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When choosing a resort for a school ski trip, there are a number of factors the group leader needs to consider: what is the ability level of the group, which resorts are best for the time of year, what other activities are available at a resort, and how young-person friendly is it?
Some groups may all be at the same level, but the likely reality is that there will be at least some mixture of ability and experience – which makes Saalbach in Austria a good bet. With a natural ski circuit formed by a ring of peaks around the villages of Saalbach and Hinterglemm, this resort offers intermediates enough of a challenge, while its extensive blue runs and the fact that you can quit the circuit easily make it beginner-friendly too. Add to this facilities for other outdoor sports and great après-ski for youngsters, and you have a brilliant school ski destination. Here are some of the additional activities your group can enjoy whilst there:
Skating, sleigh rides and toboggans
The thrill of skiing can mean never wanting to stop, but a few days of zooming down the slopes can take their toll. A change of pace can help conserve energy and give those hard-working muscles a rest. For a still-energetic activity, take your school ski group to the ice skating rink in Hinterglemm – with its long opening hours, this makes a great evening activity. For something much calmer, horse-drawn sleigh rides through the snowy landscape bring a touch of winter magic to the trip. And for an easygoing but high-spirited activity, take your group tobogganing – there are several rental companies to choose from.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Saalbach is well known for its sun-drenched pistes; but should conditions become less than ideal, you can turn what looks like bad luck into an opportunity to keep cosy while exploring some culture. The Ski Museum offers up the history of Alpine skiing, while artistically-inclined students on school ski trips might be interested in the resort’s galleries. And if bad weather confines you to the village, what better excuse to do a spot of souvenir shopping and then sample the hot chocolate and strudel in its cafés, while laying plans for the next day?
Saalbach after-hours: spoiled for choice
Will your school ski group go ice skating, play ice hockey, go bowling, or hit the pool? These popular evening activities are only a few of the options available in Saalbach. For non-sporting leisure time there is also a great range of après-ski for teens. Enjoy a meal out, see the village lit up at night, or head to a disco for some well-earned down time before returning to the pistes in the morning.