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Panorama

Situated in stunning British Columbia, Panorama ski resort offers almost 3,000 acres of fantastic skiable terrain. Famous for its heli-skiing and its hot pools, the purpose-built Panorama village is pedestrianised and was voted North American Resort of the Year at the World Snow Awards in 2016.

The ski area ranges from tree-lined runs ideal for beginners, all the way up to advanced black diamond runs in Taynton Bowl, with perfect corduroy trails.

The ski school is one of the best in Canada and your group will benefit from the quiet slopes. With a huge range of evening activities on offer, including hot pool bingo, schools are perfectly catered for in this outstanding resort.

 

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Skiing

This is an exceptional resort for beginners due to its dedicated learning area and quiet slopes. There are plenty of groomed blue and green runs which allows for easy progression.

The terrain is divided into 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% expert, so all levels are well catered for. It’s the perfect mix of tree-lined trails and open bowl skiing.

For advanced skiers, the vertical drop of 4,265 feet, as well as an extensive range of black runs means there’s plenty of trails to enjoy.

Accommodation

Pine Inn

Pine Inn 3 star

  • Ski-in, ski-out
  • Great value

Situated right in the heart of the resort, close to the chairlift, this student friendly hotel combines a convenient location with comfortable rooms allowing schools to make the most of their time on the slopes.

Location: Right at the heart of the village

Facilities: Outdoor hot tub, gym and sauna

Accommodation: All rooms are en-suite

Meals: Half board – breakfast and lunch taken locally

Pine Inn

 

 

 

Useful Information

Après-ski

  • Musical Bingo
  • Tubing
  • Movie Nights
  • Hot Pools and games
  • Night Skiing
  • Campfire and S'mores
  • Ice-skating
  • Ice hockey game


Equity Ski USA/ Canada Price Package:

  • Return travel by Air
  • Overseas coach transfers
  • All security charges, airport and local taxes
  • 1 free staff place for every 10 full paying passengers by Air

Includes half-board accommodation, lift pass, 5 or 6 days ski tuition, ski boots, poles and helmet, dedicated resort representative service, fully comprehensive insurance, and 24 hour emergency service.

Prices from
£1579
(based on direct flights)

The Equity Ski USA/ Canada package details:

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/Canada require this

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OTHER CANADIAN SCHOOL SKI TRIPS

The 2018/19 ski season is now fully underway in Killington, USA. Known as the “longest season in the east” skiers and riders can take advantage of over 25 million dollars’ worth of improvements since the last season. The latest investment will make the resort easier to access and provide higher-quality snow terrain.

Play our video below!

In January, we were once again proud to be a part of the British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine, France and the British Schoolboys’ Races in Wengen, Switzerland.

Thank you for your submission.

A 2018/19 school ski brochure will be sent to the address you have provided.

In the meantime, if you would like to have a through our resorts please browse our website.

Please provide your details by submitting the form below and you will be sent one of our 2018/19 school ski brochures.

 

There are huge benefits for young people on a school ski trip but we don’t forget you – the Party Leader. Whether it’s your first trip or tenth, we are focused on making the process as straight forward as possible, allowing more time to focus on getting the most out of the experience.

 

Teacher Portal (My Equity)

Our unique new teacher portal 'My Equity' makes booking and planning your trip easier, with everything you need all in one place.

My Equity portal

Once you’ve requested a quote, you’ll be able to create an account and login as often you need, taking advantage of the following features:

  • All your documents centralised, so you won’t have to trawl through your emails
  • Your party’s passenger information can be stored safely and updated as you go
  • Your invoices, payment schedule and statement of account
  • Detailed accommodation, resort and piste information
  • Promotional materials to launch your trip and attract students
  • Local maps and weather reports
  • Your Equity contact details are easy to find

 

Pre-trip Planning

School ski trip inspection visits with Equity

Inspection Visits

We recognise the importance of undertaking a pretour inspection visit to your destination in order to risk assess and familiarise yourself with the resort, as such we organise a range of visits throughout the season.

Group Visits: Hosted by our knowledgeable staff, group inspection visits are a great way to experience a number of resorts and accommodations, swap tips and ideas with other teachers and, of course, ski! Register for our e-newsletters and we'll let you know when our next visit dates are announced!

