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2017-18


The ski holiday you'll never forget starts here...

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Ski Club Freshtracks provides inspirational group holidays matching skiers of a similar ability, using only the best instructors, mountain guides and Ski Club Leaders.

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23 The Ski Club Leaders' Course

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The Freshtracks Formula 

Chalet Freshtracks - Flaine

07 Private Groups

30 Chalet Freshtracks - Chamonix

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Off Piste Powder-filled holidays for all standards

10 Your Holiday Type

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Touring Adventure without boundaries

12 All Holidays by Date

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Weekend Pack a week's skiing into a long weekend

16 Course Only Holidays

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Development Hone your technique with top instructors

17 Single Room Holidays

86 Action We'll lead you to the best slopes

18 Family Holidays 

98 Heli & Cat Skiing An experience like no other

19 Peak Experience - holidays for the over 55s

104 Holiday Information

20 Instructors, Mountain Guides and Ski Club Leaders

106 Booking Conditions

22 Instruction and Development 

110 Ski Club Insurance

Your Ski Profile

A product of the Ski Club of Great Britain

Front Cover Image: Atomic Back Cover Image: Last Frontier Heliskiing – BC, Canada // Dave Silver


Season Highlights Welcome to Ski Club Freshtracks 2017-18. Inside this brochure you’ll find our biggest and most varied programme of holidays ever, designed to offer you the best possible choice and help you find the perfect trip.

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON? New destinations in Austria and Italy

Off the beaten track

This winter we’re broadening our choice of holidays to Italy, including new destinations that offer exceptional value - Cortina Ski Weekend, Dolomites Freeride Weekend in San Martino di Castrozza and a trip to Roccaraso in the Appenine Alps. We’re also returning to Colfosco in Sud Tirol.

We’re off to a new part of Norway, Narvik, where our ski tourers can experience stunning terrain amongst the fjords, and the chance to see the northern lights. We’re also heading back to Iceland, but this time in May when we’ll have longer days and the chance to see the midnight sun.

In Austria, we have new trips to the Tirolean resorts of Pitztal and Neustift in the Stubai Valley - both small resorts with big terrain. These are great destinations with excellent skiing for our off piste skiers, with the opportunity to explore a new area with us. As well as more Peak Experience trips on offer than ever before. we have a new PE holiday to Zell am Ziller, another new ski area for us, with lovely 4* accommodation and single rooms. Also new to the Peak Experience programme is a rail trip from St Moritz to Bormio on the Bernina Express. We also have more single room holidays on offer than ever before, meaning that you can enjoy the comfort and privacy of your own room without paying a supplement. We also have more holidays with single rooms available at a supplement.

And for those looking for a truly unforgettable skiing experience we have epic trips to the USA, Canada and Japan. Our touring section now includes some amazing trips run by the expert guides from our Mountain Tracks team, such as the Jotunheimen Haute Route in Norway and the Elbrus Ski Tour in Russia’s Caucasus mountains.

Private Groups With the exciting addition of Mountain Tracks to the Ski Club family, we can now offer many of our touring trips to private groups, on flexible dates to suit your group’s needs. See page 7 for more details. Our team of holiday experts is waiting to take your call – we really hope you can join us this season and discover what makes a Freshtracks holiday so special.


Melody Sky

5 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Excellent wellled holiday. Good guiding, great company, brilliant weather, mostly! No single supplements. Wine with dinner! What more could one want? Maureen Fanshawe Engelberg Extreme


The Freshtracks Formula With 80% of our members rebooking with Ski Club Freshtracks every year, we’ve clearly got something quite special going on. Over the years we’ve listened to our members to create a formula for the perfect holiday: take compatible skiers of a similar ability and use only the best instructors and mountain guides; choose world-class resorts and ensure your host is an experienced, friendly Ski Club Leader. The result is a holiday that will inspire and thrill you.

How to choose your perfect holiday Define your ski profile

Decide what kind of holiday you want to have

Pick the perfect holiday for you

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With so many holidays to choose from, all suited to different abilities, it’s important to identify your ski profile so we can help you find your ultimate holiday experience and ski with people of a similar ability to you.

From off piste exploration to developing your technique, we’ve carefully selected a variety of holiday types for you to choose from, in a wide range of resorts.

Take a look at all of the holidays we’re running for the 2017-18 season, and find one that suits you.

For ski profiles, see pages 8-9

For holiday types, see pages 10-11

For all holidays listed by date, see pages 12-15


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Private Groups New for 2017-18 - the Ski Club can now offer trips for private groups, provided by the Mountain Tracks team. Customising your trip is the best way for groups of friends to get the most out of their skiing holiday. As with our scheduled courses and trips, you can choose from our range of holidays and courses on offer, including off-piste instruction, off-piste guiding, avalanche training and alpine touring... or a combination of all these options! The benefit is ultimate flexibility - you choose where, when and how, ensuring you get the most of your holiday. Most of the holidays in the Freshtracks and Mountain Tracks programmes can be run as private trips - Off Piste Performance weeks led by ski instructors, Off Piste Adventure weeks led by mountain guides, ski touring, ski safari weeks and any of our hut-to-hut ski tours, on dates of your group’s choice (subject to availability). We can adjust an itinerary to take in different ski standards and amend our set itineraries to suit your requirements. And if you have a specific guide or instructor that you would like to ski with, we are able to ensure that you’ll be with your choice of professional (subject to availability). So, if you have a ready-made group, give us a call, let us know which holiday has caught your eye and we can arrange it for you.

To arrange a private group trip, or to find out more, call 020 8123 2978 or email info@mountaintracks.co.uk Hansi Heckmair


Your Ski Profile 1 To make sure each holiday is an unparalleled success, it's important that we know what type of skier you are. This way, no one is struggling to keep up, no one is left kicking their boots in the snow and everyone gets an adventure they’ll never forget. We ask you to assess your own ski profile by comparing your skiing ability against the categories that we use, detailed over the next couple of pages. Once you’ve found out which profile you fit, it’s time to pick a holiday that’s your perfect match. Full descriptions: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks

On Piste Early Intermediate Competent to ski all blues whatever the conditions & easy reds

Competent to ski all reds whatever the conditions & easy blacks

Confident to ski blue pistes in all conditions. Skis reds in good conditions.

Confidently skis groomed red pistes and easy black pistes in good conditions.

About 4 weeks' or more experience but likes to stick to blue pistes mainly.

Around 8 weeks' or so experience and likes to stick mainly to red pistes.

Able to maintain consistent pace and turns on blue pistes.

Skis parallel on groomed reds, consistent pace and turns, top to bottom with limited stops.

Prefers to ski pistes in good conditions, avoids icy or bumpy terrain.

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Advanced Intermediate Competent to ski most blacks Skis confidently and in control on any red piste and on moderate blacks. May have many years of experience and enjoys skiing the whole mountain on piste. Able to vary turn shape to cope with more challenging terrain. Happy to ski the mountain all day with limited stops. Able to ski icier pistes or easy bumps, though prefers to avoid larger bumps. May need to stop to rest more frequently in trickier conditions.

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Advanced Competent to ski blacks whatever the conditions & easy bumps Confident to ski the whole mountain including steep blacks, varying turns to cope with conditions and showing good speed control on steeper or trickier pistes. Several years' experience in a number of ski areas and resorts. Skis top to bottom on all pistes except the toughest blacks regardless of changes in terrain and conditions. Enjoys taking the fall line, skis at a good pace all day. Able to handle a variety of conditions including icy pistes and larger bumps.

Enjoys groomed pistes and prefers to avoid bumps or icy slopes.

Expert Competent to ski the fall line on all blacks and bumps whatever the conditions Enjoys skiing the steepest and most challenging terrain. Will have considerable experience in many ski areas and resorts. Confidently adapts behaviour in challenging conditions. Skis fall line descents of all runs including bumps, fluently and at a fast pace regardless of changes in terrain and snow quality. Can safely and confidently negotiate any conditions they may encounter.


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Skis easy off piste in good conditions

Intermediate Competent to ski moderate off piste

Minimum Advanced Intermediate on piste.

Confident and comfortable skiing moderate slopes off piste (blue - red).

Willing to venture off piste on easy slopes (lesser steepness than a blue).

At least a few weeks experience of skiing off piste, possibly with guides / instructors.

Limited experience, from no off piste to a few days or weeks. Relatively fit keen and able to progress.

Able to link several turns in light powder snow (just above boot height) on a uniform base. Will struggle to link turns in poor lighting.

Working on linking turns.

Able to manage easy untracked terrain and chalky snow, though prefers conditions without obstacles.

Able to ski off piste in easy conditions.

Advanced Competent to ski advanced off piste

Expert Competent to ski all off piste in all conditions

Confidently enjoys skiing off piste on steeper slopes (red+).

Confidently skis all skiable off piste terrain in a controlled line, in the widest variety of snow conditions, from deep powder, to difficult and varied snow.

Will have several years off piste skiing experience and some knowledge of mountain craft. Well used to spending the whole day off piste in a variety of snow conditions.

Considerably experienced in skiing off piste in many ski areas and resorts over several years and throughout the ski season and in all types of snow. Excellent knowledge of mountain craft and how to ski safely in mountain terrain.

Skis confidently and enjoys powder, able to ski with consistent speed and turn shape in all but the most challenging conditions.

Skis with fluidity and confidence in almost any condition. Actively seeks challenging terrain and snow.

Able to handle a variety of conditions including lightly crusted and wind affected snow.

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Can safely and confidently negotiate any conditions they may encounter including breakable crust and deep snow. NB: We will provide transceivers on all off piste holidays, however please come equipped with a back pack, shovel and probe.

Your fitness is important When assessing your ski profile, one of the key factors to consider should be your current level of fitness. As you know, skiing takes an awful lot of energy and stamina, and it’s vital that you can keep up with the pace over the course of your holiday. As a rough guide, a skier with an average level of fitness can ski all day with an hour’s rest at lunch and may need to stop and rest after 15-20 dynamic turns. You should be at least this level of fitness to consider an off piste holiday. In the run up to your holiday, your best bet is to be doing aerobic exercise for a minimum of 40 minutes, three times a week. If you’re ski touring, you will need to consider your training programme several months before the trip. You can find advice on ski fitness from British ski champions Graham Bell and Chemmy Alcott at skiclub.co.uk/fitness. Alternatively, call our Info & Advice Team on 020 8410 2009.


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Powder-filled holidays for all standards

Adventure with no boundaries

Maximum skiing in minimum time

Holidays for a range of abilities - from those looking to learn the ropes through to expert powder hounds! Experienced mountain guides or instructors will take you to the heart of the mountains and find exhilarating powder skiing. Venture even further from the crowds with day tours on one of our ‘Exploration’ weeks.

Leave the crowds behind and explore breathtaking mountain terrain. You’ll be accompanied by fully qualified guides or instructors and stay in mountain huts or hotels along the way. Your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views and invigorating descents on untouched snow, plus a sense of achievement shared with the other members of the group.

Pack a week’s skiing into an ultimate long weekend. Ski Club Leaders will take you straight to the best snow both on and off the piste. Off piste options include mountain guides,or off piste instruction and touring weekends are also available.

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Heli & Cat Skiing

Hone your skiing technique with top instructors

We’ll lead you to the best slopes

An experience like no other

Open up a mountain of opportunity by improving your technique. We hand-pick our instructors to ensure you get the best advice. Develop your skills with others of a similar standard.

Maximise your skiing on our action-packed holidays. Our Ski Club Leaders will show you the best snow and resort highlights. Mostly on piste skiing, with some off piste according to conditions.

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Who needs a chairlift when you have a helicopter? You’re guaranteed to ski on untouched snow far from the crowds, amid truly spectacular scenery. Cat skiing involves transport up the mountain on a piste basher, while a helicopter offers a fast and breathtaking way of accessing freeskiing paradise. Whether it’s cat or heli, it is quite simply an unforgettable skiing experience. Go to page 98


Family Skiing

Peak Experience

Flexible for you

Everyone gets to explore

Age is no barrier

Ski with top internationally qualified instructors and mountain guides, whilst enjoying the flexibility to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements. Go to page 16 for full details.

Ski Club Leaders help everyone in the family make the most from their holiday. While parents have the option to ski independently or with other members of the group, children over six ski in groups organised and led by our Leaders*. Some of our holidays also include time with qualified instructors & mountain guides.

Our Peak Experience holidays are for those aged over 55 - and once our members reach 65, we recommend they book on the Peak Experience holidays exclusively. But this is not about slowing down! This is about skiing with likeminded people, and we offer a full range of trips from intermediate on piste weeks with our Club Leaders, through to advanced and expert off piste weeks with 6 days’ mountain guiding and even ski touring. In fact, these holidays account for over 30% of our entire programme.

Single Rooms Your own room at no extra cost Ski Club Freshtracks holidays have always been popular with individual travellers. If you’re on your own we have a great range of holidays that offer single rooms with no additional supplements. All other Ski Club Freshtracks holidays include a small number of rooms set aside for single occupancy where possible, usually at a supplement. As over 70% of our customers book as individuals, none of our holidays carry a supplement if you’re happy to share a room with another member.

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Single room holidays can be identified throughout the brochure by the single room icon. Go to page 17 for full details.

If you have older children aged 16 years and over, you can join any appropriate holiday in the Ski Club Freshtracks programme (except Peak Experience holidays), providing all family members are the right standard for your selected holiday. You and your family won’t be held back, nor will you struggle to keep up on the slopes. As with all of our holidays, you’ll be skiing with others of a similar ability and ambition. *Leaders are not qualified instructors. Children must be comfortable to ski on blue and red pistes all day.

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Specific family holidays coincide with school holidays. They can be identified throughout the brochure by the Families icon. Go to page 18 for full details.

We have seen enormous growth in these holidays, so we’ve added new, exciting destinations alongside all of the old favourites, for all abilities of skier.

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”. George Bernard Shaw

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They can be identified throughout the brochure by the purple colouring and Peak Experience icon. Go to page 19 for full details.

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This was a great course with the best teaching I've ever had. Nigel Peasley

Enjoy the flexibility to make your own transport and accommodation arrangements and still join in with our groups on a course-only basis. We have created more opportunities than ever to give you the chance to ski with other Ski Club members, particularly in France. There are options across all zones, and if a holiday does not appear in the list here then please give the team a call on 020 8410 2022 if you would like to see if another holiday is possible on a course-only basis. The prices below include five or six days with guides or instructors. Please see the holiday pages listed for full details. HOLIDAY

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Off Piste 29 Off Piste 37 Development 81 Off Piste 43 Off Piste 33 Off Piste 33 Off Piste 33 Development 78 Off Piste 34 Development 78 Development 79 Development 79 Off Piste 48 Off Piste 52 Off Piste 37 Off Piste 38 Development 85 Development 85 Off Piste 49 Development 85

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5 days with instructors 6 days with mountain guides/instructors 6 days with instructors 6 days with instructors 5 days with mountain guides 6 days with instructors 5 days with mountain guides & night in hut 5 days with instructors 6 days with mountain guides/instructors 6 days with instructors 6 days with instructors 6 days with instructors 6 days with mountain guides 6 days with mountain guides 6 days with instructors 6 days with mountain guides 5 days with instructors 6 days with instructors 6 days with instructors 6 days with instructors

Learn to Ski Powder

Ross Woodhall


Single Room Holidays

Your own room at no extra cost

Deirdre Philpott

Ski Club Freshtracks holidays have always been popular with individual travellers. If you’re on your own we have a great range of holidays that offer single rooms with no additional supplements.

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Dec 2-9 Season's Start Up Dec 9-16 Trois Vallées Technique Dec 9-16 Season's Start Up Dec 16-23 Pre-Season Paradiski Jan 3-10 Wengen Fun Jan 6-13 Davos Delights Jan 6-13 Engelberg Extreme Jan 6-13 Nendaz Singles Off Piste Jan 7-14 Deux Alpes Development Jan 13-20 Austrian Off Piste Jan 13-20 Austrian Achievement Jan 14-21 Technique Top Up Jan 20-27 Saas Fee Singles Jan 21-28 Wengen Off Piste Jan 21-28 Deux Alpes Off Piste Instruction Jan 25-29 Nendaz Adventure Jan 27-3 Ski & Spa Jan 27-3 Engelberg Extreme Jan 27-3 Swiss Bliss Jan 28-4 Technique Top Up Feb 4-11 Austrian Achievement Feb 4-11 Austrian Indulgence Feb 4-11 Deux Alpes Off Piste Instruction Feb 10-17 Adventurous Powder Feb 17-24 Engelberg Extreme Feb 18-25 Technique Top Up Feb 24-3 Austrian Achievement

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Tignes Val Thorens Tignes Les Arcs Wengen Davos Engelberg Nendaz Les Deux Alpes Galtür Bad Hofgastein Courmayeur Saas Fee Wengen Les Deux Alpes Nendaz Bad Hofgastein Engelberg Laax (Flims) Courmayeur Bad Hofgastein Zell am Ziller Les Deux Alpes Flaine Engelberg Courmayeur Bad Hofgastein

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Excellent range of holidays. Especially useful if you are a solo skier wanting to ski with a guide. Andermatt Adventure

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Feb 24-3 Swiss Bliss Feb 24-3 Nendaz Singles Off Piste Feb 25-4 Deux Alpes Development Mar 1-5 Grindelwald Getaway Mar 3-10 Engelberg Extreme Mar 3-10 Davos Delights Mar 4-11 Technique Top Up Mar 8-12 Nendaz Adventure Mar 10-17 Ski & Spa Mar 10-17 Austrian Action Mar 10-17 Wengen Fun Mar 11-18 Deux Alpes Development Mar 17-24 Improvers Powder Skills Mar 17-24 Parsenn Powder & Piste Mar 17-24 Engelberg Extreme Mar 17-24 Nendaz Singles Ski Instruction Mar 18-25 Luxury Lenzerheide Mar 18-25 Deux Alpes Off Piste Instruction Mar 24-31 Swiss Bliss Mar 29-2 Davos Easter Dash Mar 31-7 Improvers Powder Skills Apr 7-14 Adventurous Powder Apr 7-14 Spring Paradiski Apr 14-21 Final Fling Apr 14-21 Last Blast Apr 21-28 Last Blast

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Laax (Flims) Nendaz Les Deux Alpes Grindelwald Engelberg Davos Courmayeur Nendaz Bad Hofgastein Zell am See Wengen Les Deux Alpes Flaine Davos Engelberg Nendaz Lenzerheide Les Deux Alpes Laax (Flims) Davos Flaine Flaine Les Arcs Obergurgl Tignes Tignes

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Family Holidays

Everyone gets to explore Ski Club Leaders help everyone in your family make the most of their holiday. Your family will ski with others of a similar ability so you won’t be held back.

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Great holidays full of very keen skiers. Claire Flanigan

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Freshtracks is an excellent way of being able to ski with others of similar ability. Caroline Johnson

Age is no barrier

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Our Peak Experience holidays are specially designed for the over 55s, and we have something for all skiing abilities. Travel to resorts with excellent skiing and great atmosphere – with like-minded skiers all looking to make the most of their time on snow. DATE

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Dec 9-16 Pre-season Progression Dec 16-23 Pre-Season Paradiski Dec 17-24 Arlberg Achievement Jan 3-10 Wengen Fun Jan 6-13 Davos Delights Jan 6-13 Tarentaise Taster Jan 10-18 Bernina Ski Express Jan 13-20 Improvers Powder Skills Jan 13-20 Off Piste Improvement Jan 13-20 Austrian Achievement Jan 13-20 Adelboden Action Jan 13-20 Sella Ronda Ski & Spa Jan 20-27 Saas Fee Singles Jan 20-27 Adventurous Powder Jan 20-27 Ski & Schnapps Jan 20-27 Virgin Snow Jan 20-27 Italian Instruction Jan 21-28 Wengen Off Piste Jan 21-28 Damüls Descents Jan 27-3 Ski & Spa Jan 27-3 Austrian Improvers Jan 27-3 Swiss Bliss Jan 27-3 Adelboden Off Piste Adventure Jan 28-4 Schladming Schuss Feb 3-10 All Mountain Development Feb 3-10 Italian Off Piste Adventure Feb 4-11 Austrian Achievement Feb 4-11 Austrian Indulgence

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Val Thorens Les Arcs St Anton Wengen Davos Sainte Foy St.Moritz/Bormio Flaine Chamonix Bad Hofgastein Adelboden Colfosco Saas Fee Flaine Zermatt Madonna Bormio Wengen Damüls Bad Hofgastein Lech Laax (Flims) Adelboden Schladming Chamonix Ponte di Legno Bad Hofgastein Zell am Ziller

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Feb 17-24 Powder Performance Feb 24-3 Austrian Achievement Feb 24-3 Andermatt Adventure Feb 24-3 Swiss Bliss Feb 28-12 Alberta Adventure Mar 3-10 Italian Instruction Mar 3-10 Engelberg Extreme Mar 3-10 Davos Delights Mar 10-17 Italian Indulgence Mar 10-17 Ski & Spa Mar 10-17 Val D'Anniviers Adventure Mar 10-17 Adelboden Off Piste Adventure Mar 10-17 Austrian Improvers Mar 10-17 Austrian Action Mar 10-17 Wengen Fun Mar 17-24 Improvers Powder Skills Mar 17-24 Damüls Descents Mar 17-24 Schladming Schuss Mar 17-24 Parsenn Powder & Piste Mar 17-24 Virgin Snow Mar 17-25 Glacier Ski Express Mar 18-25 Luxury Lenzerheide Mar 24-31 Adventurous Powder Mar 24-31 Swiss Bliss Apr 7-14 Spring Paradiski Apr 14-21 Final Fling Apr 14-21 Val Thorens Spring Ski Week

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Instructors, Guides & Leaders Getting it right, on every single holiday Whether you’re lucky enough to spend endless amounts of time in resort or you’re just trying to sneak in a few weekends each winter, we can make sure that every moment you spend in the mountains is exhilarating and unforgettable. We do this by selecting the most appropriate Ski Club Leaders, hand-picked mountain guides and world-class instructors. Whichever Ski Club Freshtracks holiday you go on, you’re in safe hands from start to finish.

Ski Club Leaders Our Leaders are a total hit both on and off the mountain. This trained team of enthusiastic volunteer members provides a dual function for the Club, by offering a resort skiing programme to members throughout the season and by hosting our Freshtracks holidays. Each Leader will bring their own unique brand of fun to your holiday and we can promise you – skiing is most definitely their number one passion! With the exception of a few tours, all of our holidays are hosted by Ski Club Leaders. They’re experienced skiers who’ll always be on hand to ensure your trip is going to plan.

Ross Woodhall


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Mountain Guides

If you’re looking to improve your technique or conquer new types of terrain, our Development holidays and a number of our Off Piste holidays are an ideal way to take the next step.

Skiing with one of our mountain guides takes your desire for exploration to a new level. You’ll cover areas of the mountain you didn’t know were accessible, far away from the crowds with someone who knows the terrain like the back of their hand.

Our carefully selected instructors are on hand to analyse your skiing and work with you to iron out any flaws or build on your experience, to give you the skills and confidence you need to take on the mountain.

All the guides we use are internationally qualified and wear the badge of the IFMGA – the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association - the highest professional accolade.

As a minimum, we work with instructors who have reached the international level of ISIA (International Ski Instructors’ Association). We use both local and BASI (British Association of Ski Instructors) qualified instructors to ensure a high level of tuition.

The instructors, as usual, were excellent. We were taught techniques and then skied to use them. They were brilliant at instructing, but also great fun. Rosemary Hayward Val Thorens Spring Week

INSTRUCTORS, GUIDES & LEADERS

Instructors


Instruction and Development Take your skiing to the next level. Many people start skiing with the Ski Club because they’ve reached the infamous plateau, or are seeking more from their holiday and skiing experience than just blasting the pistes – however much fun that is! By working with top level instructors, we’ve created holidays that really help to push your skiing through the plateau and beyond. You might be getting to grips with carving, determined to master bumps or keen to not fall over every three turns once off the sides of the pistes! You may have many years of experience but really want to build confidence on steeps and deeper snow, allowing you to get more out of your skiing. We carefully select the instructors we work with – they’re not only passionate about helping you improve but are also patient and help to build your confidence, coaching you to try new experiences in a supportive environment. Instructors are either local or BASI qualified, however you’ll find that they are all very popular with our members and each brings their own unique style.

