March 13, 2024

Ski Trip 2024

During February half-term, 38 students – from Year 8 and Year 9 – enjoyed an action-packed week racing down the slopes for The Newbridge School’s first biannual ski trip to Italy.

Accompanied by five members of staff, the students assembled outside school before climbing aboard their coach and buckling up for the 26-hour journey to Modena in Northern Italy.

Upon arriving at their hotel, students unpacked and enjoyed some well-deserved rest ahead of their first day on the slopes the following morning.

Fuelled by a hearty breakfast of freshly-made crêpes, the cohort tentatively made their way to Monte Cimone – the highest mountain in the northern Apennines of Italy – and were greeted by their skiing instructors.

For many students, this was their first-time skiing so day one was all about getting familiar with their equipment and learning how to start and, most importantly, stop. They made exceptional progress on the first day and impressed the instructors with their hard work, resilience and determination.

On the second day, students enjoyed adding to their skiing skillet, by learning how to shift their weight and turn at high speeds. They also enjoyed jumping and – not one for the feint-hearted – learned how to ski backwards! As their confidence increased over the next few days, the students enjoyed soaring down the slopes and tackled blue and run runs with ease.

During the evenings, there was plenty of time to enjoy the picturesque views of the village of Fanano. Our young skiers swapped their skis for skates one evening and enjoyed gliding along gracefully on an ice rink. There was also a quiz night and, this being Italy, the opportunity to feast on local pizza, whilst the tour around the Ferrari museum was also highly-captivating.

Students had a magical time; they exuded fantastic behaviour and were brilliant role models for our school. We look forward to returning to Modena in 2026 with a new group of students to tackle the slopes!