Booking Information - "open" Alps Ski Programs

Booking other trips

Non-private ski tours
Private ski tours
Chamonix off-piste
Trekking
Alps summer climbing
US climbing & skiing
Canada climbing & skiing
Expeditions

See also:

our calendar
contact us
ski programs overview
Alps ski advice

We offer a number of different ski trips with open participation. That is, folks sign up until the trip is full, usually with 6 or 8 skiers and the two of us guiding. This page is for booking these "open" trips.

If you have a group of friends and think you might be interested in a private ski touring program go to our Private Ski Trips booking page

For Chamonix based off-piste and day tours, go to our Chamonix off-piste booking page

 


Step 1

The first step in booking a ski trip with us is to contact us and find out if there is room in the trip you would like. You can also check our availability page to get a general idea, but you'll still need to check with us personally to confirm. Also, this is the time to ask any questions about the trip that have not been addressed on the web site. We're happy to answer whatever questions you might have.

The rate at which the trips book up vary from year to year. Some programs, particularly the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route, get completely booked more than 6 months in advance, but often there is space still available later. If you are looking for only 1 spot then this is easier to accommodate. If you have a group of friends with you, you should contact us as soon as you can.

If we are unable to accommodate you, we suggest you contact one of the guides on our Recommended Guides in the Alps page.

Step 2 Second, we need to confirm that your goals and skills are a good match for the trip. You'll need to look at the description of skills appropriate for the trip, and then we'll discuss how you match this description.
Step 3

Last, you'll need to fill out our registration form and return it to us, either by mail or electronically. See the link lower on this page.

Also, please fill out our online emergency contact and evacuation insurance form. See the link below.

To reserve your spot, we'll need a deposit of 500 Euros. The balance due date is 60 days prior to the start of the trip. If you are booking within the balance due date, full fees are required. See our cancellation and refund policies lower on this page.

We can accept payment by check, credit card or bank transfer. See our page on Payment Options to select the best payment method.

If you are booking only a short time before your trip, please contact us to determine the best way to make a payment. Sometimes we are not at home to receive your payment by check.

Please do not make payments until you have contacted us and confirmed that:

  • We can accommodate you on our schedule, and
  • We have agreed that the trip you are signing up for is a good match with your skills. This concern is especially important with the ski trips.
Step 4 We'll confirm your booking and discuss with you what additional trip information or advice you might need.

 

Download Registration Form

If you would like to download our PDF registration form, click on the link below. You will need to view this download with Adobe Acrobat Reader, also a free download.

2017 Open ski tours Registration Form


Fill in our online Emergency Contact Form

Please take a moment to fill in this online form. There is no hurry with this, but we'd like to have it before the start of your trip.

Emergency Contact and Evacuation Form


 

Payment and Cancellation Policies

Deposit & Payment Schedule

In order to secure your place in a program a deposit of 500 Euros is due at the time of registration. We cannot hold your place without this deposit. Phone reservations can be held for 6 days while we await your payment.

The balance of the trip fees is due 60 days prior to the starting day of the trip. This is the balance due date. For registration after the balance due date, full payment is due at the time of registration.

If full payment is not received by the balance due date and other arrangements are not made with us, we reserve the right to consider your registration canceled.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If you cancel your enrollment for any reason the following policy applies:

Cancellation occurring after the 60-day balance due date will result in a complete forfeiture of all payments and deposit. The only exception to this occurs when we have somebody waiting to take your place, in which case we will refund all payments and deposit.

If you cancel your enrollment before the 60-day balance due date you will receive a refund of all payments and deposit.

If we cancel a trip due to inadequate registration you will receive a full refund of all payments and your deposit. With the exception of our trip fees, we are not responsible for other expenses you might incur (such as non-refundable airline tickets or other travel and work arrangements) in the event that we cancel a trip.

Trip cancellation, Interruption & Emergency Evacuation Insurance

In order to protect yourself from the loss of non-refundable fees we strongly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance. This type of insurance will allow you to recover fees resulting from cancellation due to personal or family illness occurring before or during your program. Most types also allow you to recover non-refundable travel expenses in the event that we are forced to cancel due to inadequate registration.

Emergency evacuation insurance, often included with trip cancellation, covers the normally very high cost of evacuation from remote mountainous areas. We strongly recommend that participants on trips to South America and Asia purchase emergency evacuation insurance. Policies are available through your insurance or travel agents.