The school ski trip is an exciting part of the school year and students of all ages and abilities look forward to it. By booking your school ski trip with a reputable educational holiday operator you will be assured that all aspects of the trip are professionally planned and well taken care of. For many students, this could be the first time they have taken a holiday without their parents, so you need to know it has been well organised and is suitable for large groups of young people.
The school ski trip is not just about learning to ski. It brings with it many other educational and social benefits for the students too. Travelling without parents and siblings offers each student the chance to gain confidence and develop a sense of independence. Often, new relationships form amongst peers, and sometimes students who initially appear quiet and reserved in the confines of a classroom, open up and really come into their own when given more of a free rein.
A sense of responsibility
During ski lessons individuals begin to develop a feeling of responsibility towards their group. They begin to engage with teachers in unfamiliar situations and see their peers in a different light. Because they will be sharing rooms and spending time they wouldn’t normally have with their friends, they will be exposed to many other unfamiliar social situations. This is all useful in promoting a healthy personal development.
Because students are given more responsibility and are in an environment they are not used to, they are encouraged to take much more accountability. They must learn to be on time, to bring all they need for the day with them, and remember their ski passes and other important details. They are also responsible for getting themselves up in the morning, down for breakfast, washed, changed and ready for the day.
Skiing is a demanding sport but is one that even those who do not usually favour physical education classes at school, can enjoy. It is a great way to improve balance and coordination and will see students not used to shining in sport really improve and grow in confidence.
Because the school ski trip is usually in a foreign country, it offers great opportunities for students to practice their language skills. Many European ski resorts are in France, so students can practice their speaking skills and improve their vocabulary without even thinking about it. Reading signs, understanding menus and conversing with local people all help students practice their language skills. Alongside developing language skills, students are given the chance to experience another culture. They will be eating different food, be exposed to unfamiliar cultures and find themselves in a completely new environment. This is all very exciting and for many students is a very new experience.
The school ski trip should be actively promoted to students and parents alike. It is not just about the thrill of the sport but everything else that comes with it, too. These trips are educational, fun, and a great way of aiding students’ personal and social development.