IAPS Ski Competition 2019

Wow!  Another great trip, they just seem to get better and better.  As always the children were wonderful. A very well-organised bunch and particularly polite, which is always a winner.  Never before have I been offered a drink on a tray when entering a room for a dorm check!

There wasn’t a lot of snow in Passo Tonale and during the first few days we seemed to be skiing on solid ice!  It didn’t seem to bother the children who were hard to keep up with.  We had two groups of skiers, which the instructors split, and we could be seen in our bright green ski suits zipping all over the mountains. We were up at 6.30am each morning and were always the first out and often the last in.  The only thing that dragged us off the slopes was the lure of crepes and ice cream.

The first few days were devoted to race training, lots of practice and listening to top tips from our instructors.  In the afternoons we explored the mountains and mastered the black runs.  On our way back to the hotel we would stop off for crepes or ice cream and then headed back to the hotel for a swim.  The evenings were filled with various activities, but we were generally in bed early ready for skiing the next day.

We had our time trials on Tuesday, with Olivia S going down first for Vinehall.  All the children did a clear run and we were put into the plate competition, except for George S who qualified for the cup competition.  Luckily we were able to use him as a ‘joker’ and race him in the plate competition.

The actual races were held on Wednesday.  Every child raced twice and their best time was used for their team’s overall score.  We had five teams, consisting of:

U13                             U13

George S                    James W

William C                    Gryff W

Lucas M                      Oliver B

Isak SD

U11                            U11

Arthur P                   Heathcliff G

Guy F                        Eric R

Henry I                    Leo F


Olivia S

Francesca F

Daisy F

Sadly, none of our teams won medals this year, but George S came 6th, which was excellent and even more amazing considering all the other children with faster times were in full Lycra racing gear!

We are yet to find out where our teams actually came as there has been a muddle up with the results, but I will post them once I have them.

We may not have actually won on the ski slopes, but our children appeared to be some of the nicest about and their pleasant behaviour was noted by other teachers.  I would also like to thank the parents, who were all very supportive and fun.

Well done everyone – another super Vinehall adventure.


This link will take you to the 2019 video.  You have to be quick to catch Vinehall children, but we are there.

Louise Barrett