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Welcome

We’ve been organising fantastic school ski trips for more than 25 years since we started out back in 1992. With a wealth of experience and an unrivalled and friendly personal service, we’re here to make your next ski trip as carefree and successful as possible. With assured status of the School Travel Forum, the LOTC Quality Badge is official recognition for the hard work and dedication of our team. What’s more, our ABTA membership gives you peace of mind that your payments are protected. We’ve added exciting new destinations in Austria and Spain to our portfolio to give you even more choice than ever before. Now’s the perfect time to get in touch ...

Call us NOW on 01279 647 566 MEEt tHE tEAM Ashley, Rebecca, Chris, Sue, James, Lucy, Will, Nikki

(left to right) Above:

Martyn (Ski Product Manager)


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Destinations GERMANY AUSTRIA

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AUstRiA 1 Altenmarkt s 6 2 BKK s 7 3 Grossarl s 8 GE 4 Katschberg s 9 5 Kleindorf/Molltaler s 10 6 Niederau/Oberau s 11 7 Obertauern s 12 SWITZERLAND 8 Radstadt/Eben s 13 9 Saalbach s 14 1 10 Wagrain s 15 FRANCE 6 FRANCE ITALY 2 1 Morzine/Avoriaz s 16 8 2 Villard de Lans s 17 SLOVENIA itAlY 1 Aprica s 18 2 Bormio s 19 3 Falcade s 20 4 Folgaria s 21 5 Folgarida s 22 6 La Thuile s 23 7 Passo Tonale s 24 8 Sestriere s 25 ANDORRA 1 Grandvalira s 26 2 Pal/Arinsal s 27 sPAiN 1 Alp 2500 s 28 2 Sierra Nevada s 29 U.s.A. 1 Cannon s 30 2 Waterville Valley s 31 IMPORTANT INFORMATION HOW TO BOOK

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P293 C100 M70 Y0 K0 R0 G81 B158

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WHAt’s tYPiCAllY iNClUDED: s Skiwise representative s Executive coach transportation from door to door

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s Return short sea crossings by ferry or tunnel s 6 nights full board accommodation s Extra dinner on departure day s 6 days lift pass for skiing s 6 days x 4 hours instruction s 6 days ski equipment hire including helmets s Winter Sports Travel insurance on request s Parents’ evening presentation s In house après ski package FligHt tRiPs AlsO iNClUDE: s 1 extra night accommodation s Return flights from the UK s Return airport transfers abroad

FREE PlACEs & CONCEssiONs: s 1:7 free staff place ratio (coach tours) s 1:10 free staff place ratio (flight tours) s Group leader family concessions

sAVE £100 0 As school travel specialists, we offer school sports, activity, music, performing arts and educational study trips too. Refer us another trip and you could save as much as £1,000 on your bookings. Terms and conditions apply – please ask for details.


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sAFEtY ON sCHOOl Visits

A MAJOR iNitiAtiVE tO HElP tEACHERs AND sCHOOls Absolute travel & tours is an Assured Member of the school travel Forum (stF) and in booking with us you can be secure in the knowledge that we:

s Understand and facilitate the needs of educational travel s Have effective Safety Management Systems in place, specifically focused on travelling with young students

s Offer fair terms and conditions and the best financial security to ensure our health and safety standards are maintained our systems and procedures are fully audited annually by independent experts. STF membership is the benchmark for good school tour providers; consequently it is an Awarding Body for the prestigious Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. The Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP) endorses the Quality Badge and requests Local Authorities to recommend the use of Badged Providers and require the minimum of additional paperwork where Quality Badge accreditation is in place. This means that you can book your trip with confidence, meet your due diligence and reduce the amount of External Provider paperwork necessary.

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PlACEs, AsCl COURsEs & iNsPECtiON Visits Our 1:7 free place ratio for coach tours is already the best around, but we also offer group leader family concessions as an additional perk as well. There’s free assistance with the planning and preparation of your trip and a free in house aprèsski package too. What’s more, we offer ad hoc informal inspection visits to our resorts throughout the season, so please come and see for yourself. By popular demand another ASCL course is being planned again next winter and more of our free regional ski and sport presentation evenings are also being scheduled.


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AUSTRIA Accommodation

Altenmarkt

Altenmarkt is situated at the heart of the Ski Amadé ski region. Being at 856m above sea level guarantees skiing from the beginning of December to the end of April. Altenmarkt & Zauchensee are regular venues for the Alpine World Cup finals due to the fantastic variety of slopes available.

You will be staying at the Hotel Ennstalerhof about 10 minutes walking distance from the centre of the village. This comfortably furnished sport hotel is specially designed to cater for youth groups and offers a high standard of accommodation. The hotel boasts its own swimming pool, cinema, disco, gym and table tennis rooms. Alternatively we can offer the Gasthof Neuhaeusl which is just a short drive from the town centre.

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s Superb hotel leisure facilities s Vast ski area s Traditional Austrian village s Fantastic new Aqua park

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Advanced HHHH Intermediate HHHHH Beginners/Children HHHHH Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 270 Marked runs 860km Village altitude 856m Top station 2686m

Hotel Ennstalerhof

the skiing

Altenmarkt is a perfect base to access the Ski Amadé region, regarded by most British professional skiers and coaches as some of the best skiing in Europe. There are slopes for all abilities, with the Flachau base station only a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The ski pass covers 29 resorts in total. www.skiamade.com

Also see page 12 for Sportwelt Amadé piste map


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With a wonderful panoramic view over Lake Millstatt, the 4 star Hotel Bellevue offers comfortable accommodation in a stunning setting outide Seeboden. Friendly staff, good food and games room make this a great choice for school groups at excellent value for money. From here it’s just half an hour to the ski resorts of Bad Kleinkirchheim and St. Oswald.

BKK

Bad Kleinkirchheim (or BKK as more commonly known here) is a popular World Cup venue tucked away on the edge of the Nock Mountain National park in Carinthia in the far south-east corner of Austria. It’s a great resort for intermediate skiers with a large number of impressive red runs and a favourite ski area of the Austrian ski legend Franz Klammer too.

