Students impress on the Alps

Students impress on the Alps

The bi-annual Wey Valley School ski trip provided a fantastic week of skiing and snowboarding in the Italian Alps.

36 students and 5 members of staff travelled to the stunning Italian town of Courmayeur, in the Aosta Valley, northern Italy. At an elevation of 1,224 m above sea level, it is located at the foot of the southern side of Mont Blanc, and at 4,810m the highest point in the Alps and Western Europe.

Mr Salmon, PE teacher and trip lead for the school commended another great school ski trip, ‘with a week of great snow in the Alps, it allowed all abilities to progress throughout the week under glorious blue skies and sun. Students were split into ability groups and this allowed them to make swift progress from the beginners slopes to more advanced Blue, Red and Black Runs’.

Mr Salmon added, ‘The instructors were very impressed with the students passion and commitment to learning throughout the week and all students were skiing using linked turns by the end of the week. Most improved skiers were - Beginners 1 Francessca Longdon, Beginners 2 James Knapper, Intermediate Tyler Baker, Intermediate Mollie Light, Advanced Max Hooper Greenhill, Snow Board Beginner – Joel Manning, Snowboard Advanced – Sam Anstey’.

As well as skiing, a number of students took to snowboards with Kai Luke gaining the highest snowboard award that Interski award for ability. Tommy Lockwood and Jack Davenport were also selected for nomination to Interski’s Scholarship Award. If successful they will be invited to take up a coaching award with the firm which also includes a winter season in the Aoasta Valley.

Mr Salmon paid tribute to the Interski team and staff on the trip for their support and guidance to the student group, ‘Skiing is a fantastic active holiday which offers our students many learning opportunities. The trip also offers a cultural experience, organisational and independent skills, language skills in a foreign country and meeting new friends. Students also ice skated in the Olympic Ice Rink, experienced an evening at a traditional Pizza and ice cream parlour and had a tour of the historic town’.

The school is now planning for a return visit in 2018.