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Thursday, 07 January 2016 00:00

Holiday FAQs

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To help answer some of the questions you may have about your ski or snowboarding holiday here is a list of the most frequently asked questions that should answer most of your queries.

If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please give us a call on 0113 238 5624

Will I require extra cover on my travel insurance?

Yes you will. If you already have travel insurance check your policy to see if you are covered for Winter Sports. If not you can purchase one of our specialist ski policies online.

Do I get extra luggage allowance as I am skiing?

The normal luggage allowance is either 15kg or 20 kg per person depending on which airline you are flying with. It may be possible to pay for extra allowance at the time of booking; Ski & Snowboard carriage will carry a supplementary charge per bag.

What’s the difference between a local and an area lift pass?

A local pass will allow you to ski in the immediate vicinity of your resort whereas an area pass will allow you to use the lifts in the surrounding resorts which make up the ski area that your pass covers.

What type of clothing should I take?

Basic clothing requirements for a ski holiday include the following:

  1. Waterproof ski jacket & trousers or one-piece suit.
  2. Thermal vests, Base layers or t-shirts.
  3. Essential Warm headwear.
  4. Sunglasses - ideally designed for skiing.
  5. Ski goggles.
  6. Thermal socks.
  7. Waterproof ski gloves
  8. High Factor Sun block.
  9. Back pack for carrying water, food etc.

When will I receive my tickets?

We send your Tickets by first class post approximately 2 weeks prior to departure.

What should I do if I wish to cancel my holiday or make any changes to it?

Any cancellation or changes to your holiday must be put in writing to us. Where applicable you will be subject to the Tour Operators cancellation charges.

Is my passport valid or will I require a visa?

You will need a valid British passport for all our ski & snowboard destinations usually with at least 6 months validity. Any additional queries regarding passports or visa's should be forwarded to either the Passport Office ( 0870 521 0410 ) or your relevant Embassy.

When must I pay the balance of my holiday?

Full payment is due 15 weeks prior to departure. Please make all cheques payable to Midcounties Co-operative or if paying by credit cards then a 2.25% charge is applicable. No charge for payments by Visa Debit cards or Maestro.

Can you send me a brochure?

Unfortunately we only hold a limited number of brochures for internal company use. Please contact your Tour Operator if you wish to receive a brochure.

Can I pre-book Airport Parking?

Yes we can obtain major savings for you, go to the Airport Parking link on the web site to book online.

What should I do if I have a complaint about my holiday?

In the unlikely event that there is a problem with your holiday, please put your complaint in writing to us. This must reach us within 28 days of your return date.

How do I know which resort is best suited to me?

We feature so many resorts that it is hard to pick one particular suited to anyone individual. Each resort has its own attractions and each country its own allure. Skiing in Europe has long been popular with the British because we can drive to the destinations and the French cuisine and wine are very popular. But the advent of the cheap long-haul flights have opened up the US and Canadian ski-resorts to the British skier and the service, standards, value for money and wide open spaces keep people going back for more. It’s your choice, but to help you make it please contact our specialist sales team for their advice.

When is the best time to go skiing?

There is no best time to go skiing. As most resorts are reliant totally on the weather and, in particular, snowfall, it is impossible to tell in advance the type of conditions you will experience in resort. Some skiers like the warm sunshine of spring skiing while others prefer the guaranteed snow, but colder conditions of December and January. And then there are the school holidays and Christmas holidays that attract many because of the wonderful, bustling atmosphere, and also detract those who prefer a quieter time with fewer children around. Speak to one of our travel consultants who are more than willing to advise you on what times of year would be more suitable to you.

Is it guaranteed to snow while we are there?

No, snow is never guaranteed but as the locations we have chosen generally have good historic snow records. Remember that most resorts have snow-making machines that assist in the skiable terrain being open longer throughout the season. Please see our Snow Reports section on our home page for ski conditions at all of our resorts.

How old do I have to be to ski?

Anyone can ski from around 3 years of age upwards. Of course, the older you get, the more you should examine your insurance policy to make sure you are covered.

How long do I have to go skiing for?

For as long as you’d like. Some hotels insist on minimum stays during their busy periods and others don’t. The Residences in France do tend to insist on a minimum stay of 7 nights but 7 nights is a good period of time for those on their first ski-holiday. This gives you enough time to get settled on the slopes and also enjoy the surroundings of the ski-resort. Other properties do allow shorter stays for those with little time to spare, while many North American hotels will allow you to stay for any duration you would like. Please contact our call centre for specific details on each individual property

I can’t ski, so can I go on a skiing holiday without having lessons here first?