Hotel Bellevue

the skiing

Virtually all the slopes are ideal for good intermediates and the pistes are very well maintained. The north facing slopes in BKK remain in the shade while the sunnier slopes are on the St. Oswald side. Beginners will enjoy the nursery slopes at the top of the Nockalm gondola while experts can enjoy the challenge of the Franz Klammer World Cup run from Strohsack back down to the gondola base. www.badkleinkirchheim.com

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s Great resort for intermediates s Excellent value for money s Great food and hospitality s Stunning lakeside views

sKi FACts Advanced Intermediate

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Beginners/Children Snow making facilities 100% Number of lifts 27 Marked runs 103km Village altitude 1070m Top station 2310m


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AUSTRIA Accommodation

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The Jugendgasthaus Gruber is situated in the small village of Ellmau just a couple of miles from the centre of Grossarl in the Sportwelt Amade. An ideal base for school groups, larger groups will enjoy sole occupancy too. A warm local Austrian hospitality awaits. All the bedrooms here have private facilities and there is table tennis and table football in the games room.

Grossarl

Our most popular destination, the Salzburgerland region in Austria ticks all the boxes for school ski trips. Grossarl itself is located in the heart of the fabulous Ski Amadé ski region and our accommodation at the Jugendgasthaus Gruber is a great new addition to our portfolio. With 74 beds here, it’s an excellent choice for groups looking for comfortable sole occupancy accommodation.

Jugendgasthaus Gruber

The Skiing

There are more than 800kms on your ski pass covering the amazing Sportwelt Amadé domain! The popular resorts of Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein, Bad Gastein and Sport Gastein are all just a short transfer from your accommodation, meaning you’ll even be spoilt for choice in the Grossarl valley itself. Loads of excellent après-ski options are available on request. www.skiamade.com

Highlights

s Sole occupancy option s Short transfer to slopes s Fabulous Ski Amade domain s Great après-ski choice

SKI FACTS Advanced  Intermediate 

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Beginners/Children Snow making facilities 90% Number of lifts 270 Marked runs 800km Village altitude 920m Top station 2686m


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The Basekamp hotel provides comfortable accommodation and doorstep skiing is a huge bonus here. Trampolining, five-a-side football and the obstacle course can all be enjoyed in the sports hall and there’s free entry to a local swimming pool included too. With good food and friendly hospitality, this is a great new addition to our programme for school groups.

Katschberg

Situated directly on the slopes in Katschberg, straddling the provinces of Carinthia and Salzburgerland, your accommodation is perfectly located to experience the wide open pistes of the mountain. The resort is a hidden gem which school groups will really enjoy. What’s more your package here will also include use of the superb multi-activity sports hall, which is adjacent to the hotel.

Basekamp

the skiing

A sophisticated lift network serves extensive snowsure skiing over two peaks and the wide, well groomed slopes are ideal for school groups of all abilities. There are a number of easy blues near the villages and the rewarding 6km “A1 autobahn” which takes you all the way from the Aineck peak down to Lungau. Experts will enjoy the challenge of “Direttissima” which is a black run back to Katschberg. Night skiing also possible.

www.katschberg.at/en/

HigHligHts

s Stay right on the slopes s Superb après-ski inclusions s Friendly snowsure resort s Night skiing available too

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children

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Snowmaking Number of lifts Marked runs Village altitude Top station

100% 16 70km 1641m 2220m


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AUSTRIA Accommodation

The excellent 3 star Hotel Erlebnis is situated just outside the village of Obervellach offering comfortable bedrooms all with TV and private facilities. There is a cosy bar and wonderful restaurant. The simple Action Hotel in Kleindorf is a great option for those on a tighter budget and has a large function room for schools. Both hotels offer easy access to the Molltaler glacier.

Kleindorf/Mรถlltaler Mรถlltaler The Village of Kleindorf is a hidden treasure with easy access to the spectacular Molltaler glacier which is one of the highest skiing areas in Carinthia. Both of our hotels here represent outstanding value for money for school groups.

Action Hotel

the skiing

Two good ski areas are only a short coach ride away from both the hotels we feature. The Ankogel has a great beginners area while the Mรถlltaler Glacier reaches over 3000m. Both areas boast well groomed pistes from late November through to the end of April, with the Mรถlltaler glacier offering skiing all year round! www.ski-kaernten.at

HigHligHts

s Excellent high altitude skiing s Guaranteed snow s Superb value for money s Hot Lunches available s Swimming, Bowling, Tubing

sKi FACts Advanced Intermediate

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Beginners/Children Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 18 Marked runs 60km Village altitude 1153m Top station 2220m


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Niederau/Oberau Oberau is situated at 936m above sea level and lies in the centre of the Wildschönau ski area. Our pension is based in Mühltal, a short bus journey to the Auffach ski area with Oberau and Niederau a five and ten minute bus ride away respectively. Oberau and Niederau villages both have shops, bars and restaurants but still maintain their family ambience throughout the season.

The Pension Schwaighof with 70 beds offers basic but comfortable accommodation with private facilities in all the bedrooms. The pension is only a few minutes walk from the village of Mühltal. In favourable conditions, advanced groups can ski all the way back to the Schwaighof. We also use the Jugendhotel Angerhof which is just a mile or so from the centre of Oberau and a short transfer to the slopes. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

Pension Schwaighof

the skiing

This superb ski area offers a variety of skiing for all abilities. Oberau offers excellent slopes for the beginners, and the new gondola link to Alpbach from Auffach now provides an extensive ski area for the more adventurous skiers. www.skijuwel.com

HigHligHts

s Great choice for beginners s Excellent après ski s Superb value for money s Doorstep Skiing

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Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children

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Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 47 Marked runs 145km Village altitude 782m Top station 2128m


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AUSTRIA Accommodation

The Tauernhof and Felseralm are both set in quiet locations about a mile or so from the centre of the town. With a wide range of leisure facilities including disco room, games rooms, table tennis and TV rooms, indoor climbing wall and saunas, both are ideally suited for school groups. You can even enjoy the 2 ten pin bowling alleys at the Felseralm. Most bedrooms are 4/6 bedded with en-suite facilities.

Obertauern

The village is one of Austria’s highest ski resorts, and with an exceptional snow record offers skiing from the end of November until the beginning of May. Being a purpose built resort there are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants available.