Off Piste Holidays Many of our holidays in the Off Piste section are instruction holidays. We have several options for those looking to try off piste for the first time, or for those looking to gain confidence in venturing away from the resort runs. We also offer the possibility of more advanced courses aimed at developing off piste techniques, and giving you the tools to venture further away from the beaten track and cope with a variety of snow conditions and terrain. From our base in Flaine, we offer a range of holidays designed to develop your off piste skiing – Learn to Ski Powder, Improvers Powder Skills, Advanced Powder Skills are just some of the trips run by our hugely experienced team of instructors in Flaine. See pages 28-29 for more details.

We offer holidays throughout our programme that will help you achieve your skiing ambitions.

Development Holidays Within the Development section you can find a range of holidays where the coaching is on piste focused. Some holidays, such as Technique Top Up in Courmayeur, offer three days instruction – giving you the opportunity to get some mileage as you ski with our Club Leaders for the other three days. Other courses, like Deux Alpes Development, have more intensive 6 days of instruction, so you can focus on improving your skills.

All Mountain Development Holidays We are running several weeks in Chamonix with Rachel Kerr and her team that are aimed at good, strong skiers with a little or limited off piste experience, who are looking to improve, on and off the piste. Ross Woodhall


Ski Club Leaders' Course

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Zermatt 2nd – 15th December 2017, £2,999 Anyone wanting to become a Ski Club Leader must take and pass the Ski Club Leaders’ Course, a tailored two-week long training programme run by experienced mountain guides, instructors and Ski Club staff. The course isn’t just the gateway to becoming a Ski Club Leader – it’s a fantastic trip in its own right that will help you develop your mountaincraft and skiing skills. The course is running in Zermatt, one of Switzerland’s finest ski resorts, with an excellent early season snow record and glacial terrain.

Course contents

Course price includes

On-snow leading – groups of all standards

Return rail transfers to/from Geneva or Zurich Airport

Technique – on and off piste Ski profiles – familiarisation with Ski Club profiles Snowcraft – understanding and recognising different and changing snow structures Safety – understanding transceivers and avalanche safety procedures Administration procedures – daily and weekly tasks Promoting the Ski Club and resort PR

4* half-board accommodation – twin share basis Performance clinic – three half days skiing/ snowboarding technique instruction by BASI instructors

Leaders’ uniform – blue Ski Club jacket (Eider) Lift pass for duration of course Not included in the price

If you’d like to book a place on the Leaders’ Course, or need more information, email Owen Chapman at leaders@skiclub.co.uk or call 020 8410 2011

Nigel Shepherd

Further training by mountain guides and BASI trainers

Flights Personal insurance Equipment as per Leaders’ equipment list – rucksack and contents Two-day BASP First Aid Course in the UK (prior to Leaders’ course)

I learned and improved more in 12 days than I thought possible. Ski Club Leaders' Course participant


Off Piste ​ olidays for a range of abilities – from those looking H to learn the ropes through to expert powder hounds! ​Experienced mountain guides will take you to the heart of the mountains and find exhilarating powder skiing ​Venture even further from the crowds with day tours on one of our ‘Exploration’ weeks


Randy Lincks

Enjoy the freedom

OFF PISTE

Escape the crowds

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Chalet Freshtracks Flaine Excellent course, good chalet experience. Thank you. Ruth Wigfield PE Adventurous Powder Skills

Our off piste instruction weeks in Flaine are without doubt some of the most popular holidays in our programme, as they really do offer something quite special. The winning combination of first class instruction with Yann, Diane, Alain and their team, and a warm welcome from our chalet staff is the top choice for many of our regular customers who return to Flaine again and again. Our two chalets are very similar in layout and style and are both located in the colourful Scandinavian-style development, Les Chalets du Hameau. Close by, you’ll find a small shop, restaurant and bar, plus there’s free transport which runs to and from the main resort until midnight. Each chalet has six bedrooms, with a large open-plan kitchen/lounge/diner complete with Scandinavian woodburner, flat screen TV and wi-fi. In true Scandinavian style, a sauna comes as a prerequisite in order to help you relax and refresh ready for another day’s skiing. The chalet staff will be serving up hearty breakfasts, scrumptious afternoon teas and delicious three course evening meals (with one day off). There is also a good selection of wine to accompany the food.


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With the combination of great off piste instruction, a warm welcome from your hosts, and the added bonus of having a comfortable, homely chalet to return to after a hard day's skiing – we know that we are on to a winner.

Our chalet hosts were fantastic in every possible way. Graham Coates Flaine Adventurous Powder 5

Bedrooms The bedrooms in both chalets are very similar, a good size and have traditional wooden chalet styling.

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Room 4

twin/bath/wc – first floor (as kitchen/lounge/diner)

twin/single – shared bath and wc – second floor

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twin/bath/wc – ground floor

twin/single – shared bath and wc – second floor

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Room 6

twin/bath/wc – ground floor

twin/single/shower – shared wc – second floor

For more information or to book online visit skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks or call +44 (0)20 8410 2022


The Instructors As ever, the Yann, Diane and Alain team were on top form! Even though it's my fourth Flaine trip I skied new places and was really challenged every day.

Yann Westercamp Yann is our head instructor in Flaine and has been managing our weeks for over 20 years. He first arrived in Flaine in 1969, the same year the resort opened, and has returned every season since! His intricate knowledge of the surrounding mountains and leading expertise means that Yann will always take you to the best snow. An ISIA qualified instructor with years of technical knowledge and experience to draw upon, Yann is held in very high regard amongst Ski Club members. Aside from skiing, as an outdoor sports enthusiast, Yann spends his summers windsurfing, road and mountain biking as well as playing tennis – and sharing all of that with his friends.

Osla Allen

Diane Moreau

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Diane is based in Flaine all winter, every winter, and has a tremendous knowledge of the local mountains. Passionate about skiing and extremely well versed in Flaine’s terrain, Diane knows exactly where to take you to ensure you find couloirs, gullies and mountainsides that will always leave you wanting more. Being a patient teacher who’s always open to new ideas makes Diane very popular with Ski Club members. Her husband and young family are often in Flaine too, and Diane enjoys spending time with them when she’s not on the mountain.

The Resort At the heart of the Grand Massif, Flaine has fantastic, vast and varied terrain for skiers of all levels. As a resort built because of its majestic mountains and generous dumps of snow, Flaine benefits from one of the best snowfalls across the Alps, with an average of almost six metres a year. With its runs being predominantly north-facing, the resort is renowned for maintaining fantastic snow throughout the season.

Alain Baudoin Many regulars will be familiar with Alain who has been a key part of our programme for the past couple of years. Previously director of the ESI ski school in Flaine, he is now working with us all season so he can teach what he loves the most – off piste and powder! Alain has been instructing in the Grand Massif all of his career and is an expert at getting the most from each individual he teaches whether skiing, snowboarding, telemarking or ski touring. Off the snow he is kept busy by his young family but if he has time will be found on either a mountain bike or sailing.

Situated in the centre of a snowy bowl, there’s a wealth of off piste terrain to ski, both within the bowl and also over the top of the mountain ridges, in between pistes, tree runs, couloirs, gullies, powder fields and backcountry routes dropping from 2,500m down to 700m.

We also work regularly with some other highly-regarded instructors carefully chosen by Yann. Luc Demontier and Philippe Clerc are both outstanding instructors, who have been very well received by our members and consistently receive excellent feedback.

Luc Demontier

Philippe Clerc


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Flaine, with the quality of the tuition and the ability to get miles under your skis, is unique Gail Torbet Flaine Adventurous Powder

Skiing in Flaine – The On Snow Experience Staying the in Freshtracks chalet is made even better by the epic onsnow experience that we want to give you. On all our Flaine holidays you will start the week with an exploratory warm up day to get your ski legs working again. Following this are five full days of expert tuition from some of the best instructors in the Alps, who aim to teach, guide, improve and entertain you! The only concern is they’ll have you coming back for more!

Flaine Exploration Similar to our other Flaine instruction holidays, you will spend 5 days with Yann & his team but this time ski touring for a couple of hours each day to fully explore the extensive Grand Massif. You will of course also receive expert off piste tuition to sharpen those skills providing a truly rewarding, scenic and remote skiing experience. Our partners at Sport 2000 in Flaine forum have and excellent range of freeride skis with touring bindings available to hire.

For more information or to book online visit skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks or call +44 (0)20 8410 2022

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Sat 23 Dec - Sat 30 Dec Sat 30 Dec - Sat 06 Jan Sat 06 Jan - Sat 13 Jan Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Sat 27 Jan - Sat 03 Feb Sat 03 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Sat 10 Feb - Sat 17 Feb Sat 17 Feb - Sat 24 Feb Sat 24 Feb - Sat 03 Mar Sat 03 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Sat 24 Mar - Sat 31 Mar Sat 31 Mar - Sat 07 Apr Sat 07 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr

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Adventurous Powder Adventurous Powder Learn to Ski Powder Improvers Powder Skills Adventurous Powder Adventurous Powder Improvers Powder Skills Adventurous Powder Adventurous Powder Learn to Ski Powder Advanced Powder Skills Learn to Ski Powder Improvers Powder Skills Adventurous Powder Improvers Powder Skills Adventurous Powder Flaine Exploration

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Course only price £450 Our Improvers Powder Skills weeks are designed to improve your off piste skiing - you must have had some experience off piste to be suitable for these weeks. Price includes – Set transfer from Geneva Airport, seven nights chalet board accommodation, twin share, five days instruction and transceiver hire. Course Only – it’s possible to book these weeks on a course only basis (price £450) – including five full days instruction and transceiver hire. Set transfer details: Arrival day: Meet outside the Jazz Café in arrivals hall by latest 14.15h. Coach to depart airport at 14.30h to resort. Departure day: Coach to depart Flaine at approx. 9.30h for arrival at Geneva airport by 11.30h.


Chalet Freshtracks Chamonix After an extremely successful first winter in the homely Chalet Shiraz, we are pleased to say that Ski Club Freshtracks will be returning for a second season. Already one of the most popular Freshtracks destinations, we are excited to continue to expand our ski programme in this world-famous valley. The spacious Chalet Shiraz is based in a quiet location in Les Houches. You’ll be warmly welcomed with delicious food, comfortable accommodation and excellent amenities, including sauna and hot tub. With our Ski Club Leader and private minibus, you’ll be able to access all of the surrounding areas with ease and find the best conditions for your week.


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The Chalet Chalet Shiraz offers an excellent level of comfort. There are six large twin/ double rooms with en-suite, and a seventh twin room with its own detached shower and WC facilities. The rooms are spread over three levels, and the chalet also has a sauna and a hot tub to relax in after a hard day’s skiing. There is a large lounge and dining area with plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the delicious food and drinks, all prepared daily by the returning and excellent hosts, Marcus & Audrey. The chalet also offers Wi-Fi and Sky TV. Chalet Shiraz is located in a quiet location near the village of Les Houches – a great base to explore the entire Chamonix ski area. There will be a Freshtracks minibus and of course a Ski Club Leader to drive it. On the days with guides, you will all meet at the chalet and set off to that day’s chosen destination.

For more information or to book online visit skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks or call +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Excellent chalet hosts - really great food and nothing was too much trouble. David Wilson


The Resort Chamonix is perhaps the world's most famous off piste destination. With its reputation as a freeride mecca, Chamonix attracts mountain guides and backcountry addicts from around the globe, both to visit and to settle. It’s an area that’s impossible to get bored of, with new challenges each day from powder bowls to demanding couloirs and impressive glacial routes in dramatic scenery. And the best way to experience this legendary terrain? With Freshtracks of course!

Our holidays offer: • The

best mountain guides and instructors to find you the best snow use of Freshtracks minibus • Comfortable accommodation in our lovely chalet • Exclusive

The Chamonix lift system consists of several distinct and very different ski areas high above a steep-sided valley where the town and its villages are located. From one day to the next you can explore the resort’s different ski areas: Brévent & Flégère, Les Grands Montets, Le Tour & Vallorcine (Domaine de Balme), L'Aiguille du Midi / La Vallée Blanche and Les Houches. And if that wasn’t enough, the Chamonix Mont-Blanc lift pass extends over to Courmayeur and even Verbier! All these different areas could prove a challenge if it wasn’t for our minibus to ferry you around. So no need to check bus times and walk to and from stops and lifts - we’ll collect you from the chalet door and take you straight to whichever area you’re skiing that day. These adventure weeks will explore the furthest reaches of the ski areas in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc valley. The first day will be a free ski day (destination and lunch stop organised by the Leader) to acclimatise you to the surroundings, check kit and get your legs geared up for the challenges ahead. The mountain guides we work with in Chamonix are second to none - each has their own style and specialities and all are true experts on the area.


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For: good skiers looking to really improve their technique across the whole mountain, with time spent both on and off the piste.

Off Piste Improvement Our instructors: taking charge of our All Mountain Development weeks is the popular Rachel Kerr. A dedicated sportswoman & skier, native Scot and now Chamonix local, Rachel will provide the technical points, skills and the confidence to help you progress in both your on and off piste skiing.

For: off piste skiers looking to improve. A full on week exploring the whole area with plenty of tips along the way to help you improve.

Our mountain guides: regulars will recognise most of the names featured here as we have worked with all of these guides for many years and people keep returning for more. They all hold the highest level of professional qualification and offer the perfect mix of safety, knowledge and personality.

Off Piste Adventure For: experienced off piste skiers looking to get more miles under their feet and experience all that this incredible area has to offer.

All of our guide led weeks will run to the same formula. A warm up/free ski day on Sunday – normally in Les Houches where the chalet is based but dependent on conditions – followed by five days with mountain guides and/or instructors in maximum group sizes of six*. All mountain development weeks will have 6 full days with Rachel and team. DATE

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All Mountain Development Off Piste Adventure Backcountry Skills Off Piste Improvement All Mountain Development Off Piste Improvement All Mountain Development Chamonix Exploration Off Piste Adventure Off Piste Adventure Chamonix Safari All Mountain Development Off Piste Adventure All Mountain Development Off Piste Adventure Chamonix Exploration Chamonix Safari

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Rachel Kerr & Team Hannah Burrows-Smith, Kathy Murphy Jim Kerr, Matthieu Desprat Roland Steiger, Matthieu Desprat Rachel Kerr & Team Roland Steiger, Evo 2 Rachel Kerr & Team Stuart MacDonald, Kathy Murphy Simon Abrahams, Matthieu Desprat Kathy Murphy, Graham McMahon Stuart MacDonald & Team Rachel Kerr & Team Matthieu Desprat, Graham McMahon Rachel Kerr & Team Jim Kerr, Hannah Burrows-Smith Stuart MacDonald, Kathy Murphy Simon Abrahams, Jim Kerr

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For: experienced off piste skiers that are looking for an all-encompassing week, including avalanche awareness and an introduction to ski touring, including a night in a mountain hut. Average 1-2 hour climbs.

Chamonix Exploration For: experienced off piste skiers with some ski touring experience that are looking to get further off the beaten track. Average 1-3 hour climbs.

Backcountry Skills For: adventurous off piste skiers looking to develop their backcountry skills, and techniques. Avalanche awareness, snow structure, transceiver use and navigation are just some of the many aspects of mountain craft that will be covered on and off the mountain. * Max groups sizes do not include Ski Club Leader

Price includes – Seven nights chalet board accommodation, twin share, five days with mountain guides / instructors, transceiver hire and private minibus service. Course Only options available – see page 16.

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All Mountain Development

We’ve been running off piste holidays in Chamonix for years, so having our own chalet for the whole season now gives us the chance to develop our holidays here and offer more experiences to more members. We have six different holiday types that cater for our different skier profiles. Starting off with our new All Mountain Development weeks – with intensive coaching for those that want to learn and improve across the full gamut of terrain and techniques – through to the more focused off piste and ski touring weeks.


Good value. Knowledgeable guides. Excellent company. Peter Heap Premier Party

Premier Party

Nendaz Singles Off Piste Austrian Off Piste

Val d’Isère | France

Nendaz | Switzerland

Galtür | Austria

Our most popular Freshtracks holiday, the Premier Party is for those who can’t wait to get back up on the mountain at the beginning of the season. It’s an excellent way to escape the pre-Christmas hubbub and enjoy all that the Espace Killy has to offer. You’ll be skiing with some of the best mountain guides and instructors in the Alps, renowned for finding incredible early season fresh tracks, giving even the most advanced skier ways of improving, and ensuring everyone has a good time. You’ll be staying in the Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isère, (accommodation provided by Mark Warner) just a short walk from the lifts and in the centre of the village and the thriving après scene.

The ‘4 Vallées’ is known for its extensive, challenging slopes with plenty of off piste and bumps. From Nendaz you can find some of the world’s most renowned off piste including the routes down the back of the Mont Fort, boasting great views of Mont Gelé. Skiing with mountain guides from Neige Aventure, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Rhône Valley whilst exploring the wide variety of terrain within Mont Fort, Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Bruson. You’ll be staying at the centrally located 3* Hotel Mont-Fort, and will benefit from a single room at no extra cost.

Nestled at the highest spot in the Paznaun valley, you’ll find the snow-sure resort of Galtür. During the week, alongside your local guide, not only will you explore all that Galtür has to offer, you’ll also have access to the huge ski area of Ischgl. With a further 238km of well kept pistes and a multitude of thrilling off piste runs, you’ll never have a dull moment. If you have the stamina, then the après is amongst the best in Austria and not forgetting the exhilarating night time toboggan run! Alternatively, if this all sounds too tiring after a full day’s skiing, then simply return to the calm of the family run Hotel Post where you can relax in the fantastic wellness area.

Six days with local mountain guides Single room with no supplement • A chance to explore the 4 Vallées • •

Course only price: £499

Six days skiing with local guides Access to the entire Paznaun valley • Family-run hotel with excellent facilities • •

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days skiing with mountain guides and instructors • Choice of evening meal and wine included • Book early to avoid disappointment – this trip regularly sells out 7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£995

Sun 10 Dec - Sun 17 Dec Pascal Arpin, Peirre Liotard, Jean Marc-Pic, Olivier Carrer, Patrick Speziali, Tchenko, Valerie, Remy, Uffe Ysten, Thomas Quero Batani, Fred, Steven, Dimitri Mauz, Alain Vauffrey, Severin Merchant Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble Coach, 3 hrs Chalethotel le Val d’Isère - chalet board, twin share • markwarner.co.uk REF008

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7 Nights

£1150

Sat 6 Jan - Sat 13 Jan Neige Adventure Not Included Rail, 2.5 hrs Hotel du Mont Fort 3* - half board, single room • hotemontfort.ch REF030 S

7 Nights

£1299

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Neige Adventure Not Included Rail, 2.5 hrs Hotel du Mont Fort 3* - half board, single room • hotemontfort.ch REF139

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7 Nights

£1499

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Galtür Ski School Scheduled, Heathrow - Innsbruck Coach, 1.5hrs Hotel Post 4* - half board, single room • hotel-post.at REF038


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Andermatt Adventure Andermatt | Switzerland

For the more experienced powder hunters amongst you, Andermatt has enormous off piste opportunities and a reputation for generous dumps of snow, making it one of Switzerland’s best off piste resorts. Renowned for its reliable snowfall and exhilarating off piste terrain, Andermatt features a number of ski areas along its valley side and has been a favourite with Ski Club groups for many years. Make the most of six days’ exploring with your knowledgeable mountain guides. Evenings can be spent unwinding in the peaceful village of Andermatt at the charming 3* Hotel Sonne. Six days skiing with mountain guides Four separate ski areas to explore • A good level of fitness is required as there may be some skinning • •

7 Nights

£1250

Sat 6 Jan - Sat 13 Jan Andrea Enzio & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF032 7 Nights

£1250

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Andrea Enzio & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF041 Ross Woodhall

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7 Nights

£1250

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Andrea Enzio & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF134 7 Nights

£1250

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Andrea Enzio & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF173


Engelberg Extreme Engelberg | Switzerland

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Engelberg is a traditional Swiss village with a tremendous snow record and skiing to over 3,000m on Mount Titlis. Nestled above Trübsee, there are sheltered bowls where the snow is deep and light, protected from the wind and perfect for practising powder turns. If you’re adventurous, you could take the opportunity to ski Galtiberg, a local secret that starts near Mount Titlis, crosses glaciers, open powder fields and couloirs, and passes rock buttresses and frozen waterfalls before finishing in the valley some 2,000m lower. After a long day on the mountain, return to the centrally located Hotel Terrace – situated just a short walk from the main cable car – for your five-course evening buffet with wine, also included in the price. • Six

day Engelberg lift pass included • Six days skiing with local mountain guides and instructors • A good level of fitness is required as there may be some skinning

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7 Nights

£1399

Sat 6 Jan - Sat 13 Jan Roger Christen & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Terrace 3* - half board, single room • titlis.ch REF028

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Ross Woodhall

LIFT PASS INCLUDED

7 Nights

£1399

Sat 27 Jan - Sat 3 Feb Roger Christen & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Terrace 3* - half board, single room • titlis.ch REF081

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7 Nights

£1399

Sat 17 Feb - Sat 24 Feb Roger Christen & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Terrace 3* - half board, single room • titlis.ch REF115

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7 Nights

£1399

Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Roger Christen & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Terrace 3* - half board, single room • titlis.ch REF154

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7 Nights

£1399

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Roger Christen & team Not Included Rail, 2 hrs Hotel Terrace 3* - half board, single room • titlis.ch REF193


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Serre Chevalier Off Piste Instruction

The Espace Killy is one of the greatest off piste ski areas in the Alps, with an abundance of valleys, couloirs, powder fields and trees to tackle. Spending six days with local mountain guides and instructors, you’ll be skiing hard all day, taking in the spectacular views and exploring the wealth of terrain at your ski tips. This is an ideal holiday if you want to challenge yourself and really improve your off piste proficiency -the instructors offer excellent coaching to enhance your skiing and technique. Accommodation is in the newly refurbished, The Lodge, which offers style and comfort, located just off Val d’Isère’s main street. Choice of evening meal - accommodation and travel provided by Skiworld.

Serre Chevalier is a beautiful place to ski, with an excellent snow record and incredible treeskiing. It’s no wonder that people return here every year. Spread across four villages, each area retains a unique feel, whether it’s extensive bowls, fabulous views over Briancon old town or challenging off piste. Based at the cosy Hotel Plein Sud in Chantemerle you’ll have great access to the slopes. The instructors will put you through your paces and improve your technique with a real sense of adventure.

Course only price: £499

• Six

Val d’Isère | France

Serre Chevalier | France

Course only price: £499 days with off piste instructors variation in terrain • Cosy family-run hotel • Excellent

• Six

days skiing with local mountain guides and instructors and plentiful breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner • A good level of fitness and some experience of skiing off piste is required • Fantastic

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7 Nights

£1099

Sat 6 Jan - Sat13 Jan Tchenko, Remy Schmitt, Pascal Arpin, Patrick Speziali Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs The Lodge - chalet board**, twin share • skiworld.co.uk REF033 +

7 Nights

£1150

Sat 3 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Patrick Speziali, Serge Strippentoir, Tchenko Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs The Lodge - chalet board**, twin share • skiworld.co.uk REF100

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7 Nights

£1150

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Patrick Speziali, Pascal Arpin, Serge Strippentoir Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs The Lodge - chalet board**, twin share • skiworld.co.uk REF140 +

7 Nights

£1150

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Tchenko, Valerie Mais, Serge Strippentoir Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs The Lodge - chalet board**, twin share • skiworld.co.uk REF180

* Regional options available ** Wine not included with meals, €70 bar credit per person per week provided

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7 Nights

£1299

Sat 6 Jan - Sat 13 Jan Ski Connections Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2 hrs Hotel Plein Sud 3* - half board, twin share • hotelpleinsud.com REF031 7 Nights

£1299

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Ski Connections Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2 hrs Hotel Plein Sud 3* - half board, twin share • hotelpleinsud.com REF051

7 Nights

£1299

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Ski Connections Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2 hrs Hotel Plein Sud 3* - half board, twin share • hotelpleinsud.com REF199

OFF PISTE

Off Piste Progression


St Anton Adventure

Espace Killy Off Piste

St Anton’s reputation attracts skiers from all over the world, and the off piste skiing is arguably the finest in Austria. Mountain guides and instructors will provide you with six days of exploring the long and challenging bump runs as well as the extensive off piste opportunities. At the end of each day you can relax in the Chalet Hotel Rosanna, located in the heart of the town (accommodation and travel provided by Mark Warner). Or for those with energy to spare there’s always the legendary St Anton après ski scene!

