Select School Travel – Booking Terms & Conditions
Your contract is with Select School Travel Limited (Registered No.09388257 England), a member of ABTA & ATOL.
The booking terms and conditions are applicable to the following (sub-brands):
*Select School Tours
*Chateau du Baffy
*Select School Skiing (Please refer to sections 23-29 for additional specific ski tour conditions)
1. Your Tour Contract
These booking conditions form an important part of your contract with us. Please read them carefully. When you, the Party Leader, make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept, and do accept, on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation letter to you. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live there and wish to do so. We understand and operate in accordance with our obligations under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (legislation.gov.uk), which as well as spelling out our financial protection requirements, ensures our clients can expect the package that they have booked and paid for.
2. Your Financial Protection
We provide full financial protection for our package tours, by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 11022. When you buy an ATOL protected flight inclusive tour from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you, and who to contact if things go wrong. We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we aren’t able do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme. If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. For package tours that are not by air, your financial protection is administered by ABTA (see section 3).
We are a Member of ABTA, membership number Y6267. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract. The scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for costs. The upper limit on claims is £5,000 per person and £25,000 per booking form. The scheme doesn’t apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. It can however deal with claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your request for arbitration must be received by ABTA within eighteen months of the date of return from your tour. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA Mediation Procedure and we have the option to agree to mediation. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com
4. Your Tour Price
a) We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the tours shown in our brochure and on our websites. You will be advised of the current price of the tour that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.
b) Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, duties, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of £1 per person. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting a change to another tour if we are able to offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel you must do so within 14 days from the date on your final invoice. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should the price of your tour go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your tour cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.
c) If the number of adults in your party accounts for 20% or more of your party, we reserve the right to re-cost the price of your tour accordingly.
d) Select School Travel, Skiing, Tours and Château du Baffy reserve the right to override a quote option expiry date at any given time. The school or party in question, will be notified before confirmation that the option is no longer available.
5. Booking Confirmation and Payment
Educational Tours &
Ski Trips by Coach,
Train, or own transport
Educational Tours &
Ski Trips by Air*
Eight weeks after
No later than 13
weeks prior to
*Please note that for certain airlines the initial deposit payment required by us will be higher. If this is the case, we will advise you in your quotation letter.
**Second deposits are due by the beginning of July if your tour is scheduled to depart before the end of the following April. If confirmation of your tour falls within 20 weeks of departure, full deposits are required. If your booking is made within the usual final balance due date of 13 weeks prior to departure, then full payment will be due on acceptance of your booking. For payments made by cheque, please allow 5 working days for clearance from the time we receive it. Our preferred method of payment is by bank transfer.
We appreciate that circumstances sometimes mean that payments cannot reach us in time, and we will do our best to be flexible if you discuss with us in advance the details of any issues preventing timely payment of deposits/balance.
A) If second deposits are 6 weeks late this is deemed as a cancellation, with regards to the payment schedule we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled and all monies paid are non-refundable.
B) If your final balance is more than one week overdue, a late penalty charge of £5 per paying passenger will be applied, and a further £5 for every additional week that the balance remains unpaid – to a maximum of £50.
If more than 3 weeks’ overdue then we reserve the right to withdraw any Discounts or Goodwill Reductions applied to your booking, and if the payment is more than 6 weeks’ late we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you, in which case the cancellation charges set out in Clause 7 will become payable (see 7. If You Cancel Your Booking/Passenger Cancellations).
Note, if there is an agreed extension, but the balance is still not paid on the stipulated date, we reserve the right to cancel the booking in full based on the original date within your payment plan.
6. If You Change Your Booking
If you would like to make any changes to your confirmed booking, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes must be received in writing from the person who made the booking as soon as possible. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £100 +VAT per paying passenger, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs are very likely to increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain package/travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.
Please refer to the Deferral terms page, which also form part of the terms and conditions if your booking has been agreed to be deferred.