Tauernhof

Felseralm

the skiing

There is an excellent selection of beginners’ areas around the resort. Queues are kept to a minimum because of the many access points around the town which the intermediate and advanced skier can take advantage of and which quickly allow them to be on the challenging open runs above the tree line. The well designed lift system helps better skiers complete the circular tour of the resort in quick time. www.obertauern.com/en/

HigHligHts

s Highest ski area in Austria s Guaranteed snow s Superb hotel leisure facilities s Therme Amade Aqua Park

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children Snow making facilities Number of lifts Marked runs Village altitude Top station

HHHH HHHH HHH yes 26 100km 1740m 2526m


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Radstadt/Eben

Both are attractive and popular towns in the heart of the Ski Amadé ski region. The shops and amenities of both are on the doorstep with the lifts only a couple of minutes’ walk in Eben and a short drive from Radstadt. The fabulous ski possibilities allow you to choose from an incredible variety of nearby resorts including Altenmarkt, Flachau, Wagrain and Zauchensee.

The Jugendgästehaus Tauernruh is situated in the heart of Radstadt. The family-run guesthouse has been welcoming British school groups for more than 30 years and is perfectly suited to the younger age groups. With excellent aprèsski, you can also enjoy the TV room, table tennis, table football, disco and small sports hall in your spare time. The Youth Hotel Lindenhof is only a few hundred metres from the nearest ski slopes and lift in Eben. With comfortable en suite accommodation, other facilities include 3 dining rooms, games room, TV/DVD room, table tennis, table football, pool tables, and disco.

HigHligHts

s Vast ski area s Friendly family run hotels s Excellent local après ski s Fantastic new Aqua park

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children

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Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 270 Marked runs 860km Village altitude 800m Top station 2686m

the skiing

Both towns provide a perfect base to access the extensive Ski Amadé region. With 29 resorts covered by the ski pass, you will have a huge range of skiing to suit all ages and abilities. Many groups return to the region year after year.

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www.skiamade.com

Also see page 12 for Sportwelt Amadé piste map


AUSTRIA Accommodation

The Young Generation Buchegg is situated in the centre of the Ski Circus region. Well positioned on the piste of the Westgipfel lift, you’ll enjoy doorstep skiing from here. There’s easy access to the ski lifts and local amenities while accommodation facilities include a cinema, computer room, disco and games room. All hostel bedrooms have private facilities.

Saalbach

s Doorstep skiing s One of Austria’s top resorts s Skiing for all abilities s Great après ski

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Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a pretty, traditional village with typical shops, bars and discos. The extensive circuit of slopes on both sides of the Glemm valley are linked by an efficient lift system. There is plenty of après ski in the area including ice skating and curling in Hinterglemm and the sports centre, swimming pool and ice rink in the nearby lakeside town of Zell Am See.

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The Skiing

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Saalbach and its neighbouring resorts of Hinterglemm and Leogang offer excellent skiing from early December until late April. With plenty of snow making facilities, wide tree lined slopes and an interconnecting lift system, they now offer over 250kms of marked runs with a new gondola link to nearby Fieberbrunn. Known locally as the ‘Ski Circus’ these fantastic resorts provide an abundance of skiing for all levels and abilities. www.saalbach.com/en/winter.html

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Wagrain

Wagrain is situated in the Ski Amadé ski region in Austria. At 850m, the resort guarantees skiing from December through to April. The picturesque town boasts many shops, restaurants and bars and from here you can ride the gondolas to two separate mountains!

Pension Oberwimm is situated about 10 minutes walking distance from the centre of the town. This comfortably furnished pension, with private facilities in all rooms, has recently undergone a major refurbishment which makes it an even better choice for our groups. Facilities include two fabulous sports halls, games room and indoor basketball court. Further accommodation is also provided at the Pension Striedlhof. Groups have sole occupancy here and all bedrooms have private facilities.

Hotel Oberwimm

HigHligHts

s Vast ski area s Walking distance to après ski s Doorstep skiing s Fantastic new Aqua park

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children

HHH HHHHH HHHHH

Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 270 Marked runs 860km Village altitude 850m Top station 2686m

Pension Striedlhof

the skiing

Enjoy doorstep skiing from your hotel. Wagrain is a perfect base to access the Ski Amadé region and some of the finest skiing in Europe is to be found here. There are slopes for all abilities with the nearest gondola lift only a 100m walk from the hotel. www.skiamade.com

Also see page 4 for Sportwelt Amadé piste map


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FRANCE Accommodation

Morzine/Avoriaz

Situated midway between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva these lively alpine villages form a part of the immense traditional ski area ‘Portes du Soleil’. With the neighbouring village of Les Gets there is over 200kms of varied piste to suit skiers of all ages and abilities from Morzine. Groups can now ski Avoriaz too. You’ll be staying in traditional chalet accommodation in these charming Haute-Savoie resorts.

Chalet Les Flocons offers comfortable group accommodation for up to 90 guests in 2-4 person en suite bedrooms. There are several games and television rooms as well as a staff meeting room, basketball court and disco. The chalet is situated just 300m from the centre of Morzine and half a mile to the ski station, linked by the free shuttle service. Alternatively, the chalet ‘Les Chevreuils’, which is situated halfway between Morzine and Avoriaz, gives groups the option of skiing either resort.

Chalet Les Flocons

the skiing

The huge ‘Portes du Soleil’ is a stunning ski region made up of many separate ski villages in France and over the border into Switzerland. With over 200kms of pistes, the ski area encompassing Morzine and Les Gets will offer you a fantastic week of skiing. The Avoriaz ski pass is available as an alternative or at a supplement to encompass all the ‘Portes du Soleil’ area.

www.morzine.com

HigHligHts

s Extensive ski area s Great après ski s Traditional alpine village

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children Snow making facilities Number of lifts Marked runs Village altitude Top station

HHHH HHHH HHHH yes 95 220km 1000m 2460m


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Villard de lans The beautiful French villages of Villard de Lans and Corrençon stretch out along the foothills of the Grande Moucherolle mountain, standing at 2285m. Villard de Lans is the home club of Olympic 2002 downhill Champion, Carole Montillet, who is thrilled to be able to recommend her local resort to our school groups.

