School Ski Trip Planning
Teachers know that organising a School Ski trip can take a lot of time. How do you go about making the Ski School Trip planning process quicker and easier for Teachers?
When we provide a quote to a party leader we make sure everything is included. Teachers looking to book a school ski trip can also get as much advice as needed from our ski specialists who have a wealth of ski knowledge and visited all of our properties and resorts.
Our school ski brochure, which can be downloaded here http://www.schoolski.co.uk/download-a-brochure which provides information on all types of ski trips as well as a quick reference guide for party leaders to refer to when comparing ski areas, resort height and transfer times.
Safety is always a big concern for parents when it comes to School Ski trips. What measures do you put in place to ensure a safe and risk free trip?
Your groups' safety is our priority. Over half a million students and teachers have travelled with Equity and all have returned home safely. Our health and safety policy thoroughly covers the processed and management systems we have put inti place to safeguard your group and our Safety Management Systems are audited by external bodies.
We also regularly conduct Inspection Visits for teachers so they can visit specific areas and hotels before making a decision on which resort to choose. Inspection Visit costs vary but if you go on to book a ski trip with Equity (for 40 paying places), the cost of your Inspection Visit will be subtracted from your school's final invoice.
School Ski trips can come in all different shapes and sizes, what different types of accommodation do you offer to the various groups?
Depending on the budget for a trip we have a number of accommodation choices that offer various benefits. Groups looking for an affordable trip that ticks all of the boxes should definitely opt for an Equity Club property.
Set in six popular resorts, Equity Club offers the complete ski experience as all hotels offer doorstep skiing or are a short walk to the nearest lift, have games rooms and large dining halls for school groups, suitable for air or coach groups and provide 24 hour services.
Between the lessons and actual skiing there isn't much spare time during the day but what happens in the evening when it's too dark to Ski? Are there other types of activities that schools can take part in?
There are a number of great evening activities that students can participate in after a day on the slopes and these will be organised prior to departure. When staying at an Equity Club property the Equity staff will conduct all of the evening entertainment which includes bowling, ice skating, karaoke, quiz nights and more.
If staying at a hotel that is not Equity Club we can pre-arrange evening entertainment dependant on what is available at the resort and hotel.
What would you say are the most important educational benefits of students going on a ski trip?
A ski trip allows students to develop like skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Sport teaches us so many things – perseverance, determination, leadership and commitment to name a few.
At Equity, we have developed the EDGE Skills for Life Awards programme with our ambassador Chemmy Alcott, four-time Olympian. Students who excel in one of the following areas will be able to win an Edge Skills for Life Award.
- Resilience and motivation
- Leadership and commitment
- Teamwork and trust
- Fairness and respect
- Responsibility and personal best
- Collaborating and communicating
What factors should schools consider when deciding on where to take their groups skiing?
There many things that Party Leaders should take into account when organising a ski trip for their school which will impact various factors and facilities on resort.
- The ability of the group you are taking on a ski trip is the most important. When taking beginner groups it's best to pick a quiet resort that has a large choice of beginner slopes.
- The time of year that you are taking a group can impact your decision depending on snow record and height of a resort.
- Amenities and facilities in resort – will your group be interested in evening entertainment activities such as ice-skating, bowling or swimming?
- Safety of the resort is an important factor. Quieter resorts will be a lot safer for school groups as there will be less people in town and on the slopes.
- Quality of the ski school – be sure to check they are qualified and trained within the area. We only use ESF instructors – one of France's leading ski schools.
What's included in your Ski packages?
When booking a trip to the European Alps everything is included in the price including transfers, lift pass and meals. Additional inclusions for trips to the USA are lunches, however we ensure groups are aware of this and plan for this prior to travel.
How would you recommend travelling, by Coach or Plane?
* Group are all together
* Price is cheaper
* Supervising on a coach is easier to manage
* Transfer time will be longer
* Ensuring students are entertained on the journey
* Shorter travel time
* Students arrive to resort well rested
* More expensive price per person
* Students to be supervised when going through customs
What happens if there's no snow?
This very rarely happens but if it does and a school group has taken out our insurance policy it ensures a ‘snow guarantee' which means we will transfer the group to resorts that do have snow.
Prior to booking a ski trip we will assess the time of year and resort chosen to ensure snow-sure resorts are selected in months where there could be less snowfall.
What sorts of food can be provided on Ski resorts? For example are you limited to only French food in France, Italian food in Italy etc?
The benefits of our club properties is that we cater for all dietary requirements and group needs. Even though there are French food options the menu is very westernised to cater for our UK school groups. When staying in a third party hotel, the cuisine is specific to the country allowing students to experience the culture, however we do speak to hotels as we have worked with them for years and have tailor made the cuisines so they provide western options such as chips.
I would imagine skiing everyday can get a tad exhausting for the students, are there many other daytime activities schools can do if they fancy a day off?
There are options for schools to travel to nearby towns for day trips should the group require a day off from skiing for sight-seeing or shopping. With trips to America, a day of skiing can be replaced with a city stop over on the outbound or return journey, such as New York. We have the flexibility to tailor make any trip depending on the requirements of the group.
School Ski Trip Information
Ski Trip Offers
Schools can choose to ski in a wide variety of locations from the European Alps to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Choose with confidence from these established ski operators who specialise in school group skiing trips
Ski Trip Offers
Planning your ski trip
From getting initial permission to run the trip, to telling the children what they will need to bring with them, there is a lot to think about and to organise before you get to play in the snow
Plan a ski trip
It may not seem like it, but ask anyone who has organised a school ski trip and they will tell you how critical it is to choose the right accommodation for your party
Choosing ski accommodation
A typical day
Want to know how your school ski trip is likely to unfold? In this article we will discuss the events of a typical day in resort, from breakfast to apres ski.
A typical day