James' Top Picks for Your 2022 School Ski Trip01/02/2021 10:06:30
James Babb is another of our experienced Ski Specialists. Here, he gives us his top tips for 2022 school ski trips.
Resort 1 – Sansicario
If it’s doorstep skiing in a large area that you’re looking for, then it doesn’t get much better than Sansicario. If someone holds open the ski/boot room door, you can literally ski right in!
It offers the very real convenience of just being able to get your skis on and go.
It’s part of the Milky Way ski area and your 6-day pass offers you 400km of piste to enjoy, including a day in Montgenevre over the border in France. This is great, because you can enjoy the experience of skiing in France without the French prices!
I would also recommend trying the Olympic downhill and World Cup runs in Sestriere.
Back in Sansicario itself, the magic carpet directly outside the hotel is exclusively for groups staying at the Olympic Centre, which means beginners can quickly get up to speed, allowing them the opportunity to enjoy this extensive area too.
And for intermediate skiers there are loads of lovely long, blue, tree-lined runs, especially in the Sansicario and Sauze d’Oulx parts of the ski area.
Where should we stay?
Situated opposite the Olympic Biathlon Centre, the Olympic Centre offers all you need for a school ski trip – loads of space, large bedrooms, meeting spaces, good and plentiful food, a café/bar, hot or packed lunches, free wine for teachers and unlimited chilled water for students.
Furthermore, all your evening activity requirements are taken care of on-site. Directly outside the hotel you can do night skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and bumboarding, followed by hot chocolate to warm you up.
In addition to these activities, there is an in-house animation team to organise discos, karaoke, and team games such as football, basketball and volleyball. If you have any energy left, there’s also a new gym area!
With fantastic views, it really does feel like a winter wonderland and I would highly recommend a school ski trip here.
Resort 2 – Cimone
With recent investment, Cimone boasts that 100% snow cannon coverage and a modern lift system.
95% of the runs are 1500m – 2000m offering great snow conditions, with a good mixture of blues, reds and blacks. And the wide, open, tree-lined runs give a great feel, akin to skiing in North America.
There’s a magic carpet for beginners. And there are 2 blue progression runs to practise those turns. With easy runs from top to bottom, even your beginners will get the ‘all mountain feel’. And I really love the variety of skiing here. All this makes it perfect for school groups.
All your skiing equipment is stored at the hire shop at the bottom of the lifts and our groups love the convenience of this (because there’s no need to load up the coach!). And two course hot lunches are provided slopeside.
Cimone is where Alberto Tomba (famous Italian ski racer) learnt to ski and Pavarotti used to spend weekends skiing here too!
Where should we stay?
The Hotel Firenze is located in the small town of Fanano, just 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre, where there are pizzerias, ice cream parlours, cafes and souvenir shops, all in a school-friendly pedestrian area.
This very good 3-star hotel is run by Adria and his family, who know everyone, and nothing is too much trouble. You’ll receive a very warm welcome. From experience, the food is excellent and there is almost too much choice at breakfast! The décor is also lovely -rustic and Alpine with a cosy bar/café and a mini spa in which teachers can relax.
There’s plenty of evening activities available, including a large outdoor ice rink, a fantastic sledging course and, included as standard in our package, a pizza night and an evening meal in a mountain restaurant which you’ll snowshoe to! Our groups love this!
Resort 3 – Les Deux Alpes
Skiing at Les Deux Alpes goes up to 3600m – that’s 1600m higher than your average ski resort. What does this mean?
There’s no better place to guarantee fantastic snow conditions and you can book very early or late in the season with absolute confidence.
The fantastic snow conditions are one reason why we run our ISSC school ski racing competition in Les Deux Alpes every December.
And I’ve skied Les Deux Alpes at the end of April and had the best snow conditions of the whole season!
Les Cretes, at 2100m, is where our beginner skiers start at Les Deux Alpes. It’s a massive beginners’ area and is really wide and gentle, making it perfect for school groups. It has a magic carpet for real beginners and a high-speed chairlift for those progressing a bit quicker. And the perfect snow conditions will help your beginners progress quickly.
With 225km of piste and the widest variety of runs, Les Deux Alpes really does cater for all skiing abilities and will challenge even the best of skiers.
Once checked into your hotel, you can walk to everything you’ll need for the week. The ski hire shop is next door, it’s a short walk to the ski school meeting point and after skiing, you can walk to numerous cafes, pizzerias, sport shops, souvenir shops, supermarkets, creperies and bowling alleys. Plus, your lift pass gives you free access to the heated outdoor swimming pool, which is fantastic (speaking from experience!) and the outdoor ice rink. And Crêpes à Gogo is a must one evening during your trip!
Les Deux Alpes really is a fun, vibrant resort that your students will love!
Where should we stay ?
Just 150m from the slopes and in the centre of the village, the Hotel Atmosphere couldn’t be better located.
Andrea, the Italian owner, is always welcoming and provides the best food, which is always a hit with both staff and pupils.
You can take a packed lunch or have a hot lunch back at the hotel.
There’s plenty of space for our groups, including a large outdoor terrace with tables and chairs – an ideal meeting area during the day.
There’s a pool table and table football in the lounge area, which also boasts a bar where you can buy snacks and beverages.
There’s also a big TV on which you can watch movies or sports.
On the lower level there’s a brand new wellness centre with a sauna, hammam, relax therapy shower and Jacuzzi. In addition, there’s a large meeting room that groups can use for evening activities with seating for around 45 – great for a movie or quiz night!