on the slopes interski 2016

Skiing and Snowboarding Study Tour 2016

Skiing study tour 2016

14 students and two staff from the adventure sports and sport department spent an excellent week skiing and snowboarding at the resort of Pila in Italy’s Aosta Valley.

Conditions at the start of the week were typically spring like, with warm temperatures, soft pistes and poor visibility providing a challenge.

However, as the week progressed, the weather improved and by Wednesday, blue skies and even milder temperatures made catching a few rays at lunchtime a favourite way to take a break from the slopes.

Interski, our tour operator provided a varied Après Ski programme which included a visit to a traditional pizzeria, ten pin bowling and ice-skating, all of which added an extra dimension to the students’ experience of life in the Italian Alps.

on the slopes interski 2016

Highlights of the tour included a day at the fantastic resort of Courmayeur at the foot of Mont Blanc, amazing views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, fresh powder snow on the last day and two of our students being considered for Interski’s scholarship programme!

By the end of the week, all the students had made significant improvements to their skiing and snowboarding, with many achieving their 5 Star Award.

As ever, the study tour would not have taken place without the support of colleagues in the department, but particular thanks goes to Sharon Johnstone for her tireless work in completing the administration required to run the tour.

All in all the 2016 Skiing and Snowboarding Study Tour was a another success for the Sports Department, with plans already under way for 2017! 

Poland study tour

Exploration of Poland continues…

Saturday saw the team sightseeing and visiting some of Poland’s more traditional rivers. The afternoon was spent buying supplies and pouring over final route cards.

Poland expeditionSunday morning was an early start to pack and repack their bags. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh teams enjoyed a gentle walk through the forest before tackling the blue lakes which the Tatra National Park is famous for. The first night was spent in a mountain hut – the boost of morale was free showers.

One of the team James Cooper said he enjoyed exploring a new area, learning a few polish words on the trail and getting to grips with a very complicated menu! He commented that the area looked similar to the Lake District on his training expedition.

The teams gold project is to explore the personal meaning of wilderness. The team are using quotes from John Muir himself. The John Muir quote for the day is ‘in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks’.

Poland study tour

A walk on the wild side for students

A rather damp and thundery day on the Poland expedition meant that our group could not proceed with their original route. A walk through bear country, woods and meadows brought them to their second alpine hut. It was a long walk for the group, the last few kilometres of which was by road.

Poland expeditionThe group enjoyed an overnight stay in the alpine huts, sleeping on large platform beds – with minimal snoring! In the morning they took a walk around one of the most famous lakes in the Tatra National Park, Morskie Oko, to reflect on their project of what makes a place wild – as John Muir said ‘climb the mountains and get their good tidings’.

Dr Rebecca Coles, International Mountain Leader for the expedition, said that she was very impressed with the opportunities and experiences Reaseheath College have given their students. Helping them to work well as teams and preparing them for expeditions of this type.

Despite the poor weather and changes to the planned route their spirits remained high. Being able to cope with change is an important life skill!

Dave Glover 2nd year Level 3 Extended Diploma Adventure Sport student said that “this expedition has been the perfect way to finish an action packed 2 year course and has give me time to reflect before going to Bangor University”.

Poland study tour

Study tour to Poland

Poland study tour

Nine students from our Adventure Sports and Food Technology courses are heading to Poland to explore the Tatra mountains, with the aim to climb the highest peak Rysy at 2503m.

This expedition will enable the students to complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. The group will walk for four days, staying in mountain huts and journeying over wild terrain. They will also complete their John Muir Award focusing on discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing experiences of wild places.

Finally, the group will visit Auschwitz for a period of personal reflection and take a cultural city tour of Krakrow.

Dave Glover, Level 3 Extended Diploma Adventure Sports student commented that “Poland will be an amazing experience, not only to explore a new country but also discover new wild places. I am particularly looking forward to sleeping in a mountain hut as we spent five nights camping in the Lake District on our trading expedition and it was a great experience”.