Over the February half term holiday a group of eighteen pupils from across the whole school, enjoyed a week-long skiing holiday at the stunning resort of Passo del Tonale. As one of northern Italy’s most popular resorts, it offered over 100km of snow-sure runs to serve skiers of all standards, so even the inexperienced were well catered for.
With beautiful weather and snow up to a depth of three metres at the top of the mountains, the school party enjoyed breath taking views of the Italian Alps and excellent conditions for skiing.
The party were split into their ability groups, with lessons provided for the inexperienced and complete beginners. Skiiers could chose to tackle either one of the several beautiful blue runs, that went on for miles, the smooth but much steeper red runs or, for the really experienced, the steep black runs, including the notorious double diamond black down the glacier.
‘The beginners all took to skiing really quickly and really impressed the instructors. They progressed from shuffling sideways up the nursery slope to coming down some really beautiful blue runs’ said Miss Bell.
‘The intermediate group also enjoyed the blue runs and even tackled some of the slightly harder red runs, including a few jumps which they seemed to find particularly thrilling. But really all of the students challenged themselves with their skiing and all improved dramatically throughout the week: I was impressed with their confidence and can-do attitude’.
After long days on the slopes, the party looked forward to the delicious food and hospitality, provided by the family-run Hotel Negritella in Val di Sole, and to meet up with pupils from their partner school, Ashcroft College in London.
The evenings’ entertainment included ice cream tasting, a quiz against their new friends, and a talent show; won by Daniyal Shaik with her hilarious ‘lip-synch’ to Justin Beiber. The group also enjoyed a relaxing evening swim at the local pool and an impromptu Aqua-aerobics session led by Ella West.
The final day’s skiing concluded with various races against their partner school, with Fatema Burhani and Josie Baker comfortably winning their heat. The coveted ‘‘skier of the week’ award went to Year 10 pupil, Amina Hussain, for her ‘positive attitude’ and for smiling all week, despite spending a considerable amount of time actually on her back – well it was her first skiing experience!
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