Ski Trip Italian Alps 2020

Posted by Suzanne Alexander

Ski Italian Alps / Courmayeur – Departing 14th March 2020Ski trees mountains

The PE Department has taken the pupils of SWRA skiing to the Alps for the past 30 years. Pupils have a great time whilst becoming more independent within a different cultural environment. We are now giving our current Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils the opportunity to put their names down for the 2020 trip. We have made a booking with Interski to ski the Italian Alps at Courmayeur staying at the 4* Hotel Alpechiara to ski the wonderful Aosta Valley overlooking the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc.

It is likely that there will be a large demand for the places on the trip. We can actually accommodate 35 students on one coach or a total of 70 students on two coaches. Should demand for the trip exceed places available then places will be drawn from a hat and those unsuccessful put on a waiting list. If you child would only want to go on the trip if one of their friends was going please email me their names at and if the trip is oversubscribed we will put both names together in the draw. If your child has not got a place on the trip then we will return your deposit in full and write to you by May half term. If your child hasSki Town got a place on the trip then we will again write to you before May half term with the appropriate information sheets to complete. In terms of costings we are looking at a figure of £950. Depending on the number of students going we can ski for 6 days (4 hours a day) or for five days (5 hours a day). Once we have confirmed numbers we will decide the better option. The course is only offered to current year 7s, 8s and 9s. We will be taking deposits until Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

The price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel from SWRA; 5/6 days of full skiing by qualified ski
  • Instructor’s (24 hours of lessons); 5/6 nights half board accommodation (private facilities in all rooms)
  • Fully supervised lunches at a mountain restaurant; 5/6 day lift pass; 5/6 day ski equipment hire
  • (Skis, boots and sticks); A comprehensive evening entertainment programme such as ice skating, bum
  • boarding, pizza evening, snow tubing, disco and presentation evening
  • Pupils must wear a ski helmet (£10 supplement or free to take their own)

If you would like your son or daughter to take part in the visit, please make payments via the online payment scheme using Parentpay ( The non-returnable deposit of £75 should be paid by Wednesday 3rd April 2019. The following seven payments of £125 will need to be paid by the end of the following months: Payment 1 (May) through to Payment 7 (November). Pupils are covered from withdrawing from the ski trip on medical grounds as long as any changes in medical conditions are declared immediately otherwise the travel insurance will be void if a claim is made later. If a child has a pre-existing medical condition and has to withdraw later because of that condition any insurance claim is also likely to be unsuccessful.

The physical and mental demands of skiing should not be underestimated. Students will need appropriate levels of stamina, determination and resilience to enjoy their week and also ensure that their ski group benefit from the course. When learning to ski it is likely that your child will be doing the equivalent of 100 press-ups per day. Pupils who genuinely have a very poor level of fitness or have a low level of mental resilience are not advised to go on the trip. If a pupil has shown inappropriate behaviour within school it is highly likely that such behaviour could continue whilst abroad. If this is the case, the pupil will be refused a place on the trip. At the end of the course there is usually a great sense of pride, as students are awarded certificates in recognition of their achievements. GCSE PE students can also use skiing as one of their three assessed practical activities. Just to make you aware that all students will require their own individual passports (with minimum 6 months validity).

Many thanks

Mr K Symmons and Mr Ian Statham  

Click to download: SWRA 2020 Intro Ski Trip Letter