Of course you can. Each resort has trained ski instructors and we can arrange ski lessons for you. Learning in resort means you can learn to ski on snow, which isn’t the case in most of the UK, and also means that once you feel confident you can head off onto the slopes after your lessons.

Can I take my children with me?

Yes. The children love skiing and you’ll soon see that by arranging lessons for them, they’ll be overtaking you on the slopes.

What if there is a non-skier in the party?

Ski resorts are designed for skiers but many are now offering things for those non-skiers amongst us such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice-climbing to name but a few. Remember, you are in the mountains so most activities for non-skiers will be in the outdoors and will be in cold temperatures. Of course, the non-skier can enjoy the comforts of your hotel, depending on its facilities of course. Many resorts now have spas and most have a wide range of unique shops to pass the time of day in. Please contact our travel consultants for further advice on which resorts would suit a non-skier.

 

What are the different types of accommodation we can stay in?

The terminology used to describe a property can differ from place to place and yet describe the same type of property. Let’s start with the Hotel. A Hotel is generally a property that offers the minimum of a standard room with beds and a bathroom. The rooms will generally get cleaned daily and towels are inclusive in the price. Most hotels have a bar, 24 hour reception and a restaurant.

Then we have the Residence. A Residence is generally an apartment with several rooms and a living area. Residences usually come with a kitchen of sorts, a bedroom and separate living area. Linen and towels are usually included in the price, but they are generally only changed once per week and end of stay cleaning usually has to be paid for. Check-in times at Residences are restricted and late arrivals are usually kept to a minimum. Residences rarely have any restaurants or bars.

Chalets are a very popular form of accommodation in Europe. A chalet is usually a type of accommodation where guests have their own rooms inside a larger property. Chalets generally include half board for every guest and meals are prepared by a representative at the property. Meals are usually organised so that guests mingle with other guests not in their party. Meals are five courses and include wine. The representative has one night off a week where you are free to eat out in resort.

Condos are very common in North America and are similar to an apartment. Basically each Condo is individually owned within a resort or building, and is looked after and managed by a management company. Each Condo is individually designed, within the standards of the management company to ensure quality control. Condos usually consist of one or more bedrooms with a living area and a kitchen area. Condos give a real "home from home" experience.

Can I do a two-centre holiday?

Yes you can. Either in Europe or North America this is possible. Just choose your destinations and we can do the rest for example Aspen & Las Vegas and Whistler & Vancouver.

Can I break up my trip by spending a night or two at a gateway city?

Why not? Thousands of people visit Whistler each year without setting foot in Vancouver. Many travellers head to Stowe and Killington and their only experience of Boston is the airport terminal. And would you believe that a large percentage of visitors to Lake Tahoe, fly home without seeing the sights of San Francisco. Born2ski can arrange and tailor-make your holiday to suit you, and if you want a couple of days of shopping and sightseeing in North America’s unique cities, then we’ll arrange it for you.

Alternatively in Europe we work with Campanile Hotels who have properties all across France and provide a wide range of stopover possibilities for those looking to drive to the mountains.

Can you book ski-hire and lift passes?

Yes we can pre book these for you with great savings on paying in resort and also securing your equipment for peak dates. Please go to the relevant sections within this website. We offer various types of ski & snowboard equipment for different grades of riders and skiers. We can also offer various types of lift passes within resorts that encompass greater areas such as the Three Valleys in France and the Lake Tahoe Interchangeable Pass in California and Nevada. We can make significant savings for you especially in North America and Canada, give us a call.

Can you book flights as well?

Yes we have access to competitively priced flights to both Europe and North America.

Can you book ferries and the Snowtrain?

Yes we can. Please see the section on the web site or contact our call centre for prices and availability with companies such as SeaFrance, and P&O. We also offer Eurotunnel and the Snow Train service with Eurostar.

Can you book transfers?

Yes, please contact our call centre for details of all private and scheduled transfers. Or book online with the link on the Home page.

 

Can you book car hire?

Yes, we can book car hire in Europe and North America with suppliers such as Alamo and Hertz or book online from the link on the Home page.

Do I need Insurance?

Although not a requirement it is, however, highly advisable to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances whilst travelling abroad. Skiing in particular, however experienced one is, does offer up some unpredictable situations and sometimes accidents do occur.

If you decide not to travel with any travel insurance you can obtain a form E111 from any Post Office. Once completed, the form will entitle you to medical treatment in EC countries. It is, however, still advisable to take out travel insurance as few countries will pay the full cost of medical treatment. Please be aware that the E111 does not provide cover for other aspects such as cancellation, personal liability or personal belongings cover.

In the USA in particular, medical care can be extremely expensive for those without insurance cover.