We have 3 youth hotels in the area, each of which provides a comfortable and friendly base for school groups to explore the region. The hotel Les Girard has 100 beds, all en-suite and is situated 4km outside the village centre. The hotel La Source is only a 5 minute walk from the centre and offers sole occupancy for groups of 40 persons, while for larger groups, hotel Les Mélèzes can accommodate up to 70.

Les Mélèzes

the skiing

The ski area in Villard and Corrençon is forever growing with investment in new lifts and new slopes being added year on year. Beginners are spoiled for choice here both in Rambins village and the new area in Ribambel. Intermediates and advanced skiers can access the mountains from 4 separate areas – Les Glovettes, Cote 2000, Clos de la Balme and Corrençon village. www.villarddelans.com

HigHligHts

s Traditional French resort s Excellent variety of pistes s Hotels in tranquil location s Superb après ski

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children

HHH HHHH HHHH

Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 27 Marked runs 125km Village altitude 1050m Top station 2050m


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ITALY Accommodation

The 3 star Hotel Bozzi is situated in the centre of the resort at the foot of Mount Palabione and only a short walk from the nearest chair lift. All of the hotel bedrooms have private facilities and other facilities include TV room, a comfortable lounge, bar and restaurant.

s Hotel close to ski lifts s Ideal for beginners and intermediates s Superb après ski s Floodlit ice-skating

sKi FACts

Advanced HHH Intermediate HHHH Beginners/Children HHHH Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 16 Marked runs 55km Village altitude 1181m Top station 2300m

Aprica

The resort of Aprica is situated in the heart of the Valtellina ski region. With the Palabione mountain towering above, the village still occupies a wonderful sunny position in the valley. Aprica is an excellent addition to our programme and is an ideal base for school groups.

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Hotel Bozzi

the skiing

Following the addition of several new lifts, the extended network now enables easier access to the beginners slopes. There is a superb variety of pistes throughout the resort with the beautiful tree lined runs up at Piana de Galli as well as some big wide slopes leading to the Palabione lifts down in the village. www.apricaonline.com


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Staying at the comfortable Hotel Nazionale a short walk from the heart of the village, you are also only 700m from the gondola station. Groups can enjoy free use of the small hotel pool. The 4 star Hotel Cristallo is a great choice for groups looking to upgrade. Hot lunches can be taken at one of the restaurants out on the slopes.

s High altitude skiing s World Cup venue s Skiing for all abilities s Historic resort and spa town

SKI FACTS

Advanced  Intermediate  Beginners/Children

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Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 24 Marked runs 50km Village altitude 1225m Top station 3012m

Bormio

Located at 1200m at the base of the Stelvio pass, the famous spa town of Bormio is a popular World Cup ski venue with a rich history and tradition. The restored, partly pedestrianised historic centre reflects an affluent heritage with its churches, chapels, cobbled streets and shops. Après ski activities can include ice skating, curling, swimming and a Pizza night with bowling available in nearby Livignio.

Highlights

Hotel Nazionale

The Skiing

A highest peak altitude of 3000m makes Bormio one of the most snow sure resorts in Italy. The longest run is the 14km descent from the top of the Cima Bianca cable car down to the resort. All grades of skiers will flourish in the resort while more advanced skiers will be able to enjoy the Stelvio World Cup downhill course as well. www.bormio.it


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ITALY Accommodation

The 3 star Hotel San Giusto is just 500m from the ski lifts. There are 100 bedrooms in the hotel. Facilities here include games rooms, theatre, disco, gym and a small swimming pool. The 3 star Hotel Pineta is situated in the centre of the picturesque village and just a 5 minute bus journey to the slopes.

Falcade

The resort of Falcade is situated in the heart of the 3 Valli Dolomiti ski region and is an excellent resort for schools. The village is steeped in history with many older buildings giving the resort a lovely traditional feel. There are several local bars, shops and restaurants.

Hotel San Giusto

Hotel Pineta

the skiing

The 3 resorts of Falcade, Passo San Pellegrino and Moena provide a superb variety of slopes for all abilities. With 100kms of slopes to choose from, our groups are certainly spoilt for choice with long blue and red runs leading down to the three valley bases. www.falcadedolomiti.it

HigHligHts

s High altitude s Ideal for beginners and intermediates s Stunning scenery s Ice Skating, Tubing

sKi FACts Advanced Intermediate

HHH HHHHH Beginners/Children HHHH Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 27 Marked runs 100km Village altitude 1190m Top station 2513m


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The Hotel Cristallo is perfectly positioned right next to the slopes in Fondo Grande, offering doorstep skiing. This comfortable 3 star hotel can offer sole occupancy for large groups. We also use hotels in the centre of Folgaria including the Vittoria and Miramonti, as well as the Hotel Romanda in nearby Lavarone.

s Great resort for school groups s Ideal for beginners and intermediates s Superb après ski s Swimming, Bowling, Tubing

sKi FACts Advanced

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Intermediate HHHHH Beginners/Children HHHHH Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 46 Marked runs 100km Village altitude 1179m Top station 2060m

Folgaria

The resort of Folgaria is situated in the highlands of Trentino. The elegant village has style and character and is full of historical interest and charm. The ski lift system has developed over the last few years and provides a large interlinked area to suit all ski abilities.

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Hotel Cristallo

the skiing

With recent new investment and new lift systems, the resort now offers a fantastic range of skiing to cater for all abilities. There are the beautiful tree lined slopes up at Serrada or the big wide open slopes at Fondo Piccolo to choose from. With more improvements planned, Folgaria is enhancing its reputation as being one of the best resorts for school groups in Italy. www.folgaria.net


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ITALY Accommodation

The 3 star Hotel Vecchia America is situated in the centre of Folgarida, just 500m from the Folgarida lifts. It has 100 beds in simple rooms for 2-5 persons sharing, all with en-suite bathroom, television and safe. There’s a comfortable restaurant, lounge and ski storage room. You’ll enjoy some good Italian food in a hotel used to looking after British school groups.

Folgarida

In the western part of the Trentino, the oasis resorts in the Val di Sole are located between the Dolomite mountain ranges of Brenta and Adamello. This is a superb choice for school ski groups transforming in winter into a paradise for skiers with fantastic scenery, great hotels and warm hospitality.

