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Where Should We Go On a School Ski Trip in 2020?

10/12/2018 09:46:59

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Thinking about your next school ski trip? Not sure which resort to choose? Our Ski Specialists have picked their top resorts for the 2020 season, to inspire you:

Sierra Nevada, Spain

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• Europe’s most southerly resort
• Snowsure
• Best for beginners and intermediates

Spain may not be the first place you think of when it comes to school ski trips. However, we’re certain that once you try it, you’ll love it!

As well as being Europe’s most southerly resort, Sierra Nevada is also one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, with a number of peaks stretching up to 3,000m. The resort itself sits on the northwestern slopes Veleta, the third highest mountain in Spain. And it’s unique in that it is the only ski resort in Europe that offers views over the Mediterranean.

You’ll stay in the village of Pradolano, at 2100m, while the lifts will take you up to 3300m. The beginners’ slopes are around the mid-station at Borreguiles. And there are lots of red runs to keep intermediates happy.

And where should we stay?

Hotel Interjoven – this accommodation is offered specifically for youth groups and boasts easy access to the ski station, as well as:

• Personalised evening entertainment for your group
• On-site ski fit and storage
• 2-4 bedded rooms with en-suite facilities

How much?

February half term - prices start from just £1065pp based on 40 paying passengers plus 4 free places, by air, with 5 days of skiing (4 hours per day).

Easter – prices start from £899pp based on 40 paying passengers plus 4 free places, by air, with 5 days of skiing (4 hours per day).

Dachstein West, Austria

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• Fabulous scenery
• Exciting and varied skiing
• Snow-sure ski area

On your school ski trip to Dachstein West, you’ll most likely stay in the charming, rustic village of Gosau. This feels like a very traditional Austrian resort, where you’ll discover the true meaning of that oh-so-Austrian concept of gemütlichkeit.

Dachstein West itself is regarded as a very snow-sure resort – not only is it prone to heavy snowfalls, the snow-making facilities are excellent too, so this really isn’t a resort where you’d need to be concerned about a lack of snow.

In terms of the skiing, this resort is ideal for mixed-ability groups. There are plenty of lovely long runs on which beginners will be able to build their confidence and for intermediates there are a wide variety of red runs. Plus, there’s a fantastic snow park to keep the snowboarders entertained too!

And where should we stay?

Jugendgästehaus Gosauschmeid – this family-run guesthouse is in the lovely village of Gosau and offers some excellent facilities for groups including:

• En-suite rooms sleeping 4-6
• In-house disco
• Dining room that can be used for evening entertainment

How much?

February half term - prices start from just £849pp based on 43 paying passengers plus 6 free places with 5 days of skiing (4 hours per day).

Piancavallo, Italy

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• Sunny, sheltered bowl
• World Cup resort
• Excellent progression

This modern, purpose-built resort has a reputation as a destination for serious skiers and has hosted numerous World Cup races.

Despite this, Piancavallo is still a relatively small, safe resort that works well for school ski groups. The pedestrianised village centre offers plenty of entertainment, including a large, covered shopping area and a new sports hall.

The resort sits in its own sunny, sheltered bowl, with the runs fanning out from the centre and all abilities are able to ski back to the resort. There’s a great mix of long, easy runs and more challenging ones – and the fact that they all interconnect well means that students will see good progression.

And where should we stay?

Hotel Stella Montis - this modern hotel boasts excellent facilities for school ski groups including:

• All rooms can have private bathrooms and sleep up to 5 students
• Large, self-service restaurant
• Disco/entertainment/games room

How much?

February half term - prices start from just £799pp based on 43 paying passengers plus 6 free places, with 5 days of skiing (4 hours per day).

Sestriere, Italy

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• High-altitude resort
• Over 400km of piste
• Olympic resort

Sestriere is the gateway to the vast Milky Way (Via Lattea) area and was one of the Olympic Villages for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The highest altitude resort in the area, and with north west-facing slopes, Sestriere is famous for its excellent snow conditions. And, when Mother Nature doesn’t play ball, the resort has extensive snow-making facilities too.

For beginners, runs start in the centre of the resort, right next to the ski school meeting point. Intermediates can look forward to some great skiing too and, of course, you’ll enjoy great connections to the other resorts in the Milky Way – including Claviere, Sansicario, Sauze d’Oulx and Montgenèvre, which is over the border in France!

And for snowboarders there’s a fantastic snow park too.

And where should we stay?

Hotel Duchi d’Aosta – this great hotel lies in the heart of the village, just 150m from the slopes, and boasts a panoramic restaurant as well as:

• Comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities
• Spacious ski room
• Swimming pool, gym and sauna

How much?

February half term - prices start from just £885pp based on based on 43 paying passengers plus 6 free places, with 5 days of skiing (4 hours per day).

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