We can offer numerous single trip or Annual policies with Ski Cover and Off piste cover. Go to the Insurance tab on the home page.

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USEFUL TRAVEL INFORMATION

ABTA Information on benefits and financial protection:
www.abta.com/benefits.html

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Advice on travelling abroad: www.fco.gov.uk

Department of Health Information on health requirements/vaccinations: www.doh.gov.uk/traveladvice/

Passport Agency Information on UK passports:
www.ukpa.gov.uk World Travel Guide Information on pa ssport/visa requirements and other general travel information:

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:00

TERMS OF USE & CONDITIONS

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Holidays booked through Born2ski & Travel Ltd are governed by Born2ski & Travel Ltd terms and conditions. If you require further clarification of these terms and conditions please ask your sales clerk at the time of booking.

1. Booking Conditions

Your legal contract is with the tour operator (or airline) specified on your confirmation receipt. Born2ski & Travel Ltd acts only as your agent. It is essential that you have read and understand their booking conditions. These can usually be found in the back of the tour operator’s brochure, please contact us if you require a copy of the booking conditions.

All timings are provisional and are subject to change under your tour operator’s terms and conditions.

Any complaints regarding your holiday must be received in writing within 28 days from the date of return. It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the tour operator without delay and complete a report form in resort.

Special requests will be notified to the tour operator but under your tour operators booking conditions cannot be guaranteed.

If you wish to make any changes to your holiday, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any changes or cancellations must be received in writing from the person who made the booking. Any amendment or cancellation will result in charges.

We do not keep a copy of the contract as we act as a Travel Agent and the contract is between the client and the Principal (Tour Operator e.g. Inghams Holidays)

All Contracts will be concluded in English.

The lead named passenger is responsible for ensuring the total balance is paid.

We act as agents for ATOL holders and other principles

Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL Scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme but ATOL protection does not apply to the other services offered on this site. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, cruises, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see the tour operator(s)’s booking conditions for further information or go to www.atol.org.uk for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate.

To VIEW Full Agency Terms & Conditions - Midcounties-Agency-Terms-Dec-2014-CONSORTIA.pdf

 

2. Deposit & Balance

If your holiday is booked inside 14 weeks of departure, the full cost of your holiday is due. Outside of 14 weeks a deposit plus insurance premium (if applicable) must be paid.

Please note that Born2ski & Travel Ltd will not send you a reminder when your balance is due.

If full payment is not received by the balance due date, we will notify the principal who may cancel your booking and charge the cancellation fees set out in their Terms and Conditions.

 

3. Insurance

It is important that you travel with adequate travel insurance for all members in your party.

For competitive rates please contact our sales department on 0844 692 3242 or 01273 773 017. If you have declined our insurance we accept no liability for any costs incurred prior to travel or during your holiday, which arise from failure to obtain adequate cover.

 

4. Passport

If you wish to travel abroad you must hold a ten-year passport, even for a day trip. Apply in good time to the UK passport office 08705210410. For non-UK residents you should contact your consulate or embassy.

Ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your trip. Some countries have an immigration requirement for a passport to remain valid for a minimum period (usually six months) beyond date of entry to the country.

This is a requirement of the country concerned, not the UK passport office. Any questions should be addressed to the relevant consulate or embassy.

 

5. Visa Requirements

You may require a visa to enter the country you are travelling to.

For all visa enquires contact the consulate or embassy of the country you plan to visit.

If you are a British Dependant Territories citizen, British overseas citizen, British subject, British National overseas, or a British protected person, you may need a visa that is not required by British citizens.

 

6. Flight Times and Changes

All flight timings are provisional and could be subject to change. You'll be informed of any major changes to your flight or other part of your holiday.

 

7. Credit and Debit Card Charges

For all bookings, credit card charges are as follows:

  • Mastercard or Visa - 2.25%
  • AmericanExpress/DinersClub - 3.0%
  • Debit Cards (e.g. Switch/Maestro) – NO CHARGES

 

8. Other Service Charges

Born2ski & Travel Ltd will make the following charges in addition to any tour operator charges:

  • Amendment: £10 per-person for booking amendments
  • Cancellation: £20 per-person except where the cancellation charge is 100%, when no charge.

 

9. Your Money is financially protected

We are deal with fully bonded members of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). In the unlikely event of your ATOL protected operator's insolvency, your money is protected under the terms of this licence, and if abroad you will be repatriated.

 

10. Property Descriptions

We believe that our property descriptions are accurate and complete, however, tour operators provide this information to us either electronically or we take it from their brochures. Although we make every effort to keep up to date with any alterations, we do not accept any liability arising from any inaccuracy or omission in the property descriptions.

