The East Coast of the USA is an ideal destination for a school ski trip, allowing students to get a sense of scale and freedom, which they may not have experienced before. Big selling points for parents include no language barrier to students (therefore they have more freedom to ask for assistance when required), the non-existent access to alcohol, and the opportunity to spend some time in either Boston or New York, adding an extra dimension to the ski trip and making it truly memorable.
By heading out to New Hampshire, unlike most European trips, you have the chance to conquer two mountain resorts in one trip on a ski safari. A great base for this is the Indian Head resort where you combine the late season reliability of snow at Loon Mountain with the historic Cannon Mountain, home to the oldest commercial ski run in the USA, and you can still find time to enjoy all the activities you want; from in-house pool, to tubing at Luton.
If you’re not convinced, then all you need to do is look at the fantastic snow at the end of the 2016/17 season, where a massive dump resulted in resorts pushing back their closure date by a week to make the most of conditions.
Loon is a great all-round mountain covering the needs of any ski group looking to come out to the East Coast. The team there love coaching children and expertly manage their snow to ensure that spring conditions are among the best on the East Coast. In recent years, they have even been known to keep the resort open specifically for UK students. The user friendliness of the mountain is evident at the top of each lift, where you are always greeted with an easier or more challenging route down to one of the two main base lodges.
Should you reach the bottom and find yourself at the wrong place, there is the unique feature of the Loon steam engine, which runs between the Governor Adams and Octagon base lodges to save the walk through the car park. The mountain is also home to the New England Disabled Sports Program, and speaking from first-hand experience as a rep for a disabled student, their instructors and range of adaptive equipment is excellent.
Tim Finch – Ski Sales Co-ordinator