7. If You Cancel Your Booking/Passenger Cancellations
You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking must be received by our office. In order to avoid the need for passenger cancellations, if possible, substitutions may be made at any time up to and including the day of departure. This is provided the change does not affect the travel requirements or rooming. Written confirmation of cancellations should be confirmed to us in writing within 48 hours. For coach tours, payment made for a cancelled passenger may usually be applied to a replacement passenger at no extra charge. Payment made by a cancelled passenger for an Air Tour may sometimes be transferred to a replacement passenger depending on length of notice. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £35 per person in addition to any further costs incurred in making the alteration. If a cancellation brings the number of paying passengers below the minimum number required for a given price or set of concessions for accompanying adults, a supplementary cost may be required, and concessions will be adjusted accordingly. Once written notice of cancellation is received, the following scale of charges will apply for each cancelled place:
More than 13 weeks prior to departure
Loss of all deposits paid / due
Between 6 and 13 weeks prior to departure
Loss of 70% of invoiced price
Between 2 and 6 weeks prior to departure
Loss of 85% of invoiced price
Less than 2 weeks prior to departure
Loss of 100% of invoiced price
If you are having issues or challenges paying your final balance please talk to us.
We will endeavour to respond within 48 hours during term time.
You may be able to reclaim these charges from your insurer if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy. Please note should you choose to cancel the whole trip any passenger cancellations and name change charges incurred prior to the date a trip is cancelled are non-refundable.
For flight-inclusive bookings, you must also pay the full cancellation charges levied by the airline. These charges could be the full cost of the flight(s), depending upon airline, and therefore may be higher than deposits already received by you.
8. Changes or Cancellation Made By Us
a) Select School Skiing, Tours and Château du Baffy reserve the right to override a quote option expiry date at any given time. The school or party in question, will be notified before confirmation that the option is no longer available.
b) Changes: As we plan your tour arrangements many months in advance we may occasionally have to make changes or cancel your booking and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If we make a major change to your tour, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your tour and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In some cases we will also pay compensation (see below). These options don’t apply for minor changes (see b).
c) Minor changes: Minor changes to your tour may sometimes be necessary. Regional airports may be requested but are not guaranteed. Air tours are generally based on London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted). Carriers, such as the airlines used in the brochure and online material, may be subject to change. Other examples of minor changes include changes of aircraft type, alteration of your outbound and inbound flights by less than 12 hours, cancellation of excursions/visits and change of accommodation to another of the same or higher standard.
d) Cancellation: We will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 13 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance according to the agreed deadlines. We may cancel your tour before this date if, e.g., the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached. If your tour is cancelled on this basis then you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). In some cases we will pay compensation (see below). Please note any cancellations and name change charges incurred prior to the date a trip is cancelled are non-refundable.
e) Insurance: If we cancel or make a major change and you accept a refund, we will consider an appropriate refund of your travel insurance premiums if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. This does not apply if the tour has been cancelled due to Force Majeure, including as a consequence of changes to FCO advice preventing all but essential travel to a destination.
f) Compensation: If we cancel or make a major change we will pay compensation as detailed below except where the major change or cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure (see f). The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.
If We Cancel or Make a Major Change to Your Tour:
Period before departure in which we notify you/amount you will receive from us per paying person:
More than 70 days – Nil
35 – 70 days – £8
15 – 34 days – £12
14 days or less – £15
g) Force Majeure: We will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, epidemics and pandemics, unavoidable technical problems with transport.
9. If You Have a Complaint
a) We will endeavour to do our very best to insure a successful tour for your group. If you have a complaint, please inform us and the supplier of the service in question immediately so that the problem can be quickly resolved in the location that it arises. If you fail to follow this procedure we may not have the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were at the tour location, and consequently this may affect your rights under this contract.
b) Notice in writing of any claim or dispute must be received by us within 28 days of the date on which the tour ended.
c) It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the supplier of the services as well as to ourselves without delay. If you fail to follow this simple procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were in resort and this may affect your rights under this contract. Please also see clause 3 above on ABTA.
10. Our Liability to You
If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of twice the amount paid by the individual or individuals affected in total, and is only applicable where the tour has gone wrong and therefore your party has not received any benefit from your tour arrangement. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to:
(a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and
(b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions.
You can ask for copies of the transport contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our office. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details will be publicised at EU airports and available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your tour cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in clause 8. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted.
NB this clause does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter into for excursions or activities whilst on tour.
11. Prompt Assistance in Resort
If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances.
12. Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements
Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other entry requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or entry requirements. Passports, entry and visa requirements are the party leader’s responsibility and you must ensure these are confirmed with the relevant embassies and/or consulates including requirements for any member of the party who is not a British citizen or does not hold a British passport. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in financial penalties being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or entry requirements.