The ever-reliable resort of Tignes is a perfect destination to get some January off piste skiing under your belt. Using local guides for your six ski days, you are sure to find the freshest untracked snow to make the most of your week. You’ll be staying in the centrally positioned Mark Warner Chalethotel L'Aiguille Percee, where you can enjoy their usual excellent hospitality and fabulous spa facilities – including an indoor swimming pool. Located just opposite the main ski lifts and next to numerous restaurants and bars, you can enjoy the snow as well as the après scene.

St Anton | Austria

I can't see how anyone could better the organisation, professionalism and friendliness of a Freshtracks holiday.

• Six

Tim Hicks Serre Chevalier Off Piste Instruction 2

7 Nights

£1299

Sun 14 Jan - Sun 21 Jan Andy Thurner, Arlberg Guides Charter, Gatwick - Friedrichshafen Coach, 2 hrs Chalethotel Rosanna - chalet board, twin share • markwarner.co.uk REF048

days skiing with local mountain guides and instructors • A good level of fitness is required as there are a number of long, continuous, off piste runs • Choice of evening meal with wine included 7 Nights

Sun 4 Feb - Sun 11 Feb Andy Thurner, Arlberg Guides Charter, Gatwick - Friedrichshafen Coach, 2 hrs Chalethotel Rosanna - chalet board, twin share • markwarner.co.uk REF103 7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1350

£1399

Sun 4 Mar - Sun 11 Mar Andy Thurner, Arlberg Guides Charter, Gatwick - Friedrichshafen Coach, 2 hrs Chalethotel Rosanna - chalet board, twin share • markwarner.co.uk REF159

Tignes | France

• 6

days with local mountain guides sure resort • Centrally located chalet hotel • Snow

7 Nights

£1299

Sun 14 Jan - Sun 21 Jan Pascal Arpin Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs Chalethotel l'Aiguille Percée - chalet board, twin share •.markwarner.co.uk REF050 7 Nights

£1350

Sun 28 Jan - Sun 4 Feb Pascal Arpin Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs Chalethotel l'Aiguille Percée - chalet board, twin share •.markwarner.co.uk REF085 * Regional options available


Adrenalin in Alagna Alagna | Italy

Verbier Off Piste Instruction

If you’re looking for an opportunity to seek out some supreme powder, why not consider a trip to off piste heaven? A week packed full of powder skiing is on offer, with top local guides giving you a chance to sample the delights of this relatively unknown area. Grimentz, a fairytale village offering magnificent views over the Val d’Anniviers, is charming, authentic and picturesque - all the ingredients are there for an enjoyable and rewarding holiday.

There’s nowhere better for a week exploring the mountains than the worldfamous resort of Verbier, with incredible terrain and fantastic après you have the perfect combination. You’ll be alternating days improving your skills off piste with instructors from European Snowsports, and exploring the mountain with a Ski Club Leader. The 3* Hotel Montpelier offers great facilities and a free shuttle service to the centre of town. After a long day attacking the mountain you can ease your aching limbs in the swimming pool and sauna.

Grimentz | Switzerland

Verbier | Switzerland

• Six

days skiing with local mountain guides area so you have the place to yourselves • A good level of fitness is required as it’s likely that there will be some skinning • Guides will change throughout the week • Little-known

Six days with local mountain guides Quiet resort and cosy hotel • A good level of fitness is essential • •

7 Nights

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2.5 hrs Residence Mirella 3* - B&B, twin share • residencemirella.com REF061 7 Nights

7 Nights

£1150

£1150

Sat 27 Jan - Sat 3 Feb Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2.5 hrs Residence Mirella 3* - B&B, twin share • residencemirella.com REF080

£1499

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Romain Tavelli Not Included Rail, 2.5 hrs Hotel Alpina 3* - half board, twin share • alpina-grimentz.com REF062 PE

7 Nights

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£1499

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Romain Tavelli Not Included Rail, 2.5 hrs Hotel Alpnha 3* - half board, twin share • alpina-grimentz.com REF171

3 days off piste with instructors, 3 days on and off piste with your Ski Club Leader • Indoor pool and wellness area • High altitude, snow sure skiing •

7 Nights

£1099

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan European Snowsport Not Included Rail, 3 hrs Hotel Montpelier 3* - B&B, twin share • montpelierverbier.ch REF068 7 Nights

£1199

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar European Snowsport Not Included Rail, 3 hrs Hotel Montpelier 3* - B&B, twin share • montpelierverbier.ch REF200

OFF PISTE

Alagna has been dubbed by the skiing press as ‘the Italian La Grave’. Lying at the foot of the mighty Monte Rosa, it does have some marked runs but is essentially an off piste paradise. A cable car rises from the quaint village and the skiing links to neighbouring Gressoney and Champoluc, providing a wide variety of off piste terrain for you to explore with your mountain guides. Higher up, you’ll find open bowls and narrow couloirs, some of which are accessed by rope. Return in the evenings to the low-key and friendly resort and hotel to rest up before the fun begins again the following day!

Val d’Anniviers Adventure


La Grave Adventure La Grave | France

Excellent holiday! Exceeded our expectations. Mark Weiner

La Grave is truly a legend among off piste skiers and once you sample its un-groomed, raw terrain you’ll understand why. A three stage gondola takes you from the valley floor to over 3,000 metres, where your local guides help you discover an endless number of routes through couloirs, gullies, powder fields, trees and glacial terrain – the choice is endless. You’ll have some of the best guides in the business to show you round this amazing ski area. The cosy hotel in this quiet resort is the perfect place to rest after a day in the powder. Go on – challenge yourself. • Six

days skiing with local mountain guides of charm at the cosy Auberge Edelweiss • Fantastic off piste resort with truly excellent ski terrain • High level of fitness essential • Plenty

7 Nights

£1199

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Jean-Yves Hubaud, Philppe Andre, Maxant Danilo Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 3.25 hrs Auberge Edelweiss 3* - half board, twin share • hotel-edelweiss.com REF065

7 Nights

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Jean-Yves Hubaud, Philppe Andre, Maxant Danilo Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 3.25 hrs Auberge Edelweiss 3* - half board, twin share • hotel-edelweiss.com REF129 7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1199

£1199

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Jean-Yves Hubaud, Philppe Andre, Maxant Danilo Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 3.25 hrs Auberge Edelweiss 3* - half board, twin share • hotel-edelweiss.com REF191


Wengen Off Piste Wengen | Switzerland

days skiing off piste with a local mountain guide, three days on and off piste with your Ski Club Leader • Centrally located 4* hotel located on main street opposite cable car • Delicious food, relaxing pool, wellness centre and piano bar

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Adelboden | Switzerland Surrounded by beautiful scenery at the end of the Engstligenalp valley, Adelboden is a picture-perfect Swiss mountain village. The ski area is linked to Lenk, providing over 200km of pistes and easily accessible off piste. To venture further you’ll spend three days with local mountain guide Christian Wäfler, who has been a great hit with our advanced exploration groups. The snow reliability is good, as are the mountain restaurants - though with the hearty breakfasts and delicious evening meals being served up by the 4* Hotel Beausite, you may not have room to enjoy them too much!

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• Three

days off piste with a local mountain guide, three days on and off piste with your Ski Club Leader • 7 nights half board in comfortable 4* hotel with sauna and jacuzzi PE

7 Nights

£1399

Sat 27 Jan - Sat 3 Feb Christian Wäfler Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Beausite 4* - half board, twin share • hotelbeausite.ch/en REF084

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7 Nights

£1599

Sun 21 Jan - Sun 28 Jan Hano Tschabold Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 hrs Sunstar Hotel Wengen 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/wengen REF069

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7 Nights

£1399

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Christian Wäfler Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Beausite 4* - half board, twin share • hotelbeausite.ch/en REF174

OFF PISTE

With skiing alternating between on and off piste during the week, your Ski Club Leader and local mountain guide will ensure maximum levels of skiing and fun. Revel in skiing surrounded by the beautiful scenery and amazing backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, as you dip off the side of the piste and float down through the trees. Staying at the lovely and conveniently located 4* Hotel Sunstar, after a hard day's skiing you can relax in the swimming pool, sauna or solarium before enjoying a sumptuous five course dinner in their charming restaurant.

Adelboden Off Piste Adventure


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7 Nights

£1299

Sun 21 Jan - Sun 28 Jan Helfried Bischof Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Alpenhotel Mittagspitze 4* - half board, twin share • alpenhotel-mittagspitze.at REF070

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7 Nights

Damüls | Austria

Damüls ranks among the most beautiful winter destinations in the Alps. According to one study, Damüls holds the record as the snowiest village worldwide – with an average of 9.3m of fresh snow every year there’s sure to be plenty of powder! Spending three days with a local instructor and three days with your Ski Club Leader you’ll be improving your technique, whilst discovering Bregenzerwald’s largest ski area and all its impressive peaks. The resort itself is in a spectacular setting with a lively après scene at the foot of the lifts. Your base for the week will be the beautiful and centrally located Alpenhotel Mittagspitze 4*, known for its fine dining and excellent service.

£1299

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Helfried Bischof Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Alpenhotel Mittagspitze 4* - half board, twin share • alpenhotel-mittagspitze.at REF188

7 Nights

Damüls Descents

£925

Sat 3 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Scuola Sci Tonale Presena Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 2.5 hrs Albergo Angelo 3* - half board, twin share • albergoangelo.it REF096

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

• Three

days off piste with a local instructor, three days on and off piste with your Ski Club Leader • Hotel in excellent location close to pistes and amenities • Opportunity to explore this lesser known part of Austria

Italian Off Piste Instruction Passo Tonale | Italy

Passo Tonale is tucked up in the Trentino region of Italy on the border with Lombardy. The resort is set relatively high at 1,883m and reaches peaks of up to 3,100m, so boasts excellent conditions throughout the winter. There is plenty of great terrain here for those new to off piste. The Paradiso in particular is a fantastic area for improving skills that allows you to return to the piste whenever you want – ideal to build confidence. With the off piste instruction well under way you can then take these new skills on to some of the more challenging itineraries in the area. You’ll be able to soothe your aches and pains away in the Hotel Albergo Angelo's wellness centre (payable locally) before an aperitif in the bar and a delicious Italian four-course dinner to set you up for the following day.

• Three

days off piste with local instructors, three days on and off piste with your Ski Club Leader • Seven nights half board in family run 3* hotel in the centre of the village • Many north facing off piste routes


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Deux Alpes Off Piste Instruction Les Deux Alpes | France

Les Deux Alpes has over 1,400 hectares of off piste terrain including La Fée bowl, the Vallons Diable itinerary and La Dome Glacier. With six full days of off piste instruction you’ll soon be tackling all of this head on – conquering runs at the end of the week that looked way too scary at the start! Maybe even venturing as far as the legendary La Grave. Off the snow, the resort’s many bars and pubs offer a warm and fun atmosphere in the evenings, or if you prefer you can return to the chalet and relax in the sauna, steam room and heated indoor pool before a delicious three course dinner. Accommodation and travel provided by Mark Warner. Course only price: £499 Six days with local instructors Single room at no extra cost • Choice of evening meal with wine included • •

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7 Nights

£1250

Sun 21 Jan - Sun 28 Jan Alex Chapman, ESI Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 1.25 hrs Chalet Hotel Bérangère - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF071

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7 Nights

£1250

Sun 4 Feb - Sun 11 Feb Alex Chapman, ESI Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 1.25 hrs Chalet Hotel Bérangère - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF104 Ross Woodhall

* Regional options available

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7 Nights

£1250

Sun 18 Mar - Sun 25 Mar Alex Chapman, ESI Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 1.25 hrs Chalet Hotel Bérangère - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF202


Italian Off Piste Adventure Ponte di Legno | Italy

The Adamello ski area is the place for freeride skiers. With improved lift systems and access it is swiftly becoming one of the top off piste destinations in Italy – so best get in quickly before the masses arrive! Ponte di Legno itself is just down the valley from Passo Tonale and is linked by a cable car enabling easy access to a vast number of itineraries and routes. The area is snow-sure thanks to the number of glaciers and much of the off piste is north facing. Your accommodation for the week is the 4* Hotel Mirella, situated close to the lifts and historic village centre where you can return each evening for a much needed swim and sauna, as well as fantastic Italian hospitality. Six days off piste with mountain guides Seven nights half board in 4* hotel • Swimming pool and sauna • •

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7 Nights

£1350

Sat 3 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Mirella 4* - half board, twin share • hotelmirella.it/en/ REF097

7 Nights

Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Mirella 4* - half board, twin share • hotelmirella.it/en/ REF156

7 Nights Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1350

£1350

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Mirella 4* - half board, twin share • hotelmirella.it/en/ REF195


Japan Powder Adventure Families Half Term Hakuba - Nozawa Onsen | Japan Off Piste

Canazei, a charming historic village, is a gateway to the famous Sella Ronda with 450 lifts over 12 resorts and 1,200km of pistes. This terrain opens up countless off piste opportunities and the local instructors here know every inch. Some of the most renowned off piste runs are found on the Pass Pordoi and the Marmolada glacier – both areas very close to Canazei. Long since the battles of WWI left their mark on the mountains, it’s now your turn to leave yours – as fresh tracks! The Hotel Italia is well situated and offers you a warm welcome and some hearty Italian dinners to set you up for the following day.

Take a trip a little further afield to experience a completely different culture, terrain and of course, an abundance of light, deep powder. You’ll stay in the bustling resort of Hakuba, which is home to ten ski resorts and a variety of terrain including steep tree skiing and open faces with peaks rising to 3,000m. The well located Hakuba Mominoki hotel boasts one of the most impressive onsens in the resort and will be your base to explore the area. You’ll then transfer to the charming resort of Nozawa Onsen for an authentic Japanese experience, staying in a traditional style hotel. The resort has been popular for centuries due to the numerous hot springs. There is also some exciting terrain to explore both in the resort and in the easily accessed backcountry. Spending half your time with guides and half your time with your Ski Club Leader, you’ll be able to explore the ski resorts as well as getting off the beaten track. You’ll finish off your Japanese experience with a night in Tokyo.

Canazei | Italy

• Six

full days skiing with instructors value restaurants and bars on and off the mountain • Fantastic public swimming pool & wellness centre a short walk from the hotel • Good

7 nights

£1250

Sat 3 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Scuola Sci Canazei - Marmolada Scheduled, Gatwick - Verona Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Italia 3* - half board, twin share • hotelitalia.tn.it REF099 7 nights

£1299

Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Scuola Sci Canazei - Marmolada Scheduled, Gatwick - Venice Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Italia 3* - half board, twin share • hotelitalia.tn.it REF157 Ross Woodhall

Baqueira - Beret | Spain

What a treat we have in store for you this half term! Take this fantastic opportunity to get away with your family to Baqueira Beret in the heart of the Pyrenees. Spending all six days with the excellent Kabi mountain guides you’ll be expertly looked after, discovering new areas filled with fresh snow and superb untracked powder fields, whilst enjoying the delicious local Spanish cuisine in restaurants scattered across the mountain. Enjoy the charming family run 4* hotel in the centre of the resort, which will be sure to make you feel right at home during your week here. • 6

days with mountain guides family ski area • Snow sure resort • Great

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good level of fitness is required as there will be some skinning and hiking • Five days with guides exploring the backcountry • A unique experience awaits

12 Nights

£2499

Sun 4 Feb - Sat 17 Feb Evergreen Not Included Private minibus / Bullet Train Hakuba Mominoki 4* • mominokihotel.com Nozawa Grand 3* • nozawagrand.com - half board, twin share REF105

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7 Nights

£1599

Sun 11 Feb - Sun 18 Feb Kabi Mountain Guides Scheduled, Heathrow - Toulouse Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Montarto 4* half board (plus lunch vouchers) twin share • en.montarto.com REF110

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Sella Ronda Off Piste


Powder Performance

Pure Gold

Not everyone has heard of the Monte Rosa ski area but it plays host to some of the best off piste skiing in Europe. If you’re a competent skier in powder then you’ll love the brilliant off piste runs from the high points of the lift system in all three valleys down to the quaint resort villages. Local guides and instructors will show you all the skiing on offer and there might even be the opportunity for a heli drop or two if it takes your fancy (payable locally). The Hotel Dufour is located opposite the chairlift so no time is wasted as you get your adventure underway each morning.

Off-piste skiing in the Val d'Anniviers region still remains one of Switzerland's best kept secrets, despite only being 2 hours from Geneva. Being a high altitude ski destination, snow is reliable and the lift pass allows access to 5 ski resorts: Vercorin, Grimentz, Zinal, St-Luc and Chandolin - offering huge scope for the week's adventure. The most fit and fearless powder hunters among you will explore the furthest reaches of this area in small groups of up to 5 with local guides. If your skiing is technically accurate and you’re able to take on anything, you’ll love this thrilling and challenging week. Our base is Chalet Edelweiss in the hamlet of Mottec, 2kms from Zinal and at the foot of one of the valley’s best off piste routes. Our hosts Penny and Eric renovated the old building themselves, creating a cosy and welcoming base where you’ll experience wonderful hospitality and delicious food and wine.

Gressoney | Italy

This was my first Freshtracks holiday and I'm certainly a convert. It was a pleasure to share it with such a nice group of interesting people all with a passion for skiing. Christopher Meadowcroft

• Six

days skiing with local mountain guides and instructors • Superbly located hotel • Tranquil, quaint and relaxing resort

PE

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7 Nights

£1450

Sat 17 Feb - Sat 24 Feb Guide Monterosa Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Dufour 3* - half board, twin share • hoteldufour.it REF114

7 Nights Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1399

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Guide Monterosa Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 1.5 hrs Hotel Dufour 3* - half board, twin share • hoteldufour.it REF172

Zinal | Switzerland

• Exhilarating

off piste experience in small groups of max 5 for expert skiers • Six days with local mountain guides • Fanstastic hospitality at Chalet Edelweiss

7 Nights

£1599

Sat 17 Feb - Sat 24 Feb Nick Parks Not Included Rail, 3.5 hrs Chalet Edelweiss - chalet board, twin share • skizinal.com REF118


Ultimate Ski America

Following the success of our Utah trip two seasons ago, we are returning to Utah and Wyoming in a ski safari that offers you the opportunity to ski seven resorts in two weeks. The trip begins in Alta – your base for the first four nights, which allows access to Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. Staying at the Alta Peruvian lodge you will have 3 days to try and take in as much of the skiing around you. There will be a travel day as you make your way up to Jackson Hole, but rest assured it is worth the 5-hour journey, to experience one of the best resorts in North America. You will have five nights staying in the 49’er in downtown Jackson. With four full days to explore to this unrivalled ski area, you will then then move over to Park City. From here you will ski Deer Valley, Canyons and of course Park City Mountain Resort. To finish this epic adventure off there will be a day Cat Skiing at Powder mountain, just a short drive from Park City.

Arabba | Italy

Set in the charming village of Arabba, this week of off piste skiing in the Sella Massif, renowned for its spectacular scenery and famous couloir skiing, is a fantastic opportunity to discover the hidden gems of the Dolomites as well as ski the Marmolada Glacier and Sasslungo. This week is a combination of lifts, boot packs and possibly some skinning to hunt out the coveted first tracks down these magnificent routes. This week includes many of the best descents in the area – long runs down remote valleys dominated by the towering limestone cliffs that characterise the region. Your base will be the conveniently located Hotel Malita – the perfect spot from where to explore this fabulous ski area. • Six

days skiing with mountain guides this fabulous ski region and UNESCO World Heritage site • A good level of fitness is required as you may do some skinning • Explore

• Experience

multiple resorts in two weeks a day CAT skiing at Powder Mountain • Snow sure resorts • Spend

14 Nights

£2299

Sun 25 Feb - Sun 11 Mar Kim Easdale Not Included Scheduled Minibus Transfers Alta Peruvian Lodge – 4 nights fully catered - 49’er Suites and Inn 5 nights B&B - Park City Peaks 5 nights room only • altaperuvian.com • townsquareinns.com • parkcitypeaks.com REF125 Melody Sky

7 Nights

£1399

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Guido Candolini & inMont Guide Alpine Scheduled, Gatwick - Venice Coach 2.5 hrs Hotel Malita 3* - half board, twin share • hotelmalita.it REF132

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Jackson Hole - Park City - Alta | USA

Dolomites Off Piste


Slovakia Off Piste

Trois Vallées Off Piste

Jasná | Slovakia

I wish I’d come across Freshtracks years ago – brilliant holidays. David Wilson Learn to Ski Off Piste

Mottaret | France

Have you ever thought of skiing Slovakia before? There are so many reasons why you should visit this spectacular destination. Freeride: there are 12 dedicated freeride zones in Jasná, all within the safety of a ‘North American-esque’ environment, ranging from the easier, safer lines through to the ultra-challenging. A direct flight from Luton to Poprad leaves you with just a 45-minute trip to resort, and whilst the weekends can sometimes get slightly busy, the weekdays are much quieter, leaving the powder all to you. Indoor or outdoor jacuzzi? Finnish sauna or aromatherapy steam? These are the taxing dilemmas you’ll face on this trip! The boutique hotel Tri Studnicky is tucked away into the hillside just a short drive from the main resort. A great value trip at just £899.

As part of the Trois Vallées, Mottaret is in a prime location. Sample the quality of liftserved terrain with the guidance of expert instructors to discover the off piste potential the area has on offer. You’ll have six full days with your instructor to get as much snow under your skis as possible and hone your technique. In the evenings you can enjoy the comforts of the Chalet Hotel Tarentaise, where the Mark Warner team will provide plentiful breakfasts, afternoon tea and a three-course evening meal with wine. Course only price: £499 • Comfortable

slope-side chalet hotel full days with instructors • A good level of fitness is required as there are a number of long, continuous, off piste runs • Six

• Three

full days off piste with instructors, three days on and off with Ski Club Leader • Excellent opportunity to improve and build confidence off piste • Fantastic spa facilities

7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£899

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Jasna Ski School Not Included Set transfer from Poprad, 1 hr Hotel Tri Studnicky - half board, twin share • tristudnicky.sk/en/ REF144

7 Nights

£1350

Sun 25 Feb - Sun 4 Mar Marmalade Ski School Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 1.5 hrs Chalethotel Tarentaise - chalet board, twin share • markwarner.co.uk REF141 * Regional options available Melody Sky


Parsenn Powder and Piste

End of Season Snowdown

Davos | Switzerland

Val d’Isère | France

Do you sit on the chairlift and watch skiers glide effortlessly down pristine powder slopes, or look at the snaking tracks etched into the mountainside and wish you could do it yourself? If so, come to Davos and learn how. Spend six days exploring this huge area, from the long tree-lined runs, which extend all the way down to the valleys below Davos, to the perfect hidden powder stashes on the Pischa and Rinerhorn mountains and in Klosters. Then return to the impressive 4* Sunstar Parkhotel, to unwind in comfort and enjoy an appetising dinner in the panoramic restaurant.

What could be better than empty slopes and glorious sunshine accompanied by top notch off piste instructors, in the worldrenowned off piste mecca that is the Espace Killy? Not much! For a combination of seriously impressive skiing and a captivating village ambience, Val d’Isère has it all. You’ll be able to explore a wealth of exciting off piste terrain and improve your technique with the instructors – so with them and the unrivalled lift-service, you’ll cover plenty of ground. You’ll stay at the comfortable and welcoming Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isère, just a short walk from the lifts, in the centre of the après scene. Choice of evening meal with wine included, accommodation and travel provided by Mark Warner.

days skiing with local mountain guides / instructors, three days with your Ski Club Leader • Piano bar, lounge and wellness centre • Extensive off piste skiing area with a reliable snow record

PE S

7 Nights

£1599

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Fullmoons Guides Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 hrs Sunstar Parkhotel 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/davos REF190 Ross Woodhall

Course only price: £499 • Six

days skiing with local instructors located hotel situated in the heart of Val d’Isère • Excellent opportunity for late season off piste • Conveniently

7 Nights

£999

Sun 15 Apr - Sun 22 April Patrick Speziali, Tchenko, Serge Strippentoir Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble Coach, 2.5 hrs Chalethotel le Val d’Isère - chalet board, twin share • markwarner.co.uk REF227

OFF PISTE

• Three

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Our exploration holidays comprise of single day touring trips. Located within the ‘off piste zone’, the focus is very much on skiing off piste, however, for a couple of hours each day you should expect to be skinning uphill to find the perfect pitch. The amount of skinning involved on each holiday will vary depending on the conditions and terrain – some days you may not do any at all, whereas others could involve a couple of hours of ascents. You’ll be based in the same hotel for the week, so on a daily basis you’ll only need to carry your usual off piste safety kit. Underfoot, you’ll need touring skis – or more likely, freeride skis with touring bindings, skins and ski crampons (otherwise known as harcheisen or couteaux). You do not need any previous ski touring experience for these trips, however, you’ll be required to be of a certain ski standard before venturing off piste and you’ll also need to have a good level of fitness. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive ski touring experience, take a look at our Touring Skills weekends in the Weekend section of the brochure. Or, if you’d prefer a hutto-hut adventure, don’t miss the safaris and tours section in our Touring category.

