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Winter Camp 2023

Sestriere 

10th - 18th February 2023

Why not join other like minded teens and meet new friends in an action packed ski week in one of Italy's top ski resorts?

A typical day at the Winter Camp

As much as we would like campers to wake up bright and alert and on time each morning we appreciate that the chances of that happening each morning are close to zero so you will be delighted to know that each morning a small army of Ski Company staff will be knocking on doors bright and early. For breakfast a broad selection of foods, reflecting various dietary requirements, is available and campers are encouraged to fuel up for the energetic day ahead.

 

Leaders help their group to prepare for skiing, gathering together items such as gloves, goggles, sun cream etc, and making sure that each camper has taken a picnic lunch. The campers will then assemble in their ski groups for the short trip with their leaders to the slopes to meet their ski instructors.​

Ski groups are determined more by ability than age – though there will, undoubtedly, be opportunities to meet up with friends during the day, as arrangements are often made to rendezvous for lunch or a quick drink.

 

Coaching is structured for each group’s needs and the instructor decides how the day will be spent, according to the conditions of the snow, the weather and the campers’ abilities. The aim is to challenge each group, helping the campers to develop their skills, to learn respect for the mountains and, of course, to have fun.

 

For those who have skied before there will be more “learning on the move” than some may be accustomed to, with the instructor acting much as a coach and guide, particularly with the higher ability groups. This gives campers more responsibility for their own progress but at The Ski Company, we firmly believe that you can’t improve your skiing by standing still!

 

The campers are accompanied back to the hotel once skiing is over by their leaders at the end of each day. Campers then have time to relax before their evening meal, leaders  are on hand to answer any questions or resolve any equipment issues.

Health and Safety

The health, safety and general welfare of each camper are of paramount importance. The Ski Company and its staff take every precaution wherever campers eat, play or sleep. But the week’s activities are also designed to encourage campers to take responsibility for their own safety and that of their peers. The camp aims to teach students a healthy respect for their alpine environment and to take on challenges.

 

No activities take place in which undue risk is involved. Unaccompanied skiing is not allowed at any time.

 

If minor injuries occur, a nurse is available at all times to treat campers. If more serious injuries take place, a member of the Ski Company accompanies the camper to the local doctors or to the regional hospital.

 

Winter sports insurance is included in the cost of the holiday to ensure that all campers have the correct level of cover, in addition to any policy that their parents have purchased.  A copy of our insurance is available on our web site.

 

The tuition on the slopes is provided by fully qualifies instructors from the local Ski & Snowboard School, Evening activities will also be supervised by leaders and Ski Company staff with the appropriate training or experience.

Ski Company staff will meet campers at the coach boarding point and stay with them for the entire journey to resort.

On the return journey Ski Company staff will accompany the group from the hotel back to the UK and until the campers can be handed back to parents.

The Winter Camp accepts only boys and girls of good character. A letter of recommendation from a teacher at their school will be required. It is understood that all students will conduct themselves in a correct manner and abide by the regulations.

 

The Ski Company reserve the right to send home any camper whose behaviour is, in their opinion, incompatible with the general well-being of the camp; no refund will be made. Any additional costs incurred will be at the parents’ expense. Campers are not permitted to smoke, drink alcohol or use other recreational drugs. No verbal or physical bullying will be tolerated.

Acceptance and conduct

£1,495 fully inclusive

The Camp

The 2023 Winter Camp organised by The Ski Company is a supervised residential winter sports programme for unaccompanied individuals aged 8 to 17 years. The camp is a multicultural, coeducational and non-denominational event that brings together up to 44 teenagers from the UK.

 

The focus of the Winter Camp is on safety, enjoyment, learning, achievement and above all, after such a difficult year, simply being young and having fun again.

 

It is also about teamwork. We provide alpine winter sports coaching from the Italian Ski School and a range of other activities, supervised by friendly and experienced staff, so that campers can make the most of the wonderful opportunities on offer.​

Travel to and from Sestriere

Please call Gerry on 020 8858 9535 to discuss !

