Compulsory reading to do with ski* holidays organised by Peter Edge for 2011 All other money will be returned. Note that providers usually CHANGES TO SKI THE EDGE have a scale based system equating percentage returnable with the French Youth Hoslel Agency number of days before the start of the holiday that cancellation Peter Edge, trading as Ski the Edge, has retired from being the takes place. Here is a chart showing this for the youth hostels. I’ll British representative and booking agent of FUAJ (the French notify the persons staying in a hotel if it is different for them. Youth Hostel Association). As a consequence when the present membership of ABTOT (the Association of Bonded Travel More than 30 days before departure, loss of deposit. Organisers Trust), membership number 5072, expires on 30 th Between 30 and 8 days before departure 50% of the cost September 2010, membership of ABTOT together with included Between 7 days and 24 hours of departure 75% of the cost bonding will not be renewed. Less than 24 hours of departure & ‘no show’ 100% of the cost. Ski the Edge *A name change is possible if the new person is a ‘suitable The organisation called Ski the Edge, will cease to exist in the replacement’. Note that a difficulty could arise if the replacement way it has existed for about 14 years. The name Ski the Edge will wasn’t taking on the original persons pre-booked lessons and in be solely a casual term familiarised by usage. For instance Peter the case of Val Cenis, if a lift pass had already been purchased for Edge’s email address, firstname.lastname@example.org will stay the same the original person (because then it would have the wrong because people know it. person’s photograph on it). Holiday Status Currency Supplements and Fuel Supplements Any holiday organised by Peter Edge from now on will be a The holidays are priced at about 1.15€ = £1, 1.6CHF = £1 and private holiday for friends and acquaintances. They will not be diesel at about £1.20 per litre. As in previous years if there is a advertised to the general public. Peter Edge will be just the same significant* swing then Peter Edge reserves the right to charge a as any other individual organising a holiday on behalf of a group currency or fuel supplement. * I’ll define it as below 1.1€ = £1 or of friends or their own family. 1.6CHF = £1 (actual rate not bank to bank rates) and above 1.30 per litre for the price of diesel at one month before departure Repatriation and Financial Security NONE except for your deposit up until the membership of ABTOT’s expiry date. After that it is the same as giving your HEALTH and SAFETY holiday money to a friend to book your share for you. Note that Risk of injury holidays booked without transport have never had repatriation as Everybody must realise that there is a risk of injury associated a component of ABTOT membership with winter sports and you participate at your own risk. Website But please be aware also of dangers away from the slopes. The website www.skitheedge.co.uk will be altered but kept going There is a significant danger of falling, particularly due so as to maintain communication and information about your to ice outside, or due to wet floors in buildings or the holiday in a manner to which you have become accustomed. This wearing or carrying of winter sports equipment. is not intended to constitute advertising to the general public. The perils of getting cold are present both on and off the Links from ‘catchment’ websites such as those of the French slopes. The danger is particularly great for young people Youth Hostels and ABTOF will be removed. going out at night wearing insufficient clothing. Sadly deaths have occurred in recent years. ALL ABOUT BOOKING If you accept an invitation to go on the slopes with Peter Edge or Booking Form and deposit. Please fill in a booking form (signed any of the more frequent skiers or boarders you do so at your own by the lead named person) and send a deposit of £90 per person risk and peril. Any advice given by Peter Edge or anybody else by cheque payable to Peter Edge at Sandstones, Hornby Road, taking a lead role would not be qualified and would relate only to Wray, Lancaster LA2 8QN. Sorry no credit or debit cards but enjoyment and NOT to safety. Safety advice should be sought cash is OK. You will be sent a receipt/invoice within a few days. from the local ski school or ski patrol by you yourself (or in the case of minors your parents) particularly before going off-piste. Deadline for final payment January Special Final payment due 27th November 2010 Peter Edge, the youth hostels and hotels and the coach company Half Term Final payment due 27th November 2010 cannot be responsible for any risk of injury. You come on the holiday to take part in all aspects of it wholly at your own risk. Peter Edge reserves the right to transfer your holiday to somebody else if you don’t pay by the due