Pupils snowy Alpine adventure

Moorland School's ski trip to Italy

Moorland School's ski trip to Italy

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Pupils from Moorland School in Clitheroe have just returned from a particularly snowy Ski Trip to the Italian Alps.

This, the school’s 10th annual visit, was a huge success. The group of 31 pupils aged eight to 14, plus staff and parents, arrived in the scenic Aosta Valley with snow falling, and it continued for most of the next three days. All the students were enchanted by the setting, blanketed in its silent white shroud.

This year’s hotel, aptly named the Chateau, was overlooked by a perfect medieval castle in the beautiful village of Aymavilles. The children loved the near-perfect snow conditions, making brilliant progress in their ski groups. The school ensures that ski classes are small so that every child thoroughly enjoys developing their skills – several of the advanced group achieved the five-star top level from the ski school. Favourite ski activities this year included taking short cuts through the trees, skiing over bumps and, for one or two of the more advanced skiers, completing 180 or 360˚ spins in mid-air!

They also learned more than a smattering of Italian, beginning to string together sentences as the week progressed – even the Juniors managed mini-conversations in the shops of chic Courmayeur.

“This was most certainly our best ski trip ever,” commented Party Leader Mr Dermod Ruddock. “The combination of superb ski conditions, a lovely hotel, a fantastic mix of après-ski and brilliant service from our holiday organisers made it simply superb.”