The first week of the Easter holidays saw 40 boys head off to Passo Tonale, in the Dolomites of Northern Italy, for the school ski trip. This was first trip of this nature for a few years due to Covid travel restrictions, and it was simply wonderful to be back on the slopes!

Passo Tonale is a fantastic resort with skiing to challenge all abilities. The weather was kind and the snow conditions good, despite being fairly late in the season. A very early (3:30am!) start didn’t dampen the spirits of the boys as we headed off on a cold and wet morning from Gatwick, but we soon found ourselves in even colder (and snowier!) climes as we arrived in resort. Thankfully, the sun came out for the duration of the trip and we enjoyed blue skies throughout. The boys loved their skiing and all made super progress – even the very beginners were tackling some challenging ‘red runs’ by the end of the week.

Taking a group of boys abroad is always a daunting prospect for the staff involved, but the boys made this trip an absolute pleasure from start to finish. They were fantastic ambassadors for The New Beacon, and I lost count of the number of compliments we received regarding their exemplary manners, tidy rooms(!) and general conduct both in the hotel and on the slopes. A wonderful experience all-round, and a sincere ‘thank you’ on my behalf to my colleagues who accompanied me on such a memorable trip.

Mr Probert