This February half term I was lucky enough to head to Bad Kleinkirchheim in Austria with Skegness Grammar School for a full week of skiing. As an events co-ordinator at Activ4 School Tours, we are sometimes given the chance to visit a resort with a group as their representative for the week. So I joined Skegness Grammar School on their biannual ski trip. They try to visit different resorts each time to give variety to their students and staff.
Having visited Bad Kleinkirchheim (BKK) last year I already knew the ski area. However this time I was given the chance to experience another hotel plus a different range of evening entertainment activities. BKK has over 100kms of pistes and because of it’s state of the art, snow making facilities, there is plenty of snow compared to some European ski destinations that have struggled with snow conditions this year.
Hotel Alte Post
The hotel we stayed in, the Alte Post, is located in the beautiful village of Feld am See. Like many of the hotels used by Activ4 School Tours the Alte Post is a family run hotel. We at Activ4 School Tours always enjoy a family run hotel due to the hospitality that you experience while you are there.
Breakfast was served as a buffet; this is also when the students and staff made their lunchtime sandwiches. From a plentiful selection of breads, fillings, snacks and fruit. This worked really well for the group as the students were more inclined to eat their sandwiches because they chose the fillings they liked. Lunches were had up the mountains on the slopes. The evening meals started with soup and salad served as a buffet, followed by main and dessert served to each table. Meals had some variety and all dietary requirements were catered for throughout our stay.
In BKK we use Intersport, for our ski equipment hire which is located under the main gondola. The Intersport shop here is so well organised that they are perfect for large groups. They will supply each student and staff with labels for their skis, boots and helmet. This helps to make the process quicker during the rest of the week for the group to find their belongings. They are also super organised and make collecting and returning the equipment efficient and uneventful.
The ski school is also based out of the Intersport, we use Ski and Sportchulen. The instructors we had this week spoke fluent English as well as being excellent instructors. We had a large group of beginners and all of them had successfully come down a red run by the end of the week. The ski school even organised to meet somewhere else in the resort, which was better for the beginners to progress with their skiing skills.
During the week we had a mix of both in house and external evening activities. The in house included a quiz and bingo both supplied by Activ4 School Tours, as well as a karaoke evening in the reception area of the hotel.
The external evening activities we did were bowling and the thermal spa. The bowling was located about 30 minutes from the hotel and was a large venue that fitted the group. The thermal spa is located in BKK so we went straight there from skiing. We went to the St Kathrein Thermal Spa, this is perfect for school groups due to it having a number of pools and a slide.
As I am sure you can probably tell I really enjoyed my week in Bad Kleinkirchheim with Skegness Grammar School. I would highly recommend both the resort and the hotel for all school groups.
To find out about taking your group to Bad Kleinkirchheim contact us today on 01743 467267.