All bookings are handled by All bookings are handled by Born2Ski & Travel Ltd (ABTA No P6811) who are retail agents for ATOL holders. All holidays listed on this website are subject to availability at the time of booking. Should the holiday you have requested not be available our travel consultant will offer you an alternative.

Please read our Terms & Conditions of sale carefully before booking.

 

11. Inputting Errors

If you have Inputted any errors whilst making any bookings on the site please contact 0113 238 5624

 

12. Data Protection Policy

Your booking:

In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements we need to use the information you provide such as name, address, any special needs/dietary requirements etc.

We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information. We must pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as your tour operator, airlines, hotels, transport companies etc. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law.

Additionally, where your holiday is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will not however, pass any information onto any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we cannot provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.)

Usually your tour operator or other principal will pass this information onto their suppliers once we have provided it to them. The tour operator or other principal's use of your information is subject to their policy, both in respect of your booking and any future marketing, and is their responsibility. Please ask either us or them for a copy of this if you would like to see it.

Your data controller is: Born2ski & Travel Ltd

You are entitled to a copy of your information held by us. If you would like to see this please ask us. [We may make a small charge for providing this to you].

Useful Links

ABTA
Information on benefits and financial protection: www.abta.com/benefits.html
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Advice on travelling abroad: www.fco.gov.uk
Department of Health
Information on health requirements/vaccinations: www.doh.gov.uk/traveladvice/
Passport Agency
Information on UK passports: www.ukpa.gov.uk
World Travel Guide
Information on passport/visa requirements and other general travel information: www.wtgonline.com

 

ACCESSIBILITY

Born2ski & Travel Ltd is committed to ensuring its website is accessible to all users. As our site is constantly reviewed we would welcome any comments you may have on accessibility issues.

To help make your website more accessible for people with disabilities, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) contains information on tools to assess your website for compliance. Please access the following webpage: http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/preliminary.html.

We recommend using a modern browser to provide you with the highest level of browser accessibility.

Useful Links

JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.

Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.

Lynx Browser, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.

Links Browser, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.

Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Although we continue to test and modify our Web sites for accessibility, there may be some legacy pages and pages developed by third-parties that are not fully compliant with our standards. If you would like further information about our accessibility statement or if you are experiencing problems accessing the Born2Ski website, please contact our office on 0113 238 5624

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:00

Heli-Skiing

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heli-ski canadaThey used to say that there was a 10-year window for heli - skiing. 

The under-35s could not afford it and the over-45s could not keep up.

Now the latest generation can afford to hire a helicopter and head for the Canadian wilderness.

Today, the companies that pioneered heliskiing, Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, are only two among scores of operators. Despite the choice, British Columbia is still on top of the pile. While a few regions may match its interior for snow quality and empty space, none can match its operating efficiency

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What does heliskiing involve?

A helicopter takes small groups of skiers to otherwise inaccessible parts of the mountain. Skiing is on virgin, untracked snow.

Am I up to it?

Heliski holidays used to come with the warning that anyone unable to keep up would be confined to the lodge without a refund. Now that we are all encouraged to feel powder-empowered by fat skis, strong skiers fear having their expensive fun compromised by slow groups.

Bear in mind that heliskiing is an intense and not always comfortable experience. The pace is hard and the less well you ski, the more tiring it is. The snow is not always light and lunch is a brief, sub-zero picnic. Women are outnumbered and there are no loos on the mountain. Some areas are more suitable than others for half-day heliskiers.

CMH or Wiegele?

Wiegele's 120 skiers stay in a chalet village between Kamloops and Jasper. CMH skiers are dispersed in small groups, in remote lodges reached by helicopter. CMH has one guide per group, Wiegele two. Weekly packages are standard, but Wiegele offers shorter packages (and unlimited skiing footage) in low season. CMH has two areas reserved for strong skiers and one that offers part-week packages all season. How much does it cost?

At least £5,000 for a week. Packages include lodging, all meals, guiding, equipment and a set amount of skiing, usually defined in vertical feet of flying or skiing (not quite the same thing) - 15,000 vertical feet a day is average. In good conditions, strong skiers may achieve double this and face a big extras bill on departure (at about £10 per 1,000 vertical feet).

Where to Heli - Ski

The Monashees, British Columbia

heli-skiingThe most challenging of the ski areas are in the Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) portfolio, the Monashees are not for the first-time heli-skier. Offering what is arguably the best “steep and deep” tree skiing in the world; two-thirds of the runs are set in mature, well-spaced forest.

