There are many positive benefits for children that participate in a school trip both physically and from an out of the classroom educational experience. Apart from the obvious of visiting a beautiful ski resort pupils are encouraged to participate in the cultural differences that exist in the area, the language, food and customs. There is also the social interaction involved between forty plus people throughout the course of the week which can create a new confidence outwith the school environment.
In terms of educational benefits a school ski trip will provide opportunities for informal learning and opportunity to develop both emotionally and through a feeling of well being from the physical activity itself – a life building experience.
IBT treats the welfare of every participant with the utmost respect and conducts rigorous safety audits and risk assessments in conjunction with the party leader. For further information please visit our section on safety.
Initially a member of our staff will discuss the needs of the trip with the party leader and once a proposal has been finalised and approved by the LEA it is promoted to the pupils via letters and approval forms. The terms and conditions of travel are available in this website.Once the party has been assembled IBT will issue a confirmation to the school and the services are then put in place. The school will ensure that adequate insurance provision is also in place and you should be given sight of the policy for your peace of mind.
THE SKI TRIP
The departure point is always at the school and it is at this point that the pupils will then transfer to the airport or head for the ferry port for coach transfer to the resort.
It is often recommended by the party leader that mobile phones be left either at home or in the hotel. Please bear in mind that often pupils will not be in an area with a signal or that they are simply so busy enjoying themselves that they forget to phone. If you have any anxieties you should be given a contact number for the party leader which should be used in emergency circumstances only.
Upon arrival at the resort the group will check into the hotel when staff will conduct a familiarisation briefing as well as initiate a fire safety drill with all procedures and escape routes explained to the pupils.
Room sharing will be determined well before the party leaves the UK and you will be asked by the party leader if there are any special request relating to accommodation, food allergies or medical dispositions.
During the day pupils will be allocated a ski / snowboarding group which will be confirmed by their instructor in the initial lesson based on levels of ability and the suitability of the slopes that will be used. There is opportunity for progressing between ability groups and this will be monitored at all times by the ski instructor and the party leader and their staff.
Finally at the end of each day there will be organized activities ranging from quiz and karaoke evenings to flood-lit skiing or ice-skating.