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Melody Sky


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Sainte Foy Exploration Set in the base of the Tarentaise Valley, Sainte Foy is nestled amongst some of the best off piste ski resorts in France, giving you the opportunity to explore them all in just one week. Each morning the mountain guides will take you to find fresh snow, whether it’s in Val d’Isère, Les Arcs, La Rosière, Sainte Foy, La Plagne or the Three Valleys. Once on the mountain you’ll be able to reap the benefits of the fantastic lift systems, with some skinning to explore and experience the more remote, untracked parts of the Tarentaise Valley. With minibuses on hand to take you from resort to resort you’ll be maximising your time on the snow every day. At the end of each adventure you’ll come back to enjoy a drink at the cosy bar before enjoying the mouth-watering evening meal, lovingly prepared by the Chalet Auberge’s fabulous head chef. • Six

days skiing with mountain guides and instructors • Staying in the beautiful Auberge chalet overlooking the valley • A good level of fitness is required as there will be skinning ascents throughout the week • Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar - Max group size of 5

7 Nights

£1150

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Fred Foxon, Jean-Philippe Tremblai 2-3 hrs Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 2.5 hrs Auberge sur la Montagne 3* - chalet board, twin share • auberge-montagne.com REF039

7 Nights

£1250

Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Jean-Philippe Tremblai, Didier Pointière 1-3 hrs Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 2.5 hrs Auberge sur la Montagne 3* - chalet board, twin share • auberge-montagne.com REF153

7 Nights

Outstanding guiding and instruction, very good accommodation, compatible groups of skiers - what else could you want? David Chalmers David Chalmers, Sainte Foy Exploration

£1150

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Fred Foxon, Jean-Philippe Tremblai 2-3 hrs Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 2.5 hrs Auberge sur la Montagne 3* - chalet board, twin share • auberge-montagne.com REF194

7 Nights

£1099

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Fred Foxon, Jean-Philippe Tremblai 2-3 hrs Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 2.5 hrs Auberge sur la Montagne 3* - chalet board, twin share • auberge-montagne.com REF218 Armada

OFF PISTE

Sainte Foy | France


Mont Blanc Exploration

Stubai Exploration

Close to the base of Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, you will find the three ski areas of St Gervais, Les Contamines and Mégève, which make up the Evasion ski area. At lower altitude than their more famous neighbour Chamonix, they avoid much of the bad weather associated with high mountains and provide some fantastic tree skiing when the higher resorts are lost in cloud. Each day you’ll travel to one of the nearby areas with your guide, who will find the best snow around – either straight from the lifts or skinning a bit further afield. Your base will be the family run Hotel Regina. Full of traditional french charm, with a welcoming character it's in a great location close to the town centre. You will stay here on a 'dine around' basis in the evenings, where you will get to sample many of St Gervais excellent eateries.

The Stubai valley is made up of a several areas, including Neustift and the extensive area of the Stubai Glacier, and while the pistes may be few, the off piste potential is enormous, so there’s plenty to test you over the course of this 6-day exploration. You’ll be based in Neustift, the largest and liveliest village in the valley – not that you would know it when in this tranquil and traditional place! The glacier is within easy reach using the efficient local bus service, however once at the base area, the ascent to the summit at over 3,300m is swift thanks to the impressive new lift system. You’ll be staying in the wellappointed 3* superior Alpine Hotel Bergjuwel with evening dining at their sister hotel Premium Activehotel Bergkönig 4*.

St Gervais | France

Course only price £550 days skiing with a mountain guide • Great access to short tours combining lifts and skins to get to the best skiing • Private minibus to help you get around

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

6 days with mountain guides Snow-sure resort • Short transfer as close to Innsbruck • •

7 Nights

• Six

7 Nights

Neustift | Austria

£1250

Sat 3 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Bruce Goodlad & Jonny Baird 1-2 hrs Not Included Not Included Hotel Le Regina, half board dine around twinshare • hotel-le-regina.com REF094

£1099

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan TBC 1-2 hrs Not Included Not Included Hotel Bergjuwel 3*S - half board, twin share • bergjuwel.at/en REF045 7 Nights

£1250

Sat 17 Feb - Sat 24 Feb Andy Perkins 1-2 hrs Not Included Not Included Hotel Bergjuwel 3*S - half board, twin share • bergjuwel.at/en REF117


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Pitztal Exploration

Pitztal | Austria

With impressive 360-degree panoramic views over sun-kissed slopes, Pitztal might be one of Austria’s smaller and lesser known resorts, but it is an undiscovered gem as far as we are concerned. With altitude reaching nearly 3,500m and with the Tirol’s highest glacier at its head, you will be hard pushed to find a more snow sure resort without the usual crowds. After just a short public bus ride to the ski area, your locally based mountain guides will lead you to pristine powder stashes to provide a wonderland of natural beauty for unlimited fun in the snow. At the end of the day you’ll retire back to the Superior 3* SonnBlick hotel where you can relax with a drink on the hotel terrace or head to the wellness area. • Six

days with local mountain guides resort, big terrain • Excellent snow sure skiing • A good level of fitness is required as there is likely to be some skinning • Small

7 Nights

£1299

Sun 7 Jan - Sun 14 Jan Raphael Eiter 1-2 hrs Scheduled Gatwick - Innsbruck Coach 1.5 hrs Hotel Sonnblick 3* - half board, twin share REF052 7 Nights

£1299

Sun 18 Mar - Sun 25 Mar Raphael Eiter 1-2 hrs Scheduled Gatwick - Innsbruck Coach 1.5 hrs Hotel Sonnblick 3* - half board, twin share REF203 Ross Woodhall

7 Nights

£1250

Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr Raphael Eiter 1-2 hrs Scheduled Gatwick - Innsbruck Coach 1.5 hrs Hotel Sonnblick 3* - half board, twin share REF226


Touring Leave the crowds behind and explore breathtaking mountain terrain, accompanied by fully qualified IFMGA guides, staying in mountain huts or hotels along the way Many of our touring trips can now be offered for private groups ​If you enjoy day tours but prefer permanent accommodation, check out our exploration holidays in the off piste section


Ski the mountain's secrets

TOURING

Adventure without boundaries

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Safaris or Tours — The choice is yours Safaris

Fitness for Ski Touring

The emphasis is firmly on downhill powder skiing, using lifts to gain height and skins to get further afield. Safaris tend to use more comfortable huts and hotels and involve one to three hour climbs.

Our Ski Touring programme is categorised into three levels. For a more detailed description, please visit skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks

Tours A more authentic ski touring experience with two to six hour climbs, often staying in more rustic mountain hut accommodation.

Each safari or tour offers a different experience so please read each description to find out more. For more details, call the Freshtracks team on 020 8410 2022

Beginner No previous ski touring experience is necessary - we’ll teach you all you need to know about how to use the kit and how to make kick turns. Intermediate Previous ski touring experience is necessary, particularly the ability to make kick turns. Advanced These are trips for those with a fair number of ski touring trips under their belt, particularly previous multi-day tours.

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Please note: depending on holiday numbers and accommodation types, rooms may be mixed sex.

Touring Standards skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks


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Weekend We also have five touring weekends – see pages 74-75 for more information. HOLIDAY NAME

RESORT

DATES

PROFILE PRICE

Touring Skills Weekend Val de Bagnes Weekend Safari Roccaraso Off Piste Weekend Lötschental Powder Weekend Touring Skills Weekend

St Gervais Val de Bagnes Roccaraso Lötschental-Kandersteg Argentière

Thu 18 Jan - Mon 22 Jan Thu 22 Feb - Mon 26 Feb Thu 22 Feb - Mon 26 Feb Sat 24 Feb - Wed 28 Feb Thu 8 Mar - Mon 12Mar

£599 £750 £899 £ 899 £650

Exploration Our Exploration holidays are day touring holidays where you stay in the same accommodation for the whole week. These are featured in our off piste section on pages 50-53. For Chamonix details see page 33 and Flaine on page 29

Paul Baldwin

HOLIDAY NAME

RESORT

DATES

Pitztal Exploration Sainte Foy Exploration Stubai Exploration Mont Blanc Exploration Chamonix Exploration Stubai Exploration Sainte Foy Exploration Sainte Foy Exploration Pitztal Exploration Chamonix Exploration Sainte Foy Exploration Pitztal Exploration Flaine Exploration

Pitztal Sainte Foy Neustift St Gervais Chamonix Neustift Sainte Foy Sainte Foy Pitztal Chamonix Sainte Foy Pitztal Flaine

Sun 7 Jan - Sun 14 Jan Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Sat 3 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Sat 10 Feb - Sat 17 Feb Sat 17 Feb - Sat 24 Feb Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Sun 18 Mar - Sun 25 Mar Sat 7 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Sat 7 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr

PROFILE

PRICE

£1299 £1150 £1099 £1250 £1099 £1250 £1250 £1150 £1299 £975 £1099 £1250 £859


Lötschental Safari Lötschental-Kandersteg | Switzerland

This is a fabulous trip in a wonderful part of the world. Jackie Tarrant Lötschental Safari

Famed amongst those in the know for its early season powder, the Lötschental promises dramatic and exciting skiing in a classic Swiss alpine valley. Your first day will be spent warming up on Lauchernalp and your guide, Klaus Tscherrig, will show you how to use skins and harscheisen (ski crampons). Outstanding skiing and exceptionally long descents await, as you explore the wilderness with top mountain guide Klaus. This will be an introduction to ski touring, combining relaxing and rhythmic skinning ascents with exhilarating powder runs, so it’s worth every bit of effort you put in! • Six

days skiing with a mountain guide traditional resort and ski area • A good level of fitness is required and some skinning experience is advantageous • Unspoilt

7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Touring Standards skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks

£1599

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Klaus Tscherrig Beginner 2 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Hotels - half board, shared room REF044 Pascal Arpin

Patrick Lindqvist


Monte Rosa Safari Zermatt | Switzerland

• Six

days with your mountain guide • Three nights B&B in Zermatt, four nights half-board in mountain hotels • Minimum uphill, maximum descents!

Cortina d’Ampezzo | Italy

A beautiful traverse of the Dolomites, from Passo Rolle in the Pale di San Martino Group all the way to Lake Braies. This is one of Europe’s most stunning mountain ranges, with dramatic skiing to match. Skiing, skinning and using lifts you’ll travel across some of the famous highlights of the area, including the Marmolada Glacier and Val Mesdi and will also have the chance to explore areas further from the beaten track such as the Puez Nature Park & Sennes Park. Your refuges along the route will welcome you with true Italian hospitality where you can savour the local culture and cuisine. The week finishes with a beautiful descent down to Lake Braies from where you will return to the starting point in Cortina. this fabulous ski region and UNESCO World Heritage site • A mixture of lift accessed off piste skiing and skinning – average daily climb 500m vertical with one day of 900m • 7 days with your mountain guide

7 Nights

£1399

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Klaus Tscherrig Beginner 2 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Hotels - 3 nights B+B / 4 nights half-board, shared room REF066

Valle Maira & Valle Stura | Italy Are you ready for a fantastic adventure in the wild and remote areas of the Valle Maira and Valle Stura? You’ll experience some of the best and least touched skiing in the Alps. Set in the Piedmont region of Italy, the scenery is magnificent and the skiing exhilarating. The area is quite remote with no lift access, meaning this trip is ideal for ski tourers who have some experience, but are looking for something slightly more challenging. You’ll be staying in charming mountain hotels and exploring the area as dictated by the best conditions. Most days will involve four to five hours of skinning, so to enjoy the holiday you should have a good level of fitness. • Six

days with your mountain guide scenery and great off piste descents • You should be experienced in all kinds of snow conditions, able to do uphill kick turns and walk on skins for up to five hours • Stunning

• Explore

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Piedmont Safari

8 Nights

£1250

Sat 10 Mar - Sun 18 Mar Alberto De Giuli Intermediate 4 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - half board, shared room REF176

7 Nights

£1199

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Jean-Yves Hubaud Intermediate 5 hrs Not Included Set minibus from Turin Airport Mountain Huts and Hotels - half board, shared room REF137

Stubai to St Anton Safari Stubai - St Anton | Austria

A fantastic adventure traversing the Tirol region, over mountains and down into valleys on your way to the Arlberg valley. You’ll certainly get plenty of miles beneath your feet, starting at the Stubai glacier, crossing through the Ötztal valley to the Pitztal, taking in a summit and some exhilarating descents as you move on to Ischgl and finally St Anton. Along the journey you'll use lift systems to gain height so you can concentrate your energies on the breathtaking descents! • Six

days with your mountain guide two hour climbs – the emphasis is on the off piste downhill • A chance to take a real journey across the Austrian Alps • Average

+ 7 Nights

£1199

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Andy Perkins Intermediate 2 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - half board, shared room REF135

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Set off from Zermatt on a five day Swiss/ Italian experience through six glorious valleys. Skiing around Gressoney, Cervinia, Champoluc and Alagna – there’s a lot to take in. Climbing will be kept to a minimum on this holiday as the emphasis is on the challenging descents. On the sixth day you’ll explore Zermatt’s wonderful ski area and there’ll also be an opportunity to try some heli skiing (charged locally, weather dependent). This is an excellent introduction to ski safaris and ski touring and will no doubt give you a real sense of achievement.

Dolomites Haute Route


Silvretta Safari Landeck | Austria

Fantastic week!! Paul Spelling Stubai to St Anton Safari

Starting in Ischgl, at the foot of the magnificent Silvretta ski area, your six day adventure will take you to spectacular peaks and glacial terrain on skins whilst experiencing some of the best scenery in Austria. This area boasts many 3,000m peaks – and the hard work getting to the top is compensated by long, rewarding descents through deserted snowy valleys. This would be a great intro to hut-to-hut touring, or one for those that appreciate a few creature comforts as the huts in this area are famous for great food and hot showers! • Great

area for ski touring with many route variations and options • Good level of fitness required – 4-5 hour climbs • Hut-to-hut touring • Six days with mountain guides

7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Touring Standards skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks

£1250

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Luca Macchetto, Mountain Kingdom Guides Beginner / Intermediate 4 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - half board, shared room REF177

North Tohoku Backcountry Adventure

Narvik & Northern Lights Ski Tour

Japan is an incredible place to ski - a once in a lifetime destination that becomes a powder addiction. After an incredible trip to North Tohoku in 2017 we have decided to return this year and add a couple of extra days skiing to make the most of this incredible area. Tohoku is located at the north end of Japan’s main island, Honshu, just across the Tsugaru straits from Hokkaido. Westerners seldom visit this area - in 2017 we were only the second western guided group to visit the area. You’ll have a unique insight in to Japanese culture, staying in three different locations, including Sukayu onsen, one of the oldest and most famous onsen in Japan.

To some, Narvik is famous as the place where WWII battles were fought to secure the supply of iron ore coming from Kiruna in Sweden. To others it’s home to the biggest vertical ski area in Scandinavia with incredible touring opportunities. To us it’s the perfect combination of sea to summit skiing with one of the shortest distances from sea to high alpine terrain in Norway. Add in the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights and you have an unforgettable ski experience. Our base for the week is the comfortable Trollviken Lodge, an old fish farm converted to look after skiers.

North Tohoku | Japan

• Strong

advanced/expert skiers and a high level of fitness required • Mountain guide ratio 1:4 • Accommodation in traditional Japanese ryokan

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10 Nights

£3380

Sun 21 Jan - Fri 2 Feb Bruce Goodlad Advanced 5 hrs Not Included Private Minibus Traditional Ryokan and Hotels, half board, shared room REF053

Narvik | Norway

• Fjord-side

lodge with spectacular views and sauna • Six days with mountain guides • Tour a different area each day

7 Nights

£1999

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Bruce Goodlad Intermediate / Advanced 6 hrs Not Included Private Minibus Trollviken Lodge , half board, shared room, • Trollvikenlodge.no REF130


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Haute Route

Chamonix-Zermatt | France-Switzerland The Haute Route is the most famous ski tour in the Alps. Ski touring the Haute Route is a must for any committed ski tourer and features a legendary, high Alpine 120km traverse with 6,000m of ascent and descent linking two historic Alpine centres, Chamonix and Zermatt. The Haute Route traverses exceptionally high terrain and its popular reputation is fully justified on account of the fabulous mountain scenery you pass through. Whilst the Haute Route is undoubtedly very popular, our carefully selected route allows you to enjoy all the high points of the Verbier variation whilst avoiding crowded areas. • Six

days with mountain guides level of fitness and prior touring experience essential • A ‘must-do’ for the ski tour enthusiast • High

7 Nights

£1325

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Mountain Tracks Advanced 5 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - 5 nights half board + 2 nights B&B, shared room

7 Nights

£1325

Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr Mountain Tracks Advanced 5 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - 5 nights half board + 2 nights B&B, shared room Ross Woodhall

7 Nights

£1325

Sat 31 Mar - Sat 7 Apr Mountain Tracks Advanced 5 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - 5 nights half board + 2 nights B&B, shared room


Armada

Icelandic Midnight Sun Skiing Dalvik | Iceland

Excellent range of trips, suited to all levels and interests. The ability to ski with people of the same level makes the trips work well. Mark Borland

Iceland is a mythical place, a land of volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs, northern lights and skiing. One of the most northerly countries in Europe with spectacular coastal mountains, Iceland is becoming a mecca for backcountry skiing. We will base our adventure at the Brimnes Cabins in Ólafsfjörður near the hub village of Dalvik. The cabins are simple and comfortable. Each has a double room and a room with 5 beds, and comes equipped with high-speed internet as well as its own geothermal heated hot-tub. This could be the perfect way to end your ski season - making perfect turns in spring snow in the midnight sun with sea glistening beneath you. The Troll Peninsula in Iceland has almost unlimited ski terrain. It lies within sight of the Arctic Circle so has reliable snow conditions and a long season.

Bernese Oberland Tour Interlaken | Switzerland

The Bernese Oberland in Switzerland is a 'must visit' for keen ski tourers as it offers some fantastic ski touring amid truly breath taking scenery. This is one of our most popular ski tours and rightly so! Our starting point is Interlaken, the capital of the Jungfrau region. Your journey will begin with a stunning railway journey up past Mount Eiger to Jungfraujoch – at 3,466m the highest station in Europe. The itinerary takes in some of the best ski touring ascents and descents in the region as you traverse across the massif. • The

most heavily glaciated region of the Alps, offering stunning views • Six days with mountain guides • You should be able to do uphill kick turns and walk on skins for up to four hours

• Seven

days guided ski touring board self-catering by guides • May skiing provides fantastic spring conditions • Full

8 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Touring Standards skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks

£1999

Sat 26 May - Sun 3 June Bruce Goodlad Intermediate / Advanced 6 hrs Not Included Private Minibus Brimnes Cabins, full board catered by guides, shared room • brimnes.net REF230

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7 Nights

£1325

Sat 21 Apr - Sat 28 Apr Mountain Tracks Intermediate 4 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - 5 nights half board + 2 nights B&B, shared room


Elbrus Ski Tour

Jotunheimen Haute Route

North Caucasus | Russia

days with mountain guides level of fitness and prior touring experience essential • Experience a truly stunning part of Europe

Jotunheimen | Norway

TOURING

This is a 10-day ski expedition into the heart of the mighty Caucasus Range. Nestled between the Caspian and Black Seas, it's a seriously wild place! The trip combines some excellent ski-touring with the possibility of an ascent of the highest summit in Europe, Elbrus, at 5,642m. In the spring, snow conditions are usually excellent and the surroundings are majestic and virtually undeveloped. We start with some superb day touring in the Adyr-Su and Baksan valley before attempting the Elbrus ascent which, with the right weather conditions, is relatively straightforward with crampons and iceaxes required on the icy upper slopes.

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An advanced level, multi-day ski tour through the highest mountains in Norway. Five days of great skiing, including Norway’s two highest peaks linked by the existing hut system. Every day on this trip is between 1,400m and 2,000m of vertical gain while travelling 15-20km. This might sound like a lot, but you have to remember that the altitude is low and spring days in Norway are very long because the sun barely sets. The huts along the way are of a very high standard with 3-course evening meals and showers being the norm here. If you get into the huts late in the afternoon there is still plenty of time for a cold beer before the sun drops!

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10 Nights

£2195

Sat 12 May - Tues 22 May Mountain tracks Advanced 6 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - full board, shared room

• Advanced-level

tour for experienced skiers who’ve previously completed hut-to-hut tours or multiple day tours • Five days with mountain guides • Opportunities to ascend Norway’s highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen

7 Nights

£1895

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Mountain Tracks Advanced 5 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain Huts and Hotels - half board, shared room

PRIVATE GROUPS If you like the look of our touring holidays, but want the flexibility of a trip for your own private group, on dates of your choice, we can now offer this for most of our trips. If you have a group of 4 or more people, give us a call on 020 8123 2978 or email Info@mountaintracks.co.uk and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.


Weekend Pack a week’s skiing into a long weekend Ski Club Leaders take you straight to the best snow Off piste options include mountain guides and/or instructors


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An excellent weekend. Maximum skiing time for minimum days off work. I really felt that I improved my skiing and met some interesting other members of our group.

Premier Neige Weekend Lech Long Weekend Tignes | France

Lech | Austria

Cortina Ski Weekend

Celebrate the start of winter by jetting out to Tignes for the opening weekend of the Espace Killy. Thanks to the glacier, Tignes can always guarantee skiing and we’ve got some top instructors with us to ensure that you make the most of your time on the mountain, improve your technique and become enthused, ready for the winter ahead. Your comfortable base for the weekend is the family run Hotel Le Lévanna, where you can unwind after your day’s efforts in the wellness area or in the cosy bar.

The chic resort of Lech is set in a high altitude valley, boasting impressive snowfall and a traditional alpine atmosphere. It’s the perfect destination for a ski weekend with something for everyone – from wide, flattering pistes for cruising, to wonderful off piste descents. On snow, your Ski Club Leaders will ensure that you get the best out of the terrain, making the most of the time that you have. At the end of each day you’ll return, suitably exhausted, to the luxurious 4* Hotel Schwarzwand, located in the centre of this pretty Austrian resort.

New for the 17-18 season! Enjoy this excellent value for money trip to the beautiful village of Cortina in the heart of the Dolomites. Cortina forms part of the vast Superski Dolomiti region so variety is guaranteed, although the Leaders will probably find more than enough skiing on Cortina's own two areas, separated only by a road and served by frequent, free ski buses. There are many mountain restaurants serving local specialities, including pasta and polenta, at very reasonable prices. In the attractive town, you’ll be staying in the traditional 3* Hotel Serena which offers fantastic hospitality and service..

• Centrally • • •

Three days with local instructors High altitude resort Transfer from Geneva airport included.