Two private guides will take you to a seemingly unlimited range of locations with long, steep-pitched terrain; skiers staying for a week are guaranteed to descend at least 10,000ft of vertical drop.  About 66ft of snow falls each season, so – as one skier quipped – don’t forget your mask and snorkel. The fully catered lodge sleeps up to 48 people and has all the usual mod cons, as well as a rooftop Jacuzzi, games room, sauna and massage therapists on hand to ease those tired legs.

CMH is offering seven days of heli-skiing from C$5,500 per person. The price includes full board, equipment hire, guides, all helicopter costs and transfers, but excludes international flights.

The Cariboos, British Columbia

canada heli skiRun by one of the pioneers of "fat boy" skis, Mike Wiegele’s heli-skiing base nestled in Blue River can access both the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains.

The Cariboos are still considered the best all-round destination, whether it is for first-timers on gentler slopes or for more experienced skiers tackling steep-pitched runs through trees and across wide open glacial bowls.

With 22 log chalets to choose from, the resort has no shortage of accommodation either. The private Bavarian House Estate, with eight double rooms and the feel of an Alpine chalet about it, offers spectacular views across Eleanor Lake. Facilities for guests include a sports centre, games rooms, a private chef, plus a spa and sauna.

Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing is offering a five-day package from C$6,414 The price includes 80,000ft of vertical descent, two guides per group and full-board accommodation, but not flights.

Chugach, Alaska

heli-skiing in canadaOne for the purists, Chugach does not offer the homely accommodation of British Columbia – but the skiing is unrivalled. A far northern location and guaranteed snow mean heli-skiing can take place at lower altitudes than in BC. The steep terrain of the Chugach Mountains has made this a favourite location for extreme winter sports videos, but there is plenty of more moderate skiing, too. Valdez Heli-Camps, founded by Vermont-born Matt White, is the only all-inclusive heli-skiing destination in Alaska. Groups are limited to four, transported by fast A-Star helicopters, and typically negotiate 20,000ft of vertical descent.

Valdez Heli-Camps are offering three-day packages from US$4,149 the price includes full board in Valdez, equipment, helicopter fees and transfers, but not flights.

The Andes, Chile

mountain heliskiEvery summer, heli-skiing fanatics head south to Chile for the southern hemisphere’s winter. Powder South, flying out of its base deep in the Central Andes, has access to about 1,900 square miles of heli-skiing terrain, including the Rio Colorado Valley to the north and the Tinguiririca Valley to the south. With light “dry” snow, it may not offer the kind of tree-skiing seen in the best of the BC locations – but for sheer variety of landscape (towering faces, steep couloirs, ridges, bowls, and volcanoes), it has few equals. All this is set among mountains 22,000ft high. The cosy, family-owned El Ingenio Lodge, in the Maipo Valley, boasts hot tubs, gourmet food and an outdoor pool.

Powder South Heliski Guides are offering a week from 7,000 euros per person, including full board and equipment, but not international flights.

The Alps, Europe

heliski expeditionHeli-skiing in Europe bears little resemblance to the Canadian wilderness experience, since helicopters fly out of major ski resorts or bases close to them.

If the weather and snow let you down, there is always conventional skiing (and the facilities of a resort) to fall back on.

In Switzerland, stay at the discreet Tivoli Lodge in Davos and fly to the Davos Klosters Mountains; in France (where heli-skiing is banned), you can still stay at Chalet Yellowstone in Ste Foy and take a flight to the Italian peaks. From there, ski back down into France across the Italian border.

Descent offers both the above as options in its Maximum Descent packages. A week in Ste Foy costs from £1,575 per person. Heli-skiing is extra: 450 euros (£350) per person, for two drops on the mountain with a guide, based on a full helicopter. CS-S

To Reserve your Heli - Skiing Expedition or side trip

We can obtain you Savings off the direct booking prices

Plus due to high demand it is best to pre book.

CONTACT MIKE at BORN2SKI Tel 0113 238 5624

Or Complete the Enquiry Form Below:

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:00

About Us

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Born2ski & Travel Ltd is owned and operated by a team of ski holiday enthusiasts, with our extensive knowledge of the skiing Holiday market and also being totally independent so we can provide our customers with the best impartial advice and recommendations for all their ski Holidays & Snowboard Holiday dreams.

We aim to give our customers the added value of our expertise and local knowledge of the key ski resorts, and also to ensure you have an enjoyable booking experience and ski holiday.

Combining our passion for skiing holidays with over 20 years knowledge and expertise in the travel and ski holiday industry, we feel we can satisfy the changing holiday needs of fellow skiers & snowboarders.

 

Whether looking for a week end break, a week or 10 days, short haul or long haul, we can find a holiday that suits your needs.

Having travelled extensively and visited most major ski resorts in Europe, North America and New Zealand Mike Pritchard can give personal recommendations which have been validated by the high level of repeat business and customer endorsements he has received.

