The complete school ski package

The complete school ski package

Free places with Equity

Free Supervisory Places

Supervision is easier if children are organised in groups of 10 with 1 member of staff to each group. When you book with Equity, you will have 1 free supervisory place for every 10 full paying members by Air and 1 free supervisory place for every 8 full paying members by Coach (prices based on a minimum of 40 paying members).

If you book and confirm 42 full paying passengers and are travelling by coach you are entitled to 6 free supervisory places.

Mixed Groups

Mixed Groups

Parents are always welcome to join but we must review the price if they form a greater ratio than 1:8. We will then offer a special quotation based on our Adult Ski Holiday programme.

Family Concessions

Family Concessions

We recognise that you may have difficulty organising a school ski course due to family commitments so we are pleased to offer concessions to the Party Leader's immediate family.

Price Inclusions

Price Inclusions

When you book your school group with us you pay just one price - it’s as simple as that. We include everything you need for a successful ski course and we confirm every detail clearly and in writing.

 

The Equity Ski Europe package:

Transport Inclusions...

  • Return travel by Air or Coach (Air packages include coach to airport from school and overseas coach transfers)
  • All security charges, airport and local taxes
  • 1 free staff place for every 10 full paying passengers by Air or 1 free staff place for every 8 full paying passengers by Coach

Resort Inclusions...

  • Full-board accommodation
  • Dedicated resort representative service
  • Evening entertainment programme (optional)
  • Full use of your coach in resort (coach groups only and subject to EU drivers hours regulations)

Ski Pack Inclusions...

  • Lift-pass. Supplements are payable for extension areas in some resorts
  • 5 or 6 days of ski tuition (minimum 4 hours per day. Additional tuition is available for a supplement)
  • Skis, boots and poles
  • Helmet

Included Extras...

  • 24 hour emergency service
  • All travel documentation, luggage labels and resort information
  • Personalised customer service throughout from your knowledgeable tour coordinator

Optional Insurance...

Fully comprehensive travel insurance (optional) includes:

  • Ski breakage insurance
  • Snow guarantee insurance
  • Travel delay assistance

Extras to budget for...

  • Evening entertainments

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The Equity Ski North America package:

Transport Inclusions...

  • Return travel by Air (coach to airport from school is available as an optional extra)
  • Overseas coach transfers
  • All security charges, airport and local taxes
  • 1 free staff place for every 10 full paying passengers by Air

Resort / City Stopover* Inclusions...

    • Half-board accommodation
    • Dedicated resort representative service

*City Stopovers themselves are optional and at a supplement

Ski Pack Inclusions...

  • Lift-pass
  • 5 or 6 days of ski tuition (minimum 4 hours per day. Some resorts provide 4½ or 5 hours tuition per day as standard)
  • Skis, boots and poles
  • Helmet

Included Extras...

  • 24 hour emergency service
  • All travel documentation, luggage labels and resort information
  • Personalised customer service throughout from your knowledgeable tour coordinator

Optional Insurance...

Fully comprehensive travel insurance (optional) includes:

  • Ski breakage insurance
  • Snow guarantee insurance
  • Travel delay assistance

Extras to budget for...

  • Lunch
  • Evening entertainments
  • ESTA or visa – please note that all visitors to USA require this

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Travel options with Equity school ski trips

Travel Information:

We recognise that travelling on ferries or through airports with large groups can be difficult, and we pay great attention to getting you to and from resort safely, comfortably and efficiently. From European and transatlantic flights to executive coaches, and channel crossings by ferry or tunnel to Eurostar's 'snow train' from central London to the Alps, every part of your journey is carefully planned, and fully checked to ensure it meets stringent Health and Safety standards laid down by the School Travel Forum. If not, then we don’t use them. It’s as simple as that.

 

Air Travel

We have a range of season long charter flights from the UK to European airports close to major resorts, but are also happy to find alternative routes on low-cost or scheduled airlines depending on your destination. Our transatlantic flights are operated by some of the leading names in aviation.

Our partners are experienced in handling large groups at check-in and inflight to ensure your journey goes as smoothly as possible.

Departure Airports

Our charter flights depart from Gatwick and Manchester, however, we are able to arrange other departure points such as Bristol, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Leeds on request. Please note that supplements may apply.

Short Transfers

The average transfer is 2-3 hours. We plan our flights to arrive close together so we can combine our coach transfers efficiently. However, when flights are delayed it may be necessary to hold your transfer for a short while. We may also stop at more than one hotel en route. Seat-belts in other countries are not always required by law and whilst we actively source vehicles with seat belts wherever reasonably possible, we cannot guarantee this in every instance.

Check-in

Our representatives are on hand to help at departure and arrival. Please ensure you check in 3 hours in advance.

Weekend Flights

There’s no supplement for Saturday or Sunday flights and travelling on a weekend means you only need to take 5 days off school. This also means you avoid some of the weekend crowds on the slopes.

Free Coach To Airport

We provide a free coach transfer for groups of 40 or more paying passengers from mainland England and Wales to London airports. Please note that we may need to pick up other passengers en route. Please enquire about Manchester and other regional airport departures.

Luggage Allowance

Please keep to the limit because excess charges can be high. Unless stated otherwise on your ticket the luggage allowance is 20kg per person plus hand luggage, which is normally limited to 5kg. Please note that all airlines reserve the right to send skis and excess baggage on later fl ights. Excess baggage will be transferred to resort as soon as possible and we will provide emergency hire equipment if necessary. The luggage allowance may be pooled but this is subject to individual airline conditions.

