BOOKING CONDITIONS

 

1. GENERAL

Except where otherwise specified, ALS Private Ltd (“ALS” "ALS Ski" “we” or “us”) act solely as an agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. These booking conditions, together with any other written information we brought to your attention before we confirmed your booking, form the basis of your contract with ALS Private Ltd – trading as “ALS Ski” of 1st Floor, 39 Thurloe Place, London SW7 2HP (Company Reg No: 0873 6039). Please read these terms and conditions carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. In these Terms and Conditions, references to “you” and “your” include the first named person on the confirmation of the invoice and all persons on whose behalf the booking is made.

 

2. LIABILITY

ALS accepts no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“arrangements”) or for the acts or omissions of any providers(s) of arrangements or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with the arrangements. Except where otherwise specified, your contract will be with the provider of the arrangements (“The provider(s)”) The terms and conditions of the provider(s) of your confirmed arrangements will apply to your booking. These terms and conditions may limit and/or exclude the provider’s liability to you. Copies of these terms and conditions are available on request from ALS.

 

3. BOOKING, PAYMENT & DEPOSITS

In order to confirm your chosen arrangements, you must usually pay a deposit as required by the provider of the arrangements in question (or full payment if within the given time as required by the provider). You must also pay all applicable insurance premiums, booking fees and credit/debit charges. Unless otherwise specified, a deposit of fifty percent (50%) of your total booking spend must be paid by bank transfer when making the booking with the balance due 12 weeks (84 days before departure) Your booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the provider(s) of the arrangements in question will exist when the appropriate payment has been made and either the provider issues its confirmation (which ALS will send to you as soon as we receive it); or we issue an invoice on behalf the provider concerned. In each case we will send you (by email) a payment receipt for all monies you pay to us.

 

4. PRICES

As prices are fixed by the relevant provider and are subject to change, ALS reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices and other website information. We endeavour to ensure that all the information and prices we advertise are accurate, however occasionally changes and errors occur and we reserve the right to correct prices and other details. You must therefore check the current price and all other details relating to the arrangements that you wish to book before your booking is confirmed. On occasion, a small tourist tax may also be payable directly to the provider in resort. Exclusive offers, price reductions or value added inclusions, which cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount (unless otherwise stated), are subject to availability and may change or be withdrawn at any time without notice. Such offers will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking and cannot be applied to bookings made previously. Any offers such as lift pass or free group places have to be confirmed at time of booking. These offers cannot be applied following a booking.

 

5. FEES

Except where otherwise specified, ALS’s fees are structured as follows:

 Arrangement / Concierge Fee:

£250 per person

5% of total spend 

4% of total spend

10% of total spend

Type of arrangement:

Bookings of up to £50,000

Bookings of more than £50,000

Bookings of more than £1m

Events and Corporate bookings

 

6. TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition that you and your party obtain suitable Travel Insurance, from a reputable provider. Such insurance should ensure that you are fully covered against unexpected cancellation charges, medical expenses arising abroad, loss of luggage or money, personal liability claims and any hazardous activities you may be engaging in whilst away, which must at least include the following:   

  • Emergency Medical Expenses including, amongst other costs; ambulance charges and repatriation
  • Cancellation of your trip or Curtailment cutting short your trip
  • Personal Liability to include, amongst other liabilities; damage caused by your (or your party’s) negligence to the property in which you are staying and may not include a clause which restricts actions being taken against a travelling companion other than family and must include contractual liability of the party leader for the actions of his party     
  • Travel and transfer delays which must include amongst other costs; additional costs incurred in the event of a delay
  • The policy must include the activities you are likely to do and in particular skiing and snowboarding on and off piste, with or without a guide – you can ski off piste unintentionally and some wintersports policies will reject claims if the incident is slightly off piste.
  • The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and may not have a clause allowing the insurer to cancel the policy nor vary the terms usually following medical reasons unless there has been individual underwriting with specific terms. 

Note: There are of course other sections to a Travel Insurance policy such as Baggage, Legal Expenses, Personal Accident and so on

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are adequately covered prior to travel. In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term. 

The policy posted on our website is available from MPI Brokers and satisfies these conditions: https://retail.mpibrokers.com/alsprivate 

 

7. SPECIAL REQUESTS

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will endeavour to pass on all such requests to the provider; however we cannot guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

8. CHANGING OR CANCELLING YOUR BOOKING

If you wish to cancel or alter your booking once it has been confirmed by us, it must be done in writing, by email or post, by the person who made the original booking. Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the provider of the arrangements. The provider may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure).We shall try to satisfy your requirements and may make an administration charge not exceeding £40 per person (plus any additional costs). You will be notified of the exact charges at the time of amendment or cancellation and it is recommended that you contact us prior to amendment or cancellation in order to confirm changes applicable. Unless otherwise specified by the provider, you will incur cancellation charges according to the following scale:

Cancellation charges:

Deposit (50%)

75%

100%

No. of days before departure:

More than 56 days (8 weeks)

29 - 55 days

1 - 28 days


If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of an insurance policy you may be able to reclaim these charges.

 

9. ALTERATIONS BY THE PROVIDER

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the provider our ourselves needs to make a significant change to your confirmed arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the provider in relation to any alternative arrangements offered by the provider, but we will have no further liability to you.

