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Snow place like Italy for Springwood skiers

A group of Springwood students followed in the tracks of Olympian medalists when they took to the slopes at Sansicario in Italy.

They spent four nights at The Olympic Centre Sansicario Hotel in Cesana Torinese – the resort built specifically for the 2006 Turin Olympics.

The group received five hours of ski instruction each day, as well as enjoying a host of evening activities, which included laser tag, the Alpine coaster Luge Monty Express, a quiz night, and a torch-lit ski descent.

Ranging from Years 9 to 11, the 45 students were accompanied by Tamara Churchyard, Head of Computer Science and ICT, along with Assistant Head Daniel Hobbs, PE teachers Paul Donovan and Michaela Sutherland, and Maths teacher Joshua Cunningham.

“We have been running the trip to varying locations, mostly in Austria, for over 10 years, interspersed by Covid, of course,” said Mrs Churchyard.

“Most are beginner skiers, so this is a real adventure for them.”

As well as honing their techniques en piste, the students were able to immerse themselves in a new culture, and also had the opportunity to practise their language skills – and not just Italian.

“Students learn a huge amount, as well as a new extreme sport,” continued Mrs Churchyard. “ They experience Italian culture, food, and visit France en route, using their language skills in services and restaurants.

“They learn to manage themselves independently and experience sharing rooms with peers for a week.”

“The 2024 Sancicario ski trip was so much fun, and everyone on the trip enjoyed it so much,” added Charlie Barnes, who took part.

“The evening activities organised by the school and the hotel were fantastic, as we were running around in the woods playing laser tag or zooming down a mountainside in an alpine sled.

“In the daytime, we had a lot of fun skiing down the variety of slopes that the resort had to offer, and even the first-timers had a good time developing their skills and progressing onto the blue and some onto the red runs.”