3 Nights

Italian Instruction Weekend 1

3 Nights

See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

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days with our Ski Club Leaders charming village • Lots of single rooms available • Attractive,

£775

Thu 14 Dec - Sun 17 Dec Not Included Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Schwarzwand 4* - half board, twin share • schwarzwand.com REF009

Michael Marriage

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer

located hotel – cosy bar and fantastic five-course evening meals • In-house wellness centre with saunas, steam baths and relaxation area • Extensive ski area

Cortina | Italy

£599

3 Nights

£899

Fri 1 Dec - Mon 4 Dec Thu 22 Mar - Sun 25 Mar The Development Centre Not Included Not Included Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Set Geneva transfer available, 3 hrs Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Le Levanna - B&B, twin share Hotel Schwarzwand 4* - half board, twin •levanna.com share • schwarzwand.com REF001 REF185

4 Nights

£599

Thu 18 Jan - Mon 22 Jan Not Included Scheduled, Gatwick - Venice Coach 2 hrs Hotel Serena 3* - half board, twin share • hotelserenacortina.it REF056


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Andermatt Off Piste Weekend Andermatt | Switzerland

Andermatt has a reputation for generous dumps of snow, and with two ski areas to choose from in the immediate vicinity, you’ll be kept busy all day. The ever-efficient Swiss rail system provides access to even more terrain on the Oberalp pass, and the surrounding scenery is simply magnificent. Mountain guides will make sure the pace is right and with huge off piste opportunities on offer, you’ll be hot on their tails all day long. In the evening, you can discuss the day’s highlights over a well-deserved dinner and look forward to the following day. • December

weekend three days with guides Year, January & Easter trips - four days with guides • A good level of fitness is required as some skinning may be involved • New

3 Nights

£825

Thu 14 Dec - Sun 17 Dec Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF010 4 Nights

£999

Thu 28 Dec - Mon 1 Jan Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF021

4 Nights

£925

Thu 25 Jan - Mon 29 Jan Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF075 4 Nights

£925

Thu 29 Mar - Mon 2 Apr Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Sonne 3* - half board, twin share • hotelsonneandermatt.ch REF209


Ross Woodhall

Dolomites Freeride Weekend San Martino di Castrozza | Italy

New to the Freshtracks programme, San Martino di Castrozza is fast developing a reputation as a must-visit freeride destination. A small but beautifully formed resort in the Trentino region of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, the number of km of pistes, doesn’t quite compete with the neighbouring Sella Ronda area, but the off piste possibilities easily do! On this action-packed weekend you’ll spend three days with local guides exploring the variety and scope of freeride terrain in this stunning area. After an energetic day on the hill you’ll return to the welcoming 4* Hotel Regina to relax in the pool before a hearty Italian dinner. • 3

days with mountain guides good level of fitness is required as there may be some hiking or skinning • Beautiful traditional Italian resort and ski area • A

3 Nights

£699

Thu 18 Jan - Sun 21 Jan Alberto di Guili Scheduled, Gatwick - Venice Coach 2.5 hrs Hotel Regina 4* - half board, twin share • hregina.it REF054

3 Nights

Thu 1 Mar - Sun 4 Mar Carlo Costa Scheduled, Gatwick - Venice Coach 2.5 hrs Hotel Regina 4* - half board, twin share • hregina.it REF148 3 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£725

£725

Thu 22 Mar - Sun 25 Mar Carlo Costa Scheduled, Gatwick - Venice Coach 2.5 hrs Hotel Regina 4* - half board, twin share • hregina.it REF204


Baqueira Discovery Weekend Baqueira Beret in the Spanish Pyrenees is an ideal destination for a weekend, with convenient transfers and flight times allowing you to make the most of your time on snow. Skiing with local mountain guides from Kabi, you’ll soon discover the variety of exciting terrain on offer with steeps, couloirs, and amazing tree skiing. Kabi is the concept of Edurne Pasaban, the first woman to scale all peaks over 8,000m, who will ensure you’re skiing with some of the best guides. The centrally located 4* Val de Ruda boasts an impressive spa (payable locally), and offers an ideal location for the lifts and Spanish style après ski. • Three

days with local mountain guides boasts excellent location and facilities • A good level of fitness is required as some skinning may be involved • Hotel

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La Grave | France

Accomplished skiers will revel in the dramatic off piste of La Grave, with its legendary north-facing, un-groomed ski area. The three-stage gondola rises to the summit and there’s a seemingly endless variety of routes, from narrow gullies to wide open powder fields, and tree skiing on the lower slopes. Top to bottom the mountain offers a vertical descent of 2,150m through dramatic glacial scenery. Your local mountain guides will be with you making all the right decisions and keeping you safe whilst having an invigorating ski. Includes three days with excellent mountain guides • Accommodation at the comfortable 3* Auberge Edelweiss • Option to pay locally for the fourth day of guiding •

WEEKEND

Baqueira Beret | Spain

Off Piste Weekend

An excellent weekend - well organised and great fun Lucy Goldsman Off Piste Weekend, La Grave

4 Nights

£899

Thu 1 Feb - Mon 5 Feb Jean Yves Hubaud, Philippe André Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Edelweiss 3* - half board, twin share • hotel-edelweiss.com REF091 4 Nights

£950

Thu 25 Jan - Mon 29 Jan Kabi Mountain Guides Scheduled, Heathrow - Toulouse Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Val de Ruda 4* - half board, twin share • hotelvalderudabaqueira.com REF074

4 Nights

£899

Thu 8 Mar - Mon 12 Mar Jean Yves Hubaud, Philppe Andre Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Edelweiss 3* - half board, twin share • hotel-edelweiss.com REF166

4 Nights

£950

Thu 29 Mar - Mon 2 Apr Jean Yves Hubaud, Maxant Danilo Scheduled, Heathrow - Geneva Coach, 3.5 hrs Hotel Edelweiss 3* - half board, twin share • hotel-edelweiss.com REF211


Alagna Freeride Weekend Alagna | Italy

Situated at the foot of the Monte Rosa, Alagna is the off piste skier’s heaven. Limited marked runs, combined with impressive snowfall and high altitude makes the area one of the must-visit resorts for any keen off piste skier. Whether it’s powder bowls, narrow couloirs or just the notion of making fresh tracks, Alagna is a great weekend resort. With their local knowledge and expertise your mountain guides will lead the way, finding varied and challenging untouched terrain that will leave you wanting more. At the end of the day, you can head back to the friendly resort, and cosy Residence Mirella, famed for its warming welcome. •

Three days with local mountain guides accommodation allows you to sample the local Italian cuisine • Quiet resort and cosy, warming hotel • B&B

4 Nights Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£750

Thu 12 Apr - Mon 16 Apr Andrea Enzio & Team Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Malpensa Coach, 2 hrs Residence Mirella 3* - B&B, twin share • residencemirella.com REF219


Nendaz Adventure Nendaz | Switzerland

Grindelwald Getaway Grindelwald | Switzerland

With its charming, old mountain style village combined with extensive pistes, Grindelwald is the perfect location for a long weekend to get some fresh mountain air into your lungs. The stunning scenery of those three alpine treasures - the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau - is simply inspirational, and your Ski Club Leaders will exceed expectations with the vast snow mileage logged under your skis. You’ll have four full days on the slopes to take it all in. In the evenings, you can relax in the lovely 4* Sunstar Alpine Hotel that comes well equipped with a great wellness centre. • Single

room at no supplement the stunning Jungfrau region with our Leaders over four days • Luxurious spa facilities in the hotel's wellness centre • Ski

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days skiing with Ski Club Leaders Centrally located hotel • Single room with no supplement •

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Lillehammer | Norway

The combination of great skiing, exciting challenges, delicious food and the nearby city of Lillehammer, is probably what’s made Hafjell Resort one of Scandinavia's most popular places to go skiing. However, you rarely get the feeling of crowded slopes here. With Hafjell’s extensive variety of pistes you have the opportunity to try anything ranging from easy blues through to the testing Olympic runs. Wide slopes and scenic hills with views of the mountains of Gudbrandsdalen offer a stunning Norwegian backdrop. Accommodation is in a great location at the 3* Hafjell Hotell both the slopes and the local town are just a short walk away. Why not also try the Olympic Sliding Centre Bobsleigh in Lillehammer? • Four

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days skiing with Club Leaders hotel in an excellent location close to the piste • Includes one course skier's lunch at the Alpine Centre • Cosy

£499

Thu 25 Jan - Mon 29 Jan Not Included Not Included Rail, 2.5 hrs Hotel du Mont Fort 3* - half board, single room • hotelmontfort.ch REF076

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4 Nights

£599

Thu 8 Mar - Mon 12 Mar Not Included Not Included Rail, 2.5 hrs Hotel du Mont Fort 3* - half board, single room • hotelmontfort.ch REF165 Melody Sky

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4 Nights

£950

Thu 1 Mar - Mon 5 Mar Not Included Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Sunstar Grindelwald 4* - 1 night B&B, 3 nights half board, single room • grindelwald.sunstar.ch REF145

4 Nights

£799

Thu 1 Mar - Mon 5 Mar Not Included Scheduled, Heathrow - Oslo Coach, 2.5 hrs Hafjell Hotell 3* - full board, twin share • hafjellhotell.no REF146

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The 4 Vallées is an area that all keen skiers should visit in their lifetime. Boasting over 412km of pistes, you will be hard pushed to cover every slope in just 4 days. However, in the safe hands of your Ski Club Leaders the options available are virtually endless. With an excellent snow record and diverse terrain, you can cruise the blues, take on the challenging reds or head toward one of the resort’s famous itinerary runs. Just a short rail journey from the airport, Nendaz is the perfect destination to maximise skiing across a long weekend. You’ll stay in the centrally located 3* hotel Mont-Fort, where you’ll benefit from your own room at no extra cost.

Lillehammer Long Weekend


Off Piste Instruction Weekend Serre Chevalier | France

The weekend was a roaring success. The Leaders were excellent and the group gelled immediately. Andy Raggett Lillehammer Long Weekend

With a reputation for excellent, varied terrain, village-charm and great snow, Serre Chevalier is the perfect destination for a short getaway. One of France’s favourite resorts, it’s so popular that many of the friendly locals have never left. The atmospheric streets and amazing deep powder, combined with high woodland runs, mean that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. On snow you’ll enjoy three days with experienced, local instructors showing you the extent of the mountain whilst improving your technique before a final day putting it all into practice. The cosy, family run Hotel Plein Sud will be your base for this weekend where you will be well looked after in a great location.

See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

Davos | Switzerland

Welcome to the Parsenn ski area - one of the largest in the world. This extensive ski area offers a great range of runs suitable for all abilities. From long, rolling reds descending into the valley to easily accessed off piste challenges, there’s something for everyone. Plus, your Ski Club Leader will be with you along the way, so you can leave your piste maps at home! The Hotel Sunstar Davos comfortably earns a 4* rating thanks to its traditional rooms and excellent wellness centre where you can pamper yourself after a day out on the snow. What better way to make the most of your Easter Bank holiday weekend? • Four

days with Ski Club Leaders boasts a superb wellness centre • Single rooms at no supplement • Hotel

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days with local instructors, one free ski day • Short transfer from the airport • Excellent snow record

+ Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer

Davos Easter Dash

4 Nights

£999

Wed 28 Feb - Sun 4 Mar Ski Connections Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 2 hrs Hotel Plein Sud 3* - half board, twin share • hotelpleinsud.com REF147

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4 Nights

£950

Thu 29 Mar - Mon 2 Apr Not Included Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Sunstar Davos 4* - 1 night B&B, 3 nights half board, single room • sunstar.ch/davos REF210


St Anton Ski Weekend St Anton | Austria

End of Season Off Piste Zermatt | Switzerland

End the winter season on a high in the skiers’ paradise of Zermatt with a total mountain experience. Situated at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn, Zermatt is a picturesque village where electric cars and horse-drawn carriages are the only transport allowed. You’ll spend three days with some of the best mountain guides the region has to offer and they’ll find you the best snow in the area. Staying on a bed and breakfast basis leaves you free to try out some of Zermatt’s renowned eateries. • Spend

three days with mountain guides accessed by train from either Zurich or Geneva • Why not try a day’s heli skiing if conditions allow? (payable locally) • Easily

Four days with Arlberg instructors Centrally located 4* Sporthotel • Great opportunity to visit a world renowned resort and Austria’s largest linked ski area • •

4 Nights

£950

Thu 5 Apr - Mon 9 Apr Andy Thurner, Arlberg Guides Scheduled, Heathrow to Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Sporthotel, 4* - half board, twin share • sporthotel-stanton.at REF231

4 Nights Thu 26 Apr - Mon 30 Apr Klaus Tscherrig Not Included Rail, 3.5 hrs TBC - half board, twin share

£825

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St Anton, with a peak of 2,811m, is a great place to improve your skiing skills, and with the help of the Arlberg instructors you’ll rid yourself of bad habits in no time whilst exploring the scenic region. Now that the new lift and links are in place you have access to 305km of slopes, so you'll need to be ready for a full on few days! The 4* Sporthotel is in a great location in the centre of town and offers an ideal way to relax after a full day on the slopes, whether that’s in the sauna or the pool. That is of course if you can tear yourself away from arguably the best après in the Alps!

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Touring Weekends The following ski touring weekends require everyone to be kitted out with touring skis (or freeride skis with touring bindings) and skins. The Touring Skills Weekends and the Val de Bagnes safari require no prior experience, just a good level of off piste skiing, and can be a great alternative to an off piste break. All other touring weekends would benefit from some previous ski touring experience and the ability to do uphill kick turns.

Touring Skills Weekends St Gervais / Argentière | France

Sick of fighting to get on ski lifts? Fed up of skiing tracked out powder? Ski touring could be for you. The weekends will focus on mountain awareness, off piste ski techniques, and the touring skills needed to take on an exploration, safari or tour. It’s important to learn how to climb on skins with touring skis and bindings, and also the different techniques needed to ski on glaciated terrain. Spend two days honing your off piste technique and learning to skin before putting it into practice in a day tour, a night in a mountain hut and some thrilling skiing. Four days with a mountain guide Three nights in a hotel followed by a final night in a mountain hut • No prior touring experience required • •

4 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£599

Thu 18 Jan - Mon 22 Jan Andy Perkins Beginner 1.5 hrs Not Included Not Included Hotel Le Regina, St Gervais - half board, twin share • hotel-le-regina.com REF055

4 Nights

£650

Thu 8 Mar - Mon 12 Mar Simon Abraham, Hannah Burrows-Smith Beginner 1.5 hrs Not Included Not Included Hotel de la Couronne 3*,Argentière - half board, twin share • hotelcouronne.com REF164


Ross Woodhall

Val de Bagnes Weekend Safari

Val de Bagnes is a valley that continues beyond Verbier – full of picturesque villages dotted along the base of majestic mountain scenery. The first couple of days will be spent warming up and day touring, staying in a simple valley hotel. You’ll then tour up to the historic Hospice du Grand-St-Bernard on the Swiss-Italian border for the next two nights. From here there are plenty of options for day tours and summits with great ski descents. Whether you’re looking for a ski weekend with a twist or just have a couple of days to do something different, this weekend has plenty to offer. Ideal area for those relatively new to ski touring • Magnificent views of the Grand Combin and Mont Blanc Massif • Four days with a mountain guide •

4 Nights

£750

Thu 22 Feb - Mon 26 Feb Hannah Burrows-Smith Beginner 3 hrs Not Included Not Included Mountain huts and hotels - half board, twin share REF124

Lötschental-Kandersteg | Switzerland

Spend the weekend in a classic Swiss alpine village with access to the famed Lötschental. Outstanding skiing and exceptionally long descents await as you explore the wilderness with top mountain guide Klaus Tscherrig. Combining ski touring with relaxing rhythmic descents and exhilarating powder runs, you’re sure to have an epic three days that promise dramatic scenery and exciting skiing. Staying at the charming Hotel NestUnd Bietschhorn you’ll find a warm welcome and a cosy place to relax your legs after a great day’s exploring. If you’re looking for a weekend’s skiing with a difference or a warm up for some bigger ski tours, this trip has plenty to offer.

Roccaraso Off Piste Weekend Roccaraso | Italy

Whilst it may be lesser known than some of the more popular Italian resorts, Roccaraso certainly packs a punch. Surprisingly, it is one of Italy’s largest ski areas with extensive terrain – both on and off piste, an excellent lift system and, best of all, few crowds. Importantly, the freeride terrain is up there with the best, providing untracked powder aplenty. A personal favourite of our guide Andrea Enzio, Roccaraso is sure to be a hit with regular Freshtracks customers who can’t wait to find new and enthralling resorts with perfect off piste. Located a short walk away from central Roccaraso, Hotel Iris offers a friendly atmosphere and professional hospitality. • 4

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days skiing with a mountain guide • Unspoilt traditional resort and ski area • A good level of fitness is required and some ski touring experience is advantageous

4 Nights

£899

Sat 24 Feb - Wed 28 Feb Klaus Tscherrig Beginner 2 hrs Not Included Not Included Hotel Nest-Und Bietschhorn - half board, twin share • nest-bietschhorn.ch REF126

days with mountain guides local Italian cuisine • A good level of fitness is required as some skinning is likely • Ski hire options are limited so you will need to bring your own kit with you or organise it well in advance of the trip • Superb

4 Nights

£899

Thu 22 Feb - Mon 26 Feb Andrea Enzio & team Beginner 2 hrs Scheduled, Gatwick - Naples Coach, 2 hrs Hotel Iris 3* - half board, twin share • hoteliris.eu REF123

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Val de Bagnes | Switzerland

Lötschental Exploration Weekend


Development Open up a mountain of opportunity by improving your technique We use hand-picked instructors so you get the best advice ​Develop your skills with others of a similar standard


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The snow-sure resort of Tignes has some of the best skiing in the Alps and these weeks give you the chance to sample its delights in the quieter December weeks. Six full days instruction will help you iron out old problems and steer clear of new ones, boosting your skiing to new levels and setting you up perfectly for the season. After skiing, head back to the newly built Skiworld Opera chalets where you’ll have your own room in which to relax.

Get your season off to a flying start with a week’s instruction in the Alps’ highest resort. With guaranteed snow, it’s not only a warm-up before the season gets under way, but also a great way to start the winter as you mean to go on – improving your skiing whilst getting maximum fun and enjoyment out of the mountains. You'll spend five days with top instructors to tweak your technique and get you back on track for the winter ahead plus an extra day to enjoy free skiing with other members. The superbly located Hotel Le Sherpa includes a luxurious spa to relax in after a hard day’s skiing.

Tignes | France

Very well organised. Easy transfer, good hotel and brilliant instructors. Polly Rawlings

Val Thorens | France

Course only price: £499

Pre–Season Progression Six days instruction Single occupancy rooms • Travel and accommodation provided by Skiworld • •

Course only price: £450 • Five

full days with top BASS instructors located 3* hotel with great wellness facilities • High altitude snow-sure resort • Centrally

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7 Nights

£799

Sat 2 Dec - Sat 9 Dec Darren Turner, Ben Birt Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs Opera Chalets - chalet board, single room • skiworld.co.uk REF002

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Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

7 Nights

£875

Sat 9 Dec - Sat 16 Dec Darren Turner, Ben Birt Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 3 hrs Opera Chalets - chalet board, single room • skiworld.co.uk REF007 *Regional options available

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7 Nights

£1150

Sat 9 Dec - Sat 16 Dec British Alpine Ski School Scheduled, Heathrow - Geneva Coach, 3 hrs Hotel le Sherpa 3* - half board, twin share • lesherpa.com REF005


Pre-Season Paradiski

Aosta Instruction

Arlberg Achievement

Val Thorens is the highest resort in the Alps at 2,300m, and with the entire Trois Vallées at your ski tips it won’t disappoint. During the week you will be skiing with BASS instructors, who all hold the highest level of ski instruction qualification, so you’ll be sure to not only have your technique taken to the next level but also to explore the huge ski area whilst finding the best snow. You’ll be staying in the typically alpine, ski in – ski out Chalet Abricot or Chalet Cerise that offer simple basic accommodation for excellent value. With a single occupancy room and chalet board including breakfast, afternoon tea, and three-course evening meal with wine you’ll be well looked after in this Skiworld property.

With its high altitude and over 400km of pistes, Les Arcs and La Plagne make up one of the most famous ski areas – it’s no wonder they named it Paradiski! This week will be a great start to the winter as you’ll spend six full days with instructors improving your skills whilst exploring a huge ski area. Les Arcs is a purpose-built French resort and the views from your hotel of the surrounding forest, slopes and mountains will charm any mountain lover. The hotel is in a great location and you’ll enjoy the luxury of your own room.

Cervinia, with a peak altitude of 3,480m and an outstanding early season snow record, is a great resort in which to enhance your on piste skiing with our excellent instructors. With miles of long, picturesque runs ideal for intermediates looking to improve, this is a great week to start your season strongly. You’ll have six full days of instruction to really give you the chance to improve your technique and let go of any bad habits. Staying in the 4* Sertorelli Sport Hotel, the facilities on offer are exceptional - comfortable rooms, great food and an excellent wellness area including spa, steam room and sauna (payable locally).

St Anton is a Mecca for skiers worldwide, and is the perfect place to improve your skills. Watch your skiing progress while you discover the slopes of St Anton, St Christoph, Stüben, Lech and Zürs, which are all covered by one lift pass. The Flexenbahn cableway between Stüben and Zürs links St Anton and Lech, to create Austria’s largest linked ski area and with over 305km of pistes. The Arlberg instructors will be your hosts on the slopes and will offer plenty of tips for members. The ski resort of St Anton has a unique charm and is buzzing with life, combining Austrian cosiness with cosmopolitan sophistication. The car-free centre is lined with lively bars, cafés and boutiques. The comfortable Chalethotel Rosanna Is in a great location and Mark Warner provide breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner including wine. It is also possible to stay in the 4* Sport Hotel, just around the corner from the Rosanna. Please contact the Freshtracks team if you would like more information and prices.

Val Thorens | France

Course only price £499

Les Arcs | France

Course only price £499 Six full days with top instructors Single rooms at no extra cost • Ski-in, ski-out hotel at the foot of the slopes

occupancy rooms board with wine included in the evening • Six full days instruction with BASS instructors

7 Nights

• Chalet

7 Nights

£899

Sat 9 Dec - Sat 16 Dec Britsh Alpine Ski School Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble Coach, 3 hrs Chalet Cerise & Abricot - chalet board, twin share • skiworld.co.uk REF003

St Anton | Austria

Six full days with instructors Cosy 4* hotel in Breuil-Cervinia • Early & late season skiing in a resort with an excellent snow record

• Single

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Cervinia | Italy

£1299

Sat 16 Dec - Sat 23 Dec Darren Turner, Ben Birt Scheduled, Gatwick - Turin Coach, 1.5 hrs Sertorelli Sporthotel 4* - half board, twin share • hotelsertorelli.it REF014 PE S

7 Nights

£1299

Sat 16 Dec - Sat 23 Dec Serge Strippentoir, Eric Berthon, Uffe Ysten Scheduled, Heathrow - Geneva Coach, 3 hrs Hotel du Golf 3* - half board, single room • golf-hotel-lesarcs.com/en REF012

7 Nights

£1299

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Darren Turner, Ben Birt Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Malpensa Coach, 2 hrs Sertorelli Sporthotel 4* - half board, twin share • hotelsertorelli.it REF217

Six days with local instructors from Arlberg guides • Charming and bustling Austrian resort • Accommodation at the Mark Warner Chalethotel Rosanna •

PE

7 Nights

£1199

Sun 17 Dec - Sun 24 Dec Andy Thurner, Arlberg Guides Charter, Gatwick - Friedrichshafen Coach, 2 hrs Chalethotel Rosanna - chalet board, twin share • markwarner.co.uk REF017

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Trois Vallées Technique


Tarentaise Taster Sainte Foy | France

Located in the heart of the Tarentaise Valley, Sainte Foy is one of the Alps’ hidden gems. With the ski areas of Les Trois Vallées, Paradiski & Espace Killy right on your doorstep, Sainte Foy is the perfect destination to experience the best each area has to offer. Each day the instructors will take you to a different resort so that you can seek out the best snow. This allows excellent skiing whilst honing your on piste skills and receiving an introduction to powder ski tuition. At the end of each day you’ll return to the welcoming Auberge sur la Montagne to relax and enjoy the locally sourced gourmet cuisine. Six full days with instructors Superb standard of hospitality and delicious food • Private minibus for group • •

7 Nights

£999

Sat 16 Dec - Sat 23 Dec Bryan Hogg, Fred Foxon Not included Set transfer from Geneva, 2.5 hrs Auberge sur la Montagne 3* - chalet board, twin share • auberge-montagne.com REF013

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7 Nights

Sat 6 Jan - Sat 13 Jan Bryan Hogg, Fred Foxon Not included Set transfer from Geneva, 2.5 hrs Auberge sur la Montagne 3* - chalet board, twin share • auberge-montagne.com REF029 7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1150

£1150

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Bryan Hogg, Fred Foxon Not Included Set transfer from Geneva, 2.5 hrs Auberge sur la Montagne 3* - chalet board, twin share • auberge-montagne.com REF131


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Deux Alpes Development Les Deux Alpes | France

Les Deux Alpes is a high altitude, snow-sure resort peaking at 3,600m, which makes it the ideal location for a week of on piste tuition with our excellent instructors. You’ll have six full days of instruction to pick up some hints and tips so that by the end of the week you’ll have banished those bad habits and be feeling like you’ve mastered the mountain! You’ll be staying in the Mark Warner Chalet Hotel Bérangère where you’ll be treated to some great hospitality, delicious food and the privacy of your own room. Course only price £499 • Six

full days instruction room at no extra cost • Get past your plateau in a snow-sure resort • Single

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7 Nights

£1250

Sun 7 Jan - Sun 14 Jan Alex Chapman, ESI Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 2 hrs Chalet Hotel Bérangère - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF034 S

7 Nights

£1250

Sun 11 Mar -Sun 18 Mar Alex Chapman, ESI Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 2 hrs Chalet Hotel Bérangère - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF142 Ross Woodhall

*Regional options available

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7 Nights

£1250

Sun 25 Feb - Sun 4 Mar Alex Chapman, ESI Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble* Coach, 2 hrs Chalet Hotel Bérangère - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF181


Austrian Achievement

Dolomites Development

Italian Instruction

Set in sunny, spacious surroundings, the resort is a quiet spa town with lovely long runs through Schlossalm, a broad open bowl. There are some splendid long reds right down to the valley floor – perfect for tweaking your technique with a local instructor and putting it into practice with your knowledgeable Ski Club Leader. Return at the end of the day to the privacy of your own room before indulging yourself in the hotel spa. Finally, enjoy the buffet dinner and live music in the bar if you still have the energy!