Hotel Vecchia America

the skiing

This is a truly terrific ski area with an abundance of slopes to suit all grades of skiers. It offers 120km of marked runs thanks to the connection with Marilleva and Madonna di Campiglio. With north and east facing pistes, you should be guaranteed great snow conditions throughout the season. www.folgarida.it

HigHligHts

s Extensive ski area s Glacier skiing s Excellent hotel facilities s Traditional villages

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children Snowmaking Number of lifts Marked runs Village altitude Top station

HHH HHHHH HHHH 90% 22 120km 1300m 2179m


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The 4 star Hotel Planibel is located in a superb position in La Thuile, just a short walk from the bottom of the ski lifts and the meeting point for the ski school. With fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and a ski in, ski out option, the hotel complex also has an extensive range of facilities including a large ski room, restaurant, fitness centre and swimming pools.

la thuile

Situated at an altitude of 1450 metres on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc mountain range, La Thuile is one of the most famous resorts in the fabulous Aosta Valley. With links over the border to La Rosière, you can enjoy skiing in France from here as well.

HigHligHts

s Famous Aosta Valley s Ski in Italy and France s Doorstep skiing s Hot lunches on request

sKi FACts

Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children

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Snowmaking Number of lifts Marked runs Village altitude Top station

yes 37 160km 1441m 2650m

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the skiing

Combined with La Rosière, La Thuile offers more than 150kms of slopes in Italy and France offering diversity and choice to skiers of all levels and abilities. There are loads of challenging red and black runs to enjoy, while the blue runs from the top of the gondolas are perfect for beginners.

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ITALY Accommodation

Passo tonale

Passo Tonale is one of Italy’s highest ski resorts standing at over 1800m above sea level. It is a purpose built resort high above the tree line and boasts the spectacular Presena glacier which guarantees snow and allows skiing through the summer too. The village has a good choice of bars and shops and remains a favourite with school groups.

Our accommodation options here include the 3 star Hotel Negritella, within walking distance of the ski lift system. Relax in the TV lounge after a day enjoying the slopes and après-ski. Groups can relax in the TV lounge area. For groups looking for a little more luxury, an upgrade is possible to the 4 star Hotel Piandineve. Here you can enjoy doorstep skiing by day and the disco, health suite, multi-gym and sauna in the evening.

Hotel Piandineve

the skiing

The resort is excellent for beginners with slopes on both sides of the valley enabling easy and quick progression. The north facing slopes cater predominantly for beginners and intermediates whilst the south facing slopes provide more challenging terrain for the better intermediate and advanced skiers. www.passotonale.it

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sestriere

Hotel Olympic Village

The Hotel Olympic Village is a modern facility with comfortable en-suite bedrooms, built for the Winter Olympics. Facilities here include meeting rooms, games rooms, gym, sauna and disco. Your ski hire is managed from the hotel making changes very easy throughout the week. From here you can enjoy doorstep skiing. From the hotel you can ski down to the new gondola and at the end of the day ski straight back to the hotel.

The ski resort of Sestriere is just one of the many including Sauze d’Oulx, Claviere, Sansicario and Montgenevre that make up the fantastic ski area known as the ‘Milky Way’. Home of the 2006 Winter Olympic games, this resort offers a superb variety of skiing for all abilities. At a height of 2035m, excellent snow conditions are guaranteed throughout the ski season. the skiing

The beginners meeting area is situated in the centre of Sestriere and from here the slopes spread out in an arc. Mogel fields and long wide runs can be found in places such as Banchetta and Sises. Better skiers can find more difficult runs at the top of Sises and Motta and also within the huge bowl of Amfiteatro. You can upgrade your ski pass to cover all of the ‘Milky Way’ on request. www.sestriere-online.com

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s Doorstep skiing s One of Italy’s top resorts s Vast ‘Milky Way’ ski region s Fantastic après-ski

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Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 92 Marked runs 400km Village altitude 2035m Top station 2840m


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ANDORRA Accommodation

There are plenty of hotel options for our groups here providing easy access to the slopes from entry points at either El Tarter or by taking the Funicamp gondola from Encamp up to Grau Roig. These include the 4 star Hotel Panorama in Escalades, the 3 star Hotel Vall Ski in Soldeu and the 3 star Hotel Nivalis. Apres-ski options include tax free shopping in Andorra La Vella, bowling, iceskating and disco.

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The merging of two of the oldest resorts in Andorra gave rise to the largest domain in the Pyrenees with a vast ski area that was newly named, Grandvalira. The ongoing commitment to investment in the region over recent years has seen World Cup events staged here too, placing it firmly on the map as one of the top resorts in Europe and a great destination for school groups.

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The Grandvalira ski domain encompasses six ski areas in two distinct sectors. Most groups choose to ski either Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig and Encamp or Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo, although you can upgrade to cover the whole region should you prefer. In total, you can enjoy as many as 128 slopes over 210kms of terrain linked by the excellent ski lift system. Night skiing is also available too. www.grandvalira.com

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s Vast Grandvalira ski region s Superb ski lift system s Excellent value for money s Duty free shopping

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Snow making facilities 65% Number of lifts 66 Marked runs 210km Village altitude 1000-1500m Top station 2640m


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The 3 star Hotel La Solana is located only 150 metres from the Arinsal ski lift with lovely mountain views and an indoor swimming pool. The 3 star Marco Polo is in the centre of Massana with easy access to Pal while the 4 star Panorama hotel is located in Escalades with a games room and pool with bowling and pizza night options in nearby Andorra La Vella.

Pal/Arinsal

Our ski trips to Andorra are located in the heart of the Vallnord ski region representing a great choice for school groups at excellent value for money. Lifts climb up from La Massana and Arinsal into the resorts of Pal and Arinsal which are connected together by a cable car. Choose from a number of hotel options here and enjoy a selection of après-ski options in Andorra La Vella.