13. Brochure / Website Information
a) All arrangements in our brochure and on our websites are offered on the basis that quoted minimum numbers are met. If we agree to accept a party which does not meet standard minimum numbers for travel by air or coach, offers in the brochure and quotation may be varied. This may in particular affect hotel occupancy, room allocations, excursion costs, and ski instruction ratios.
b) We cannot accept responsibility for the effects of weather conditions on roads, access, pistes, ice rinks and similar, or for the maintenance to ski lifts and similar, traffic, holidays, festivals etc. The operation of ski lifts and ice rinks and similar is often restricted in low season periods and no refunds in this respect can be made.
c) Although it is difficult to predict when building work or development may take place in a resort, we will endeavour to advise you as soon as possible if any building work takes place which may have a detrimental effect on your trip.
14. Names, Passenger Details and Advanced Passenger Information
a) We require a full list of passenger names as per passport at the point of booking for all tours.
b) All other information is required at least 16 weeks prior to departure. For flights the advanced passenger information required includes: full first name, surname, title (as it appears in the passport), gender, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport expiry date, and country of issue. Middle names are also required for all long haul flights.
15. Health, Safety & Security
The providers of every service included in the brochure (hotels, coach companies, insurers, ferry and rail operators, aircraft and airport operators, ski schools, ski suppliers, lift companies) are licensed by the competent authorities of the country or province concerned. In respect of hotels, this covers fire regulations, hygiene and safety. Please note that we are unable to impose UK standards on providers.
Any guidance given by Select to a party leader or school will be in line with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice (FCO) www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. If the FCO publishes advice not to travel to your stated destination 48 hours prior to your departure date, then Select as your operator would aim to find a suitable package alternative. If this is not possible, then a full refund would be provided under the EU Package Directive. The refund confirmation would be aligned to your departure date in accordance with ABTA regulations.
a) Damage Deposit: Please be aware that hotels/centres/accommodations require a damage deposit payable in resort on arrival. This will be refunded if no damage is incurred.
b) Student rooms: Prices are based on full occupancy of multi-bedded rooms for students. We reserve the right to charge a supplement for under occupancy if the number of students or the gender results in students being accommodated in single or twin rooms. The number of students per room may sometimes be larger than the brochure description. Certain hotels provide apartment style accommodation with separate rooms sharing private facilities. Bed styles may include: bunk beds, couch beds, pull-down beds, and Austrian twins which comprise two separate mattresses, duvets and bed linen on a king-sized bed frame. All hotels reserve the right to remove television sets and telephones from children’s rooms. Where available we will be able to provide rooming lists but this cannot be guaranteed. Boys and girls may not be accommodated on separate floors of the hotel. Please note that it is standard practice for students to share double beds when staying in most USA / Canada accommodations in order to provide a cost effective tour. Should your school or Local Authority policy not permit bed share, please advise us at time of booking quotation so that we can quote accordingly.
c) Adult rooms: Single rooms are not normally available. If a single room is required and available an additional charge will be applicable both for free places and paying adults. Twin or double rooms are available for accompanying staff but are subject to restriction and special confirmation for adults exceeding the free place ratio. Prices and free place ratios are calculated on male and female staff sharing rooms. We cannot guarantee that couples or families will be accommodated together. Where availability does allow this, any subsequent increase in the number of rooms required will be invoiced.
d) Towels are not always provided and you will usually need to provide soap.
e) Often hotels make a charge for the use of advertised facilities e.g. sauna, solarium, swimming pool, hot whirlpool, bowling etc.
f) Rooms must be vacated after breakfast on your last day, however, hotels may be able to retain some rooms until departure. If this is not possible, we will arrange for showering and changing facilities at our discretion.
a) We will advise you of approximate departure and channel crossing times and then confirm these once we have received the information from the relevant channel operator. This will be when the final travel instructions are sent, approximately 7 days before departure. Whilst we attempt to meet each party’s preferences for times, on peak dates there is heightened pressure on limited services and we may not always be able to meet requests.
b) In the event of a coach breakdown, we will endeavour to provide alternative transport at our expense to and from the resort and, as necessary to the slopes for skiing. We cannot accept responsibility for delayed arrival, or missed skiing, but we will reimburse reasonable expenses which would not otherwise have occurred. We will do our best to look after our clients in the event of a breakdown, although please be aware that it may be difficult to source replacement vehicles at short notice. In particular, winter travel to ski resorts involves increased possibility of challenging weather, breakdowns and delays.
