Vinehall Ski Trip 2019 Passo Tonale, Italy

‘Let it snow’ and it really did!  I haven’t seen that much snow in years.  We arrived to a very patchy, green ski resort and left a white wonderland.  It really is so pretty when there has been a large snow fall and great fun.

Our first few days we were bathed in sunshine and, although there wasn’t a great amount of snow, we still had enough and the expert skiers explored the resort impressing their instructor greatly.  I put them down as intermediates, but he (Jack) told me I should have put them down as advanced skiers.

Passo Tonale is great for beginner skiers and our hotel was right on the slopes so the beginners were soon up the mountain.  Their instructor, a local, was rather scary but I have to say her methods worked because they were all skiing brilliantly by the second day.  Mr Butcher and I were really impressed by their perseverance; they must have been listening and concentrating very well.  Certainly some future IAPS ski racers there.

Then the snow arrived.  One of our evenings out was in a Karaoke bar.  Miranda R managed to get us all going eventually and of course by the end no one wanted to leave, but when we did we were met with a great layer of snow and it was coming down thick and fast.  It then snowed for the next two days.  It didn’t make for great skiing, but it was an amazing experience.  The top group were skiing with snow up to their knees and once you fell over it was very difficult to get up and if your ski came off you’d had it!  We had to dig many a hole to get us out.  The beginners carried on regardless; not knowing any differently was a good way to start, whereas the more experienced realised we weren’t actually that good at skiing on snow!  We did have a few stops in the mountain restaurants for hot chocolates to warm ourselves up which is always a pleasure.

The children were great company.  They all got on very well, looked after each other and made a super little team.  We stayed in a lovely hotel with great food and a pool and we really did have a wonderful week.  I am already looking into next year’s trip.  It will be in the first week of the Easter holidays so please put it in your diaries.  It’s a great experience for the children to holiday with their friends and works wonders for their independence.

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Louise Barrett