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Practical Information

Useful info to help you prepare for your trip

YOUR HOLIDAY DETAILS

Once you have made your holiday reservation, please log in to our online portal to check the details of your trip and make sure everything is as it should be. If anything is incorrect, please let us know straightaway so any necessary changes can be made as soon as possible.

The online portal will also allow you to take control of your booking and manage passenger details, add details of any specific dietary requirements and any extras required for your trip, as well as make payments.

It is important that we have all passenger names and dates of birth at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

Please also let us know if anyone in your group has any specific dietary requirements (allergies/intolerances).

PAYING THE BALANCE

Balance payments must be made no later than 10 weeks prior to departure.

Please pay your balance by online bank transfer to our company account:

        Account name:  Ski Miquel

        Sort code:  01-05-31

        Account no:  02820617

Include your booking reference and your name as a reference on the payment.

Please also send an email to ski@skimiquel.co.uk to let us know you have paid.

If you are not the person who has arranged the holiday with us, please ask your party leader to confirm the amount you need to pay.

The booking reference can be found in the top-right corner of the invoice. If you don't have access to the invoice, please ask your party leader to provide you with the booking reference.

You can also pay by card if you prefer. However, please note we incur service charges on all card transactions, which we would ideally prefer not to pay so we can continue to keep our holiday prices as low as possible.

Please also be assured that our ATOL (1694) gives you financial protection in the unlikely event of company failure.

For further information, please see our terms & conditions.

PISTE MAPS

A piste map can be found under ‘Ski Info & Extras’ on each of our resort pages:

Bad Gastein

Baqueira

Lauterbrunnen

Montgenevre

Saalbach

Serre Chevalier

LIFT PASSES & EQUIPMENT RENTAL

We would recommend that you purchase any lift passes and/or equipment rental through us prior to departure, as it will guarantee our published prices and should give you a discount on the public rates, and it will also help to ensure smooth and efficient delivery in resort.

You can find our extras prices here:  https://www.skimiquel.co.uk/information-pages/extras-prices/

Please note, due to supplier demand, it is no longer possible to purchase these items on the coach transfer.

For Baqueira, lift passes and equipment rental need to be booked at least 2 weeks prior to departure. For all our other resorts, they need to be booked at least a week before departure.

Please note that when selling ski pack items we are doing so as an agent/supplier and not as a principal.

Please also note that any ski pack items purchased in advance are non-refundable, so in the event of illness or injury you would need to make a claim to your insurers for any unused lift pass or rented equipment.

Any lift passes purchased through Ski Miquel will not automatically include any insurance and we would recommend that you arrange your own travel and medical insurance policy prior to departure, which should also include winter sports cover. If you have not already arranged a suitable policy then please visit the Travel Insurance page on our website.

SKI CARRIAGE

Payment for ski carriage is now being rigorously enforced by the airlines, so if you are taking your own equipment with you then we would recommend that you add ski carriage onto your booking, as airlines may refuse carriage of skis or snowboards that have not been pre-booked.

Please note that ski carriage is limited on some flights, so may not always be possible. There is also a weight limit, so please check this.

Also note that if ski carriage is not pre-booked then you are likely to incur penalty charges imposed by the airlines at the airport.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES

Information on baggage allowances for our ski flights can be found here:  https://www.skimiquel.co.uk/information-pages/baggage-allowances

Please note the airlines will have certain requirements if you wish to take an avalanche rescue backpack onboard with you on the flights, so please contact us if you require further information about this.

SKI & SNOWBOARD LESSONS

Please book ski/snowboard lessons directly with the local ski school in your destination resort, ideally prior to departure.

These are the websites for the local ski schools that we would recommend in each of our resorts:

Bad Gastein

www.skischule-badgastein.at/en

Baqueira

www.bbskischool.co.uk

www.deportesjmoga.com/en/skiing-classes

Lauterbrunnen

www.skiwengen.ch/en

Montgenèvre

www.ski-school-montgenevre.co.uk

Saalbach

www.skischule-saalbach.at/en

Serre Chevalier

www.oxygene.ski/serre-chevalier-ski-school

www.serre-chevalier-ski-school.co.uk

TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you require travel insurance, please see this page on our website:  https://www.skimiquel.co.uk/information-pages/travel-insurance

Or please follow this link to obtain a quote directly from MPI Brokershttps://retail.mpibrokers.com/ski-miquel

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Please ensure all members of your group are able to comply with the entry requirements for your destination country/countries prior to departure. The best source of information for this is the Foreign Office travel advice on the UK government website.

For further information regarding entry requirements, etc, please see the dedicated Travel Information page on our website.

YOUR OUTWARD JOURNEY

Please note we do not issue tickets or boarding passes and you will not normally be required to check in online, unless you are advised otherwise - Simply check in at the airport with your passport and you will then be allocated your seats and given your boarding passes.

Upon arrival at your departure airport (Gatwick or Manchester), please introduce yourself to our airport rep near the check-in desk so they know you are there, and they will be able to help you at check-in, if required.

Upon arrival at your destination airport, and after you have collected your luggage, you will be met by our Resort Manager in the Arrivals hall. Please introduce yourself to our Resort Manager and you will then be directed to the transfer coach. Please make sure you get on the correct coach!

Skis and snowboards are sometimes delivered outside the normal baggage reclaim area. Please note you are personally responsible for ensuring all your baggage has been put onto the correct coach. If your luggage does not appear in the baggage reclaim area, please let our Resort Manager know and they will be able to assist you so that your luggage can be traced.

Please note we operate shared transfers to and from our resorts. Whilst we try to ensure that flights from different airports arrive and depart at similar times, you may have a wait time at the airport, either after landing on the outbound journey, or on the return journey.