 

Sestriere is the first purpose built ski resort in Italy. The two hotel towers that dominate the skyline were built in the 1930s by FIAT’s founder Giovanni Agnelli to provide a holiday retreat for the workers in the FIAT factory in Turin. They have now become the symbol of the village.  

 

The resort gained international renown during February 1997 when it hosted the World Cup Ski Races and it was selected to host the 2006 Winter Olympics. Now an international resort, a magnificent area with over 400kms of pistes with excellent skiing for all grades in spectacular scenery. 

Sestriere sits at the heart of one of Europe’s biggest ski areas known as the Via Lattea (Milky Way). There are 146 skiable pistes which together total 390km of runs, of which 120 km are covered with snowmaking facilities.​

After supper, evening activities are organised by the leaders and all the campers are encouraged to take part. These activities energise campers to have a go at different things and, perhaps, to find new strengths or hidden talents.

 

Although children often find it difficult to wake up in the morning they do seem to have the opposite issue at night, however after a fun-packed and energetic day on and off the slopes campers tend to have no trouble getting to sleep once they have been corralled into their rooms. Bed times are always sensible and age dependent though, as with all youngsters, there is sometimes a little room for negotiation !

 

Leaders and Ski Company staff all live in the same building and are in effect available 24/7 in case anyone has any questions or concerns that need addressing. Our night watch staff are also on call throughout the night if any assistance is needed.

The ski school is relaxed and friendly, the main nursery slopes offer magic carpets and a couple of button lifts paired with some gently sloped Blues to ease your way in to becoming a skier.

 

Those more accomplished skiers can explore the Via Lattea with some 400kms of varied pistes on the Italian side of the system, with a six day ski pass you also get a one day pass to visit Montgenèvre on the French side of the system. Sestriere also offers nighttime skiing on the same floodlit runs as skied by the pros during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

 

Skiresort.info, the largest ski resort test portal in the world, has presented the ski resort Via Lattea – Sestriere/Sauze d’Oulx/San Sicario/Claviere/Montgenèvre with 15 awards

 

Resort height:

2035 m

Top station:

2823 m

Glacier skiing:

No

Doorstep skiing:

No

Distance from slopes:

500 m

Transfer by:

Walk

Lifts:

69

Total slopes:

400 km

Blue slopes:

96 km (24%)

Red slopes:

220 km (55%)

Black slopes:

84 km (21%)

Snow cannons:

900+

Average snowfall

(Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar):

34/39/66/27 cm per week

The Gran Roc puts a modern twist on rustic alpine design, and there’s an up-to-date feel throughout, from the open plan bar and lounge to the spacious bedrooms with their timber feature walls. You’ll be staying in quieter spot outside the resort centre, so it’s great if you like a more laid-back atmosphere.

 

It’s 10 minutes’ walk to the nearest lift, but the hotel runs a shuttle bus service, which means you can save your legs for the slopes – they’ll even collect you when you’re done skiing for the day.  

 

Mealtimes are another highlight here. There’s a big continental buffet to kick things off, where you can take your pick from fresh breads, cereals and omelettes – or just grab a quick coffee and pastry if you can’t wait to hit the piste. A picnic lunch is provided to take with you to the slopes and at the end of a days skiing tuck into the tasty treats at the afternoon tea. In the evenings, there are four courses of fine dining to savour.

We are delighted Siesta Holidays are once again providing one of their Club Class PREMIER coaches for your transfer to resort.

 

Super-Plus Recliners with space and comfort plus personal seatback TVs with on-demand entertainment and FREE Wi-Fi. Choose from over 100 films, comedy and TV shows. Follow your route on screen, play games as you go or check out the 'drivers-eye' camera.

 

On-Demand Entertainment allows you the freedom to Pause, Rewind and Fast-Forward at leisure on your own personal flat screen TV.

 

Use your smart phone or handheld device to connect to the internet as you travel through the UK and France  sockets at all seats with our FREE on-board Wi-Fi (subject to network availability) and USB charging.

Exceptional skiing

with a company you can trust

+44 (0)20 8858 9535

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