Okehampton College takes Students to Sestriere, Italy

09 February 2024 |

Over 80 students embarked on a journey that transformed novices into confident skiers and snowboarders.

On their trip, which took place during the Christmas holidays, students and staff were blessed with perfect weather conditions along with amazing views of the Italian Alps. Over the course of six days, students were immersed in a comprehensive program that included an impressive 30 hours of expert tuition. What began as a group of novice skiers and snowboarders, evolved into a cohort of confident individuals, conquering the slopes of the beautiful Italian Alps.

The success of the trip extended beyond the exhilarating skiing and snowboarding experiences. Après ski activities took on the form of cultural immersion in the local village, which provided students with a unique opportunity to explore the traditions and charm of Sestriere. From ice skating to shopping excursions, the activities complemented the intense days on the slopes, creating a holistic and unforgettable winter adventure.

L Walker, a Year 11 student, shared her sentiments about the trip, stating, “As we were driving through Italy on our way to Sestriere, the views were stunning, with little villages and towns dotted in amongst the hundreds of mountains, much like the setting in childhood fairytales. Once we arrived, we only saw more amazing sights while improving our skiing techniques and overall confidence and slowly making it up the mountains higher and higher, which only provided us with a broader view of the breathtaking part of the country.”

The college remains dedicated to providing students with transformative opportunities that extend beyond the conventional classroom setting, fostering personal growth, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.