 

10. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Your contract is with the provider and its booking conditions will apply. As agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the arrangements. Our responsibilities are limited to making the booking in accordance with your instructions. We accept no responsibility for any information about the arrangements that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

Except where otherwise expressly stated, we cannot accept liability or pay compensation where the performance of our obligations to you are affected or prevented as a result of ‘force majeure’. In these booking conditions, ‘force majeure’ means any event, which either ourselves or the provider of the service in question could not foresee or avoid, even with due care and consideration. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside of our control

 

11. VISA, PASSPORT AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

a) 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.


b) EU Nationals are advised to hold a full passport valid for the duration of the holiday and for at least six months after the journey home. Please note that all children including infants require their own passports. Neither vaccinations nor visas are currently required to enter either France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, America or Canada. However, pregnant mothers are advised to obtain clearance to fly both from their doctor and airline if their pregnancy will exceed 28 weeks on the date of their return travel.


c) Visa’s can take several weeks to obtain. Please contact the following embassies for further information:
Austrian Embassy: +44 (0) 20 7344 3250 French Embassy: +44 (0) 20 7073 1250 Swiss Embassy: +44 (0) 20 7616 6000

 

12. COMPLAINTS

Because the contract for your arrangements is between you and the provider, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. If you have a problem whilst on holiday, this must be reported to the provider immediately. If you fail to follow this procedure, there will be less opportunity for the provider to investigate and rectify your complaint. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to may therefore be reduced or extinguished as a result. If you wish to complain when you return home, please write directly to the provider. You will see their name and contact details in any confirmation documents we send you.

 

13. PROTECTION

Some of the providers that we act for offer financial protection for your monies. This may mean that, if in the unlikely event of their insolvency your accommodation can’t be provided, you may receive your money back or, if your stay has started, arrangements may be made for you to be able to continue as planned. Not all providers offer such protection. You should check each provider’s booking conditions for details.

 

14. LAW AND JURISDICTION

When you book your holiday with ALS, you are entering into a binding agreement. The booking conditions and any important information and prices list form part of the agreement. Your agreement with us is made on these terms and is governed by English Law and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. Our contract shall be deemed to have been made at the offices of ALS Private Limited

 

15. ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

As we sell holiday arrangements on behalf of the providers concerned, all property descriptions are provided by

them. The provider will change their property descriptions from time to time and we strive to keep our site updated using the latest description. This, however, cannot be guaranteed and regrettably errors do occasionally occur. Because we only use the information provided by the provider, we have no responsibility for the accuracy of this information or errors in any documentation, except where those errors were made by ourselves. Property descriptions can be updated at any time – you must therefore check all details of your arrangements with us prior to booking.

Any images used in our advertising have been provided by the provider and should be used for illustrative purposes only; we strive to keep the images as up to date as possible, but they may not be an exact representation of the accommodation due to recent refurbishments or re-designs. For accurate information regarding chalet facilities, layout or decor you must speak to one of our travel consultants.

 

16. CONCIERGE SERVICES

ALS offer concierge services to all clients inclusive in our fees. These may include, but are not limited to, organizing or arranging ski instructors, nannies, private chefs, housekeepers, masseurs, ski passes, equipment rental, tours, events, restaurants, heli-skiing or private transport. Where we make suggestions for such services, we are not agreeing to provide them for you or even act as your agent or an agent of the provider of those arrangements by booking them. We recommend these services only and have no contractual responsibility for them. Any additional services may need to be booked by you, directly with the provider concerned and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the providers of those arrangements in booking them. Whilst we endeavor to suggest the most appropriate provider to provide the services you request, we can in no way guarantee the standard and quality of the services they provide. Any complaints relating to such services must be addressed to the provider directly.

 

17. TRANSPORT

a) Unless included in your booking with the provider, It is your responsibility to make your group’s flight and transfer arrangements. Please inform us of your own flight arrangements at least four weeks prior to departure, requesting any transfers if applicable.


b) We cannot accept liability or pay any compensation if you miss any flight(s) or transfer(s), or if they are delayed for any reason.


c) We cannot accept liability if you mislay or destroy travel documents, and no credit or refund will be given if you fail to take up a component of your holiday as a result.


d) For arrangements that will include air travel we will either provide you with a package which has been arranged by an ATOL holder for which we act as appointed agent, or will direct you to a recommended ATOL holder for you to make your flight bookings directly with that ATOL holder.

 

18. SECURITY AND DAMAGE DEPOSIT

If requested by the provider, a security deposit is payable to the provider at the time of final payment. This money is held by the provider during your stay and will be refunded in accordance with the provider’s terms and conditions.


HOW TO BOOK

Send a cheque or proof of bank transfer of your deposit of 50% of your total booking spend. If you are booking within 12 weeks of departure full payment should accompany your booking. On receipt of your deposit/full payment we will send you within 7 days a confirmation invoice verifying your holiday and payment details. It is then that a binding contract exists between us. The invoice will show any outstanding balance and due date for any remaining payment. The balance due must be paid to us no later than 12 weeks before departure. If you do not pay the balance by the due date we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled and cancellation charges will apply. All arrangements and offers are subject to availability at the time of booking. All relevant travel documents will be sent to you about 2 weeks in advance of departure.