Booking group ski and snowboard holidays

Booking group ski and snowboard holidays

For a group holiday, skiing is an excellent choice.  Mixed ages and abilities, and even non skiers, can rub along well together, meeting up for lunch on the mountain or dinner in the chalet. Ski Total offers departures from Southampton to Chambery in France, and Geneva in Switzerland throughout the winter, giving access to a wide range of resorts to suit all abilities and budgets.

Booking a group holiday can be daunting but our colleagues at Ski Total are here to help:

As a group leader a lot of responsibility can fall on your shoulders, so here’s some things to consider when booking a group holiday:

What constitutes a group?

Many operators consider 10 as the minimum group size (with Ski Total you are classed as a group if you have 7 or more people).

Choosing a Tour Operator for your group booking

It is extremely important that you choose a Travel Agent or Tour Operator who are bonded by ABTA, this offers protection to the consumer in unforeseeable circumstances.

What is the role of a Group Leader?

A group leader takes on the responsibility of getting the group together, finding a suitable holiday, collecting deposits & balances. This may seem like a huge task, but there are often rewards on offer for your time such as free places, group discounts, lift passes and equipment offers.

Which property is suitable for groups?

A chalet or Chalet Hotel is a great option for any ski group, providing a warm and comfortable ‘home from home’ often with breakfast, afternoon tea, evening meals & complimentary wine included. This means you don’t have to worry about finding a restaurant every evening that will accommodate your group, you can just return to your chalet/ chalet hotel after a fun day of skiing and know it will all be taken care of for you.  Getting a party together to take a whole chalet to yourselves is many group’s favourite option, with chalets and chalet hotels sleeping from 6 to over 100 people.

Will you have transfers to your resort included on arrival?

Some companies will charge you extra for standard transfers, but certain group sizes will be rewarded with FREE private transfers, smaller groups can often pay a supplement to have the transfer coach all to themselves.

Will the operator put the accommodation you have chosen on hold for a period of time, so that you may get the group together and collect all the deposits etc?

There are a few operators who will expect you to confirm your group there and then, with deposits when you enquire about a group booking, but some will hold your chosen holiday from 48 hours to 7 days dependant on the size of your group, giving you time to round up the members of the group and collect all deposits.

What does the operator offer you in terms of group discounts?

Whether you are offered a group discount, or how much you are offered will depend on the size of your party. Many operators only offer you a group discount when you have 10 or more in your party.  Ski Total will offer you a group discount when your group is as small as 7 and on selected dates they will also offer 1 FREE place in 5; this for example, applies where your party of 10 may receive 2 free places.

Can you change names easily enough if a member of your group drops out close to departure?

As a group leader it can be testing if a member of the party needs to pull out close to departure.  Some companies will charge you to change names, which is an added expense you can do without. Ski Total understand this difficulty and will accommodate you by allowing name changes FREE of charge up to 4 weeks prior to departure on charter flights.

If you are thinking about organising a group ski holiday, Ski Total’s helpful Reservations Advisory team will give you all the assistance you require before you travel, with the knowledge and experience they have of booking group holidays, you can rest assured that your needs will be taken care of in a professional and helpful manner.

To book enquire or make a group booking call Ski Total on 01483 791 933 or visit the website www.skitotal.com