Nestled in the Val di Sole lies Folgarida – your gateway to over 150km of pistes in the vast ski area of Campiglio. This intermediate heaven has lots of cruisey blues and rolling reds with a few challenging blacks thrown in for good measure. Over the week you’ll ski every inch, blasting along with your Ski Club Leader and putting your new skills into practice. Three days will be spent with a local instructor who will improve your technique to make you more confident and capable to take on more challenges. At the end of the day you can ski straight into the hotel's slopeside terrace for some well-deserved après.

A distinctly Italian spa town, Bormio is a beautiful resort that promises spectacular scenery with stunning skiing. The local instructor and Ski Club Leader will make the most of the varied slopes to burn up your energy as you blast around the stunning scenery. With Santa Caterina and San Colombano recently added to the lift pass, there's more than enough terrain to keep everyone on their toes. After a great day’s skiing, Bormio is the perfect place to be medieval buildings will delight those who long for a unique and historic resort, with natural hot water spas surrounded by snowcapped peaks helping you relax in style.

• Three

• Three

Bad Hofgastein | Austria

Excellent week’s skiing and socialising with great people, superb snow and unbelievable weather. Archie Robertson Deux Alpes Development 3

• Three

days with an instructor, three days with a Ski Club Leader • Fabulous spa facilities located within the hotel • Complimentary wine and beer with your evening meal

PE S

7 Nights

£1099

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Schneesport Schule Gastein Scheduled, Gatwick - Salzburg Coach, 1.5 hrs Johannesbad Hotel Palace 4* - half board (incl. wine), single room • palace-gastein.com REF040

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See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1099

Sun 4 Feb - Sun 11 Feb Schneesport Schule Gastein Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 1.5 hrs Johannesbad Hotel Palace 4* - half board (incl. wine), single room • palace-gastein.com REF101

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Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer

7 Nights

7 Nights

Folgarida | Italy

days instruction, three days with Ski Club Leaders • Ski in, ski out 3* hotel • Stunning world heritage site

7 Nights

£950

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Alessandro Marcolla, Scuola Sci Azzurra Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Alaska 3* - half board, twin share • alaskahotel.it/en REF063

Bormio | Italy

days skiing with local instructors and three days with Ski Club Leader • Well located hotels with pool and spa • Fantastic medieval resort

PE

7 Nights

£1099

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Scuola Sci Bormio Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Genzianella 3* - half board, twin share • genzianella.com REF064

£1150

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Schneesport Schule Gastein Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 1.5 hrs Johannesbad Hotel Palace 4* - half board (incl. wine), single room • palace-gastein.com REF133

7 Nights

£899

Sat 24 Mar - Sat 31 Mar Alessandro Marcolla, Scuola Sci Azzurra Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Alaska 3* - half board, twin share • alaskahotel.it/en REF207

PE

7 Nights

£1099

Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Scuola Sci Bormio Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Larice Bianco 3* - half board, twin share • laricebianco.it REF152


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Technique Top Up Courmayeur | Italy

This week is designed to improve your technique whilst offering plenty of fun. Your Ski Club Leaders will be joined by BASI instructors and they’ll show you that Courmayeur has it all: brilliant skiing, amazing mountain restaurants and stylish bars. All this, combined with some exciting off piste terrain, is a recipe for a memorable trip. The price includes an ensuite single room, which means you can recharge those energy levels in the comfort of your own room. The Chalet Hotel Cristallo is well located, with a choice of evening meal including wine. • Three

days with instructors, three days with Ski Club Leaders occupancy also available • Travel and accommodation provided by Mark Warner • Twin/double

S

7 Nights

£1099

Sun 14 Jan - Sun 21 Jan Rab Bickerdike Charter, Gatwick - Geneva Coach, 2 hrs Chalet Hotel Le Cristallo - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF049

S

7 Nights

£1099

Sun 28 Jan - Sun 4 Feb Rab Bickerdike Charter, Gatwick - Geneva Coach, 2 hrs Chalet Hotel Le Cristallo - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF086

S

7 Nights

£1125

Sun 18 Feb - Sun 25 Feb Rab Bickerdike Charter, Gatwick - Geneva Coach, 2 hrs Chalet Hotel Le Cristallo - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF119

S

7 Nights

£1125

Sun 4 Mar - Sun 11 Mar Rab Bickerdike Charter, Gatwick - Geneva Coach, 2 hrs Chalet Hotel Le Cristallo - chalet board, single room • markwarner.co.uk REF160


Austrian Improvers Lech | Austria

Experienced instructors from Arlberg Guides and knowledgeable Ski Club Leaders will ensure that you come away from this holiday feeling like you’ve improved drastically. Being guided at all times means that you’ll cover the expansive resort whilst enjoying the scenery. From Lech, you can ski the 'Weisser Ring' to Zurs and back, and now can even ski over to St Anton via the new Flexenbahn cableway. At the Schwarzwand, the wellness centre, with saunas and steam baths gives you the opportunity to relax after an active day on the slopes. The hotel has a really homely feel thanks to it being operated by a family from the area. days skiing with a local instructor, four days with a Ski Club Leader • Cosy family-run 4* hotel with fantastic five- course evening meals • In-house wellness centre with saunas, steam baths and relaxation area

Nendaz Singles Ski Instruction

Nendaz | Switzerland Based in the 4 Vallées, Nendaz has a wealth of terrain to explore and spending your time with local instructors is certainly the best way to do it! The opportunity to develop your technique and get miles under your skis, and enjoy the privacy of your own room, makes this an excellent singles skiing holiday! Nendaz is located at the doorstep of the extensive and renowned '4 Vallées' ski area and offers incredible views of the Rhône Valley. You will spend six days exploring the vast region whilst picking up some tips from local instructors, who have excellent knowledge of the area and offer individualised instruction.

• Two

PE

7 Nights

• Six

days with local instructors room at no extra cost • Centrally located hotel • Single

£1399

Sat 27 Jan - Sat 3 Feb Andy Thurner, Arlberg Guides Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 .5 hrs Hotel Schwarzwand 4* - half board, twin share • schwarzwand.com REF082 PE

7 Nights

£1399

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Andy Thurner, Arlberg Guides Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 .5 hrs Hotel Schwarzwand 4* - half board, twin share • schwarzwand.com REF175

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

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7 Nights

£1199

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Neige Adventure Not Included Rail, 2.5 hrs Hotel du Mont Fort 3* - half board, single room • hotemontfort.ch REF197


Last Blast

Les Arcs offers some of the most extensive slopes and efficient lift systems in the world. With over 60 lifts, connecting 200km of immaculate terrain, the resort ensures plenty of skiing here for all abilities. Spend 6 days with local instructors, who know the slopes better than you know the back of your hand. The 3* Hotel du Golf situated in the heart of Paradiski gives you excellent access to lifts and rental shops and after a hard days' skiing there are plenty of sun-soaked terraces to lap up the après-ski atmosphere. On a half board basis, you are provided with an excellent breakfast and dinner each day plus you get to enjoy the luxury of your own room.

Don’t end the season just yet! There is no better place for getting mileage under your skis than the Espace Killy, so come along to our hugely popular Last Blast holiday in Tignes to get your final fix before hanging up your skis. Not only does the resort boast a glacier and consistently excellent snow but the town itself needs no introduction - Tignes always has something to offer, whether it’s a quiet night at a local café or a big night out on the town. You'll based in the popular Skiworld Ski Lodge Aigle which you can ski right back to at the end of the day where you can choose to take a swim in the pool or relax in the bar.

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• Six

• Ski-in

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Les Arcs | France

Val Thorens Spring Ski Week

Tignes | France

full days with local instructors ski-out hotel at the foot of the slopes • Single occupancy room at no extra cost

days with local instructors access to the Chaudanne and Paquis lift • Large sunny terraces, cosy bar and swimming pool S

7 Nights

£899

Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr Patrick Speziali Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble Coach, 3 hrs Chalet Hotel Aigle - chalet board, single room • skiworld.co.uk REF224

PE S

7 Nights

£1299

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 14 Apr Serge Strippentoir, Eric Berthon, Uffe Ysten Scheduled, Heathrow - Geneva Coach, 3 hrs Hotel du Golf 3* - half board, single room • golf-hotel-lesarcs.com/en REF216

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7 Nights

£850

Sat 21 Apr - Sat 28 Apr TDC Charter, Gatwick - Grenoble Coach, 3 hrs Chalet Hotel Aigle - chalet board, single room • skiworld.co.uk REF228

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DEVELOPMENT

Spring Paradiski

You can always count on Val Thorens to have fantastic piste conditions all season, and spring is no exception. While Val Thorens itself is open until the beginning of May, this is the final week to ski the Three Valleys and its 600km of pistes. We’ll be teaming up once again with the fantastic instru ctors from BASS who will provide you with expert tuition for five days. After a great day out on the slopes, ski back to the door of the 3* Hotel le Sherpa and enjoy a well-earned sauna in the wellness centre. On a half-board basis, you are provided with delicious food for both breakfast and dinner, which leaves you free to have lunch on the mountain. • Five

days with some of Val Thorens' top instructors from the British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School • Centrally located 3* hotel with great wellness facilities • High altitude snow-sure resort

PE

7 Nights

£1250

Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr British Alpine Ski School Scheduled, Heathrow - Geneva Coach, 3 hrs Hotel le Sherpa 3* - half board, twin share • lesherpa.com REF225 Ross Woodhall


Action Maximise your skiing on our action-packed holidays Our Ski Club Leaders will find you the best snow and resort highlights Discover new ski areas in a fun and sociable setting


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Wengen Fun

Wengen | Switzerland

Great bunch of like-minded people out to have a great holiday - mission accomplished. Peter Windatt Davos Delights

Sitting on a sunny plateau above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Wengen retains an old-world charm thanks to the lack of traffic. Take the timeless cog railway up to Kleine Scheidegg and once in the mountains, the views are spectacular and the skiing extensive – Wengen is linked to both Grindelwald and Mürren. After a morning burning the calories why not treat yourself to a traditional and delicious lunch of rösti before tackling the slopes again in the afternoon? Wengen boasts a wide range of activities for non-skiers, making this a superb choice for non-skiing partners too. • Single

rooms at no extra cost days skiing with knowledgeable Ski Club Leaders • Fabulously located 4* hotel with spa facilities • Six

PE S

7 Nights

£1399

Wed 3 Jan - Wed 10 Jan Tiffany Wainford, Susan Lutkenhouse None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach/Rail, 3 hrs Sunstar Hotel Wengen 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/wengen REF024

PE S

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

7 Nights

£1450

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Peter Lewis None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach/Rail, 3 hrs Sunstar Hotel Wengen 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/wengen REF179


Davos Delights

Adelboden Action

Davos | Switzerland

Adelboden | Switzerland

• Six

days skiing with Ski Club Leaders boasts an excellent wellness centre • Fantastic five-course dinners, lively piano bar and open fireplaces • Hotel

PE S

7 Nights

£1499

Sat 6 Jan - Sat 13 Jan TBC None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Sunstar Parkhotel Davos 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/davos REF027

PE S

7 Nights

£1499

Sat 3 Mar - Sat 10 Mar Malcom Luthman None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Sunstar Parkhotel Davos 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/davos REF155

Think traditional Swiss alpine village, think Adelboden. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Bernese Oberland, Adelboden is the picturesque image of a traditional resort. Thanks to its links to Lenk, Adelboden has over 200km of expertly groomed pistes to explore. With the majority of slopes over 1,500m, snow reliability is excellent, meaning you can look forward to a memorable week. Your Ski Club Leaders will ensure you get the most from your skiing, so you can relax, put away the piste map and just enjoy the wide, rolling reds and long, cruising blues. Traditional mountain restaurants are plentiful here but with the hearty breakfasts and delicious evening meals being served up by the 4* Hotel Beausite, you may not have room to enjoy them too much! • Six

days exploring the area with your Ski Club Leader • Seven nights half board in comfortable 4* hotel with sauna and jacuzzi • Traditional Swiss village

PE

7 Nights

£1199

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Sally Dunkley None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Beausite 4*, half board, twin share • hotelbeausite.ch REF042

Colfosco | Italy

After a two-year break, we are happy to announce that we are returning to the inspiring holiday paradise of Colfosco. Back by popular demand, this trip is sure to delight. You’ll stay at the gorgeous Hotel Kolfuschgerhof, situated in the heart of the Dolomites and the Sella Ronda. A truly stunning ski area, this UNESCO World Heritage site has everything on offer from scenic intermediate slopes to fiery blacks, all in the most beautiful and extraordinary setting. The family run hotel offers you every comfort - cosy rooms, a large wellness area complete with spa, hot tub and swimming pool, plus the very best Italian cuisine. • Six

days skiing with Ski Club Leaders of slopes in the world-famous Sella Ronda ski area • Excellent choice of mountain restaurants with great food and modest prices • 430km

PE

7 Nights

£1350

Sat 13 Jan - Sat 20 Jan Michael Power None Scheduled, Gatwick-Venice Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Kolfuschgerhof 4*, half board, twin share • kolfuschgerhof.com REF046

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Spend six days exploring the huge Parsenn area. From long tree-lined runs, which extend all the way down to the valleys below Davos, to the ideal wide-open runs on the Jakobshorn mountain, this is a great place to perfect your style. You’ll get to ski with enthusiastic Ski Club Leaders and then recover in one of the many fantastic mountain restaurants this region has to offer. Staying in the impressive 4* Sunstar Parkhotel, you’ll be able to unwind in the comfort of your own single room, before enjoying a delicious five-course dinner in the panoramic restaurant.

Sella Ronda Ski & Spa


Glacier Ski Express

Zermatt – St Moritz | Switzerland

I have been on a number of Freshtracks holidays in recent years and the quality and organisation of the events have contributed significantly to my enjoyment. John Cowell Schladming Schuss

Starting in Zermatt and finishing in St Moritz this fantastic opportunity to ski Switzerland’s two most famous resorts is a once in a lifetime trip. After 3 days exploring the vast terrain available in Zermatt you’ll take the Glacier Express, one of the most famous railways in the world, to St Moritz, spending the day travelling through untouched mountain landscapes, deep gorges and delightful valleys. Along the way you’ll enjoy a 3-course menu at your seat whilst you take in the breathtaking views. Once in St Moritz you have 4 days to explore the 350km of pistes available in the birthplace of alpine winter holidays. Staying at 4* accommodation along the way this is a real slice of luxury carved into the stunning Swiss landscape. over 700km of stunning skiing • Ride the Glacier Express with a three course meal • Seven days skiing with Ski Club Leaders • 3 days Zermatt + 4 days St Moritz Lift passes included

Bernina Ski Express

St. Moritz - Bormio | Switzerland/ Italy Starting in the world-famous resort of St. Moritz, you’ll have four days to explore this skiing heaven. You’ll have stunning alpine views to appreciate whilst carving down historic pistes, before retiring to the 4* Hotel Monopol for a well-deserved rest in the wellness centre. Following your stay here, you’ll board the Bernina Express. Special panoramic observation cars allow you to feast your eyes on the spectacular scenery before feasting on a gourmet three course Italian lunch at the end of the rail journey in Tirano. Arriving in the medieval town of Bormio, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some quintessential Italian skiing, cuisine and hospitality, whilst enjoying the benefits of the natural hot water spas in the centre of town, beautifully surrounded by pristine snow-capped peaks.

• Enjoy

Ski & Schnapps

Zermatt | Switzerland Zermatt – the name alone conjures up images of skiing heaven. The iconic Matterhorn, superb mountain restaurants and miles of breath-taking skiing, both on and off piste, are just a few reasons to visit. Following our Ski Club Leaders to the best snow each day, you’ll be able to make the most of the resort. The wide variety of runs mean you’ll be kept busy skiing all week without seeing the same run twice. You’ll be staying at the luxurious 4* Hotel Sonne, with its Roman spa featuring relaxing eucalyptus, camomile and lemon steam baths, an outdoor whirlpool and beautiful indoor pool. You’ll wake up every morning feeling replenished and ready to take on the slopes again – all contributing to a skiing holiday to remember. • Six

full days skiing with Ski Club Leaders standard of accommodation in the charming car-free village • Easily accessible by train from Geneva or Zurich Airport • High

• 1st

class rail and St Moritz lift pass included days with Ski Club Leaders • Beautiful, historic ski resorts • Seven

LIFT PASS INCLUDED PE

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

8 Nights

£2499

Fri 17 Mar - Sat 25 Mar John Bennett, Michael Power None Not Included 1st Class Rail, 3.5 hrs Park Hotel Beausite 4* - half board, twin share Art Boutique Hotel Monopol 4* - half board, twin share • parkhotelbeausite.ch monopol.ch/en REF182

PE

8 Nights

£1999

Tues 10 Jan - Wed 18 Jan John Bennett, Eamonn Murphy None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Rail/Coach, 3.5 hrs Art Boutique Hotel Monopol 4* - half board, twin share; Hotel Genzianella - half board, twin share • monopol.ch/en • genzianella.com REF035

PE

7 Nights

£1675

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Chris Evans, David Bintcliffe None Not Included Rail, 3.5 hrs Hotel Sonne 4* - half board, twin share • sonnezermatt.ch REF059


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Saas Fee Singles

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Saas Fee | Switzerland

• Six

days skiing with Ski Club Leaders 4* accommodation in a charming car-free village • High, snow sure resort • Excellent

PE S

7 Nights

£1399

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Richard Congdon None Scheduled, Heathrow - Geneva Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Metropol 4* - half board, single room • metropol-saas-fee.ch REF043

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Spend a week in the delightfully unspoilt and car-free Saas Fee, set against one of the most dramatic glacial backdrops in the Alps. The high speed Alpin Express whisks you up the mountainside in the morning directly to the slopes, where your Ski Club Leaders will ensure you make the most of this stunning ski area. The high elevation guarantees snow and offers breathtaking views. Whether you’re cruising the slopes or having a relaxing picturesque coffee break, the eye-catching terrain and varied pistes make this an excellent holiday opportunity. Your accommodation will be in the luxurious 4* Metropol Grand Hotel, where you can enjoy the delicious cuisine and the opportunity to unwind in the pool, sauna and solarium.


Swiss Bliss

Virgin Snow

Laax (Flims) | Switzerland

Madonna di Campiglio | Italy

This hidden gem of the Swiss Alps is continually boosting its reputation as an extensive intermediate ski playground offering high, wide and sunny slopes. Hard on the heels of your knowledgeable Ski Club Leaders, you’ll sample the Alpenarena to its limits, enjoying the long runs for which Laax is renowned. You'll stay in the impressive 4* Sunstar Hotel in its delightful setting in the mountain forest at Flims Waldhaus. The hotel’s inviting style and cosy atmosphere are conducive to staying in and relaxing if that’s what you’d prefer to do

If you want a true Italian experience, then Madonna di Campiglio is definitely for you. A beautiful, picturesque village set in the stunning Brenta Dolomites hosts the 4* Hotel Bertelli. Here you will be treated to exquisite, locally sourced cuisine alongside a wine cellar so extensive that it has two sommeliers! The hotel also boasts a superb wellness area to sooth your limbs after exploring the 150km of wide open, cruising pistes, which never seem to get busy. The atmosphere of the town is very relaxed and an early evening stroll is a must to take in the incredible views.

• Enjoy

long and extensive runs in a stunning ski area • Six days skiing with Ski Club Leaders • Piano bar, wellness centre and private hotel minibus PE S

7 Nights

£1250

Sat 27 Jan - Sat 3 Feb Chris Tomlinson None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 hrs Sunstar Hotel Flims 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/flims REF083

PE S

See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1350

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Christine Robinson None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 hrs Sunstar Hotel Flims 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/flims REF136

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7 Nights

7 Nights

£1299

Sat 24 Mar - Sat 31 Mar Bruce Rogers, Judith Rogers None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 hrs Sunstar Hotel Flims 4* - half board, single room • sunstar.ch/flims REF208

Six days skiing with Ski Club Leaders Extensive ski area of over 150km of pistes • Wellness centre and spa •

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7 Nights

£1350

Sat 20 Jan - Sat 27 Jan Michael Power None Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Bertelli 4* - half board, twin share • hotelbertelli.com/en REF060

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7 Nights

£1299

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Linda Westoby, Kersti Vicarri None Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Bertelli 4* - half board, twin share • hotelbertelli.com/en REF198


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Ski & Spa

Schladming Schuss

Bad Hofgastein | Austria

Schladming | Austria

• Six

days skiing with your Ski Club Leaders spa facilities located within the hotel • Complementary wine and beer with your buffet dinner

After recent sucess following a 20 year hiatus, Ski Club Freshtracks will once again return to Schladming. With the developed ski area now encompassing four mountains and over 230km of pistes, whilst maintaining a traditional Austrian style, you can’t fail to enjoy this week. There’s a lot to keep you busy here and if you like wide, rolling reds and long, winding blues dotted with great huts to stop off at you will love it. The charming and traditional Posthotel Schladming is in the centre of the historic town, close to the lifts.

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7 Nights

£999

Sat 27 Jan - Sat 3 Feb Glyn Taylor None Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 1.5 hrs Kur and Sport Hotel Palace 4* - half board (incl. wine), single room • kurhotelpalace.at REF079

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7 Nights

£999

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Jeremy Frost None Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 1.5 hrs Kur and Sport Hotel Palace 4* - half board (incl. wine), single room • kurhotelpalace.at REF170 Stefane Candé

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7 Nights

£1250

Sun 28 Jan - Sun 4 Feb Terry Rimmer None Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Post - half board, twin share • posthotel-schladming.at/ REF087 PE

7 Nights

£1199

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar TBC None Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Post - half board, twin share • posthotel-schladming.at/ REF189

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If you’re a ski and spa aficionado and it’s the privacy of a single room you prefer then this holiday, in an extensive 4* spa hotel, is the one for you. The vast and varied ski domain is perfect for high mileage intermediate skiers. After the challenges of the day you can return to your own ensuite room and some pampering at the hotel, followed by a buffet dinner and live music in the bar. These weeks normally sell out quickly so book now to secure your place!

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Austrian Indulgence Zell am Ziller | Austria

The pretty, idyllic village of Zell am Ziller is the gateway to the stunning and extensive Zillertal Arena, which provides the perfect combination of picturesque scenery and varied skiing. Reaching a peak of 2,499m and providing over 166km of pistes, you may struggle to choose your route from the widespread options on offer. Luckily your Ski Club Leaders will be on hand to do all the hard work for you and ensure you get the most out of this exciting new destination for Ski Club Freshtracks. Staying at the wonderful 4* Das Posthotel you will be treated to exquisite local cuisine and a wonderful wellness area, perfect for relaxing after a long day on the slopes. Single rooms at no extra cost Excellent superior 4* hotel • Six days skiing with Ski Club Leaders • •

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Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

7 Nights

£1350

Sun 4 Feb - Sun 11 Feb Glyn Taylor None Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 2 hrs Das Posthotel 4* - half board, single room • zillerseasons.at/das-posthotel/ REF102


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Families Austrian Half Term A charming, old valley town with rustic Austrian charm, Schladming is an excellent destination choice for your half term holiday. Recent developments in the lift system mean queuing is kept to a minimum even during peak weeks, and with the developed ski area covering 230km, there is an abundance of skiing to be enjoyed across this fun-filled week. Spending six days with your Ski Club Leaders is an excellent way to appreciate the variety and challenges that this region has to offer, meaning you can relax and enjoy the skiing and let them take care of the route planning and organization. The historic 4* Hotel Post lies in the heart of the village within a pleasant car-free square. Its superb wellness centre, combined with a nearby pool, ice-rink and family-friendly bars, mean both fun and relaxing post-skiing activities are catered for in abundance!