c) You have restricted use of your coach during your ski trip for travelling to the slopes or for entertainment purposes during the day or evening (within one hour’s drive of your accommodation), subject to EU drivers’ regulations.
d) In circumstances where a local bus is provided free of charge by us on the last day of skiing in order to return a party from the slopes to their hotel, the time and pick-up point of that transfer is entirely at the discretion of the company. If you would prefer other arrangements to those the company can provide free, these may be reserved locally at a supplement of 150 Euros per coach per transfer.
e) When a minimum of 40 persons has been reached, groups usually enjoy exclusive use of a coach. However, please note that any unoccupied seats remain at the disposal of the company to use for clients or staff. Although this is unusual it may at times be necessary.
f) Luggage space on all coaches is limited. Each passenger may place one medium-sized case or hold-all weighing not more than 15 kilos in the hold and take one small piece to be placed under the seat or on the overhead rack. We recommend using flat pack luggage rather than hard shell suitcases. For additional luggage requirements, please contact the coach company directly for their advice. We cannot accept responsibility for transporting luggage which cannot be accommodated in the coach hold.
g) The departure time from the resort on the last day after skiing is calculated to comply with EU drivers’ hours and rest regulations which is a legal requirement. It may not be changed to an earlier time without the specific agreement from the company.
a) When confirming your tour we are unable to book flights until your deposits have been received. Flight prices may change from the time of your initial quotation and your confirmation, therefore we will re-confirm your tour price at the point of confirmation. For flights that are not on sale at the point of confirmation we will give you an estimated cost. When the flights are available we will reconfirm your price.
b) Due to the nature of making group travel arrangements so far in advance, we may not be able to confirm departure and destination airports. Transfer connections via an intermediate airport may be used. Please note that large groups may need to be split over two flights. You will be advised of the name of your carrier once your flights have been booked.
c) Flight times, carriers and aircraft types as detailed on your confirmation invoice are meant as a guide and are subject to change and confirmation by the carrier. We will advise you of your actual carrier as soon as we are aware. Your tickets will be dispatched approximately 2 weeks before departure and you should check your tickets carefully to ensure you have the correct flight times. If there is a change to your flight times after your tickets have arrived, we will contact you as soon as possible.
d) In accordance with EU Directive (EC) 2111/2005 Article 9 we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a Community List which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU. This list is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/safety/air-ban/furtherinfo_en.htm
e) For shorter air tours of 2-3 days duration, it is standard practice for passengers to take a cabin bag and we do not usually include checked in luggage unless specified. Your cabin baggage will be limited in size and weight, dependent on the airline you are travelling with.
f) Where checked in baggage is included, although subject to change, at the time of going to press some low cost airlines limit the allowance to 1 bag weighing up to 15 kilos per passenger for checked in luggage. Your hand luggage may also be limited in size and weight and will be dependent on the airline. Most airlines allow 20 kilos per passenger (approximately 44lbs) for checked in luggage and one small bag as hand luggage. Details of inclusion or exclusion on hold luggage will be clearly advised in your quotation letter/booking confirmation and final itinerary – additional costs or unforeseen baggage requirements determined on the day of departure, rest with the party leader/school in question.
g) For tours by air we require the name of all members of your group at time of booking confirmation. The Party Leaders must ensure that all names given are in full and exactly as shown on the individual’s passport. We cannot accept responsibility for incorrect or abbreviated names given and any subsequent amendments will be dealt with as a name change. Once the airline has received and processed the names, any amendments or name changes will carry a minimum charge of £100 plus any applicable insurance premium. Any name changes made within 2 weeks of departure will be treated as a cancellation and will be subject to cancellation charges detailed in section 7.
h) In cases of flight cancellations, delays and denied boarding, under some circumstances you have the right to refunds and/or compensation from the airline. Full details of these be available from airlines. Reimbursement in such cases is the responsibility of the airline and does not entitle you to a refund of your tour price from us. If the airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority www.caa.co.uk/
19. Responsibilities of Party Leader
a) The party leader is responsible for ensuring all party members are in possession of all the necessary travel and health documents prior to departure such as the completion of passports and any other personal arrangements which may be necessary, for example, visas, medical requirements and currency. The costs associated with acquiring documentation are payable by you.
