Anthony Gell Ski / Snowboard Trip 2023

We are pleased to announce the return of the Anthony Gell School Ski/Snowboarding trip for February half term 2023. The school trip has run for many successful years, and it is my honour to take over as the trip lead from Mr Brierley for our trip next yearIn order to decide the size and number of coaches required for the trip, we are asking for expressions of interest to be made by Friday 28th January. We would love for as many students as possible to attend, but once we are able to book spaces with a deposit, these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis 

We are keeping the trip very similar to previous years by heading to the same area of Austria, using the same ski school and travel/coach company – people we can trust after using them both for many years. The trip will be organised by me, and I will be supported by other members of Anthony Gell School. The dates for the trip are Friday 17th February to Sunday 26th February 2023. 

Please see the sections below for more information on the trip:

Location and Itenerary

We will be going to Gerlitzen in Austria after many extremely successful trips there. This is an excellent mountain for a mixed ability school party as it offers relatively safe skiing and snowboarding. We deal directly with Holiday Shuttle (Holiday Services) in Austria. The overall cost of the trip does include an enhanced staff to student ratio, as we value the benefit of the increased supervision, support and care. The hotel that we will be using is called the ‘Post Hotel’ in Ossiach, Austria. We had a very pleasant stay in 2020 and the owner is keen for us to return next year. 

Complete beginners are welcome, but when selecting skiing or boarding, we would recommend skiing for the first trip. Please confirm your choice on the expression of interest form; it will be possible to change between skiing and boarding later. 

Please be aware as per current European rules of travel, each person over the age of 12 visiting mainland Europe will have to be double vaccinated against Covid-19 and will be required to complete a form before entry. The guidelines change regularly and we will update you if required, on any changes – but it is advised that you check the rules of travel. 

The trip will be organised so that the price will include the following as a minimum:

  • Travel from Wirksworth to Ossiach, Austria and return by coach with a ferry transfer 
  • Accommodation with full board (including hot lunch on the mountain) 
  • Hire of helmet with skis, boots and poles, or boots and snowboard  
  • Six days of five-hour lessons given by instructors from the Austrian Ski School  
  • Full, comprehensive insurance cover via the school’s trip insurance policy 
  • Additional COVID cover insurance 
  • Appropriate adult supervision 
  • Gratuities 
  • Evening activities such as a Pizza night in Italy, bowling, swimming, cinema and disco  

Estimated Costs

We anticipate the trip cost to be around £1,200 (this is a rough estimate at this time).

We will be able to supply a more accurate figure once we know student numbers, along with a payment plan to follow. This price has increased from previous years due to an increase in the cost of insurance, fuel and coach drivers’ wages. Options to fly or use the Eurotunnel have been considered but this increases the cost further. In addition to the trip cost, it is advised to take spending money to cover drinks and any extras (in the range of £80 to £90). Students will also need suitable clothing for the skiing or boarding. Specific advice on clothing will be given at the first parents’ meeting later in the year.  

We have decided to open the 2023 trip up to all AGS students in our current Year 7 through to Year 12 (next year’s Year 8 to Year 13 students). Please be aware, this applies only to the 2023 trip, as Year 11 and Year 13 students are usually not able to participate in the ski trip due to the timing of the trip and the proximity of their final exams.

As we have not been able to run a ski trip for the last two years, students in Year 11 or Year 13 will be able to attend the trip in 2023, on the understanding that each student is on track with their work. The Year 11 and 13 students will also be required to bring schoolwork/revision with them, as supervised and supported time will be set aside during the trip for the Year 11 and 13s to work.

Please also note, students who will join AGS in September 2022 will not be able to be included in the 2023 ski trip. These students will have the opportunity to join the ski trips which we hope to organise for 2024 and beyond.  

Within the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988, this trip is an optional extra organised by a third party. Participation in this trip will be on the basis of choice and a willingness to meet the charges, in accordance with the school’s charging and remissions policy.  

If you would like your child(ren) to go on the trip, please complete the Expression of interest form below (1 form per child). Please only fill out this form if you are seriously considering this trip otherwise it could affect the overall costing for others. Completing the form does not guarantee a place on the trip at this stage.  

Once the expression of interest form deadline has passed on Friday 28th January 2022 at 12:00 I will email all successful applicants within the following 2 weeks as well as be asking for an initial deposit of £150 via ParentPay. This deposit is Non-Refundable once the place is confirmed. If you wish to opt out of the trip after being given a place, then the deposit as well as any other money paid will NOT be refunded unless another student wishes to take the vacated place. 

Please complete the Expression of interest form using the link below before 12:00pm on Friday 28th January 2022: https://forms.office.com/r/KkHPQuBu4X  

Should you have any questions or queries regarding the trip, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Mr Lomax, Trip Leader.