Individual Visits: Should a group inspection visit not meet your requirements, we can also assist by organising a bespoke trip for you and a colleague. Trips are usually offered over long weekends either before Christmas or during the low season in January and March.

School ski trip inspection visits with Equity

Contributions

Equity are delighted to assist towards the costs of inspection visits, SCO’s and ASCL’s in order to contribute to the professional development of our Party Leaders. Contributions are offered based on a number of criteria, including the group size, dates of travel, destination and a number of other aspects of your booking. Speak to our team for more details. Please note that whilst we welcome and encourage customers to attend both the ASCL and an inspection visit, we are only able to contribute towards the costs of one trip.

Contact us today to register your interest or visit Snowsport England's website to find out more.

Snowsports Course Organiser programme with Equity

Snowsports Course Organiser programme

We offer our Party Leaders something more and provide the opportunity for our Party Leaders to complete the ‘Snowsport Course Organiser’. This course has been developed by Snowsport England to give teachers and youth leaders the necessary skills to facilitate a snow-sports trip for young people.

Call our team on 01273 622 111 to secure your place!

ASCL awards with Equity

The Alpine Sports Course Leader (ASCL)* Award

A week-long intensive course which qualifies successful candidates to lead and supervise a party of their students on snow, without the need for an instructor to be present.

* In order to complete the course you must be a competent skier. It is unlikely that this standard will have been reached with less than 6 weeks skiing experience.

 

Helpful Resources

Launch your ski trip

We understand that in the early stages of booking a trip with a tour provider, it’s key to drum up interest for your trip within your establishment; first to be given the go ahead and then to get the numbers necessary to make it viable.

Here you have direct access to Letter templates, Savings Cards and Forms, as well as links to promotional materials to help advertise your tour to pupils. If you would like a powerpoint presentation to help promote your trip please contact your Regional Travel Advisor who will be able to provide this to you.

 

 

How to book

Booking your school trip is simple and straight-forward with Equity. It’s easy to get started, however we’ve outlined some steps to begin your booking below, get started today!

1. Get a Quote:

To find out how competitive our prices are, simply contact one of our helpful sales specialists who will prepare your quotation and we will send you a tailor-made quotation, advising you on the best value for money options within 48 hours. Once you have enquired you will be given a login to the MyEquity portal, your online personalised planning hub where you can collate passenger information and find details about your chosen resort and accommodation.

2. Make a Provisional Booking:

If you like what you see, we will provisionally book wherever possible flights, Eurostar, rail, coaches and accommodation for up to 4 weeks. At this stage you are not financially committed.

3. Flexible Payment Option:

We understand how difficult it can be for students to fund their trips therefore we only ask for an initial deposit to confirm your booking. We usually require these within 2-3 weeks of the Provisional Booking date but if this is not feasible for you, we will do our best to request an extension from our suppliers.

4. Confirming your booking:

To confirm your booking deposits are required - the value of the deposit varies depending on destination and transport method. Please see below:

  1st deposit

UK Tours

£40

European Tours by coach

£50

European Tours by Air/ Train /Euro Star

£80

World Wide Tours (including Americas)

£150

Send us your initial deposits by cheque or BACS transfer. You will also need to log onto the MyEquity portal and accept the booking terms and conditions.

If we are booking flights with no-frills airlines we will also require a full passport names list with dates of birth at this stage. On receipt of the deposits and booking form we will confirm your travel arrangements and start work on planning your trip. You will be assigned a Product Delivery Specialist who will work with you to coordinate your trip.

5. Second Deposits:

Second deposits are payable no later than eight weeks after your first deposit - the value of the deposit varies depending on destination and transport method. Please see below:

  2st deposit

UK Tours

£60

European Tours by coach

£80

European Tours by Air/ Train /Euro Star

£120

World Wide Tours (including Americas)

£150

6. Final Payment:

The balance of your booking is due 12 weeks prior to departure.

 

 

Risk Assessment

We recognise the commitment in running a school ski trip and can offer you many tools to assist in the completion of risk assessments and other paperwork. Equity has a strong Safety Management System in place which will help you complete your risk assessment. We can also offer assistance with paperwork required by your Local Authority as well as an Inspection Visit to get to know the area and complete your specific risk assessment. We recommend the School Travel Forum’s Demystifying Risk Assessments. 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. Once you are on tour, Equity staff are on duty night and day, equipped with full details of your tour and ready to go into action if you need us. Our support service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can rely on us in the event of any problems.