date. On the coach When the coach is moving, you are allowed to leave your seat for Cancellation and name changes reasonable reasons but there is a risk of falling with consequent If you cancel all money will be returned if either you or Peter risk of injury to yourself and others and you do so wholly at your Edge come up with a suitable replacement*. A suitable own risk. Take particular care if near the driver and when replacement for an individual is one who can sleep in the same carrying hot drinks. When seated you should wear your seat belt. bed that you would have occupied. For couples, families or small In France this is a legal requirement. groups, suitable replacements are people who will occupy the same room as the cancelled persons. Belongings Any belongings that are with you on the holiday are you own If a suitable replacement is not forthcoming then you will just responsibility and Peter Edge, the coach drivers, the coach have to forfeit any money already paid out on your behalf to company, and the youth hostels, hotels or restaurants, cannot be providers (YH, hotel, ski school etc) that they won’t refund. held responsible for any loss. HOLIDAY DOCUMENTS POSSIBLE PROBLEMS Passports and Visas Transport delays and breakdown All persons must have their own passport valid to well beyond It goes without saying that transport cannot be 100% reliable. the end of the holiday, which must be taken with you on holiday. You are expected to put up with any delays caused by traffic, the Non EC passport holders may require a visa and you should weather, road conditions, mechanical breakdown, industrial check yourselves, in good time before the holiday, if this is action, or any other reason. If the delay is less than 12 hours then required. Peter Edge will not be responsible for the consequences any cost of easing the situation, eg extra meals or a hotel room of non-compliance. would have to be at your own expense. Peter Edge is no longer acting as a tour company and has no resources available for things European Health Card going wrong. Beyond a 12 hour delay it would be an issue All British, Swiss, Norwegian and EU residents booked on a Ski between you and your insurance company. If there is a complete the Edge holiday must obtain a European Health Card to take failure of a hired coach then alternative transport should be with you. Make sure it is up to date. provided by the coach company. One frequent problem is that the coach cannot make it to the door of the accommodation in which Insurance case you could be expected to carry your luggage the last few All persons must have holiday insurance that specifically covers hundred yards on foot. winter sports. It is your responsibility (or parents or temporary guardians in the case of persons under 18) to ensure you have Hotel or Hostel failure such insurance. If you have an annual insurance policy, check it Once a youth hostel (Morzine) had a fire just before half term. that it does cover winter sports. It is your responsibility to notify Fortunately I didn’t have a group booked in on that occasion. If a the insurers of your trip to activate your cover for winter sports if similar situation were to happen in our case then all I could do is this is a requirement of your annual policy and to notify them of cancel the holiday and send you your money back. We’d just any existing medical conditions. Peter Edge will accept no have to be grateful we weren’t in the fire ourselves or similar responsibility for the consequences that could follow from a event and accept the loss of our holiday. failure by you to comply with these notes relating to insurance. Remember to take your insurance details with you on the holiday. Final Considerations Nobody has ever spoilt anybody else’s holiday or undermined our Youth Hostel Membership Persons on a holiday staying in a good name by unreasonable behaviour on one of our coach trip youth hostel normally have to be members or become members. holidays so I hope this continues. Our holidays are covered by a YHA group membership so personal member is unnecessary. Quality control Please talk to me if anything is not quite right and I’ll try and Tickets resolve it. Fortunately you all know that the holidays are not There are no tickets for the coach. If not travelling with us on the expensive for a week’s skiing and so do not expect ‘posh’ service coach, remember to take with you any tickets, code numbers and or things to be too plush (unless you’ve paid extra for an boarding cards that have been issued for your holiday. upmarket hotel). Lift pass photographs *The term ski is used as a shorthand for all winter sports in all These are required in advance for Val Cenis. A reminder will be the literature about these holidays. sent to you as your holiday approaches. These notes were written by Peter Edge on 7th June 2010 to apply to the holidays he has organised for 2011. .