b) The party leader is responsible for the good conduct of all party members during the tour, and must take reasonable steps to prevent damage and disturbance. In the instance of damage or loss caused by the party, full payment must be paid at the time, directly to the accommodation manager, owner or other supplier. Failure to do so will mean you are responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us, along with your own and the other party’s full legal costs. If according to our reasonable opinion, or the reasonable opinion of any person in authority, any party member behaves in such a way as to cause damage, offence or distress to others, we reserve the right to terminate that person’s tour. We will not be liable to complete their tour arrangements and will not be liable for any refund, compensation, or any other costs you have to pay.
c) You must further ensure that your party observes and obeys all local laws and regulations which apply. No participant under 18 years of age may consume alcohol (21 in USA). Subject to local laws and regulations you must ensure that no member of your party who is under age consumes alcohol. No party member may consume alcohol to excess. You must ensure that no member of your party smokes in bedrooms or apartments, or any other area where smoking is not permitted. Please note we cannot accept liability for the behaviour of others in your accommodation.
d) The Party Leader is responsible for ensuring that the party reaches the starting point of the tour at the correct time.
20. Health Requirements
a) We recommend that each person is in possession of the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). As part of reciprocal arrangements with certain countries, the holder may then have access to state-provided emergency treatment and necessary healthcare whilst on a temporary visit.
b) As health risks vary, we recommend you contact your medical practitioner for advice on both individual health needs and for up to date advice on any reported epidemics.
c) Before confirming your booking it is necessary to inform us in writing of any medical conditions, disabilities or other special needs which may have an effect on your tour, so that we may assess the suitability of the tour and whether we can accommodate all needs. If the party leader fails to inform us and we are unable to accommodate the needs of any individual, we reserve the right to decline or cancel their reservation and are not liable for any resulting losses.
Valid and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for all our tours. Accepting your booking is on the condition that this is obtained prior to the date of departure. If you would like to take our travel insurance cover, the terms and conditions will be sent on booking, or they may be viewed online or requested beforehand. If you decide to make your own insurance arrangements, you need to ensure that there are no exclusions or limited cover for the type of activities included in your tour.
22. Data Protection
In order to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly, we need to use the information you provide including: names, addresses, special needs, dietary requirements, information for ski hirers and ski schools etc. The information will be passed on to the relevant suppliers such as, hotels, excursion providers, insurers, airlines, transport companies, ski hirers and ski schools. It may also be provided to public authorities, such as customs and immigration, or as required by law. In making this booking you acknowledge that information will be passed on to relevant persons/parties. All personal information is processed in accorandance with our data protection policy and is in accordance with the UK Privacy Regulation. When you make a booking, you are giving explicit consent that some of the personal data that you provide such as Medical and Dietary Information, will need to be passed to, processed and stored by relevant third parties; airlines, coaches, ferries, Eurotunnel, hotels, visits and attractions, insurance companies, and ground handling agents, so that they can provide you with the arrangements you require.
Some of these third parties may be based outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). (The EEA comprising of 28 countries, and also including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) There are some countries that are assessed as adequate in the area of data protection and they include Andorra, Argentina, Canada (commercial organisations), Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Israel, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, Switzerland, Uruguay and the US (limited to the Privacy Shield framework). Organisations that are based outside of the EEA may not be subject to the same level of controls in regard to data protection as exist within the UK and the EEA. In order for you to travel overseas, we may be required to disclose some of your personal data to Government bodies or other authorities in the UK and in other countries, such as those responsible for immigration, border control, security and anti-terrorism. Even if it is not mandatory for us to provide information to such authorities, we may exercise our discretion to assist them where appropriate. Upon signing your Booking Form, you will also be providing consent for your itinerary to be sent in draft form in an unencrypted email which stipulates your name, school, email address and provided telephone number in advance of the travel pack being sent by recorded delivery. Please be aware contact details you have provided for the group leader, school emergency contact and any other adults associated in conjunction with the trip will be shared, where appropriate, with suppliers via email and will appear on the final itinerary sent to the group leader/administrative contact.
