For those contemplating organising a school ski trip, choosing a destination is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Such trips can provide students with a fabulous time, a chance to build up their strength and resilience and enhance their skills, and a connection to a new part of the world. The right choice of resort will make all the difference to the students’ experience. Andalo is one of Italy’s best-kept skiing secrets: located on the beautiful Paganella Plateau in the Trentino region, it offers a great range of runs, first-rate facilities and bundles of mountain charm. Besides the excellent skiing, there are plenty of chances for off-piste fun and learning too. Here are a few of Andalo’s best features and activities you may want to consider.
Winter Sport Wonderland
Several factors make Andalo ideally suited to school ski groups: its medium size; good quantity and quality of snow; excellent, safe lifts; great beginner areas and challenging intermediate runs. Add to this a wide range of other winter sporting activities and you may start to see just how much Andalo has to offer. In between skiing excursions, you and your students might want to mix things up by indulging in some other activities, such as ice skating or snowshoeing; and, for a complete change of pace, the magic of a sleigh ride through this picturesque region with its sublime views is bound to be a memorable experience.
Maybe some of your students need a break, or maybe an unusual bout of bad weather keeps you off the slopes for a day. Not to worry – Andalo has plenty to do while keeping out of the cold. School ski trips can offer students learning opportunities of all kinds, and a visit to the Italian-language cinema is a great way for them to pick up some new vocabulary while being entertained. Or, to stay active, head to the sports centre with its ice-skating and swimming pool. The centre is also great for evening activities that will be popular with the students: there is an amusement arcade as well as karaoke and a disco.
A Taste of Mountain Life
The lively and welcoming towns around Andalo are a delight to spend time in, even if it’s just kicking back at the end of the day to enjoy a well-earned meal. A farming region since the Middle Ages, the area has some wonderful local delicacies to be sampled, including the cheeses, salamis and desserts. (The honey that is produced here in the warmer months adds a unique local touch to many sweet dishes.)
Young people have seemingly boundless energy, and your students will, at the end of the day, be keen to take in some of the legendary Alpine aprs-ski atmosphere. Morzine caters to teens as well as adults in this regard, with plenty of restaurants and cafs where you can enjoy a well-earned meal and compare notes on ski techniques. Then there’s the cinema, the bowling alley, the skating rink, and disco parties in town, along with the range of activities that most hotels lay on for their younger guests. With all these options, a school ski trip to Morzine, with its tangible sense of history and easygoing hospitality, will be one that students remember for a long time!