As customers constantly demand more flexible arrangements Born2ski can help with as many individual holiday components you require or just accommodation only.

Our specialist areas are North America, Canada, Austria, Switzerland & France

We are especially known for our personal tailor made itineraries, Individual & corporate Groups, ski week ends, multi centre holidays and Catered Chalets.

We also work with all the major Tour operators including Neilson, Crystal, Skiworld as well as specialist ski companies such as Ski Total, Esprit and Mark Warner.

We also deal in hotels, Private chalets and luxury apartments on both sides of the Atlantic for those who demand more flexibility. As a specialist Skiing Holiday broker, we sell you the holiday you want rather than the holiday a standard high street travel agent would need to sell and remember our professional service is free.

Our independent & objective advice is based on our own experience, which we are waiting to share with you.

The Benefit of dealing with people enthusiastic about the service we provide and the sport we enjoy, you will receive a personal service when booking your holiday.

Born2Ski - HOLIDAYS FOR SKIERS BY SKIERS FOR LESS.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

Catered Ski Chalets

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Born2Ski are experts in finding the Best Catered Chalets for our clients:

We are specialists at finding Catered Chalets in Europe and Catered Chalets in Canada and North America. Whether you are a group of friends searching for a large private catered chalet; or a family looking for a ski chalet with child care facilities or a couple looking for a luxury ski chalet holiday, from St Anton Ski Chalets to Verbier Ski Chalets — we make the process easier and give you the benefit of our impartial advice.

For Large Ski Groups and regular Groups we recommend booking early to get the best Ski Chalet deals and Ski Group Offers.

SKI IN SKI OUT Chalets are also becoming more popular and we can help you find the best Ski Chalet to suit your needs.

We work with all the Major Ski Chalet operators to ensure you have the financial protection and quality service we like to offer our Chalet clients.

Chalet offers are also available for late bookings and early Bookings and we ensure you obtain the best price for your Catered Chalet Holiday

Catered Chalets in the USA and CANADA are not as easy to obtain in Europe but Born2ski can help you obtain Catered Chalets in Breckenridge, Vail, Whistler and other North American ski resorts. St Anton Ski Chalets – Born2ski have been travelling to our Favourite Ski resort since 1999 and we pride ourselves on having the best knowledge and recommendations for the many Ski Chalets in St Anton — From Chalet Aitken to Chalet Tirolerhaus, contact Born2ski for the best advice and prices for St Anton Chalets.

To help your search for the perfect ski chalet holiday as easy as possible, Born2ski have selected a range of our recommended ski chalets in a variety of ski resorts and categories. Choose from ski-in/ski-out ski chalets, ski chalets with hot tubs and group ski chalets.

Below we have selected some of the finest catered ski chalets, but if you can't find what you're looking for there, use the search area on the left or contact us.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

Ski Clubs

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Ski Clubs Uk

Born2Ski is proud to work with the following ski clubs:

Nubian Ski Club

http://www.nubianski.com/

And also the White Star Ski Club of Hull

We have arranged many successful ski trips and group ski trips for these clubs and many others.

Please E mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like us to quote for your ski club trip or to discuss any joint ventures or holiday discounts for your members or if you wish to promote your club on this web site.

Other Ski Clubs in the UK:

  • The Riders Network
  • The Alpine Ski Club - for mountaineering on skis. Provide an avalanche transceiver hire service and some excellent information on avalanche risk.
  • English Ski Council - Governing body of the sport for English skiers
  • Kings Ski Club http://www.kingsski.org
  • LSERSA - London & South East Regional Ski Association
  • Merseyside Ski Club
  • Midland Ski Club
  • North West Ski Federation, affiliated to the English Ski Council
  • Sandown Park Ski Racing Club [SPSRC]
  • Ski Club of Manchester, North West England / UK - SCoM provides ski-related activities around the Manchester area to enhance member’s enjoyment of the sport. This site hosts the events, meetings and holiday’s programmes, contacts and newsletter articles. http://www.SCoM.org.uk
  • SnowsportGB - the body who represents competitive racing and snowboarding at an international level. If you are a current athlete on the performance pathway or an aspiring racer looking to get involved in racing, or an enthusiast with an interest in the British Athletes on the Ski and Snowboarding Teams SnowsportGB should be able to help.
  • Snowsport Scotland - for promotion of winter sports in the Scottish Ski Resorts.
  • The Eagle Ski Club - the UKs largest and most active ski touring and ski mountaineering club. http://www.eagleskiclub.org.uk/
  • The Uphill Ski Club - http://www.uphillskiclub.co.uk/
  • We provide instruction in snowsports e.g skiing and snowboarding, at our permanent ski school in Scotland, at dry slopes around the country and also through our roving ski school on organised holidays around Europe, for people with any kind of disability
  • Lake District Ski Club - http://www.ldscsnowski.co.uk/

