After an absence of two seasons the Cokethorpe ski trip was back! On Friday 16 December, the largest group of Cokethorpe skiers in the School’s history assembled and headed to Sestriere in the Italian Alps. 107 students and pupils attended the trip, representing each year group and a wide range of skiing ability and interest.
The travel arrangements went without a hitch, and the group settled into the historic resort which, as luck would have it, had been blessed with early season snowfall that meant the main pistes were open and in great condition. The staff team worked tirelessly each day to ensure that our skiers were out on the snow in good time, with all of the right equipment, prepared for weather and with a smile on their faces! The week passed quickly with expert instructors mixing skills with fun and exploring as much of the mountain as was available during this early part of the season. The staff were hugely impressed by the motivation, determination and ambition of our pupils and students, who embraced the skiing each day making noticeable progress and gaining invaluable experience.
The ski trip is also about socialising and getting to know people from across the school of all ages. As well as achieving this through the day-to-day routine, there were activities each evening, organised by school staff and the tour company, including the inevitable quiz night, a disco and a sports evening.
As the trip neared its conclusion the whole group gathered for an award ceremony which highlighted particular achievements from the best wipe-out to the best dressed skier, and from the most improved to the most courageous . Tired but having a fantastic week in a beautiful part of Europe enjoying top quality snow sport, our skiers returned to Cokethorpe looking forward to the potential opportunities of the next winter season.