Airlines

The charter airlines we use include Jet2, Thomas Cook and Monarch. We also book scheduled seats with carriers such as British Airways. We do, however, reserve the right to use other airlines and destination airports, and to treat London airports as interchangeable.

No-Frills Airlines

We also use alternative airlines such as EasyJet and Jet2. These airlines often have different conditions and baggage allowances to other carriers. Please check with us at the time of booking.

Your Names List

A full passenger names list of all group members is now required from schools for all bookings when you pay your fi rst deposits. Names should be exactly as per passport. This list is also submitted to our insurance company to activate your policy including cancellation cover.

Ski Carriage

Most people take our inclusive hire skis, however, should you wish to take your own a charge may apply – please enquire when booking. Aircraft luggage space is limited so ski carriage is offered subject to availability.

In-flight Catering

Most airlines do not provide a hot meal service but sandwiches and drinks are usually available at an extra charge onboard your flight.

North American Flights

We offer transatlantic flights with a variety of scheduled airlines including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, American Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, KLM and Air France, using Boeing 747, 767 and Airbus jets.

Our prices are based on special rates for limited allocation on scheduled flights. Once our allocated seats have been filled additional charges will apply, subsequently affecting the selling price of our tours. It is strictly first-come first-served for the lowest tour price. Direct flights will be used wherever possible but cannot be guaranteed.

Prices are based on London departures. Regional departures are available at a supplement and subject to availability. Some of our fl ights operate via Paris or Amsterdam. We will endeavour to accommodate your preferred travel and departure day requests as far as possible, however, our airlines generally do not release flight allocations, timing or routes until around 11 months in advance.

For New England resorts you will fly to either New York or Boston. Flight times to the east coast are around 7 hours and London departures are generally around midday, returning on an evening flight and arriving back in the UK the following morning.

Flights to San Francisco or Los Angeles are provided for our Californian resorts, and Las Vegas for Brian Head.

Coach Travel

In Europe we provide a full door to door service, taking your group from school to your hotel on executive coaches with air suspension, reclining seats, toilet, drink making facilities, stereo and TV systems. The coach is yours to use throughout the week, subject to EU drivers hours regulations, meaning maximum flexibility and convenience throughout your stay.

Coach travel is convenient and supervision is easy: you leave school in the afternoon or evening and travel overnight on autoroutes to your hotel. There are plenty of refreshment stops and the reclining seats mean you can get some sleep. Your coach stays with you for the full week to carry out all your transfers and excursions.

Your Drivers

All drivers are fully aware of their responsibilities and of the special nature of school travel. There will always be two drivers for the journey, and of course all our ski courses operate within the current European regulations relating to drivers’ hours. We will provide you with guidance notes on the permitted drivers’ hours applicable to your itinerary in your Information Pack.

Your Coach

Your coach will be modern, well serviced and clean. All are equipped for winter and have reclining seats, seatbelts, radio/music system, WC, booster heating and drinks. TV/DVD players are provided but are not guaranteed, and no refund will be given if a video/DVD player develops a technical fault. Coach capacity is 49 seats although 53 and 55 seated coaches are occasionally available at a supplementary charge.

Larger Groups

We can arrange double-decker or longer, single deck, high capacity vehicles for larger groups.

Coach WCs

These are intended for emergency use only and we strongly recommend that motorway facilities are used instead. There will be frequent stops en-route.

Luggage

Luggage space is limited so for your comfort and convenience, we ask party members to pack only one small overnight bag for inside the coach, and one soft, medium-sized bag for the luggage space.

Crossing The Channel

We work with all the cross channel companies. P&O Ferries and DFDS take 90mins from Dover to Calais, and provide a welcome break to stretch legs and do a little shopping. All prices are based on ferry crossings from Dover to Calais. If you wish to travel by Eurotunnel a supplement may be payable. The Eurotunnel embarks north of Folkestone and disembarks south of Calais only 35 mins later. We always request crossing times to suit you best but can’t confirm until timetables are available.

Channel Crossings

With a choice of ferry or Eurotunnel crossings, we aim to get you to the continent quickly and without fuss. Our tour itineraries are based on a Dover – Calais crossing, but we also offer the speedier option of travelling on Eurotunnel for a small supplement, or alternative ferry routes should you prefer.

Eurostar

The Eurostar service, combined with short overseas transfers to your resort, gives a school to resort option as quick as flying and with a fraction of the carbon footprint. Available Saturday – Saturday with day travel, or Friday – Friday for overnight journeys, the ‘snow train’ is a great alternative to flying. Le Corbier, La Plagne and Tignes are the resorts best served by Eurostar.

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The edge Awards

EDGE AWARDS

Working with four-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott we've developed a framework of awards to recognise Empowerment, Determination, Growth and Engagement (EDGE) in young people on their ski trip.

These awards are included complementary on all Equity Ski trips. If you book with us, we will send you all the information you need about the programme and our in-resort team will guide your group throughout our Skills for Life programme during their stay.

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Insurance and Policies

Insurance and Policies

We believe the travel insurance policy we offer is one of the best available. In the unfortunate event of a claim, our suppliers in resort are familiar with our policy and procedures, which makes for a smoother operation at a stressful time.

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24 hour support

24 Hour Support

You can rely on us to get it right in the first place but should the unexpected happen we have the knowledge and the resources to resolve any issues.

Our overseas team are always available should you need them; they have the experience to deal with any situations that may arise and are trained to deal with situations calmly and effectively.

We also operate a Duty Office on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Duty Office is staffed by an experienced team who have full details of your tour and can deal efficiently with any problems.


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