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Cardinal Newman Look Ahead to Their 2022 School Ski Trips

26/01/2021 10:50:58

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Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove ski with us most years. Like many, they’ll be missing out on their annual ski trip this year. But 2022 is looking brighter for their young skiers - they've had so much interest that they've had to book two trips to cater for all the students who want to ski in 2022!

Here they tell us a bit more about their favourite resort, Sansicario, and why they love it so much.

How many students do you usually take on your school ski trip and what is their level of skiing?

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We have a large group of around 220 students with a full range of abilities from complete beginners to expert skiers. Our age range is 12 to 18.

What are the most important criteria for you when choosing a resort?

Due to the size of the group, we need to have a resort where we can get to the slopes easily. We always look for doorstep skiing where possible, or a very short journey to the slopes even if conditions are poor.

We also need a resort that has lots to offer in terms of evening activities as having a group of this size means we need to keep them occupied in the evening.

We also like to all be in the same hotel wherever possible as this makes the organisation much easier and much more supportive for staff.

Why did you choose Sansicario?

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Sansicario has it all really and we have yet to find anything that suits our needs better. The skiing is incredible – being one of the biggest ski areas in the world it has everything that anyone could want.

We certainly make use of this – we take the whole group to Montgenevre on the third day and they can all ski the magnificent easy runs from the top of the mountain to the bottom, which is such an achievement and gives them real confidence.

At the same time, we take the better skiers to the two fantastic snow bowls that this resort offers.

We also have a day in Sestriere so the students have a feel for a different resort that is much higher. Our top skiers like to challenge themselves on the Olympic run!

Our other real treat is to drive to Sauze d’Oulx, to explore the fantastic tree-lined runs that go on for miles and are usually pretty empty, even at February half term!

The ski school are great and very flexible, rearranging lesson times and even meeting us in different resorts whenever we want to go.

The resort also has a brilliant range of evening activities that really suit our group and we certainly make the most of these too. We always do the following activities – bumboarding right outside the hotel, ice skating, tobogganing and snow tubing, hotel-based games, a local pizza night and a mountain meal in Claviere. We even take the sixth form students to a local nightclub!

Why do you choose to stay in this hotel?

The Olympic Centre has very good facilities for our group with three or four big open spaces that we can use for lots of different activities. The large buffet-style restaurant where the students can help themselves keeps all of our students happy and they are even happy to look after the children who have certain food allergies.

The bedrooms are of a good standard with plenty of space and being slightly out of town makes managing the students easy.

Plus, the hotel is right on the slopes and the students can ski to and from the hotel.

What have been some of the highlights of your past trips?

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Definitely the day trips to Montgenevre and Sestriere and, of course, the meal in the mountain restaurant in Claviere.

Why do you choose to arrange your trip with Halsbury Ski?

We always have a very good level of support from Halsbury and the organisation of the office staff is second to none. When issues happen in-resort, they are dealt with efficiently and effectively. For example, last year, the snow conditions were not great, so Halsbury organised a ski bus for our group, which made the whole trip so much easier to organise. The reps were also well trained and responsive to our needs.

Have you got any tips for groups visiting Sansicario for the first time?

If you can, start your beginners on the village slopes as they progress very quickly here. Make sure you have a day at Montgenevre, as even the weakest skier can ski from the top of the resort to the bottom.

I’d also recommend planning your evening activities well in advance, as it is a big ski area and lots of other groups want to use the facilities on offer.

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