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Talking Ski With Our Experts- A Starting Point To Your Ski Trip

Last updated: Sep 29th, 2023

It’s normal to feel a bit lost planning a school ski trip. You want it to be the most memorable experience for all staff and students, and it’s difficult to know where to start. Rayburn Tours are here to help you plan and arrange your ski trip. We completely understand that it is a big job to do, and we love to take the planning away from your workload so the staff can be just as excited as the students. Besides, it’s a trip for everyone, not just the students!

The main questions to think about:

Let’s look at some of the top questions that will benefit the planning process:

What ski ability level are your students at?

What is your budget?

How many students would you like to take on tour?

When do you want to travel?

Whether you know what you want from a ski trip or you’re a first-time party leader, we are here to guide you along the way from start to finish.

Top Tips From Our Ski Experts

After speaking with our ski team, we learned that they are focused on ticking all your tour objectives and finding the right resort and ski package for you. They have given some top tips on extra things to think about when planning your schools perfect ski trip.

Let’s look at what they have suggested!

Ski instructor taking a lesson in Grandvalira


You can have the option of a piste side accommodation where the slopes are right on your doorstep. This is a great option to maximise your time and be the first ones on the slopes for the best snow of the day! You can also request a hotel with a games room, so you can host a games night, quiz night or even a karaoke night for the group. Smaller accommodations are usually better for beginner groups, although if you want a bit of hustle and bustle then a larger resort would suit your group with more après options and shops for the students.


Who would have thought that a coach journey can be one of the best parts of the trip! Singing, chatting, watching films, listening to music, and just being together as a group ready and excited for their trip! Transportation is a point to think about when planning your school ski trip. Whether this be a coach journey or a flight journey, think about the convenience of transport and the amount of equipment you have on your trip. You can’t go wrong with having your own private coach and having extra space for luggage and equipment!

The Slopes

If you have a variety of ski ability levels in your group, you need to think about the type of runs that would fit your group for our experts to then search for the right resort. You might have many students at an easy ability level and who would like to be adventurous and give an intermediate slope a bash.

Here are the levels of slopes at ski resorts:

  • Blue- Easy
  • Red- Intermediate
  • Black- Expert

You can check out each resorts piste maps on our website to work out the best fit for your group.

Ski session hours

Our experts have advised that ski tuition sessions are 4 hours each during the tour. With 2 lessons a day it is worth thinking about the amount of Après activities that you would like included in the package. Our recommendation would be 2-3 Après activities, so your students can have at least 1 night of relaxing and socialising with friends. It’s a busy few days on the slopes!


Some resorts will not offer a snowboarding option. If snowboarding is an interest the resort will need a minimum of 8 people per group. A tip would be to have an option of ski or snowboarding when launching the tour to students and this way you can get an idea of numbers for each. It could be that you book a resort with both ski and snowboarding to have that flexibility.

City Stopovers

Have you thought about extending your trip to include a city stopover? Mix it up a bit and adventure out to the city for some sightseeing and shopping. This is an experience for the group to see more of the culture and to have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs from their trip. A benefit to having a coach on tour!


Let’s get this snow on the road!

And that’s it! You’re ready to start planning with our top tips!  Head over to our enquiry form to have a chat with our friendly ski experts and we can make your vision a reality.

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