Italian Ski Trip 2017

Prato Nevoso

This year’s successful ski trip took place over the mid-term. A group of 44 students and 5 teachers went to the Italian Alps on the annual ski trip. We tried out a new resort this year which worked very well ,as it allowed for doorstep skiing. The weather helped make this trip so enjoyable as high pressure meant no wind and sunshine, giving us 4 days of blue skies.

The ski trip allows an opportunity to learn or improve the life skill of skiing. Our beginner group quickly benefitted from the daily four hours of lessons. On day two they moved onto the chairlift and tackled the blue runs. The advanced group with the guidance of their instructor Beatrice, also made huge progress. By the end of the week they mastered the black runs. Kyle Bridgeman stood out from the beginners as did Ross Tully from the advanced group.

The ski trips have been running now for over twenty years initially travelling to Switzerland. Since then Moyle Park students have learned to ski in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic and more recently Italy. Former Principal John Shortt ran the early trips and was a great advocate of the benefits of foreign travel for students. Already many of this year’s gang are expressing interest in the next trip having got the skiing bug.

Generally students have over a year to save for the ski trip. The cost of the trip includes Ski hire as in boots, skies, poles and helmet. It also includes 4 hour lessons every day, half board hotel accommodation, insurance and transfer to /from resort. The next trip is nearly booked out but a small number of places are still available.

Thank you to the students who by their behaviour and enthusiasm to learn to ski once again made it such a memorable trip.

Edward O Byrne – Tour Organiser