A highlight of the school year, the school ski trip is something all participating students look forward to. There are many wonderful resorts throughout Europe, the US and Canada, offering great school ski trip packages, but if you’re looking for somewhere that little bit different, the French town of Montgenevre is a charming option.
What’s on Offer for a School Ski Trip in Montgenevre?
One of the oldest and most authentic ski resorts in France, Montgenevre is situated above the pretty town of Briancon, on the pass between Italy and France. Despite the inevitable modernisation that comes with developing a ski resort, Montgenevre has retained much of its charm and still has a very French and local feel about it. Preserving its traditions and maintaining its community heritage makes this pretty village really stand out amongst all of the other Alpine ski resorts. The village centre is completely traffic-free, making it a great place for those afternoons when students have finished their day’s skiing and are looking to do a little local exploring.
Accommodation options for school groups in the village are plentiful, with most hotels being conveniently located close to the main lift area. From here, the lift system and piste options offer every skier, from the complete beginner to the more competent expert, something to get stuck into. The slopes in-resort are perfect for building beginner confidence and, at the end of a long day working on their skills, students can ski right back to their hotel door.
Tree lined runs, sweeping blues, and challenging reds and blacks make up the majority of the resort, so whatever a student’s ability they will find something to suit.
When staying in Montgenevre there is the option of skiing over to Claviere, in Italy, and taking on the Colletto Verde. And for those wanting even more of a challenge, take advantage of the one-day Milky Way pass that accompanies your Montgenevre ski pass. This makes for a long day, but one full of fun and lots of exciting time on the mountain.
Montgenevre is proud to boast 300 days of sun a year and can lay claim to some truly excellent snow conditions. The infrastructure has been developing gradually, and both the lifts and the slopes are kept in supreme condition throughout the season. Every night the slopes are groomed so they retain their quality for as long as possible.
A school ski trip is not only about the skiing, but is about fun off the slopes too. Ice-skating, discos and shopping are on the agenda for afternoon and evening entertainment, and students should be given the opportunity to explore on their own and visit the local cafes and bakeries to try out some of the delicious French treats on offer. Briancon is a fun place to wander around, too, with some good shopping opportunities and a fantastic indoor sports centre.
Montgenevre is a special place and one perfectly suited to a school ski trip. Students will no doubt return home full of great memories and bursting with tales to tell.