Passo Tonale Teachers Ski Inspection Trip
Each year Ski Adaptable looks to showcase and promote one of our best ski resorts by inviting teachers from all over the UK to join us on our annual ski inspection trip. This year was no different and the Ski Adaptable team combined with a motley crew of teachers to embark on an exciting school ski inspection trip to Passo Tonale in Italy.
Positioned high up in the Rhaetian Alps, Passo Tonale has become a very attractive option for school ski trips looking to travel late into the ski season because of its location at high altitude and the colossal Presena Glacier which make it a snow sure paradise. As a result, Ski Adaptable decided Passo Tonale would be the perfect ski resort to show that skiing during the Easter Holidays can be successful as well as very cost effective for a school ski trip.
Continual investment in ski infrastructure and the construction of new modern ski lifts over recent years, have contributed in making Passo Tonale one of Italy’s most up to date and accessible ski resorts. It was therefore our privilege to highlight the excellent skiing available and the family run hotels that make Passo Tonale a great choice for any teacher.
With the final week of the Easter holidays coming to an end, our group of 16 teachers and Ski Adaptable staff set off from Birmingham airport and caught a short flight to the city of Verona in Italy. On arrival, we were greeted by our driver Gianpaolo, who transferred our group up the mountain roads to our hotel in Passo Tonale. After a short familiarisation tour of the resort, the Adamello Ski Team joined us at our hotel and gave the teachers a warm Passo Tonale welcome, explaining the ski area and the different areas which come together under the Adamello Ski Lift Pass- Tonale, Ponte di Legno, Temu and the Presna Glacier. With skiing now firmly on the mind, the majority of the group turned in early after our hotel evening meal and prepared themselves for our upcoming ski safari the following morning.
Bright and early we were met by our ski guides Gigi, Laura and Paolo from the local ski school who took us on a guided tour of the different ski areas which make up Passo Tonale to show what students can expect on a school ski trip to the region. Initially we were shown the different nursery and beginner slopes that the ski school use to help students gain confidence when starting out before being taken to the more advanced slopes which are more challenging and testing. The final part of the ski safari was spent on the Presena Glacier which was an ideal way to finish our guided tour of Passo Tonale. With panoramic scenery and incredible views it was a very fitting place for a quick group photo and a spot of lunch.
Whilst the teachers enjoyed a typically Italian lunch at one of the mountainside restaurants we use for our groups, the Ski Adaptable Team was taken to the nearby area of Ponte di Legno to look at the Hotel La Roccia. The family-run Hotel La Roccia is quite simply a warm, friendly hotel that would be perfect for any school group. The rooms here are modern, spacious and comfortable and the food BOUNISSIMO as you can see from the Apple Strudel below! The family run nature of the hotel creates a welcoming inviting atmosphere that would be the perfect base for a school group. The family take great pride in their hotel and food and it really shows!
Our final full day was spent again exploring the slopes of Passo Tonale and looking at hotels we use in and around the local area for our school groups. After a full day on the slopes, Daria from the Adamello Ski team kindly took our group of teachers to a selection of hotels that we use for our school groups. The first hotel was the supremely impressive Chalet Al Foss, which is one of the best hotels I have ever seen for school groups. Family owned from generation to generation, the Chalet Al Foss is spacious with clean comfortable rooms, indoor swimming pool and a selection of hot tubs that overlook the ski area.
With our teachers suitably impressed bordering on shocked at how nice the Chalet Al Foss is, we made our way to the Hotel Bezzi. Ideally located 100 yards away from the Hotel Nigritella, the Hotel Bezzi was yet another example of a well-run hotel that is suitably placed to accommodate a group of school children. Complete with large social area serving ice cream and other goodies for students plus a spacious upstairs dining area, the Bezzi drew in yet more approval and praise for its excellent set up. Our final hotel was the Albergho Angello which is located right in the middle of Passo Tonale, literally a stone’s throw from the slopes and beginners areas. Similar in style to the Hotel Bezzi, the hotel with its great location was another excellent example of how well the town and hotels are set up to cater for school groups.
To finish off our final day in resort, the evening was spent at a local Pizzeria enjoying a traditional pizza night that is very popular amongst our school groups. From pepperoni to ham and pineapple, margarita to calzone, every Pizza imaginable is on the menu and it was a great way to finish off a fantastic day of exploring. With our bellies full and legs weary from all the skiing, the final day of the inspection trip drew to a close with bags to be packed and an early morning transfer to wake up for. We made our way back home the following day flying home from Milan Malpensa Airport, safe in the knowledge that he had shown our teachers that Passo Tonale is an excellent choice for a school ski trip!
Thank you to all who attended and for the magnificent service from our Italian Partners- Adamello Ski and our Italian agent Barbara- GRAZIE MILLE!
If you are interested in taking a school ski trip to Passo Tonale please contact Ski Adaptable today to start organising your school ski trip!