FULL LISTING OF UK SKI CLUBS

  • 2K Performance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Karon Driver
  • Aldershot Ski Race Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SR Mary Calvert
  • Alpine Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Ingram Lloyd
  • Aluna Ski Club NW Janet Copestake
  • Ambition Racing Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Marc Telling
  • Arrows Ski Racing Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. EM Susan Adcock
  • Bassingbourn Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ER Hilary Whipp
  • BBC Snowsports Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Peter Stevens
  • Berkshire Race Squad This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SR Linda Miller
  • Bowles Ski Racing Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Tim Owens
  • Breakaway Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SR Benny Hill
  • Brentwood Park Ski Racing Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ER John Curtis
  • British Ski Academy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NA Dominic Erskine
  • Bromley Race Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Joan Llewellyn
  • Carlisle Ski Centre Ltd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NE Joanne Downey
  • Carlisle Snowsports Club NW Lyn Barlow
  • Chatham Race Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Wendy Askew
  • Chill Factore Alpine Race Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Kevin Edwards
  • Christ's College Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Sarah Harrison
  • Derby Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. EM Michael Guest
  • Dorset Police Snowsports Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SW Kate Baldwin
  • Downhill Only Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NA Sarah Hoyle
  • Eagle Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NA Alison Morgan
  • Exeter & District Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SW Davina Blanchard
  • Folkestone Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Shelly Deakin
  • Gloucester Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SW Ros Peacock
  • Hallamshire Ski Club YSF Sheila Stokes
  • Hemel Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ER Jacqui Aikins
  • Kendal Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Chris Garner
  • Kent & Sussex Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Martin Bates
  • Lake District Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Mr J Burrows
  • Lakeland X-C Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Stephen Johns
  • Lions Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. YSF Cathy Beck
  • London Region Nordic L&SE Gerard Ollier
  • Manchester X-C Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Sue Bambridge
  • Medway Ski Club L&SE Jim Gibb
  • Meopham & District Ski Club L&SE David Gould
  • Merseyside Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Paul Wilson
  • Midland Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WM Diana Horth
  • Norfolk Ski Club Ltd ER David Baxter
  • North Staffs Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WM John Daines
  • Oval Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Peter Heath
  • Pendle Ski Club NW Helen Ashworth
  • Ravens Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NE Lee Maitland
  • Sandown Park S/Race Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Sheila Cowan
  • Sharks Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. YSF Molly Gill
  • Ski Allenheads This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NE Carolyn Hawkes
  • Ski Art Performance Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Lucy Redmond
  • Ski Club of Manchester This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NW Alan Brown
  • Slalom Plus Ski Race Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SW Chris Gardner
  • Southampton Alpine Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SR Jenny Mulholland
  • Southampton Area Ski Assoc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SR Nigel Greenfield
  • Southern Ski Club for Disabled This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Pat Holt
  • Stoke Ski Racing Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WM Michael Streeton
  • Suffolk Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ER Paul Tinder
  • Suffolk Vikings This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ER Ms C Grainger
  • Surbiton H/School Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. L&SE Mrs Jacqueline Wilkey
  • Team Snowtrax (formerly Christchurch) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SR Dan McKrill
  • Telford Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WM Christopher Brown
  • The Snow Club ER Judy Reid
  • Tigers Ski Development Squad, www.tigersskiclubsunderland.co.uk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NE Niaill Whatmore
  • Torquay Alpine Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SW Nick Bruce
  • Tyneside Challenge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NE Jason White
  • Tyneside Loipers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NE Charlie Fisher
  • W.G.C. Race Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ER Karol Butrimas-Gair
  • W.Mids Sp. Olympic Group WM Keith Parish
  • Weardale Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NE Eileen Leatherland
  • Wessex Biathlon & Nordic Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SW Rupert Butcher
  • Western Counties Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SW Tony Pearson
  • Xscape Race Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ER Judith Wright
  • York Dales X-C Ski Club YSF Martin Appleby
  • York X-C Ski Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. YSF Richard Beaven
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PLANNING YOUR GROUP

Taking a group on a skiing trip is usually a lot of fun and by booking together there can be collective savings to be had. But to ensure your group ski holiday is as successful as it should be, it is worth thinking about all the aspects of your holiday before you book together. Groups should book as early as possible to ensure that there is sufficient accommodation available to take your group and so that you can all stay in the same accommodation, and so that all of the party are happy with where you are going. Firstly you should consider if you do really all want to spend a week up a mountain together. If one or more of your group isn't likely to stay positive throughout the trip, it may be worth politely dissuading them from participation, rather than allowing them to ruin the holiday for everyone.