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Banff / Jasper | Canada

Zell am See | Austria

Experience four resorts in Alberta with a ski adventure in Banff and Jasper. Starting in Banff you’ll spend six nights at the Banff Park Lodge, where you can experience the best that Banff has to offer in the peace and solitude of a quiet location, with easy access to the livelier downtown area. Using the efficient local ski buses, you’ll head out each day to one of three fantastic resorts, Norquay, Sunshine Village or Lake Louise, that are all accessed on a Three Peaks lift pass. You’ll then travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Your base for the next six nights will be The Crimson, located near the centre of this small mountain town. From here you’ll ski the extensive Marmot Basin area with over 1,600 acres of uncrowded slopes to explore, and a huge variety of terrain from alpine bowls to tree skiing. It really is worth travelling the extra mile to experience these fantastic resorts.

Imagine a small, traditional Austrian town, picturesque cobbled streets lined with bustling cafés, bars and shops, with a magnificent lake offering stunning reflections of the mountains towering above… sound too good to be true? Well it exists, and what’s more it’s the gateway to a stunning ski area. This is a great place to perfect your style - skiing the varied terrain with our Ski Club Leaders. Refuel at lunchtime in one of the many fantastic restaurants or head further afield to Kaprun where you can enjoy the spectacular views from the Aussichs restaurant.

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Ski-in, ski-out location rooms at no extra cost • Relaxing spa area with indoor pool • Great choice for non-skiing partners •

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days skiing with Ski Club Leaders • Charming and historic 4* hotel with wellness centre • Large and extensive ski region F

7 Nights

£1499

Sun 11 Feb - Sun 18 Feb TBC None Scheduled, Heathrow - Munich Coach, 2.5hrs Hotel Post - half board, twin share posthotel-schladming.at REF111

4 resorts in two weeks sure resorts • Private transfers provided to and from the airport and from Banff to Jasper • Snow

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12 Nights

£1250

Wed 28 Feb - Mon 12 Mar Alastair Ross None Not Included Coach 1hr Banff park Lodge - 6 nights B&B, twin share The Crimson - 6 nights B&B, twin share • banffparklodge.com •mpljasper. com/hotels/crimson REF143

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7 Nights

£1399

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Joseppe Jenkin, Allen Swift None Scheduled, Heathrow - Salzburg Coach, 1.5 hrs Sporthotel Alpin 4* - half board, single room • sporthotelalpin.com REF178

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Schladming | Austria

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Italian Indulgence

Luxury Lenzerheide

Canazei | Italy

Lenzerheide | Switzerland

For our Sella Ronda enthusiasts we’re once again back in the historic and charming resort of Canazei. From here you are welllocated for the slopes of Belvedere with easy access to Arabba one way and Val Gardena the other – not to mention the rest of the 1,200km of pistes! A truly stunning and unique ski area, this UNESCO World Heritage site has everything on offer from the cruisy blues and long, rolling reds, to high altitude skiing on the Marmolada glacier – and all in the most beautiful and extraordinary setting. The 4* Hotel Croce Bianca is well situated, a short stroll from both the lifts and village centre with an extensive wellness area and renowned cuisine. • Six

days skiing with Ski Club Leaders choice of mountain restaurants with great food and modest prices • Interesting historic area – a good choice for non-skiing partners

For those yet to experience Lenzerheide, this resort hosts an abundance of skiing treats - an excellent snow record, over 225km of beautifully groomed pistes and a charming lake-side setting. You’ll have access to both Lenzerheide and nearby Arosa, providing a multitude of wide open, smooth slopes and challenging, aspirational runs, including routes down the back of the dramatic peak of the Rothorn. Spending six days with Ski Club Leaders means you can explore all of this beautiful region, no doubt also including the fabulous mountain restaurants. You will be staying in the central 4* Hotel Sunstar, which will be the perfect place to relax in the evening with a spacious single room and an excellent wellness area.

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Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

7 Nights

£1450

Sat 10 Mar - Sat 17 Mar Ness Cornborough,Jane Billingham None Scheduled, Heathrow - Venice Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Croce Bianca 4* - half board, twin share • hotelcrocebianca.com REF169

• Six

days with Ski Club Leaders rooms at no extra cost • Lovely 4* accommodation with a wellness area • Single

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7 Nights

£1399

Sun 18 Mar - Sun 25 Mar Margaret Scott None Scheduled, Heathrow - Zurich Coach, 2 hrs Sunstar Hotel Lenzerheide 4* - half board, single room • lenzerheide.sunstar.ch REF201


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Obergurgl | Austria

Officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Brenta Dolomites represent one of the most stunning locations that you can wish to ski, with Folgarida itself nestled in the centre of the aptly named Val di Sole. As a modern resort it boasts an excellent lift system that blends seamlessly into the environment, whilst maintaining the key ingredient to the keen skier - speed. With long cruising blues and rolling reds, surrounded by beautiful pine forests, there is plenty to keep you busy here. With six days skiing with your Ski Club Leader you’ll have ample opportunity to make the most of this excellent ski region. The snow covered pines glistening in the sun is a memory to savour – don’t forget your camera! Six days with Ski Club Leaders Ski in-ski out hotel with slope-side terrace • Extensive ski area of over 150km of pistes • •

Squeeze one last week's skiing out of the season with a final fling in the snowsure resort of Obergurgl. This stylish and traditional resort has a loyal following due to its reliable snow and the variety of slopes on offer. Let your Ski Club Leaders do the work as they lead you around the groomed pistes so you can admire the stunning surroundings. The village has a calm and relaxed Tirolean atmosphere with little traffic in the centre, making it the perfect place to escape the day-today routine. The 4* Edelweiss and Gurgl is the original village hotel situated at the top of Obergurgl, next to the church and overlooking the main square on one side and the slopes on the other. You’ll also get to enjoy the luxury of your own room in this fabulous 4* with all amenities on hand: a beautiful pool, sauna, solarium and renowned cuisine in their restaurant. Ski-in, ski-out hotel Single occupancy room • Includes six-day lift pass • •

LIFT PASS INCLUDED

7 Nights

£850

Sat 17 Mar - Sat 24 Mar Mike Davies None Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 3 hrs Hotel Alaska 3* - half board, twin share • alaskahotel.it/en

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7 Nights

£1599

Sat 14 Apr - Sat 21 Apr Reg Favell None Scheduled, Heathrow - Innsbruck Coach, 1.5 hrs Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl 4* - half board, single room • edelweiss-gurgl.com REF222

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Folgarida | Italy


Heli & Cat Skiing For many, heli or cat skiing is the ultimate experience on snow Ski on untouched snow far from the crowds Enjoy spectacular scenery and endless possibilities


Breathtaking descents

Last Frontier Heliskiing – BC, Canada // Dave Silver

HELI & CAT SKIING

Spectacular ascents

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KABI were excellent – lots of thought went into little points that really made a difference - like meeting us with cold beers in the minibus after a heli day.

Pyrenees Heli Exploration Baqueira Beret | Spain

The Spanish resort of Baqueira Beret may not be well known to many UK skiers but it’s an undiscovered gem when it comes to offering an ideal base for exciting and varied off piste terrain, with steeps, couloirs and amazing tree skiing. Edurne Pasaban, the first woman to scale all the peaks over 8,000m, certainly agrees and has set up her own ski guiding operation, Kabi, based in Baqueira. Working with experienced local mountain guides, we’ll take you on daily journeys both near the resort and to more remote corners by helicopter. Two days of Heli Rando using the helicopter and some skinning to find the perfect snow present endless possibilities. Not only does Baqueira offer a mountain experience to rival the most famous resorts in the Alps, you’ll also have the opportunity to try local tapas with a glass of rioja at the end of the day.

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heli drops included and well situated family-run 4* hotel in the centre of the resort offering excellent spa facilities (local charge) and superb local cuisine • Six days with mountain guides

7 Nights

Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

£1799

Sat 3 Feb - Sat 10 Feb Kabi Mountain Guides Scheduled, Heathrow - Toulouse Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Val de Ruda Spa - half board, twin share • hotevalderudabaqueira.com REF098

7 Nights

£1799

Sat 24 Feb - Sat 3 Mar Kabi Mountain Guides Scheduled, Heathrow - Toulouse Coach, 2.5 hrs Hotel Val de Ruda Spa - half board, twin share • hotevalderudabaqueira.com REF138


Last Frontier Heliskiing – BC, Canada // Dave Silver

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Alagna, known as the Freeride Paradise, offers traditional Italian alpine charm and incredible skiing which is second to none. With numerous off piste routes and the chance to reach untouched snow by helicopter, this trip will not disappoint. From Alagna you can ski to the neighbouring resorts of Gressoney and Champoluc, providing a wide variety of off piste terrain for you to explore with the aid of your expert mountain guides, so that you’ll be more than ready to get the most from your day of heli skiing. The Monte Rosa range features a variety of terrain and routes, couloirs and steep slopes which makes it the perfect place to test your limits! Return in the evenings to the low-key and friendly resort, where you can relax at the familyrun Residence Mirella before venturing out to sample some Italian fare. • Six

days with mountain guides heli drops included • A good level of fitness will ensure you get the most from this exciting week • Two

7 Nights

£1599

Sat 17 Feb - Sat 24 Feb Andrea Enzio & team Scheduled, Heathrow - Milan Linate Coach, 2.5 hrs Residence Mirella 3* - B&B, twin share • residencemirella.com REF116

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Alagna | Italy


Canadian Backcountry Escape White Grizzly | Canada

The best holiday possible if you want to ski safely off piste with like-minded people, behind a top guide. Gillie Revill Monte Rosa Heli Escapades

If you’re looking for an unforgettable off piste experience then how about some Cat skiing in the powder mecca of British Columbia? To get you started you’ll spend four full days skiing Kicking Horse Mountain Resort exploring over 2,500 skiable acres and staying at the Vagabond Lodge. From there you’ll travel onto Meadow Creek, where the White Grizzly Adventures team will look after you for five days of amazing Cat skiing with a rest day where you can relax in the lodge, or if you still have some energy, a day trip to nearby Whitewater Resort. White Grizzly offers a vast, steep and consistently challenging backcountry experience which is sure to be the highlight of the trip! You’ll Cat ski five days in the spectacular Goat Range of the Selkirk Mountains, which represents more than the area of Whistler/Blackcomb. • Five

days Cat skiing – one ‘day off’ – various options available • Exclusive use of the minibus • Outstanding backcountry experience, with exhilarating skiing

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Date Ski Club Leader Touring Standard Accommodation Flights Average Climb Mountain Guide or Instructor Transfer See pages 8-9 for ski profile descriptions on piste: off piste: Bookings and information: skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks | +44 (0)20 8410 2022

12 Nights

£4599

Sun 25 Feb - Fri 9 Mar White Grizzly Guides Not included Private minibus Vagabond Lodge, Kicking Horse, White Grizzly Lodge - 5 nights B&B, 7 nights full board, twin share • whitegrizzly.com REF122 Last Frontier Heliskiing – BC, Canada // Dave Silver

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Mountain Tracks, part of the Ski Club family, are specialists in guided mountain adventure. We run challenging and rewarding courses and holidays to the Alps and beyond throughout the year, led by highly qualified staff including IFMGA alpine mountain guides and experienced off piste ski instructors. Our winter programme includes off-piste skiing holidays, hut-to-hut ski tours and mountain and avalanche awareness training courses.

WINTER 2017-18 HIGHLIGHTS… Off-Piste & Ski Touring Skills Week, Gressoney Perfect for intermediate off-piste skiers who want to learn essential ski touring skills for travelling safely and confidently in the backcountry. Queyras Traverse Ski Tour, Guillestre Ski touring off the beaten track in one of the most beautiful of the French National Parks, where you’re likely to see more chamois than fellow ski tourers! Ski Touring in the Georgian Caucasus A skiing adventure like no other, in an enchanting country full of fascinating local cultures and traditions. Suitable for individuals or private groups. Private Group Guiding We are happy to run bespoke private guiding for groups of friends or family, including off piste, ski touring, and hut-to-hut trips for small or larger groups. For more information visit mountaintracks.co.uk or call 020 8123 2978


Holiday Information Please read this information and our booking conditions carefully before you book your holiday. All bookings are made subject to our booking conditions and the information contained below. HOLIDAY PRICE (PER PERSON) INCLUDES: • Group flight arrangements including airport passenger duty and passenger service charge (where specified in the holiday fact box). • Group transfer arrangements (as specified in the holiday fact box). • Accommodation including local taxes, based on same sex people sharing a twin room or triple room (except Touring Zone, where male and female members may have to stay in the same room). • Meals (where provided, as detailed in holiday fact boxes). • Ski Club Leaders, Instructors and Mountain Guides (where specified in the holiday fact box). ADDITIONAL EXPENSES (NOT INCLUDED IN THE ADVERTISED PRICE): • Lift-pass – we will advise you of the approximate amount required in local currency with your confirmation of booking. On a few holidays the liftpass price is included in the brochure price and this is indicated in the holiday price details. • Local transport (buses or taxis). • Meals – unless otherwise indicated, holidays are offered on a room only/bed and breakfast/half board/ chalet board basis. Please check the individual holiday price details or ask Ski Club Freshtracks for full details. • Drinks – not included except on occasion where the holiday price includes wine with dinner. • Equipment – if you need to hire equipment in the resort, take advantage of discounts available to Club members (see website). • Snowsports travel insurance. • Evening meal on resort staff’s one day off (chalets and chalet hotels only) each week. • Return travel between home and UK departure point. • Shuttle flights from regional airports to group departure point. • Visas for non EC passport holders, where applicable. • Optional excursions booked in resort. ACCOMMODATION Accommodation, either in hotels or chalets, is based on people sharing a room and is selected to suit each individual group. In some cases single rooms are available on request, subject to a supplement. Rooms vary in size and comfort and are allocated on a firstcome, first-served basis. Occasionally a superior grade room will be available at a small additional cost. In

Austria and Switzerland it is usual for hotels to offer “Austrian twins”, which are two separate mattresses within one double bed frame with individual duvets. Please see the individual hotel description for details or call Ski Club Freshtracks. Due to the large variety of accommodation offered in the Ski Club Freshtracks programme, it has not been possible to visit all hotels/ chalets prior to contracting and we should point out that all brochured accommodation and services are in accordance with the hotel/chalet’s own literature. We will do our best to help individuals find a room sharer if we are asked to do so, but if, when rooming lists are finalised, there is an imbalance in numbers so that a sole occupancy supplement is incurred, this cost will be passed onto you. Please note that where individuals have been allocated or have specifically asked to share a room with another/other member(s), and one or more of the individuals in the allocated room cancels their holiday, we reserve the right to resell the cancelled place should we have the demand and you may therefore end up sharing a room with another individual. Safaris and touring accommodation: male and female members of the group may be asked to share the same room. SPECIAL REQUESTS/NEEDS If you have any special requests, they should be clearly stated in writing at the time of booking. We will endeavour to pass all such reasonable requests on to the relevant supplier. However, we cannot guarantee that special requests will be met unless the supplier confirms in writing to us that they will be met. Only in these circumstances will this then become a term of our contract with you. Otherwise, failure to provide a special request will not be a breach of contract on our part. It is the individual’s responsibility to reconfirm these requests to the supplier on arrival. FLIGHTS In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual Carrier operating your flight. Most of our flights are scheduled services (predominantly Swiss International, British Airways, Air Canada). However, on a number of our holidays, the flights are charter and this is indicated in the holiday flight details. Please note when booking flights we must have your passport title, first name and surname correctly spelt. Subsequent changes will incur a charge, and please note that airlines normally regard

name changes as a cancellation and re-booking, and therefore any alteration may incur a 100% cancellation charge. Flight details and times are not all finalised at the time of printing and are subject to confirmation. We reserve the right to change the airline or routing where absolutely necessary. Any changes after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change and we cannot be held responsible for any costs associated with a change in connecting or onward travel resulting in a change to air schedules. Please note, that in accordance with Air Navigation Orders, a child must be under two years of age on the date of the return flight in order to qualify for infant status. Some of our holidays don't include flights in the holiday price so that you can take advantage of the flexibility and/or pricing of other airlines, and arrange your own flight to the destination airport. MISSED DEPARTURE In the event that you miss your outbound flight, you must notify the airline and the Freshtracks office immediately (if necessary via the out of hours contact number provided) if you intend to travel and take the inbound flight. Failure to do so may result in your inbound flight reservation being cancelled. We cannot be held responsible for any additional costs as a result of missing a flight. You should consider making a claim under your insurance policy. If you choose to book flights in order to connect with any of the flights included in our package, please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for missed departure as a result of delay or missed departure to either the flight we have booked for you or any flights you have booked. REGIONAL AIRPORTS Where possible we always try to meet your requests for regional departures. Please ask us about regional flights at the time of booking. Usually there is a supplement payable depending upon departure date and flight, and all flights are subject to availability. BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE/SKI CARRIAGE Please note that the baggage allowance is usually one bag of up to 20kgs (44lbs) including skis and boots. The airlines are becoming very strict and if over this limit, a charge may be made for the excess weight. Ski carriage is payable on most flights. Charges are usually between £15 and £70 per bag. Please check at the time of booking. Availability of ski carriage is often limited and strictly on request with some airlines, so must be confirmed by us at the time of booking. TRANSFERS Transfers from airports to resorts will be by coach, taxi or rail and are arranged to minimise delays. Please note if your personal travel arrangements are outside those of the group, the resort transfer is not included in the holiday price, unless specified. If you are making your own way to the destination airport but still require the

group transfer, we do need this request in writing at the time of booking. On some holidays we arrange a coach transfer to the resort which will leave the destination airport at a fixed time. We will provide you with details of the time the coach transfer will leave the destination airport. The coach transfer forms part of your holiday price. If for any reason, including delays to your flight, you miss the group transfer we will not provide a further transfer for you and you will have to arrange your own transfer to the resort at your own cost. TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY We do not insist that you buy a group flight as part of your package with us. If you wish to make your own travel arrangements to the resort, we will give you an appropriate reduction of £50-£100 per person. You must indicate that you do not wish to take our travel arrangements at the time of booking otherwise you will incur an administration charge. Please note: travel costs are not included in the holidays in the Touring section, but can be arranged by us on request. SKIING WITH OTHERS Please remember that you are taking part in a group holiday and whilst we make every effort to ensure that the group is of a similar standard of experience, you may ski in a group with different levels of competence, experience or priorities. Our Leaders, Guides or Instructors will, where possible take into account the needs and requests of the group, however it is not always possible to accommodate the specific wishes of each member. It is expected that members will understand and respect the wishes of the group. SMOKING While the Ski Club does not operate a no-smoking policy for the holiday programme, it is expected that members will respect the wishes of the group as a whole. Smokers should conform with each individual establishment’s rules and must refrain from smoking in shared bedrooms and at meal times. PASSPORTS AND VISAS It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any visa which may be necessary. In the absence of valid documentation, you will not be allowed to travel and we shall have no liability to make any refunds or pay any compensation. Please note that the name on the passport must match the name on the ticket, otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. All British citizens, including infants and children, will require a 10-year passport which is valid for at least six months after the date of return. For more information on the passport applications and the length of time the application process takes, please visit: gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports If you are travelling to a non-EU destination, you should check with the Consulate to find out whether you need a visa or whether there are any other additional


FOREIGN OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE The Foreign & Commonwealth Office issues advice for those travelling outside the UK. You can access this advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Unit on the FCO website at www.fco.gov.uk. For those travelling to the United States you need to check US immigration requirements which can be found on the website for the US consulate at usinfo. state.gov or usimmigrationsupport.org HEALTH REQUIREMENTS Please contact your GP in good time before you travel to check whether there are any health precautions which you need to take. You can also obtain information from the Department of Health leaflet T7. AGE The majority of holidays in this brochure are designed for adults aged between 18 and 65 years. There is an extensive programme of Peak Experience holidays which are open to anyone aged 55 years and over. Members aged over 65 years will be required to join the trips in this category. Additionally some specific holidays e.g. Family, Christmas and New Year (except Off-Piste Skiing) groups are open to all ages. If members aged over 65 years of exceptional skiing standard/fitness/stamina cannot find an appropriate standard holiday on a date to suit them in the ‘Peak Experience’ programme, the following are the circumstances where their booking may be accepted on a holiday outside the ‘Peak Experience’ programme: • You are at the upper end of the grading for that holiday • You have received this grading on a Ski Club Freshtracks holiday during the previous/current season • The Leader/mountain guide can confirm that your standard, fitness and stamina all appear to be suitable for the chosen holiday • You have not sustained any injury or undergone any surgery or other period of ill health since receiving this grading that may affect your standard/fitness/stamina If members cannot find what they are looking for in the brochure, we offer our Tailor-made service. For groups of four or more, we can organise a Club Leader, instructor or a mountain guide, together with travel and accommodation to meet members’ needs.

UNDER 18s The Club would like to point out that parents and guardians of these youngsters must ensure that it is safe and appropriate for them to holiday in these circumstances and that they will not pose a risk to their own safety, or that of others. We must urge parents to let the Club know anything relevant about their children that will help towards the successful and happy running of the holiday. Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a consent form prior to departure. SIZE MATTERS! We cost our holidays on a variable ratio of Leaders/ instructors/guides to members. On occasions when our bookings are greater than anticipated, we will send additional Leaders/instructors/guides. However, when we have less demand for a trip we may reduce the number of Leaders/instructors/ guides or the number of days instruction/guiding included. Leaders/instructors/ guides may change depending on group sizes and availability. Skiing groups will usually be smaller for Off Piste and Touring holidays, than on other Ski Club Freshtracks holidays. SKI PROFILES While every effort is made to ensure that skiing abilities are compatible, the final decision will rest with the Leaders/instructors/mountain guides. There may be occasions when you have to free ski or attend the local ski school to ensure the success of the holiday. We will not be responsible for any such additional costs. At the end of each holiday every member will be issued with a ‘next holiday card’. A Ski Club profile for each member on the holiday will be recorded on the Ski Club of Great Britain membership database. FITNESS Skiing is a demanding sport and so it is essential to take into consideration fitness levels when making decisions about your ski grading. Fitness is a key part of skiing ability and so it is important when choosing a holiday to ask yourself how far you can, and are prepared, to push yourself. Whether you are comfortable cruising the reds all day with a long lunch stop or are looking for more of a physical challenge with turn after turn in deep powder, a good level of physical fitness is required in order to make sure you get the maximum out of your holiday and avoid unnecessary injuries. It is recommended that you participate in at least 40 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week for a minimum of three months in the run up to a skiing holiday. Please be aware that Leaders are entitled to lower members' ski grading, and in exceptional circumstances they can ask members to leave the ski group if they feel their fitness hinders performance and delays other members of the party or they are a danger to themselves or to the

group. No compensation will be payable in such circumstances. Our Explorations, Safaris and Tours have a maximum climb for each holiday. These climbs are an indication of the maximum amount of skinning on a typical day for a member who has a good level of fitness. In a mountain environment, with a group of members, there are many factors that may affect the length of climb including weather, conditions and fitness of individuals in the group. The maximum climb indicated may be exceeded and either be unplanned or planned in order for the guides/ instructors to have the best chance of finding find the best conditions available. No compensation will be payable for any day where the climb is longer than anticipated. HIGH ALTITUDE ACCLIMATISATION Some ski resorts are situated at such a high elevation that the humidity and limited oxygen available can cause a variety of symptoms and illnesses. Please read the information below carefully. It will help to explain how to cope with the acclimatisation process and how to deal with altitude sickness should you suffer from it. Symptoms: Shortness of breath, fast heart beat, dehydration, constipation, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, headache. What to do: Take it easy for the first couple of days, eat lightly and drink plenty of liquids (two or three times more water than usual), avoid alcohol and caffeine, get plenty of sleep, limit salt and increase carbohydrate consumption. Most importantly listen to your body – if you feel unwell DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT A DOCTOR. For most people the minor symptoms of altitude will disappear as your body adjusts. Please remember the use of hot tubs and saunas will accelerate the dehydration process. Please be aware that the sun is MUCH stronger at higher altitudes. Be sure to apply a high factor sun screen to your face, neck and ears at least every four hours, even on a cloudy day. TIPPING Our brochure prices include all local staying duties and room taxes, but, whilst discretionary, it is typical to leave a tip when paying for drinks and food abroad. With mountain guides and instructors it is usual for the group to buy lunch and offer a tip at the end of the holiday. Most service staff in America and Canada anticipate between 15-20% gratuity, depending on the level of service; this includes bar staff and drivers. It is customary on departure to leave a gratuity in your room for housekeeping staff – a guideline is $5 per day.