RELATED INFORMATION

We hope the information above answers all your questions, but if there is anything else we can help you with contact us online to ask a question or call 01273 622 111 and we will be happy to help!

School Skiing in the USA

USA resorts are far quieter than those in Europe, meaning no lift-queues and more time actually skiing. Tuition is exceptional with friendly instructors delivering fun and engaging lessons designed to get the best out of every skier, whatever their ability.

Even the snow is different, from the ‘corduroy’ glade skiing in the East to the ‘champagne powder’ of the Rockies. Trailgrooming in America is practically an art-form, and our resorts all benefit from plentiful snowfall and state-of-the-art snowmaking machines to ensure great conditions throughout the season.

Our USA tours are tailor-made to your specifications, and our all-inclusive prices offer excellent value for money. Contact us today, and let us help plan your school’s trip of a lifetime.

  • Flight times (approx):

    7hrs East / 11hrs West

  • Transfers:

    2-6hrs

 

 

We can recommend trips to...

East Coast USA

USA - outline map

The East Coast is lined with some of the best ski resorts in North America, offering the ultimate ski experience. New Hampshire offers our groups the perfect combination of great skiing, tax free shopping, first class customer service, choice and excellent value.

Our featured East Coast New Hampshire resorts are situated within the White Mountain National Forest and accommodation is a short transfer to the mountain for skiing each day.

Our New Hampshire Ski Safari allows groups ski two resorts during their week –where the logistics are handled beautifully by our resort partners so that your pupils receive consistency in their skiing development and your transition between mountains is seamless!

New England skiing is typified by tree-lined glade skiing and well-groomed ‘corduroy’ pistes, and the resorts are much quieter and friendlier than many European resorts. Whilst its location close to both Boston and New York mean a greater choice of flights, shorter transfers and of course a shorter flying time from the UK than the western resorts.

 

School Skiing in Canada

Skiing in Canada offers a real sense of wilderness, wherever you are – partly due to the sheer scale of the country and partly due to the spectacular locations and views.

Canada certainly offers a wide range of scenery, from arctic tundra, vast pine forests and glacial mountains to great waterways, colossal lakes and endless prairies. It also boasts true wild-life – you might not spot humpback whales or grizzly bears on your trip, but there’s a reasonable chance you might see moose or hear wolves!

Ski here and you’ll surely understand why so many Canadians embrace nature and treat the outdoors as such a special place.


  • Flight times (approx):

    7hrs East / 11hrs West

  • Transfers:

    1-4hrs


We can recommend trips to...

Quebec

Canada - outline map

Quebec

Quebec was originally founded by settlers from France. Canadian French is the main language, and everything from cuisine to architecture has echoes of the old country, with a North American twist. Café culture and bistros can be found throughout the region, whilst European style churches and colonial buildings are easily identifiable.

The mountains close to Quebec City are home to numerous ski resorts, making it the perfect destination for a ski safari. From our accommodation in Mont Sainte Anne you have access to both the Mont Sainte Anne and Le Massif resorts. Both are vibrant ski resorts with deserved reputations for their modern ski facilities, excellent snow records and stunning views.

Quebec Ski Safari: Ski both Mont Sainte Anne and Le Massif, two fantastic Canadian resorts, in the same week whilst staying at one hotel.

Get ready for your ski trip with Chemmy Alcott!

We hope you’re excited to embark on your Equity school ski trip. Whether most of your students are first-timers or have been before, we recommend getting fit and ready for the slopes by doing some exercises.

Four-time Olympian and Equity ambassador Chemmy Alcott knows exactly the type of physical impact skiing can have on certain areas of the body. It’s important to build up specific muscles before you get to the slopes so you can spend more time on the mountain.

Chemmy has said, "Physically preparing to ski before you hit the snow helps you get the very most out of your holiday - from helping you to ski longer and taking less breaks to helping minimise the possibility of injury. It doesn't have to be boring or time consuming - check out my video for evidence!"

 

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