In January, 49 year 8 students and 5 members of staff travelled to Passo Tonale, Italy for St. Martin’s 15th ski trip. Flying with British Airways, we landed in Milan to glorious weather and travelled up to the resort, passing the beautiful Lake Iseo. As usual we stayed at the Hotel Dolomiti, as the service, food and location are excellent.
During the week the weather was mixed. We had glorious blue skies and white out conditions, but the snow was fantastic! All of our students made excellent progress, especially the beginners groups, who all skied red runs by the end of the week. In the evening we still managed to find the energy to go to the karaoke, disco, Ponte di Legno, church, hot chocolate, swim, play games, write diaries and night ski! A great week was had by all, and many of us would have liked to have stayed longer.
Ski Italy 2019 is already booked with a record number of 80 applications!
It was an early 3.30am February start for the Year 9/Year 10 USA Ski trip this year. Following a flight to New York, the party had a long coach trip to Lake Placid, New York State. This is a village in the Adirondack Mountains and best known as the two-time site of the Winter Olympics. Firstly in 1932 and again in 1980 where Robin Cousins won his gold medal in the figure skating.
Students enjoyed five days of skiing at Whiteface Mountains. All groups managing to complete challenging runs. Also, there was the opportunity to meet an ‘Ed Sheeran’ look alike!
During this stay, there were a variety of activities organised including cinema, bowling, ice skating, disco and an ice chute. This was a 30 foot high converted ski jump trestle that sends toboggans down an ice-covered chute onto the frozen Mirror Lake. Depending on weather conditions, toboggans can travel more than 1,000 feet and many Saint Martin’s students and staff travelled and spun far! One student spoke about the experience ‘as a skill building fun adventure, truly memorable and the greatest trip he had ever been on!’
Following the skiing, the group set off for New York. Firstly, they visited a shopping outlet mall and many purchases were made. Visits to Hard Rock Café and Times Square were enjoyed. The final day they travelled on the Staten Ferry to view the ‘Statue of Liberty’, the New York City skyline and New York harbour. A time of reflection was spent viewing and respecting the Twin Memorial pools. They are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood before the terrorist attack in 2001. The names of every person who died in the attacks of 26th February 1993 and 11th September 2001 are inscribed in bronze around the pools. There was time to see the view from the top of the Empire State Building and light a prayer candle and pray in Cathedral of St. Patrick (a decorated neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral church). The sight-seeing day finished with a walk around Central Park before the flight home. A student could not believe the scope of New York and remarked the trip was a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.