Hotel La Solana

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The Vallnord domain located in the northernmost valley of Andorra combines the ski areas of both Pal and Arinsal. Both resorts are covered on your pass. Your lessons will be based in one or the other depending on the accommodation you choose. www.arinsal.co.uk/vallnord

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s Vallnord ski area s Choice of hotels s Après ski in Andorra Vella s Excellent value for money

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Snow making facilities yes Number of lifts 30 Marked runs 63km Village altitude 1300m Top station 2560m


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SPAIN Accommodation

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The 4 star Hotel Guitart La Molina is just a short walk from the slopes and is an excellent choice for school groups. Enjoy comfortable bedrooms, good Spanish food and an indoor pool for relaxation. We also use the 3 star Alphotel in Masella which is also located on the slopes. Enjoy hot lunches, games room and evening disco too.

Alp 2500

The fabulous Alp 2500 ski domain incorporates the popular resorts of La Molina and La Masella in the Spanish Pyrenees, covering 142kms of ski for all abilities. Our comfortable hotels are within walking distance of the slopes and you’ll find plenty of après-ski options too. With an excellent snow record, these resorts offer flexible trip durations and represent superb value for money for our schools.

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s Walk to the slopes s Comfortable hotels s Flexible trip durations s Superb value for money

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Advanced Intermediate Beginners/Children

Snow making facilities 50% Number of lifts 34 Marked runs 142km Village altitude 1700m Top station 2860m

Hotel Guitart La Molina

the skiing

Now fully interconnected, groups can choose to ski La Molina (68kms) or La Masella (74kms) or the whole Alp 2500 domain. With modern lifts, modern snow-making facilities and high altitude skiing, these Spanish resorts are ideal for beginners and intermediates and offer a great alternative to other European destinations.

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You’ll be staying at one of the accommodation centres in the resort of Pradollano and no transfers will be required. All are just a short walk or chairlift to the main gondola rising to the midstation. Choose from hostel, 2 star and 3 star hotel options. You’ll also be in walking distance of tubing, Russian sleigh and ski bikes.

sierra Nevada A fabulous addition to our programme, Sierra Nevada is the most southern of our destinations. It is also one of the most attractive, with spectacular views over Granada and to the sea. By reputation, it’s Europe’s most sunny ski resort (with 80% sunny days) and also boasts one of the longest seasons, making it an excellent choice for school groups even at Easter. the skiing

Walk to the main gondola to access the second highest mountain range in Europe. Rising to the Velata peak at 3,398m, Pradollano has a large and varied domain with nearly 110kms of pistes on 124 marked runs. Store your skis in mountain lockers and enjoy hot lunches on the slopes. www.sierranevada.es/en/

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s Walk to the slopes s Sunniest resort in Europe s High mountain range s Granada sightseeing visit

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U.S.A. Accommodation

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Stay at the 3 star Indian Head Resort in Lincoln and you’ll enjoy modern and spacious bedrooms, spectacular views and fabulous food. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools here and local après-ski activities include the cinema, ice-skating, tubing and outlet mall shopping of course. An overnight stopover in Boston or New York city can also be included.

Cannon

Combine some wonderful American hospitality with some classic New England skiing in the White Mountain National Forest for a fabulous trip to the USA! New Hampshire’s spectacular Franconia Notch State Park offers some of the most exciting skiing in the Eastern USA. After a few great days on the slopes why not head for historic Boston or cosmopolitan New York City.

Indian Head Resort

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You’ll be amazed how quiet the slopes are during the week here, affording you every possibility for enjoyment and progression. The beginners area at Tuckerbrook is second to none and there are some awesome runs for intermediates and advanced skiers too. Enjoy stunning views from the cablecar, the highest peak in New Hampshire and the option to ski Waterville Valley resort as well.

www.cannonmt.com

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s Classic New England skiing s Quiet slopes for great progression s Fabulous food & hospitality s Stopover in Boston or New York City

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Intermediate HHHH Beginners/Children HH Snowmaking 97% Number of lifts 11 Marked runs 285 acres Village altitude 580m Top station 1244m


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The 3 star Snowy Owl Inn and Resort is ideally located just a short transfer from the slopes and within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the town square. Enjoy the indoor swimming pool at the end of the day, while external après-ski favourites include tubing, ice hockey action, the cinema, or shopping. An overnight stopover in Boston or New York city can also be included.

Waterville Valley

Head across to New England and enjoy wide open, often empty slopes, for a wonderful American ski experience! This really is the perfect environment for a school ski trip to the USA. Clad in snow during the season, the White Mountains surround the peaceful town of Waterville Valley. Just two or so hours from Boston, you’ll also have the option to enjoy the historic sights of this fascinating city too.

Snowy Owl Inn

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The Valley Run in Waterville Valley Resort is rated one of the very best learning slopes in New England while the new Green Peak expansion has ensured an even bigger domain for skiers of all levels to enjoy. The North Side features wide intermediate trails and glades, while experts head to Sunnyside’s black diamond trails such as True Grit and Ciao.

www.waterville.com

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s Quiet slopes for quick progression s Historic sights of Boston s Fabulous food & hospitality s Extended New England ski domain

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Intermediate HHHH Beginners/Children HH Snow making facilities 95% Number of lifts 12 Marked runs 265 acres Village altitude 604m Top station 1220m


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION There are many key ingredients to your ski trip and choosing your preferred destination from the previous pages is naturally an important decision. While the specific package inclusions will be outlined in your individual ‘School Ski Trip Proposal’, some of the common elements are highlighted below.

ACCOMMODATION

We have a varied selection of accommodations on offer throughout the brochure, all of which have been visited by our staff or our representatives and checked for their suitability for our groups. These include hotels, pensions, hostels and chalets in many different destinations. Most bedrooms are en-suite although some units may have shared washroom or toilet facilities along the corridor. As local accommodation classifications vary in different countries, please read the descriptions carefully or ask us for further details before deciding whether a particular destination is right for you and your group. Our packages are normally based on a full board basis. Subject to confirmation this means that you will receive breakfast and dinner daily at your accommodation, from where you will also take a packed lunch each day. An extra dinner is included before you leave at the end of your trip (coach tours only).

