PACKAGE HOLIDAY BOOKING CONDITIONS
Ski Solutions Ltd, A member of ABTA
Where We Act as Agent
We will tell you if we are acting as an agent for all of, or components of your holiday. This information will be confirmed on the relevant pages of your booking confirmation which will say "we are acting as an agent for..." followed by the name of the company with whom you are entering into a contract. This company will often be the chalet accommodation provider. Your contract is with the company referred to on your booking confirmation and is subject to their terms and conditions. Where that company is Ski Solutions Ltd, the applicable conditions are set out below. Where the principal is another ATOL holder, or chalet operator, a copy of these terms and conditions can be obtained from us or the principal. Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions also apply to your booking. In the event of any difference between the principal’s terms and conditions and these booking conditions, the principal’s conditions will apply in respect of that difference.
Where Your Contract is with Us
1. Your holiday contract
When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so.
2. Your financial protection
We provide full financial protection for our package holidays.
1. For flight-based holidays this is through our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 4055.
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.
We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).”
If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
2. When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection is provided by way of a bond held by ABTA.
We are a Member of ABTA, membership number C6711. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract. The scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for costs. The upper limit on claims is £5,000 per person and £25,000 per booking form. The scheme doesn’t apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. It can however deal with claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your request for arbitration must be received by ABTA within eighteen months of the date of return from holiday. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA Mediation Procedure and we have the option to agree to mediation. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on the ABTA website.
4. Your Holiday Price
a) We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.
b) When you make your booking you must pay a deposit. The amount of deposit due will be confirmed at the time of booking. The balance of the price of your travel arrangements must be paid at least 12 weeks before your departure date. If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we shall cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time we shall retain your deposit.
Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must do so within 14 days from the date printed on your final invoice. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.
5. If You Change Your Booking
If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking . You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £25 per person and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements (e.g. Scheduled Flights) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.
6. If You Cancel Your Holiday
You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation charges as follows:
Period before departure in which you notify us
More than 84 days
Within 84 days
Within 42 days
Within 28 days
35% of holiday cost
80% of holiday cost
100% of holiday cost
Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.
Note: Certain travel arrangements (e.g. Scheduled Flights) may not be able to be cancelled after a reservation has been made and any cancellation request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements irrespective of when it is made.
7. If We Change or Cancel Your Holiday
As we plan your holiday arrangements many months in advance we may occasionally have to make changes or cancel your booking and we reserve the right to do so at any time.
Changes If we make a major change to your holiday, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In some cases we will also pay compensation (see below). These options don’t apply for minor changes. Examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same or higher standard, changes of carriers. Please note that carriers such as airlines may be subject to change.
Cancellation We will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 10 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. We may cancel your holiday before this date if, e.g., the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached. If your holiday is cancelled you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value).In some cases we will pay compensation.
If we cancel or make a major change we will pay compensation as detailed below except where the major change or cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure. The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.
IF WE CANCEL OR MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE TO YOUR HOLIDAY
Period before departure in which we notify you
More than 70 days
More than 28 days
More than 14 days
Less than 14 days
Amount you will receive from us
£15 per person
£25 per person
£30 per person
Force Majeure We will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, epidemics and pandemics, unavoidable technical problems with transport.
8. If You Have A Complaint
If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our Customer Services Department giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Please keep your letter concise and to the point. It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the supplier of the services without delay and complete a report form whilst in resort. If you fail to follow this simple procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were in resort and this may affect your rights under this contract. Please also see clause 3 above on ABTA.
9. Our Liability to You
If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of 2 times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to:
(a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and
(b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions.
You can ask for copies of the transport companies' contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in clause 7. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted.
NB: This clause does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter into for excursions or activities whilst on holiday.
If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the service listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
10. Prompt assistance in resort
If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances.
11. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements.
12. Ski Packs and Excursions
We offer the facility to book ski packs (lift passes, equipment or tuition) and excursions in advance of your arrival in resort. In doing so we act solely as an agent on behalf of the providers of these services. We have no control over the service provided and have no liability for the act(s) or omissions of any of the service providers.
All the information in this section along with the descriptions of our ski pack elements form the basis of your agreement with the service providers. All the information on the elements of the services (such as ski packs) has been provided by the service providers themselves and we cannot accept any liability for errors on their part.
The service providers agree that these conditions are the basis of your agreement with them. All service providers reserve the right to revise elements of these conditions as necessary and we will notify you, on their behalf, of any such amendments. The contract between you and the service provider is governed by the law of the country where the service is performed.
When you book any ski pack or excursion element, we will on behalf of the service provider, issue a written confirmation to you usually by email. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check your emails regularly. This written confirmation signifies that the service provider has entered into a contract with you that are subject to both these terms and conditions and those of the service provider. Any monies paid to us have been taken on behalf of the service provider. All service providers reserve the right to refuse any booking or to alter when operationally necessary their provision (for example but not limited to an alteration to the area covered by a lift pass). This is entirely beyond our control and in this instance service providers will have no further liability to you.
Changes and cancellations
Should you wish to cancel a pre-booked ski pack element, please be aware that in most instances cancellation fees are levied by the service providers and generally refunds of pre-booked items are not made. As these vary depending on the departure date please ask our office or the service provider for details. Changes to bookings may not always be possible and may incur amendment fees. The service providers will try to ensure that once confirmed your booking is not changed or cancelled. However, as these details are prepared many months in advance of the start of the ski season, occasionally changes may occur. We are not liable for these changes. Where a service provider is forced to cancel a booking they will endeavour to offer an alternative and, if accepted, any monies paid will be credited to this revised service.
Ski Pack Insurance
It is essential that your insurance covers you for hired equipment. Many service providers offer top-up insurance and we recommend you take this. Details of this will be displayed in the shop and we recommend you read this.
Children’s skis, boots and helmets: Children’s prices usually apply to children up to 1.5m in height with shoe size up to 36. Where we specify a child’s age for equipment, this applies as long as the child’s height and size of shoe do not exceed the specifications set by the provider. We strongly recommend helmets are worn. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you must in the very first instance contact the service provider. This ensures that they have the opportunity there and then to understand the nature of your concerns and to respond accordingly. Failure to register any issues with the service provider means they will have been robbed of the opportunity to rectify the situation and they will be unlikely to accept any claims thereafter. Where you have been unable to rectify the situation with the service provider our UK team may be able to assist. We will try to help resolve any dissatisfaction on a goodwill basis and without any responsibility for any claims or complaints.