If you have a concern or complaint about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with our Data Protection Officer on +44 (0)1444 870100 or contact us by emailing: email@example.com or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office at ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/
24. Ski Tour Small Parties
Parties with less than 36 paying passengers are considered as a small party and are subject to the following:
a) As single rooms are not normally available, accompanying adults are, when possible, accommodated in twin rooms so must be prepared to share a room with an adult of the same sex from their own party. It may also be necessary to share a triple room, if the gender of the accompanying adults dictates this. In some instances it may be necessary to share with an adult of the same sex from another small party accommodated in the same hotel. If a single room is required and available, it will be charged, if available, at a supplement. This is over and above the standard adult supplement. Please note that this charge applies equally to persons travelling on free places.
b) Flexibility may be required of small parties and there may be limitations to services as a result. This includes the possibility of sharing a coach and therefore the agreement between parties regarding the use of the coach for transfers to the slopes for ski tours and for evening entertainment. Also in these situations flexibility in the departure time from school may be required.
c) Small parties may be combined with other parties to facilitate ski lessons and must accept any limitations or restrictions which may occur as a result.
25. Ski Lessons
a) To comply with UK Health and Safety recommendations, it is a condition of accepting a booking that the party leader agrees that students will ski or snowboard only on marked and patrolled slopes and be supervised at all times while skiing, either by the contracted ski school instructors, or the party’s teachers providing they are competent skiers and suitably qualified to lead or teach children.
b) Groups are offered 4 hour lessons per day as standard. It is possible to increase to 5 hour lessons per day at a supplement.
c) Groups booking 2 hour lessons per day must expect to have lessons split equally in the morning and the afternoon. i.e. half your group with morning lessons, half with afternoon lessons.
d) Snowboarding groups are accepted subject to the conditions indicated in clause 28. Please carefully consider whether you need to book extra instructors to cope with the numbers and composition of your group.
e) Ski lessons are provided at group prices based on a ratio of 1 instructor to 12 pupils of the same abilities. Persons travelling on free or concessionary places or extra paying adults do not count in the ratio of 1:12 instructors to pupils. Groups may on occasion slightly exceed the 1:12 ratio or drop below this slightly, but this is at the company’s discretion and we reserve the right to invoice you for any additional instructors required. Should you wish to increase the ratio of instructors to students, extra instructors may be available at an extra charge.
f) In Italy and France a 2 hour lesson is 1 hour 50 minutes in order to allow instructors time to move from one group to another. Lessons are usually arranged on 4 x 2 hour rotations between 09:00 and 17:00hrs.
g) It is also a requirement of certain resorts that a release of liability form is completed by each student and signed by the parent or legal guardian in order for them to participate in the ski school. Please enquire with our office team for details.
h) The supervision of students remains the responsibility of a party leader at all times. The Party Leader should ensure that a group supervisory adult that is qualified to lead or teach on snow is present at all times where alternative formal supervisory arrangements (e.g. under the care of a Ski Instructor during ski lessons) are not in place, such as ‘free ski’ times. We also recommend that a supervisory adult (of suitable ski ability to stay with the group) accompanies each ski group whilst on the slopes. It is therefore also the responsibility of a Party Leader to undertake a Roll Call regularly to check that all students can be accounted for at all times.
26. Ski Equipment
a) The party leader must ensure the party attends the ski shop for ski fitting in resort.
b) Helmets are included for all our school groups.
c) Please note that if any members of your party require boot sizes 15 or 16 for normal shoe sizes 14 or 15, we must be notified in writing no later than 3 months before your departure date as hire in the UK may be necessary, payable by the individual.
27. Ski Passes
a) Most lift companies require a list of pupils with their dates of birth in along with a statement from the head teacher on school headed paper confirming that the group is a school party. As prices are based on the availability of this documentation, the party leader must ensure this documentation is provided as prices are based on its availability.
b) Some lift companies also require photographs for all party members or just adults and it is the responsibility of the party leader to provide these photographs on arrival in resort. Please contact our office team for up-to-date information.
For snowboarders, a supplement is payable in order to cover the increased costs of hiring snowboards instead of skis, along with the increased cost of hiring specialised snowboard instructors which usually operate on a 1:8 ratio. An additional cost may be incurred dependent on the number of instructors required. Mixed ski and snowboard groups of varying abilities can cause a variety of grouping difficulties and extra instructors will need to be paid for by the group.
29. Snow Conditions
The company cannot accept responsibility for snow and weather conditions which may affect your winter sports. If the ski school makes a decision on the suitability of snow conditions, this is final.
30. Subsequent Versions of Booking Conditions
Our booking terms and conditions are produced in conjunction with our latest programme and may be altered at any time. Please ensure you check our current website to ensure you have the latest version.