Some 42 intrepid students from years 7, 8 and 9 have just enjoyed a marvellous week on the slopes of the Italian Alps in Tonale.

The boys were really spoilt as they enjoyed the best snow conditions for 30 years. Although the snow was about 3 metres deep, it did not seem to cause any problems for the locals compared to the chaos that followed the 3cm we had in Liverpool before half-term.

Most of the group were beginners but made rapid progress thanks to the expert tuition they received. In addition the boys showed real determination and skill to master the challenging red runs that crisscrossed the slopes.

The advanced group shared a real sense of achievement on the final day when everyone managed to ski down the almost sheer black run from the glacier that over looks the valley without mishap.

The whole week was physically demanding but the ready availability of pasta and the other delights of the Italian cuisine meant the students were ready bright and early for their first lesson at 9.00 each day and even returned for night skiing under floodlights.

The boys were a credit to the College and the most frequent question asked on the return journey was, “When is Mr Dunne organising the next one?”

Click here to see some images from the course on flickr