General Information

Our Ratings

We have rated 4 categories in each resort in order to assist a group leader in choosing their destination and accommodation.

Accommodation, ski slopes, village life and après-ski

Ratings, are only our opinion through research from group feedback, inspections and our perception of our clients’ requirements. It is here purely to assist groups and we will not be held liable for differences of opinion with regards to any ratings given.

Accommodation

A mixture of standard, location, in house après-ski and personal touch have all been taken into account. Please note this does NOT offer a star rating and only offers our overall point of view.

Ski Slopes

Ski slope grading is broken down into the categories of Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced skiers.

Village Life

Village life is determined by distance to a village centre, size of village and how easy it is to get there from your accommodation.

Après-ski

The number and quality of après ski activities in close proximity to your hotel.

Doorstep Skiing


Hotel beside a lift which connects you to the full ski area
available.

Hotel beside a lift which connects you to a portion of the area from which you can ski. This means that there are further ski slopes available to you, however they are not interconnected with the lift outside your door. A ski bus will transport you to these areas, which your lift pass entitles you to ski. (Lift passes may have to be upgraded to use different areas).

Hotel although not directly on the slope can be reached easily by foot.

How to Organise Your Ski Trip

Step 1: When To Go
  • Decide when you wish to go and consult your Principal about the dates.
  • Contact our Sales Team to check availability & price.
Step 2:  Quotation
  • Receive a Quotation from us with all the details of your Tour.
  • Distribute a letter to the students with a deadline to confirm their place.
  • Set up a meeting to collect deposits & names.
Step 3:  Deposit & Names
  • Collect the 1st deposit £120/€150 (Europe) and £150/€200 (USA and Canada) per student & names as per passport. Distribute saving cards to each student (if needed). Set up a deadline for 2nd deposit.
Step 4:  Confirm Your Tour
  • Send the 1st deposits per person travelling + the signed Booking Form + names as per passports to Topflight for Schools. YOUR SKI TOUR IS NOW CONFIRMED!
Step 5:  2nd Deposit
  • Collect the 2nd deposit £120/€150 (Europe) and £150/€200 (USA and Canada) per student.
  • Send the 2nd deposit per person travelling, to Topflight for Schools by Friday 15th May 2016.
Step 6:  Full Balance
  • Advise if you wish to avail of any extras (lunches, extra lessons, snowboarders, single rooms etc.);
  • Following receipt of a detailed invoice (in early Sept), the final balance is payable 10 weeks prior to departure.

Safety First!

Safety is of paramount importance for all our ski school tours and all of our Suppliers complete a fully comprehensive Risk Assessment Form. We supply helmets free of charge to all clients 18 years and under, and their use is compulsory. We use only fully registered and official ski schools, lift pass companies etc.

Skiing & Snowboarding are exhilarating and exciting activities and give a great sense of achievement with each progression.  Through experience, having organised many ski trips, we recognise that implementing just a few small safety practices, can make a big difference.

Helmets

Safety is our priority at Topflight for Schools. It is compulsory for all students 18 years and under to wear a ski helmet and we provide these free of charge in all resorts. This offers vital additional protection to your students.

Ski Instruction

Morning and afternoon ski lessons are recommended to all groups. Some have this already added to their basic tour cost. For those that don’t we ask you to seriously consider taking afternoon lessons as it offers students the best chance to learn in a controlled, safe and professional environment. Most sessions are of 2hrs duration (Norway 1hr 30mins) and include teacher to pupil ratio of between 11-13 per class.

Free Skiing

We strongly recommend that if students are skiing while not in lessons, they are supervised by Group Leaders. Alternatively, Group Leaders need to know on which slopes students are skiing, and also know in which area they are skiing (must be of a similar or easier level to that skied on previously with one of their instructors). This is to ensure that students do not stray off recognised slopes on to blacks, mogul fields or off piste. We strongly discourage free skiing by students not under the supervision of a Group Leader, ski instructor or ski guide.

Click to read the 10 FIS Rules of Conduct on the slopes

Transportation

All coach, air and sea transportation provided as part of a tour, complies with required regulations by the appropriate regulatory body.

Accommodation

Each of our featured hotels completes a very comprehensive Risk Assessment Form confirming that all required safety standards have been met.

A room breakdown will generally be available approximately 2 weeks prior to departure. Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms up to a maximum of 4/5 unless staying in exceptionally large rooms, apartments or cabins where more can sleep comfortably. Accompanying adults will generally be accommodated in twins & triples (Norwegian cabins 4-6). The supplement for a single room is from e105 (subject to availability)

Ski Equipment & Ski School

All ski hire equipment providers follow international standards regarding age/height/weight/ability and equipment is of a high standard. All ski schools are registered as official ski schools, and all instructors hold the required qualification.

If not already included in your package, to minimise the risk of injury from ‘free skiing’ we recommend that groups avail of 4 hour ski lessons. Most Austrian resorts offer an instructor for 4 hours each day. Therefore groups only taking 2 hours ski lessons may have to split, with one half of the group having morning lessons and the other afternoon lessons. For groups taking 4 hours in Austria timings are generally excellent as an instructor is allocated only to that group.  The local ski school will confirm lesson times generally prior to a group’s arrival in resort. They may alter these from time to time during the course of the week. Topflight for Schools will be happy to request preferred timings for a group, however the ski school will have the final decision. Group sizes will generally consist of 11-13 people per instructor. A minimum group size of 11 snowboarders of similar level is required in order to dedicate an instructor to a snowboarding group. Smaller groups will incur a supplement, in addition to supplement shown.

Insurance

Topflight for Schools automatically includes fully comprehensive Travel Insurance in the Tour cost. Our Insurers are Worldwide Insurance. The insurance covers the usual loss or theft of money or personal belongings, departure delays etc. More importantly it covers any medical expenses incurred during your tour (excluding policy excess) subject to policy terms, conditions and Healthcheck criteria. Full policy document available online or from your Topflight Rep. Private hospitals will incur a further charge. Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for further information. Please study your Insurance booklet for full details.

Après-Ski Programmes

Topflight Ski for Schools can tailor make an Après-Ski programme or advise on what is available for your group. Après-ski activities may include some of the following: Ice skating, swimming, bowling, tobogganing, discos, video game halls, karaoke, indoor sports and cinemas. A visit to an ice hockey or football match can also be organised from time to time.

Tour Managers

A Topflight Ski for Schools representative will be on hand to help with any situations which may arise during the course of the week.  They will assist with your hotel check in, ski/boot hire, après-ski activities and the general organisation of your ski tour to ensure its smooth running.

*Small groups travelling to a destination not featured on this website may not receive this service – please check on booking your tour.

Group Leader Assistance

Topflight for Schools offers assistance through our experienced staff who are available to support Group Leaders before departure and also through our local Representatives who assist the groups. From your departure at the airport and throughout the duration of your tour, you will have our complete support and guidance.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding has become so popular that many resorts cater fully for snowboarders by having ‘snowboard streets’. These are areas specifically for boarders which include half-pipes and jumps. Snowboarding is more expensive than skiing, mainly due to the cost of the equipment rental and higher tuition fees. For tuition purposes we require a minimum group size of 11, all at a similar level in order to dedicate an instructor to a snowboarding group.

Feel Secure:

Topflight for Schools is a fully bonded travel company.

Republic of Ireland

If travelling from the Republic of Ireland, your holiday is licenced by the Commission for Avation Regulation, Ireland under TA Licence No. 0532

United Kingdom

If travelling from the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), your holiday is protected under ATOL Licence No. 10960

 

Topflight for Schools will always work within the guidelines laid down by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, regarding travel within Europe and worldwide.