The coach transfer will usually take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, depending upon the distance from the arrival airport to your destination resort. The coach will not normally stop on the journey, and please note that consumption of alcohol is not permitted on the coach.

Information about your destination resort will be provided by our Resort Manager on the transfer coach. Rental equipment will usually be collected on the afternoon of arrival in resort, or early the following morning if the transfer should happen to be delayed for any reason.

OUR CHALET-HOTELS

The ambience in our chalet-hotels is very informal, and the help and co-operation of all our guests will contribute towards a good atmosphere and a great holiday for everyone.

Bath towels and hand towels are provided in all our chalet-hotels, but please note that hairdryers are not provided.

Our staff will normally make the beds and clean the rooms at least once during the week, and we simply request that our guests tidy their own rooms to facilitate this.

Wi-Fi is provided in the lounge area of all our chalet-hotels. Please be aware that this can sometimes be intermittent, depending on usage.

Mealtimes are normally as follows:  Breakfast 8 - 9am / After-ski tea 4:30 - 5:30pm / Canapés 7pm / Dinner 7:30pm

Breakfast is normally a 'continental' style breakfast buffet, which includes bread, cereals, fruits, yoghurts, ham, cheese, juices, tea and coffee. We also offer a hot option, which is usually one form of eggs (scrambled, poached, fried or boiled), pancakes or porridge, and which varies each morning. Please note that we don't usually offer pastries or a full cooked breakfast.

Our guests eat together in the evenings, usually meeting in the bar first to enjoy canapés and an aperitif. A bar service is available to our guests before and after dinner each evening, except on the staff day off. Please note that locally purchased drinks must not be consumed in the bar.

The evening meal will be a set menu consisting of 3 courses, which will be put up on a board in the morning so you know what you will be eating that evening. We also serve a cheese course at the end of each meal. If you have any specific dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, or any allergies/intolerances) then please let us know as soon as possible so we can make a note on your booking and advise our chef in advance.

Complimentary wine is served with the evening meal and will be made available during dinner service, up until the final cheese course is served, at which point glasses will be topped up before the bottles/carafes are taken away from the table. After dinner, all wine glasses and bottles/carafes must be left at the dining table and must not be taken into the lounge or seating areas.

Please note that tea and coffee is normally only served during breakfast and afternoon tea.

The chalet staff will have one day off in the middle of the week. Only breakfast will be served on the staff day off, and a meal out for that evening can be arranged at a local restaurant nearby.

You may be asked to pay a refundable deposit for your room key, and please note that a charge will be made if you should happen to lose your key.

Please note that, due to government regulations, no smoking (or vaping) is permitted in any of our chalet-hotels.

If there is anything that you are not happy with during your stay, please ensure that you inform our Resort Manager straightaway, as this will help us to resolve the issue as soon as we are able to.

THE RESORT

Our Resort Manager will usually arrange a welcome meeting on the first evening, when they will provide you with various information about your destination resort. They will also be able to let you know the location of various amenities and services, including the following:

  • Equipment rental shop
  • Lift pass office
  • Ski storage facilities
  • Ski school meeting points
  • Medical centre
  • Pharmacy
  • Banks and/or cash points
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Post office
  • Valley bus services

SKI HOSTING

Our ski hosting programme is for any guest of any age – All we ask is that any participants must be able to ski a blue run well and a red run comfortably. We cannot host a skier who is not competent, as the safety of our guests is our utmost priority.

We do not offer any instruction, so our ski hosting programme is not meant to be a substitute for ski school. We will usually have a steady group and a faster group, depending on numbers, and our ski host will tailor the day to the group's ability and the best snow.

Our ski hosting groups meet after breakfast, at around 9am. A morning break is normally planned into the route for around 11am, and both groups will tend to head for the same mountain hut so you can meet up with your friends, and in case you might wish to swap groups. A lunch stop is usually planned for around 1pm, and our ski hosts will endeavour to reserve a table in a mountain hut that will offer you good value and service.

Please note that our ski hosting is all on-piste and we do not provide any guided off-piste skiing.

You can find further information about our ski hosting programme here:  https://www.skimiquel.co.uk/service/we-ski-with-you/

RETURNING HOME

Rented ski/snowboard equipment must be returned to the rental shop before 6pm on the day before you return home. Any loss or significant damage will be charged for by the shop, so please ensure you take good care of your rented equipment.

You must check the return journey details with our Resort Manager on the day before departure. Please be ready at the specified time, as we will not be able to wait. If you should happen to miss the transfer, you will need to organise your own transport back to the airport. Please note there is always the possibility that the scheduled departure time from resort may need to be brought forward in the event of heavy weather or traffic.

For guests staying in one of our partner hotels, every effort will be made to contact you, but please note it is not always possible to speak directly with all of our guests, so it is essential that you confirm with the hotel reception that there is no change to the return transfer departure time.

Guests are fully responsible for any loss or damage caused in our properties, or any loss or damage caused to ski/snowboard equipment.

Please ensure all members of your group are able to comply with the entry requirements for returning to the UK. The best source of information for this is the Foreign Office travel advice on the UK government website.

For further information regarding entry requirements, etc, please see the dedicated Travel Information page on our website.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Please join us on Facebook (@SkiMiquelHolidays) to keep up to date on our latest news, and please remember to like our page!

You can also follow us on Instagram (@SkiMiquelHolidays) and we would encourage you to share your photos and videos from your holiday.

Please also visit our YouTube channel where you can find videos of all our resorts.

Additional information can be found on our FAQs page and if you have any further queries then please feel free to call us on 01457 821200