Over the half term holidays a group of twenty-five pupils from across the whole school enjoyed a thrilling week-long skiing trip to Passo del Tonale, one of northern Italy’s most stunning resorts.
With its sunny, snowsure slopes and 100km of runs, the resort offered a good range of pistes to suit all levels of skiers, ensuring that both the very experienced and complete beginners were well catered for.
Although it snowed constantly for the first two days, creating poor visibility and consequently making conditions very difficult for the inexperienced skiers, the weather significantly improved from the Monday onwards. Soon the party were basking in glorious sunshine and blue skies with perfect conditions for skiing.
‘From the weekend onwards we enjoyed five great days of skiing with all the girls making excellent progress’ said Ms Jackson. ‘By the end of the week even the younger, complete beginners were able to comfortably control their skiing and were confidently tackling the less challenging ‘blue’ slopes’.
Pupils particularly enjoyed ascending the 3000 metres on the gondola lift to the Cima Presena glacier where they enjoyed spectacular, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Jana Braun-Wilson, Abigail Buckle, Josie Baker and Ella West were even brave enough to ski back, down the notoriously difficult ‘black’ Paradiso slope with its vertical drop of over 700 meters.
After long days on the slopes, the party looked forward to the delicious food and hospitality provided by the family-run Hotel Negritella, in the charming resort of Val di Sole.
In the evening they enjoyed a full range of activities including; a visit to a traditional ice-cream parlour for delicious Italian gelato, sampling the best authentic pizzas at a local restaurant, swimming at the ‘Piscina Comunale Coperta’ in Ponte di Legno and a final evening’s Talent Show where Harriet Whitaker-Myers, Jessica Whitcombe and Abigail Buckle dazzled their audience with a rousing medley of tunes which included the school song ‘Let there be Peace on Earth’.
The final day’s skiing concluded with a slalom race which saw Josie Baker in Year 8 celebrated as the fastest skier in the group whilst Malayeka Alam in Year 5 was awarded with the coveted title of ‘skier of the week’.
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