Bardonecchia is one of Italy’s original alpine ski resorts, having been established in the early party of the 20th century. The first Italian skiing championships were held here in 1909. The town itself has a history predating winter sports, with the buildings painted with 15th and 16th frescos (a type of mural made famous by the artist Michaelangelo) on the walls. “The Queen of the Piedmont Alps”,  at 1.300 m above the sea, surrounded by beautiful mountains, with peaks over 3.500 m, Bardonecchia can be considered one of the most suggestive spots of the West Alps.

It was the protagonist of the Winter Olympics in Turin 2006, hosting the snowboard races and one of the Olympic villages. The ski party will be staying in this Olympic village located within walking distance (approximately 250m) of the main ski area in Bardonecchia. It is an excellent position to make the most of the slopes where there are over 120km of pistes.

Bardonecchia preserves its territory and its aesthetics, although it’s open to the modernity of a city. This combination makes it a locality full of charm, in continuous evolution in terms of installations, facilities and services. I will personally be visiting the resort and accommodation (this ski season) to gain first hand knowledge of both.


The trip has been organised with Club Europe who has over 35 years of experience in the industry. Club Europe is a small family-owned company who specialises in offering high-quality service. They provide excellent standards of care and provision for youth ski groups. This means our pupils will be able to fully enjoy themselves in a safe environment with expertly trained instructors.

The children will receive five hours of ski tuition Monday to Friday from the excellent ski school delivering a high standard of tuition.  Ski fitting will be carried out by​ qualified ski technicians on the day of our arrival.

The children will be provided with a continental breakfast, hot lunch up the mountain and three-course evening meal each day. During the après ski period, when pupils spend time completing their daily ski diary, Year 8 children can use this time as a supervised revision period and are excused writing a diary. Additional evening activities for the ski party will include swimming, team sports/games, a quiz and local entertainment.

The regular updates on St Michael’s social media platforms, which have proved very popular in the past, will very much be a part of the trip. This will serve to keep parents and friends well informed of the groups’ exploits on and off the slopes.

Payments will be phased over the year and please note that the cost per child is dependent on the number of children going due to the fixed cost of the aircraft. Places for the trip will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you wish to book a place for your child/ren, please download and complete the application form and return, together with your deposit, to the Bursar.