ATOL PROTECTION We hold an Air Travel Organiser Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL No. 2911) Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed in this brochure. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday 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, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to 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 (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the supplier identified on your ATOL certificate, 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 nonprovision 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. ABTOT PROTECTION No.5064 The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Ski Club Winter Arrangements Limited and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: 1​ non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK; 2 non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and 3​ flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK 1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Ski Club Winter Arrangements Limited.

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immigration requirements. If you do not hold a British passport, please check with your own Embassy or Consulate in the UK to confirm the passport and visa requirements of the country that you are planning to visit.


Booking Conditions All contracts in respect of these holidays are made with Ski Club Winter Arrangements Limited (Company Number 02099115, whose registered office is at The White House, 57-63 Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5SB) of which “Ski Club of Great Britain” and “Ski Club Freshtracks”are trading names. All bookings are subject to these Booking Conditions and our “Holiday Information” document. SKI CLUB MEMBERS ONLY 1 It is a condition of booking that you must be a member of the Ski Club of Great Britain to book these holidays. Membership numbers must be provided when the booking is made, as they are required to be stated on the booking confirmation. If you are not a current member at the time of booking, you will be asked to join/renew before confirmation of booking.

HOW TO BOOK

2 Please follow carefully all the booking details and subsequent instructions. We shall not be liable for your failure to do so. You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of booking. The member who makes the booking is responsible for ensuring that these Booking Conditions are drawn to the attention of every person on whose behalf he/she has made a booking. We will only deal with that member in all subsequent correspondence and dealings. When you make a booking you are confirming that you understand these Booking Conditions and have the authority to accept, and do accept them on behalf of yourself and all members of your party. You are also responsible for making all payments due, ensuring the accuracy of all personal details and other information supplied in respect of yourself and your party, notifying us of any changes or cancellations and for receiving correspondence and keeping your party informed of any changes to your booking.

MAKING A PAYMENT 3 We accept, credit and debit cards (except Amex & Solo). This means that you may telephone your requirements for immediate booking. Please note there is a 2% surcharge payable for credit card transactions (Visa/Mastercard) which we will automatically add to your balance. You will be sent a booking confirmation which must be checked carefully. In the event of any discrepancy, please raise any queries with us immediately. A non-refundable deposit of £150 per person will be payable at the time of booking. If you book within 10 weeks of the departure date the total cost of your holiday and that of your group must be submitted immediately. We reserve the right to vary the deposit and balance due date particularly for (though not limited to) holidays that include heli or cat skiing. We will inform you of these specific terms at the time of booking. Receipt of the deposit by us does not imply confirmation of that booking. No booking shall be confirmed or contract come into existence until we issue a written confirmation invoice along with the booking confirmation. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason for such refusal and shall in that event return any deposit received to its sender.

4 The balance of the total cost of the holiday as shown on our confirmation invoice must be paid at least 10 weeks before departure. If the balance has not been paid by such a date we reserve the right to cancel the booking within seven days thereafter and to retain the deposit by way of our cancellation charge. Any dispute as to the amounts shown in the invoice must be taken up with us within 48 hours of receipt of the invoice. Thereafter the person who made the booking guarantees payment to us in accordance with these Booking Conditions of the total amount shown on the invoice. For cancellation procedures see Section 5 below.

is cancelled up to 10 weeks before the departure date the deposits paid by you will be forfeited. Since we incur costs in cancelling your arrangements the following cancellation charges will also be payable if the holiday is cancelled by you for whatever reason after the balance due date. Notice of cancellation before departure:

AMENDMENT OR CANCELLATION BY YOU

All cancellations must be received in writing, signed by the person who made the booking and acknowledged by us. Failure to pay the balance by the due date shall also entitle the Ski Club to cancel the booking and retain the deposit by way of a cancellation charge. Failure to pay any other amount by the due date shall entitle the Ski Club to cancel the booking and to retain an amount by way of a cancellation charge as set out in Clause 5 (c). Cancellation charges due on heli-skiing and cat skiing holidays are according to each operator’s booking conditions. These will be made known to you before you book. (d) Course Only Bookings. These bookings must be paid for in full at the time of booking. All cancellations must be received in writing, signed by the person who made the booking and acknowledged by us. Since we incur costs in cancelling your arrangements, all cancellations are subject to a £100 non-refundable fee. The following cancellation charges will be payable if the arrangements are cancelled by you for whatever reason. Notice of cancellation before departure:

5 (a) If you wish to alter or change any detail in the booking confirmation, or wish to make alternative arrangements to those advertised in the brochure, the request must be made at the time of booking or in writing as soon as possible. We will do our best to make the change but cannot guarantee to do so. Where a change can be made, a minimum charge of £25 per person is payable to cover administrative and other costs we incur in making the alternative arrangements. These further costs could increase closer to the departure date that changes are made. You will also be required to pay any additional costs arising from any alterations. Any transfer of a scheduled flight will also be subject to any charges imposed by the airline. Please note that airlines may not allow transfers on scheduled flights and that a flight booking may have to be cancelled and rebooked, in which event the rebooking will always be subject to flight availability and to payment of any charges imposed by the airline which may, in some cases, be the full cost of the ticket. Please also note that airlines and other transport providers normally regard name changes as a cancellation and rebooking, and any alteration may incur a 100% cancellation charge in respect of their fare. (b) If you are prevented from travelling you may be able to transfer your booking to someone else provided you give us reasonable notice (minimum 10 weeks prior to departure). This person must be able to satisfy all the conditions for the holiday and a change cannot normally be made later than 10 weeks prior to departure. They must accept the transfer and agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. If the transfer can be made we will make an administration charge of £50 plus any reasonable additional costs caused by the transfer. You will remain responsible for ensuring that the holiday is paid for by the balance due date. (c) You or any member of your party may cancel your holiday arrangements at any time. However, if the holiday

70-43 days ​​ 42-31 days ​​ 30-0 days ​​

70-31 days ​​ 30-0 days ​​

Proportion of holiday cost payable 30% 50% 100%

Proportion of holiday cost payable 50% 100%

PRICES 6 (i) We reserve the right to alter the prices and any other information relevant to any of the holidays shown in our brochure or on our website. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. (ii) The price of your holiday arrangements can go up or down after you have booked due to changes in transportation costs such as fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline cost changes, which are part of the contract between airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator or organiser. Changes in VAT or other government imposed changes and currency changes in relation to an exchange rate variation can also affect the price of travel arrangements. However, there

will be no change within 30 days of your departure. In the case of any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your holiday arrangements (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges), this will be absorbed or retained. For larger variations this 2% will still be absorbed for increases but you will be required to pay any amount over and above that. In the latter case there will be an administration charge of £1 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your holiday arrangements, you may cancel your holiday arrangements and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. 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 you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. Alternatively, you can accept an offer of alternative holiday arrangements from us if we are able to offer a suitable alternative and transfer payment made in respect of the original holiday to the alternative holiday. If the cost of the alternative holiday is less than the original, the difference in price will be refunded. In either case, we will also pay compensation as set out in section 8 below. Should the price of the holiday be reduced by more than 2% of your holiday cost (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges) then any refund over and above that amount will be refunded to you after deducting an administration charge of £1 per person. Please note that holiday 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. (iii) The prices of holidays in this brochure are calculated on the basis of costs known at June 2016.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS 7 The majority of our holidays are priced and sold on a shared room basis and we will do our best to help individuals find a room sharer but this is not always possible. If, when rooming lists are finalised, there is an imbalance in numbers so that a sole occupancy supplement is incurred, this cost will be passed onto you. Please note that where individuals have been allocated or have specifically asked to share a room with another/other member(s), and one or more of the individuals in the allocated room cancels their holiday, we reserve the right to resell the cancelled place should we have the demand and you may therefore end up sharing a room with another individual.


CHANGES AND CANCELLATION BY US

56-29 days before departure ​ 28-15 days before departure ​ 14-0 days before departure ​

£15 per person £25 per person £30 per person

A significant change includes a change of UK airport to one that is less convenient (excluding changes between any London Airport); a change of accommodation to a lower grade; a change of resort; a change of planned departure time by more than 12 hours (not flight delay). “Force majeure” means unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control or the control of our suppliers, the consequences of which neither we nor our suppliers could avoid even with all due care, including, but not limited to, epidemic or outbreaks of illness, war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity or threat of it, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, technical problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, changes imposed by rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline, closure or congestion of airports or ports, and adverse weather conditions. (ii) We reserve the right to cancel any holiday in any circumstances. For example, some holidays operate subject to a minimum number of participants and we may therefore have to cancel where there are insufficient numbers. However, we will not cancel your holiday less than 28 days before departure except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. If it is necessary to cancel your travel arrangements, compensation will not be payable by us in the event of force majeure, your late or non-payment or where there are insufficient numbers to operate the holiday. We are not responsible for any costs incurred outside the services included in the holiday invoice. Compensation for cancellation is as follows: 56-29 days before departure ​ 28-15 days before departure ​ 14-0 days before departure ​

£15 per person £25 per person £30 per person

If we have to cancel your booking in circumstances other than your failure to pay, you can have either a full and prompt refund of all monies that you have paid, or accept an offer of alternative holiday arrangements from us if we are able to provide a suitable alternative of comparable standard and transfer payment made in respect of the

original holiday to the alternative holiday. If the cost of the alternative holiday is less than the original, the difference in price will be refunded. In the event that you choose an alternative arrangement, these terms and conditions will still apply to that alternative booking.

HOLIDAY INSURANCE 9 Our insurance policy is optional but it is a condition of booking that all clients have insurance which provides at least the same level of cover as that of the Ski Club Travel Insurance policy as detailed on skiclubinsurance.co.uk. It is your responsibility to comply with the insurance company’s requirements and if you suffer from a disability or medical condition, you should disclose this to insurers. Your policy of insurance should provide cover for personal injury, death, medical and repatriation costs in the countries which you intend to visit, together with cover for loss of baggage and valuables, personal liability, delay, cancellation, curtailment, missed departure and legal expenses. We also advise that your policy should include skiing off-piste without a guide. Insurance premiums must be paid at the same time as booking the holiday in order for cancellation cover to be effective. Please read the full policy wording carefully. Cancellation cover commences on payment of your premium; other sections of the cover apply during your holiday including the outward and return journeys. Please keep insurance details with you whilst on holiday.

OUR LIABILITY 10 We do not own or manage the aircraft, ships, accommodation, restaurants and other facilities used in conjunction with the holidays advertised in this brochure. We also arrange for other tour operators to run some holidays on our behalf. While we have exercised reasonable care in selecting tour operators, providers of travel, accommodation, restaurants and other facilities, we will not have had the opportunity to inspect and do not by this brochure or by our website represent that we have inspected such aircraft, ships, accommodation, restaurants or other facilities. However, if any part of the holiday arrangement booked with us in the UK is performed improperly and without reasonable care and skill (in accordance with local standards), and this affects your enjoyment of the holiday, we will (subject to the conditions below) pay you reasonable compensation as we accept responsibility for our employees, agents, suppliers and sub-contractors while acting within the course of their contractual duties. This liability (except in matters involving injury, illness or death) is limited to three times the cost of the holiday (excluding insurance premium and amendment charges) of the affected person. If you or any member of your party is killed, injured or becomes ill as a result of transport by aircraft, ship, train, coach or any other vehicle, our liability to pay compensation and/or the amount of compensation we will pay is limited in accordance with the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions (applies to transport by air), the Athens Convention (applies to transport by ship), the Berne Convention (applies to transport by rail) and the Geneva Convention (applies to transport by road). The terms of these conventions are incorporated into and form part of your contract with us. You can get copies of the relevant conventions on request. You should note that these conventions may limit or remove the carrier’s liability to you and the amount which the carrier has to pay to you. Where

the services are provided by air or sea carriers our liability is limited as if we were the carriers within the appropriate international conventions. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with the contractual terms or ‘conditions of carriage’ of any company that provides the transportation for your travel arrangements or supplies other services such as accommodation or activities, including any tour operators that run holidays on our behalf. Copies of these terms can also be obtained on request. These terms are incorporated into this contract and may limit or exclude liability. 11 If you or any member of your party suffers death, illness or injury as a result of any failure to perform or improper performance of any part of our contract with you, we will (subject to clause 10) accept responsibility unless the failure to perform or improper performance was attributable to: (i) your own acts and/or omissions (ii) those of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday and which was unforeseeable or unavoidable (iii) an event which neither we nor the supplier of the service in question could have foreseen or prevented even with all due care. Should any payment be made to you or any member of your party by us in any of the circumstances referred to under clauses 10 and 11, we reserve the right to have you assign to us any rights or claims against the person or organisation responsible for causing the illness, injury or death. You must also assist us and our insurers in pursuing any such claim. All claims must be notified immediately to us and confirmed in writing within 50 days. Any amounts recovered in excess of the payments made by us to you will be passed on to you after deduction of our costs. Nothing in these terms excludes or limits our liability in the event of death or injury that occurs as a result of our negligence. 12 We can accept no liability for: (i) failure to deliver special requests, where these have not been confirmed in writing to you; (ii) extra costs as a result of you missing a flight; or (iii) refusal of travel due to a missing or invalid passport or visa, for more information on passport and visa requirements, please see the Holiday Information documents.

PROBLEMS NOT CONNECTED TO OUR HOLIDAY PACKAGE 13 Should any member of your party suffer illness, injury or death through misadventure arising out of an activity which does not form part of the holiday package we have arranged for you, we cannot accept liability. We will, however, offer general assistance where appropriate. This is another area where it is important to have adequate holiday insurance cover. We may provide you with information on our website, in our brochure or when you are on holiday about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting but which you cannot book with us in the UK and which are not part of your holiday arrangements. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised or controlled by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties and we cannot accept any liability in relation to such activities or excursions.

TRANSPORTATION 14 As set out in clause 10 above, transportation on aircraft, coaches, trains or ships is subject to the conditions of carriage of the carrier, some of which may limit or exclude liability. These conditions are often the subject of international agreement between countries and copies of the conditions which apply to your holiday journey and will normally be found on the carrier’s tickets. They are available prior to that time from our office. Under EU 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 of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. However, reimbursement in such cases is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. No liability is accepted by us for delays or cancellations of flights. We are also not liable to pay compensation where air, rail, road and other departure times are supplied by carriers since they are subject to air traffic control, passenger check in times, weather conditions and the need for regular maintenance or other safety considerations. You should consider making a claim under your travel insurance policy.

LUGGAGE, SKIS AND EQUIPMENT 15 All luggage, skis, snowboards, boots, equipment and other personal effects shall be at all times and in all circumstances the owner’s own responsibility and taken on holiday at the owner’s risk. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage or delay to your luggage and effects unless directly caused by the negligence of one of our employees. In the event that damage is caused to baggage while in transit with airlines, or at airports this must be reported immediately to the airline or their representatives and a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) form completed by the airline or their representative. This must be completed before leaving the airport. It will not be possible to make a claim against an airline if the damage is discovered after leaving the airport and we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss or damage or delay to luggage.

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE 16 (i) We hope you will not experience any problems with your holiday. If you do, however, you must take it up with your senior Club Leader/representative immediately so that we can attempt to solve it at once. If the problem cannot be resolved in a short time your Leader will complete a complaint form, which you will be asked to sign to ensure that it sets out your full complaint properly and which we undertake to investigate as soon as possible and report back to you. If you are unhappy with the outcome of our investigation you must put this in writing to us within 28 days of the end of your holiday. (ii) Your failure to comply with this complaints procedure may deprive us of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst on holiday and may affect your rights under this contract.

GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION 17 These terms are governed by English law. Any claim or dispute arising out of these terms (including non-contractual disputes or claims) is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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8 (i) We are occasionally forced to make changes to holidays and reserve the right to do so at any time. If a significant change is made to your holiday after it has been confirmed, you will be informed as soon as possible. You may either accept the changed holiday, cancel and receive a full and prompt refund of all monies that you have paid, or accept an offer of alternative holiday arrangements from us if we are able to provide a suitable alternative of comparable standard and transfer payment made in respect of the original holiday to the alternative holiday. In the event that you choose an alternative arrangement, these terms and conditions will still apply to that alternative booking. If the cost of the alternative holiday is less than the original, the difference in price will be refunded. Except where the significant change arises due to reasons of force majeure (see below), we will in addition offer you compensation (whether you accept the change or cancel) as follows:


FOR YOUR PROTECTION 18 When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday 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, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to 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 (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the supplier identified on your ATOL certificate, 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.

DATA PROTECTION 19 Information about you and members of your party, including your names, contact details and any special needs, disabilities or dietary requirements is collected by us when you request information or make a booking with us. You are responsible for ensuring that other members of your party are aware of our booking conditions and privacy policy and that they consent to your acting on their behalf in your dealings with us. We may disclose this information to our service providers (who may be located outside the UK /EEA ) for the purpose of providing you with your travel and holiday arrangements. Only information necessary for this purpose will be disclosed to them. In the case of air travel, it may be mandatory for us to disclose information for security and anti-terrorism purposes or other purposes imposed on us by governments or airlines. We may use your information for the purposes set out in our data protection registration at the Information Commissioner’s Office. We may disclose your information to companies who act as data processors on our behalf. Some information, for example relating to your religion or health, may be “sensitive personal data” within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1998. We need this information to cater for your needs, but it is collected on condition that we have your positive consent. If you do not agree to our use of your information, we cannot accept your booking. By making a booking with us, you agree to allow your insurers, their agents and medical staff to disclose relevant information to us in circumstances where we may need to act in the interests

of everyone in the group with whom you are travelling. For example, if you contract an infectious illness whilst on holiday, we may immediately need to make special arrangements for you and ensure that you do not return with the group. From time to time we may contact you by post with information about special offers or holidays. If you do not wish to receive such information, please notify us. You have the right to make a data subject access request in writing to obtain a copy of the information which we hold about you. You will be charged a fee for this. Any request should be addressed to the Company Secretary, The Ski Club of Great Britain, The White House, 57-63 Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5SB.

ACCURACY OF BROCHURE 20 This brochure was planned and produced in June 2017.

Care has been taken in the planning and production of this brochure so that you may obtain an accurate picture of the holiday of your choice and all information published in this brochure has been compiled from up-to-date details. Nevertheless, there may be times when an advertised facility is either modified or not available due to, for example, adverse weather conditions or poor volume of support or other factors beyond our control. We therefore reserve the right to alter or vary the content of the brochure or our website at any time. Wherever possible we will advise you of significant changes prior to departure.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 21 By booking a holiday with us you undertake to deport

yourself in a safe and orderly fashion and not to disrupt the enjoyment of others on holiday with you nor to prejudice the reputation of the Ski Club of Great Britain with the owners of the accommodation or the suppliers involved in the agreement. Most people go on holiday for rest and relaxation, so if in our reasonable opinion or that of any airline pilot, hotel manager, tour leader, or other person in authority, your behaviour is causing danger, damage to property or persistently affecting the enjoyment of others, we reserve the right to terminate your holiday. Should this happen, we shall not be under any obligation whatsoever to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) you may incur as a result of your travel arrangements being terminated. Also, we will be entitled to recover compensation for any damage caused from the offending party and/or the person who signed the booking form in the event a resulting claim is made against us by a third party. If the Captain of your flight reasonably believes that you could be a danger or disruptive, he can refuse to let you on the flight. If this means that you are not allowed to board the flight, we will treat your booking as cancelled from that moment, and you will have to pay full cancellation charges. We will not be liable to pay you any compensation. We cannot accept liability for the behaviour of others in your accommodation or on your flight, nor if any facilities are removed as a result of their actions.

REFUNDS 22 We regret that no refund will be made by us on unused coach travel, unused air tickets or on unused sections of other types of ticket, whether travel or otherwise, unless a refund can be obtained by us from the carrier or provider.

AGE 23 The majority of holidays in this brochure are designed for adults aged between 18 and 65 years. There is an extensive programme of Peak Experience holidays which are open to anyone aged 55 years and over. Members aged over 65 years will be required to join the trips in this category. Additionally some specific holidays e.g. Family, Christmas and New Year (except Off Piste Zone) groups are open to all ages.

OUR HOLIDAY LEADERS 24 The day-to-day organisation of the holiday in the resort is undertaken by the volunteer Ski Club Holiday Leaders and they have been asked to make sure the arrangements made are the best, in their opinion, for the group as a whole. This may mean that one skiing group will be encouraged to free ski while others are being led. Programmes compiled by Ski Club Holiday Leaders are subject to alteration and depend on weather and snow conditions which can change rapidly. The service may alter to conform to changes in local regulations over which we have no control. Any Member wishing to ski/snowboard with a Ski Club Leader agrees to do so under the following conditions: (a)You appreciate that the Ski Club Leader is an untrained volunteer with no formal qualifications as an instructor or mountain guide. (b)You also appreciate that the Ski Club Leader undertakes no obligations to you concerning your safety for which you remain solely responsible. (c)You must ensure that your equipment is in good working order before setting off for the day and that you are suitably clothed for the proposed itinerary and all possible weather conditions. You must decide whether or not a particular run or route is within your competence. (d)It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you are suitably insured for the activities intended to be undertaken Ski Club Leaders are not professional mountain guides, nor ski instructors. They are Club members who have attended a training course with us and who volunteer their services. If you wish to ski with a Ski Club Leader you do so in full knowledge that the Leader will not conduct a professional assessment of your skiing ability. You are responsible for your own safety, and you must be aware of the safety of other group members. Skiing is an inherently risky sport and you must be physically fit and have sufficient skill and experience to enable you to participate without risk to yourself or the safety of others. If you are unable to effect linked snowplough turns competently or if your level of fitness and/or ability does not appear to conform to that of the rest of the group, you will be asked to join the local ski school at your own expense or will be asked to make your own skiing arrangements No refunds or compensation will be paid in these circumstances. At the end of each holiday every member will be issued with a ski grading which will be recorded on the Ski Club membership database.

SAFETY 25 Skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports can be dangerous. When skiing off piste or ski touring there may be an element of increased risk. You must be competent and fit enough to undertake these sports and you must take all reasonable precautions for your own safety and

the safety of any children for whom you are responsible. You must ensure that your equipment is in good working order and that you are suitably clothed for a day’s skiing or snowboarding. Children should wear proper helmets at all times when they are participating in winter sports. When venturing off piste it is advisable to wear an avalanche transceiver. These are provided for and should be worn by every person on every holiday of intermediate standard and above. Anyone joining a holiday in the Off Piste and Touring sections will be required to take their own additional equipment. Unless you are accompanied by a professional mountain guide or ski instructor, you must use your own judgement when deciding which route to follow. When you are skiing under the guidance of a professional mountain guide or ski instructor organised through the Ski Club you should follow their reasonable instructions. In the event that you feel that any route is beyond your capability to ski safely, you must inform the Ski Club Leader, mountain guide or ski instructor immediately. You must accept that Ski Club Leaders, mountain guides and ski instructors have the right to prevent you from participating in any programme organised by the Ski Club if, in their reasonable opinion, you cannot participate safely because your standard of skiing or fitness is inadequate, or your conduct may present a danger to others. Neither the Ski Club of Great Britain nor Ski Club Winter Arrangements Limited has any liability to you in these circumstances. Safety standards in many foreign countries may be lower than those taken for granted at home. While hotels and facilities should meet local safety regulations these rarely match UK standards which are amongst the highest in the world. We do not inspect the safety of ski lifts, ski runs and so on. These are operated locally and do not form part of your package with us.

SNOW AND WEATHER CONDITIONS 26 We cannot accept responsibility for the snow or weather conditions experienced during your holiday with the Ski Club of Great Britain. Where we have used the word ‘powder’ in the description of your holiday, we will endeavour to find the best available snow, but if conditions are such that no powder is available (for weather or safety reasons) we accept no responsibility. Nor do we offer a snow guarantee, but we have specially chosen resorts with good snow records.

DATES OF VALIDITY OF BROCHURE 27 This brochure is valid between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018

CASH DECLARATION 28 Please note that, as part of the fight against terrorism, international crime and money laundering, EU Regulation (EC) No 1889/2005 requires all passengers entering or leaving the European Union through its external control points with €10,000 or more in cash (or its equivalent in other currencies or easily convertible assets – e.g. bonds, shares, traveller’s cheques etc.) to declare the sum to the customs authorities of the Member State which he/she is entering or leaving. If you are likely to need to make a declaration under this regulation please contact the HM Revenue & Customs National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000 or visit www.hmrc.gov.uk for further information on how to comply.


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