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SNOWSPORTS TRIP 2022.
Students & Parents Snowsports Trip 2022.

Information and documents relating to the planned Snowsports Trip in February Half-Term 2022

Thanks for visiting this page to find out all about our forthcoming Snowsports Trip. We’ve tried to put all the information you will need here to help you make a decision about the trip. We’ll be using this page to keep you posted with all the information you need along the way from booking all the way to departure. If you have any questions which aren’t answered here, please get in touch at sam.hankinson@utcn.org.uk

Whilst there is still some uncertainty over the future of travel, things look quite positive at the moment with international travel building successfully and safely. There are no longer any restrictions on school trips imposed by the DfE and the reliability of being able to travel looks to be continuing strongly. We will, of course, follow all prevailing guidance at the time of travel and we’ve made sure our insurance cover is sufficient to cover any unexpected eventualities.

Snowsports?

Two of them specifically – skiing and snowboarding. They’re both fun, even if I know which one I think is best! Students can choose to do either but any new snowboarders must have had at a minimum a taster session at a dry or indoor session before the trip. Talk to our staff about which is best – we’ll try not to be bias to our own preference.

So, do I need experience?

Not at all. Our group is always a mix of first-timers and more experienced. If it is your first time, then there’s opportunities to get a little bit of exposure and knowledge from a taster session or a couple of lessons at the dry slope at Trowse or even at an indoor slope in the UK. We’ve had students experience their first week on snow and finish the week descending one of the hardest slopes in the resort – and plenty who were happy with the Red route instead.

When is it?

February Half Term 2022. We will most likely depart on the morning of Saturday 12th although this is subject to change (between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon). We would then return on the evening of Saturday 19th.

Where are we going?

The resort of Passo Tonale in Italy. We’ll stay in the village of Temu which is a 10 minute drive down the mountain from the centre of the resort. Our coach will shuttle us up and down the mountain in the mornings and afternoons.

How do we get there?

By coach. It takes about 20 hours door to door which may seem like a long time but in reality, it flies by as there’s plenty going on along the way and we stop enough to make sure we can stretch our legs. It really is the easiest way to travel for a ski trip. No swapping vehicles and dragging luggage (it goes on at school and comes off at the hotel). No endless walking through airport terminals and dealing with air travel security. Less risk of delays and more chance of sleeping along the way.

How much does it cost?

£950

It’s not a small amount of money but snow sports aren’t a cheap hobby and we work hard to make sure we provide the best value for money possible.

What’s included?

Travel – Direct travel by coach (and ferry) from school to hotel in an executive coach.

Accomodation Good quality accommodation in multi-bedded rooms with in house meals.

Meals – All meals in resort including breakfast and dinner in hotel and a hot lunch on the mountain. The only meals which aren’t included are those during travel from the UK to the resort.

Equipment – Hire of helmet, boots and skis or snowboard (a small supplement may apply for snowboards).

Lift Pass – for 5 days on snow.

Instruction – 6 hours of skiing/snowboarding supervised by a fully qualified instructor/guide per day for 5 days.

Après Ski – A programme of evening activities including bum boarding, pizza night, disco, night ski.

Insurance – Full insurance including the necessary cover for Winter Sports.

Who provides all that?

Our provider is TM Ski & Travel. They are based locally in Norfolk but provide school ski trips for school across the country. We have travelled with them since 2017 on 4 snowsports trips.

Ski Lessons

6 hours is a long time to spend on the mountain each day and nobody expects all of that time to be intense learning. Students ski in groups of up to 12 and are supervised by either an instructor from the local ski school or a TM Ski & Travel instructor. They are guided and carefully supervised throughout the day, ensuring they stay in the best area of the mountains based on conditions and weather. The instructor will help to develop all students abilities through full group instruction as well as focused individual attention and explanation, rotating between students. The day is split with a 1 hour break for lunch (and rest) in a restaurant situated at the bottom of the slopes.

Payment info

All payments must be made via Wisepay . If you need assistance using Wisepay, please contact Mrs Platten (elaine.platten@utcn.org.uk)

A non-refundable deposit of £200 must be paid by Thursday 21st October.

Two further payments of £375 will then be due by Monday 6th December and Wednesday 5th January.

What if I change my mind?

Unfortunately, the booking conditions set by our provider mean that it is not possible to refund any monies paid simply because of disinclination to travel (not wanting to go any more).

We will only be able to refund any monies under the following circumstances:

  • The travel provider is unable to provide the booked trip
  • The trip is unable to go ahead due to any other insured reason
  • A student is unable to travel for medical or other reasons which are covered by our insurance and a successful claim is made
  • Another student agrees to take your place and makes payment of all necessary monies to do so
Who can go?

Any UTCN student – as long as they maintain a good behaviour record at school.

How many students can go?

The maximum number of students is likely to be 24.

Unlike many schools, we don’t really have a minimum number of students required. We will do our best to run the trip as long as we have at least a few students signed up.

What happens if the trip can’t go ahead?

If TM Ski & Travel are unable to provide the trip for any reason, all monies will be refunded to us – they are ABTOT bonded so we would also be compensated in the event that the company ceased trading.

Further to this, we are covered by the DfE’s Risk Protection Arrangement for Schools which acts in the same way as travel insurance and therefore provides cover should the trip not be able to run for any other reason. You can find full details of the cover here.

Any more questions

If you have any questions about the trip which haven’t been covered here, please do not hesitate to ask. It’s important to get your information from the right source, as we frequently hear of students being given misinformation when they ask the wrong person about a trip. Your friend who went on a school trip once doesn’t have accurate information; the staff organising the trip do.

Mr Hankinson is happy to answer any questions about the trip and can also point you in the direction of students who have joined the trip in recent years who will be able to answer questions too. Please either speak to him in school or email sam.hankinson@utcn.org.uk

Where do I sign up?

If you’d like your child to join us on this trip, all you need to do is complete a short form here and make payment of the £200 deposit on Wisepay before Thursday 21st October.

Spaces are limited on this trip and so it’s important to sign up quickly to avoid missing out should the trip be oversubscribed. If we are oversubscribed, we will operate a waiting list.

There’s always a chance we won’t get enough interest in the trip to achieve sufficient numbers to make the trip viable – in this situation, deposits will be returned.

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