership and/or parents on board?

The Covid guarantee certainly helped me get approval for the trip through the governors’ body. In addition to this, I am certain it helped satisfy parents’ concerns - we had over 200 applicants.

What was it like to be out on the slopes again?

It was impossible to stop smiling! We couldn’t believe we were there on the first day.

Even a month before departure I was not sure we would get a trip out but with the support of some brilliant parents, Priestnall and Halsbury staff, we were able to get it out.

How would you describe the experience of working with Halsbury on this trip?

I cannot praise Beth Hall and Giulia Decimi enough.

From the first conversations I had with them to the very end, they were attentive to our requests and were proactive.

Every interaction was solution focused. They were knowledgeable about the ski resort, Covid regulations and the generalissues of running a ski trip.

Without their relentless support, it would have not been possible to get the trip out. I am so impressed by them I have booked with Halsbury next year.

Would you recommend Halsbury to your friends and colleagues?

Absolutely. I found Halsbury had the best ski options at competitive prices. In fact, I have already recommended them to a number of colleagues without reservation.

Do you have any tips for other teachers/group leaders planning their first trips since Covid?

Firstly, I want to say it’s more than worth it! I think you will be surprised by the desire of young people and their parents to get back out and back to normal and the support they will give.

Do not hesitate to ask for help. Share the jobs with your staff team.

Keep in regular touch with your tour coordinator. They are professional and experienced, and I think it is unlikely you could present them with an issue they have not come across before.

Take the best parts of lockdown and utilise them. Microsoft Teams, Google Classrooms are all great resources for sharing information digitally.

Interested in arranging a ski trip for your group?

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