School ski trips to anywhere in the world can be great fun and enjoyable for all; but perhaps those to Italy may have a certain additional charm. Here are just a few reasons why.
La Bella vita
Some Italian resorts may not be classed as amongst the world’s largest, nor would some of them necessarily claim to be amongst the most chic, but what makes them unique is their friendly Italian culture and outlook on life. Ski resorts such as Folgaria and Andalo are communities that, in some respects, have much in common with their Alpine cousins across the borders in countries such as France, Switzerland and Austria. Yet, whether you are in the far north or the far south of Italy, the Italian people share a common view that life is for living and experiencing rather than simply enduring! This may be particularly pertinent to school ski trips, as Italians have traditionally accorded younger people a relatively high place in the importance of things. On a school ski holiday, you can be certain of a particularly warm welcome!
Italian ski resorts such as Andalo may be relatively large by Italian standards, but they may still be seen as being pretty homely compared to some others in countries such as France or Switzerland. In the case of Andalo, it comprises just over 1000 permanent inhabitants and is located in the Trentino area of Italy. It also sits within a national park area, which has helped to protect much of its stunning countryside. Verona, Venice and Bolzano airports are all within easy reach and the resort offers excellent snow availability during the season. However it is also well equipped with snow machines just in case the weather is a little too good to be good for skiing! The opportunities here are typically regarded as being excellent for beginners and intermediates, but there are also some ideal for those who are (or consider themselves to be) more advanced skiers.
Folgaria offers another top alternative for school ski trips and is only about 15kms away from Andalo. This is a slightly larger, and perhaps typically ‘livelier’, resort than some others in this part of Italy, but even so, it retains a quiet and laid-back charm. Once again, excellent skiing is available and this resort has a rather better known reputation for being able to develop skiers at beginner level.
It is sometimes difficult to put into words, what makes Italian resorts different to those in other countries. Perhaps it is the charm of the people or simply their down-to-earth approach to enjoying life – whatever it is, it certainly makes for memorable and fulfilling school ski trips.