Snow Sports

Snowsports at Bright P-12 College

Each winter, the College provides students with the opportunity to participate in supervised Snow Sports, either as part of the college’s general Snow Sports Program (5 day program) or the more extensive Bright College Snowsports Team (10 day program).  Both programs involve students travelling to the snow fields on a daily basis where they engage in formal lessons and teacher or endorsed volunteer supervised recreational skiing and snowboarding. Parent involvement in these programs is encouraged and vital to their success.

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5 day program – School Snowsports program

To find out more about this program, please contact Glenn Jackson at the college on 03 5755 1166. This option is available for students from Year 4 through to Year 10.

10 day program – Bright College Snowsports Team (BCST)

Formed in 1999 the Bright College Snowsports Team has grown from its early beginnings of just 12 members to a thriving team of over 80 students, support staff and volunteer endorsed parents. Over the years, the focus of the team has always remained the same – to provide a safe and affordable environment which supports the development of Snowsports activities for students. The BCST is open to all students within the Alpine cluster of schools including Bright P-12 College, Bright P-12 College Dinner Plain Campus, Harrietville, Porepunkah, and Wandiligong Primary Schools. The program caters for all levels of experience from beginners to expert and is open to students from Prep to Year 10.

Downhill Skiing or Snowboarding* (10 day program)

This program is run through the BCST and involves 10 days of skiing or snowboarding* – consisting of 5 mid week days and 5 weekend days. Students travel to and from Mount Hotham in private cars with their parents. Each day’s program involves students skiing with their parents in the morning and then participating in a 2 or 3 hour lesson (see Program options below) in the afternoon. Racing for Bright P-12 College is encouraged but not compulsory.

Please note the 10 day program is available to beginners, however it is no available to first time skiers or snowboarders.

All new members must:

  1. Be able to negotiate a Green (beginner) run unassisted;
  2. Have had experience loading and unloading a ski lift;
  3. Reached five years of age prior to 1st June 2017.

Within this program the following two options are available:

Option 1:             2 hour skiing/snowboarding* lesson for 10 days with the Mount Hotham Ski School, or

Option 2:             3 hour Freeride/All Mountain skiing lesson for 10 days with the Mount Hotham Ski School.  This option has limited places and is only available to experienced skiers who can ski Black (advanced) Runs competently and are in Year 4 or above.  The Program will consist of 30% park and 70% all mountain skiing.

*Please note the snowboarding program will only run if there are adequate participants with similar abilities.







2017 Season Training Dates
Mid Week Days Weekend Days
Day 1:  July 19th (Wed)
  Day 2:   July 22nd (Sat)
Day 3:  July 25th (Tue)  
Day 4:  July 29th (Sat)
Day 5:   Aug 2rd (Wed)  
Day 6: August 5th (Sat) Milne Shield Race (TBC)
Day 7:   August 8th (Tue)
Day 8:   August 16th (Wed) House Race Day  
Day 9:   August 19th (Sat)
  Day 10: September 2nd (Sat)
Make-up day: September 6th (Wed) Make-up day: September 9th (Sat)
  Presentation Lunch: September 17th (Sun)
Victorian Interschools Cross Country Championship – Mt Buller Sunday 6th August
Victorian Interschools SnowSports Championships – Mt Buller   Mon 21nd – Sun 27th August
Australian Interschools SnowSports Championships – Mt Buller Wed 6th – Sun 10th September

Team Membership

When purchasing any program offered through the BCST students automatically become members of the BCST.  Those not purchasing a program through Bright P-12 College can become team members at a cost of $70 for Bright P-12 College and Dinner Plain Campus Students (excludes GST) and $77 for Alpine Cluster School Students (Includes GST). This will benefit those competing at Interschools’ Championships – refer to Team Charter 2017.



Snowsports 1In 2017, a team jacket is provided on a rental basis, with the cost built into the Program/Membership price. These will be issued at a designated time, as determined by the BCST Committee.  All jackets remain the property of BCST and must be returned at the end of the season.  The jacket is for use during lessons only and other Bright P-12 College sanctioned events and should not replace snow gear for everyday wear during the season.  A $100 fee will be payable according to the terms and conditions outlined in the Jacket Rental Agreement.

Students will not be allowed to participate in their lesson unless they are wearing the team jacket and are also required to wear an approved snow sports protective helmet when training or racing. Parents are also required to wear an approved snowsports protective helmet.


Please note full payment must be made at the Bright P-12 College office by Friday 21th April, 2017. No part payments will be accepted. Payment made by one of the following options is preferred:

  • Card – VISA, MasterCard or Debit.
  • Cheque made out to Bright P-12 College.

Documents & Costs

It is a requirement that all members who purchase a program have ambulance cover. The following documents must be completed when purchasing a program through Bright P-12 College.

The Alpine Responsibility Code

“A Guide to Safety in Alpine Areas”.  For more information see SnowSafe Guide

Parent Supervision on Program Days

Parent supervision in the BCST 10 day program is compulsory.  Parents must accompany their children during free-skiing or snowboarding; before and after lessons.

Mobile Contact Number

Please ensure the mobile contact number you provide on the Application Form is for the mobile phone you will be carrying on the mountain.

Intention to Ski Forms

The Intention to Ski Form covers all the BCST training days for the season and must be completed and returned to the College Office by Monday 19th June 2017. Should the College not receive this form students will not be allowed to participate in the program. If there are any changes to this form during the season, ie. a different parent will be accompanying their child/children than first indicated, or the mobile contact number has changed, please advise both the College Office and the BCST Snow Phone. It is imperative we have the correct information for each and every training day.

Ski Passes

The team is allocated a number of adult gap tickets free of charge and in most circumstances one parent from each family should receive a complimentary gap ticket.   These free tickets are available only to parents who purchase a Valley Pass through the BCST 10 day program and are accompanying their children during this time.  There will be times when there are more parents than tickets and in these circumstances we will only issue one ticket per family.  A record of ticket allocation is maintained and a fair distribution of tickets is provided throughout the season.  Parents who miss out and want to ski or snowboard will need to purchase a day ticket from the lift company and pay a gap fee, on presentation of their current Valley Pass.Snowsports 3







Interschools Snowsports Championships

Members are encouraged to participate in the Interschools Snowsports Championships held each year with the core purposes of the event being to:

  • Increase schools’ participation in Snowsports;
  • Deliver a high quality Interschools event;
  • Provide an affordable Interschools event; and
  • Provide opportunities for Australian school students of all ages to experiencesnowsports and to participate at either a recreational or competitive level.

For further information or any questions regarding the Interschools please contact: Peter Smith – 0401 340 911 or

Presentation Lunch & Awards
The final event on the BCST season is a presentation lunch where awards are presented.  Every member of the BCST receives a participation award.
2017 Bright College Snowsports Team Committee:

Executive Officer: Jean Olley (Principal)

Mountain Managers: Andrew Friend, Andrew Forbes and Simon Ferrito

Chairperson: Andrew Friend

Secretary: Kath Baldock

Finance: Lisa Flew, Katie Ferrito and Trina Friend

Dinner Plain Liaison: Lesley Gardiner

Publicity: Lisa Dunne

Fundraising: Brendan Ravean

Uniforms: Marthijs Heuperman

General Committee members: Barney Neville, Lee Paul, Marni Witts, Peter Smith, Sarah Nicholls, Carol Binder, Simon Head.

Snowsports Coordinator: Jenni Sgambelloni

Teacher representative: Glenn Jackson

For further information please contact:

Barney Neville (BCST)                                     0418 436 157

Andrew Forbes (BCST)                                   0419 995 985

BCST Mobile (on ski days only)                       0477 345 325