What Are the Benefits of Choosing to Take Your School Ski Trip in Spring or Easter?

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As the season comes to its end, Halsbury Ski explains the benefits of choosing to take a school ski trip in spring and offers tips on choosing the most suitable resort.

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We have a lot of school groups that enjoy travelling during the Easter holidays. We use our first-hand knowledge and experience of the resorts to advise them on the most snow-sure for this time of year.

Although the most popular time for school ski trips is usually February half-term, spring skiing has plenty of advantages that should be more tempting to school ski groups. The milder weather makes for more pleasant ambient conditions and the shorter lift queues and virtually crowd-free slopes make it very pleasant for teachers supervising schoolchildren. The longer days and better weather also make this a great time to enjoy après-ski activities.

James Babb, Ski Specialist for Halsbury Ski, a leading school ski tour operator says: “At Halsbury, we are massive fans of spring skiing and, given the choice, would choose March/April for our annual ski trip. Gone are the biting winds, low-visibility snow storms and thick layers of thermal ski wear. Spring skiing is sun cream and shades, piste-side lunches and more fresh snow than many people realise, as well as long, sunny days to enjoy that pure alpine air. It is also quieter on the slopes, whilst offering good snow depth that has built up throughout the season.”

When deciding on a resort for spring or Easter skiing, there are a few things that should be kept in mind. Firstly, if Easter is late or you are travelling later in the season, it is worth taking note of that old adage; head high (typically, 1,500m) or head north. These resorts experience colder temperatures at this time of year, which will better preserve the fresh snow that is more likely to fall here.

Babb agrees, “We have a lot of school groups that enjoy travelling during the Easter holidays, even when these holidays fall later in the season. We use our first-hand knowledge and experience of the resorts to advise them on the most snow-sure for this time of year. Usually, this is synonymous with the high-altitude resorts, such as Madonna di Campiglio, Les Arcs, Sestriere, Passo Tonale and Les 2 Alpes”.

Halsbury Ski also offer a number of resorts that remain popular with their school ski groups during the Easter/spring period, despite the fact that they are not usually considered to be ‘high-altitude’, such as Aprica, Pamporovo and Prato Nevoso. These resorts are consistently popular amongst their school ski groups because they offer fantastic skiing for beginners and intermediates, reliable snow coverage and relaxed, friendly atmospheres that provide a welcoming environment for groups of schoolchildren.

“We’re thrilled with the amount of positive feedback that we have received from groups who went on a school ski trip with us this spring and Easter” continues Babb. “The overwhelming majority were very pleased with the suitability of the resort for their requirements and for the time of the year.” Harris CE High School commented on their school ski trip to Prato Nevoso this Easter; “A superbly organised visit. So much so that we want to go with you [Halsbury Ski] again to the same resort.”

Founded in 1986 by former teacher, Keith Sharkey, Halsbury Ski is the ski tours division of leading tour operator, Halsbury Travel. A leading school and group tour operator, Halsbury Ski offers tailor-made school ski tours to a range of ski resorts throughout Europe and further afield. For more information, visit http://www.halsburyski.com/.

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