Secondly you need to think about just how big you want your group to be. Unless you are just self selecting friends it can be that an advertisement at a work place or club generates dozens of potential group members. The discounts typically begin in low season for parties with at least eight members. We then operate a scale with savings that can be as good as the equivalent of one-in-every-four people in the group travelling free when a large group travels low season.

Use the search options on the left to find a Suitable Chalet Hotel or Apartment.


GROUP LEADER

You should also consider who is to be the group leader, usually having a couple of people drive through decisions that need to be taken, collect in money due for the ski holiday from all participants and so on, works well. But the leader(s) need to be smart, trust worthy, efficient and reliable. Next consider what kind of a group trip this is? Do you plan to ski together every day and party together every night? Or will you act as if you are a collection of separate skiers who just happen to be on the same plane and in the same resort together? Either approach can work, but it's good to be clear from the start what members of the group can expect, and to let them know how they are expected to participate, or not.


ABILITY LEVELS

Another point to think about is the ability level of the various members of your group. Although many groups contain skiers of a similar ability, all learning together or all experts together, there's no reason why groups shouldn't have mixed ability participants. But if groups contain mixed abilities from non-skiers to experts it is important to ensure nobody gets a raw deal. Beginners need to be in a resort with good facilities for them, non-skiers need lots to do off the slopes (unless they've said they're happy to put their feet up by the fire in the chalet and read a book) and experts need enough exciting terrain not to get bored. In fact perhaps half of all resorts we feature meet these diverse needs, so it isn't a great problem, just something to be careful about.


HOLIDAY DATES

A final point on group make up is that you need to decide how flexible everyone is on the date you want to travel. The more flexible the better for maximum discounts (see below), but it may be that some group members have restrictions on when they can travel, and it may be a juggling act and in some cases impossible to accommodate everyone's preferred dates, in which case a decision has to be made that favours the majority.

For this reason, to allow group members to budget as painlessly as possible and to maximise what we have available for your group, the sooner you get organised the better. Many operators now publish their brochures at the start of the preceding season, so you can plan and book as much as 16 months ahead in some cases. But first things first; once you've got your group right, it's time to think about when to go? Groups can travel any time, just like other skiers, but if you're trying to keep costs down you'll find the biggest discounts for groups are usually offered in the lowest season, when you might get two free places for every 12 people booking or four for 18 if you travel before Christmas week or in April after Easter.


DESTINATIONS

Of course if you travel at the extremes of the season you risk snow cover not being so great and not all of the area being open, and perhaps some facilities in resort closed too, so you need to decide as a group if that's a risk you're prepared to take for maximum savings. If you decide it is, the best thing to do is look for the most snow sure ski area that meets your criteria, depending on your group make up. It's probable that advanced skiers will suffer most at the ends of the season as it is typically the steepest runs that will close first.

Outside these 'cheapest' times, you are likely to get still quite good discounts through most of January (after New Year's week) and the last week of February and first half of March. Christmas, New Year and Easter - all busy times in fact, simply means that group discounts are there to be had, but they'll be less generous. The worst time of the season to get a good saving is the first half of February, the schools' half-term holiday period.


BORN2SKI TOP 10 GROUP RESORTS

Top 10 group ski resorts


TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION

In terms of accommodation the best group discounts are usually offered when you fill a catered chalet together, apartments also offer good value, hotel discounts are generally the least generous.

Discounts offered by Born2Ski usually take the form of a number of free places (the number increasing depending on the number in the group) and you can choose to share the savings on the free places as a discount for all in the group.

On ski holidays to North America the savings are more commonly provided as a percentage discount on the overall group booking cost, so that's another way to do it.

Sometimes we may be able to offer the option to change names of group members on your booking up to four weeks before departure (useful if anyone needs to drop out - but it's also wise to get insurance organised for all as soon as you book, to cover cancellations at short notice).


BORN2SKI The Group Ski Specialists

Call Mike our dedicated group ski specialist to discuss any of the above points with him, and he may find you a better deal than you expected was available.

Born2Ski will ensure the whole process goes smoothly and we can also be flexible on how your group discount is delivered - offering things like free lift tickets or private transfers instead of, or as part of, your savings. 

We can also offer great rates on ski rental in most resorts and recommend ski schools or specific instructors.

To arrange your group quote now, please complete the Group booking enquiry form below or call Mike on 0113 238 5624 (email mike@born2ski.com)

 

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To arrange your ski holiday quote quote now, please complete the booking enquiry form below or call Mike on 0113 238 5624 (email mike@born2ski.com)

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