Annual student trip
The Bar Exec traditionally organises the
annual ski trip to France in January, just before the beginning of
Epiphany term. Costs are kept to around £350, including lift pass
but not including equipment rental (another £50 or so) -- which is an
Past venues include Les Arcs, Les Menuires,
Val Thorens, and Tignes.
In recent years, the trips have been
organised through Wasteland, which offers the following features:
- Luxury return coach from University to resort with further pickups available
- Centrally located self catered accommodation on a one bed per person basis -
no sharing of double beds.
- Full area Six-day lift pass - supplemental upgrades available if appropriate.
- Full winter sports insurance with 24 hr international medical rescue.
- Great resort discounts with the Wasteland card . Experienced resort reps and
guides with 1 x rep per 30 clients.
- Full use of the Wasteland online booking system now in its 4th generation and
the industry leader.
- ABTA financial security, complete peace of mind - ABTA member No W1042.
- All taxes, tolls and Ferry charges
- Discount given if alternative travel
is arranged (by flying).
Staff and SCR
Staff and SCR members sometimes accompany the students, but they
also make their own way to the mountains. If anyone wants to go as a
staff group, contact the Principal.
Skiing and Boarding
Resources in the North East
Sunderland: Skiing and Boarding Lessons
(and keeping in shape)
The closest place to get lessons is Sunderland's
dry ski-slope, just a fifteen-minute drive from Durham. Several
members of the club use the slope on Friday evenings, and Saturday and
Sunday mornings. Dry slope skiing is a far cry from the real thing,
but it's a good way to learn the basics and a cheap way to get in shape.
An hour-and-a-half away is the Xscape complex, just
south of Leeds. Featuring real snow, it's not cheap, but it's a
blast -- spending a few hours there a few times before the 'big trip' means
that there is less risk of injury on the real slopes and you can hit the