TRAVEL

COACH: Your travel arrangements are an important part of your tour, and it is our belief that you should travel in comfort and safety. An executive coach is included in your tour price, for door to door travel throughout the trip. Your coach will typically be equipped with seatbelts, reclining seats, DVD player (or video), stereo, air circulation system, microphone and toilet. Tour drivers are also an important part of the tour, so you should find your drivers to be experienced, friendly and reliable. Many groups request the same drivers time and again. Where coach travel is provided by suppliers in overseas countries, we contract

reputable local companies to handle all the necessary journeys including airport and excursion transfers as stipulated, but while they comply with local regulations, please bear in mind that these may be different to standards here in the UK. FERRY: We use the ferry services of P&O Ferries from Dover to Calais (75–90 minutes) for most of our tour groups. With refurbished and improved vessels, you can eat and drink on board in comfort as you sail across to mainland Europe. We also use the fast and popular Eurotunnel service (35-40minutes from Folkestone to Calais) although a supplement is sometimes required for groups wishing to use this service. FLIGHTS: As ATOL holders (5675) we are delighted to be able to offer our groups flight-inclusive packages to our destinations. We use a range of different airlines from major national carriers such as British Airways and Lufthansa to the no-frills airlines including Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2. As well as a huge selection from London, there are a number of possibilities from regional airports around the UK. However, although we will always take into consideration your preferred departure airport or travel time, we cannot guarantee this especially as many bookings are accepted in advance of airline schedules and route confirmations being released. Please also bear in mind that there may be very little flexibility in booking seats with a number of these airlines. As such, any requests for passenger name changes after a booking has been received may well be subject to substantial amendment fees as imposed by the airlines and such conditions are outside of our control. Our packages do not allow for the carriage of ski equipment which would need to be booked separately at a supplement. You will be advised of the weight restrictions imposed by your airline, and any surcharges that may be appropriate on confirmation of your flight details, on final payment.

SKI NOTES

SKI TUITION: Our standard ski trip packages all include 4 hours tuition on each of 6 days unless otherwise stated on your proposal and confirmation. Lessons are provided on the basis of 1 instructor to every 12 pupils. Staff places and/or concessions do not count towards this instructor/ pupil ratios. If agreed with the instructors you may, at your own discretion, request to vary the group sizes within your party, to take account of any uneven split of ages and abilities. Extra instructors may be available at a supplementary charge on request. Each 2 hour instruction time allocation may be marginally less as local instructors may require time to transfer to another group, in accordance with local regulations. Our arrangements do not oblige our ski instructors to remain with your group during the lunch break although they may on occasion choose to do so. It is a condition of booking that as party leader, you agree that pupils will ski or snowboard only on marked and patrolled pistes and be supervised at all times while skiing either by your party’s teachers, providing they are competent skiers, or by the appointed ski instructors contracted by us on your behalf. SKI EQUIPMENT: Our standard ski trip packages all include the hire of skis and boots for 6 days, unless otherwise stated in your proposal and confirmation. As party leader you accept responsibility for ensuring that all your party is present at the appointed time for the safe fitting and collection of equipment and for the return of the same when appropriate and advised to do so. The condition of equipment should be checked prior to acceptance and again on return and any damages settled with the supplier direct if required. Lost or damaged goods may be covered under insurance, subject to the terms and conditions of the policy. Equipment, including details of sizes required must be ordered in advance to guarantee availability in resort. Those individuals requiring sizes larger than boot size 11 may wish to give consideration to bringing their own ski boots as the stock of bigger sizes is always extremely limited.


33 HELMETS: For a number of years there has been considerable debate on the subject of whether helmets should be worn for all snowsports (alpine skiing, snowboarding, snow-blading). Until now, the same authorities have required only those that use snowboards or blades, or where the law of the country so dictates, to wear helmets. Currently, young people under the age of 14 must wear helmets in Italy and in many parts of Austria. The Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) now strongly recommends that all skiers and snowboarders, regardless of ability and age, use helmets. The AfPE (Association for Physical Education) has recently also advised its members that helmets should be worn. The majority of the members of the Snowsports England Schools and Youth Committee voted to recommend to the governing body that the wearing of helmets should be recommended. As such, our policy is now to include the hire of helmets in all our packages. These will be fit for purpose and correctly fitted by specialist suppliers in resort. SKI PASSES: Many ski lift companies now require a list of all pupils’ names and dates of birth on school headed paper, to be prepared in advance and brought with you as party leader, if not supplied in advance. Individual photos may also be required. The ski areas covered by lift passes as advised and advertised by us may occasionally be subject to change. Any such change resulting from amendments made by local lift companies or resort authorities is strictly outside our control and we can accept no responsibility for any reduction in ski area caused by any such amendment or decision. SNOW CONDITIONS: We cannot accept responsibility for snow or weather conditions which may affect skiing, boarding, skating or other such activities during your trip. Should bad weather and local conditions dictate that your ski and/or other contracted activities not be possible, then we will attempt to organise for transfers within the region to accommodate you, subject to regional limitations. You may be covered for piste closure by your insurance, subject to the terms and conditions of your

policy. The decision of your ski school or instructors on the suitability of snow conditions is final and we accept no responsibility for your party whatsoever for any action taken by you, which is not wholly in accordance with these conditions. HEALTH & SAFETY: You should seek medical advice if you are in any doubt about your fitness to travel and participate in the activities on the trip. For those travelling to high altitude resorts, it is your responsibility, if you deem relevant, to contact your doctor in advance, as individuals may encounter difficulties at high altitude. Travellers from the UK should travel with an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). At the time of going to print, eligible travellers from the UK are entitled to receive free or reduced-cost medical care in many European countries on production of a valid EHIC card. Information on health abroad is also available at www.nhs.uk/livewell/ travelhealth. Further details on travelling abroad can be obtained by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice which provides important information including health and safety issues. SKIWISE REPS: A Skiwise rep is included as part of your package and someone will be allocated to your group. The role of the rep is to help you in resort with the organisation of your accommodation, ski and après ski arrangements. The ski rep may travel out with you from the UK, or meet with you on arrival at your accommodation. The rep cannot act as a member of your staff or assume responsibility for your students but will undoubtedly become an invaluable member of the team during your stay. All reps are selected for their suitability in working with school groups. APRES SKI: Après ski, including but not limited to, swimming, ice-skating, tobogganing and other events or activities that you may wish to take part in during your trip, can often be organised in advance, or prebooked to ensure availability. However, even if paid for or recommended by us, they do not form part of your

package and are provided by outside suppliers. As such, participation in these is entirely at your own risk. DOCUMENTATION & PHOTOS: You will be required to send us various details and documentation in the booking process and between booking and departure and your prompt attention to these is vital to ensuring the smooth running of your trip. A full passenger list is required to insure your party, inclusive of dates of birth and also at the point of booking for flight tour packages. A full list of names and dates of birth should also be supplied on school letterhead. A set of individual passport sized photos is also recommended. British citizens require an ESTA to travel to the USA. Please ask us for details. STAYING SAFE & BEHAVIOUR: Group leaders, staff and pupils alike must take reasonable care for their own safety at all times. Being in a foreign environment on a school trip can be very exciting, but any tour brings with it certain risks which you should attempt to minimise. Furthermore, in signing the booking form you are also agreeing to our terms and conditions with reference to the conduct of your group, including but not limited to damages and behaviour. It must always be made absolutely clear to parents that skiing has inherent risks, that falls will happen and that people can get hurt through no fault of their own or anyone else. Perhaps of far greater importance than protective equipment is following the FIS Ski-way Code, ensuring that skiers and boarders are in control and that their speed is limited to their ability and the situation. TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is vital that everyone in your group travels with adequate cover. This is why we recommend that our comprehensive ski trip travel insurance is added to your package. The full terms, conditions, and exclusions are incorporated within the certificate. Further details are shown in our ‘Booking Your Tour’ document, and and we will send you a full copy of the policy to review. It is also available to view on our website. We recommend that you forward a copy to parents of all travellers well in advance.


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tAKiNg YOUR sAFEtY & sECURitY sERiOUslY The safety and wellbeing of our clients is a priority. Procedures are in place to make sure that we take every precaution possible to ensure best practice for the preparation, organisation and operation of your trip. s Coach company checks including licence, insurance and safety documentation s Accommodation audit reports and inspections to assess fire, safety, hygiene and suitability s Training, experience and professionalism of our staff and representatives s Accident and emergency procedures and 24 hour assistance s Encouraging you to take a staff inspection visit s Free Before You Go Safety Guide s Fully bonded by ABTA (coach tours) and ATOL (flight tours) for your financial security s School Travel Forum Assured members & Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge holders

FEEDBACK The Skiwise rep Barbara, was by far the best rep we have ever had the Elton High school on a ski trip Simply fantastic, the team were on the ball and really helpful when making the decision to go back to Falcade. Any questions were answered and it has truly been a pleasure working with Lucy, Martyn and Tim to get the trip going Bushey Meads school again this year! The hotel position, food, service, staff and swimming pool were very good. I must make comment as to how helpful and efficient Tim was in resort ... by far the saffron Walden CHs best ‘rep’ we have ever worked with The service at Absolute is always excellent, prompt, friendly and professional. I feel totally looked after and always appreciate the personal lord lawson Of Beamish touch provided

BONDiNg, iNsURANCE AND WHY YOUR tOUR MONiEs ARE sAFE WitH Us... Tour companies are bound by local and European legislation to ensure that your monies paid to us in respect of your tour are fully protected. While our reputation and experience mean that your monies are in very safe hands, you should also carefully read the following sections which confirm that as a company, we have arrangements in place to ensure the financial security of our clients. Please do not travel with a company that is not fully bonded.

Flight-inclusive Packages

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays organised by us are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services we offer. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Our ATOL number is 5675 which you can check at www.atol.org.uk

Coach and land package tours

We are fully bonded for the package holidays organised by us which do not contain a flight element. Our membership of ABTA means that if you are travelling by sea or land or even if you have booked your own flights, your holiday package booked with us will have full financial protection. Note: the flight element is not covered in the event of the failure of the airline with which you have booked your own flights directly. For further details visit www.abta.co.uk.

tRAVEl AWARE

Preparing for safe and healthy travel abroad The Travel Aware campaign is a joint venture between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the travel industry to help make sure British travellers are better prepared when they go overseas. The FCO keeps travel advice under constant review, so check the website regularly for updates. The FCO campaign aims to promote the following key messages: s Get adequate travel insurance s Check FCO’s country and travel advice s Research your destination – know the local laws and customs s Visit your GP before travelling s Check your passport is in good condition and valid and that you have any visas as may be required s Make copies of important travel documents s Tell someone where you are going and leave emergency contact details with them s Take enough money and access to emergency funds The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provide invaluable information for those travelling abroad and we would encourage everyone to read their country and travel advice. www.gov.uk/travelaware


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HOW tO BOOK

A simple step-by-step guide to booking your trip 1

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Once you have read the brochure, and are interested in one or more of the trips we are offering – please call us to discuss the most suitable arrangements for your group, or to arrange a meeting. Having decided where and when you wish to travel, and checked with us for availability, we will send you an individual ski trip proposal reconfirming the provisional details for the trip and outlining the package inclusions. You will normally be offered a short option on the reservation subject to dates and destination. Complete and return the booking form with your first non-refundable deposit payment. The initial deposit required is £80 per person (coach tours) and £100 per person (flight tours). A full passenger list (names per passport) must be

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We shall send you a ski trip Confirmation and Invoice.

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A second deposit instalment is due 8 weeks after your initial booking. The amount required at this stage is £100 per person (coach tours) and £150 per person (flight tours). All deposits are strictly non-refundable. Name change fees for flight tours are subject to the terms of the individual airline.

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You will be sent a Passenger List and Ski Information roster, which needs to be fully and accurately completed. Your final payment with Passenger List (if not already supplied) and nominated pick up point map (coach groups only) must be with us no later than 10 weeks before your departure date.

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We will happily organise a Parents Evening at the school. Should this not be possible for any reason, we will send you a full Powerpoint Presentation instead to ensure everything is covered.

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Your Provisional Tour Details will be sent once your final balance has been received, outlining travel times and accommodation.

10 Your Final Tour Information pack and Itinerary will be sent out to you approximately 7 days before departure.

CONtACt Us Absolute Travel & Tours, 10 Chapel Hill, Stansted, Essex, CM24 8AG, England tel:

01279 647 566

Email: tours@absolutetravel.co.uk


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