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Frequently Asked Questions

Ski Beat

General

Will there be snow?

Single travellers & Under Occupancy supplements

What methods of payment do you accept?

Can we ski on the day of arrival or departure?

When is the chalet host's day off?

 

Chalet

Can we smoke in the chalet?

Chalet Security

Are towels provided & are they changed during the week?

Are hairdryers provided?

 

Infants

What equipment do Ski Beat provide for infants and young children?

Do I need to bring a pushchair?

 

 

Travel

What is the baggage allowance for our flights?

Can I carry my ski boots as hand luggage?

Can we pre-book seats on the flights?

Do I need to provide Advanced Passenger Information (API) or check in online?

Wheelchair assistance at the airport

Can I fly if I'm pregnant?

Can Ski Beat arrange transfers?

What are the usual coach transfer times to/from resort?

 

General:

Will there be snow?

We have chosen resorts for their excellent snow records throughout the season. There are also excellent snow making facilities/snow cannons in all of our resorts.

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Single travellers & Under Occupancy supplements

All of our prices are based on twin occupancy therefore we have to charge under occupancy of any rooms which are not filled to this capacity. The price varies according to the chalet and date of travel rather then being a set supplement, so please call our office for a quote or use the live availability and booking section of our website.  Please note that Ski Beat have three rooms which are singles, Chalet Bartavelle (La Plagne), Chalet Jennifer (La Tania) and Chalet Papillon 6 (La Rosiere) if taking the single room there is a smaller supplement, compared with taking a twin/double room.

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What methods of payment do you accept?

You can pay by BACS (online transfer), Maestro, Solo, Visa or Mastercard. Unfortunately we cannot accept any other types of card.
Once the Party Leader has paid the deposit, group members will be able to pay their final balance via their online booking.
Please note for last minute bookings we can only accept card payments as other methods may take too long to clear into our account.

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Can we ski on the day of arrival or departure?

Skiing on the day of arrival is not guaranteed, as it will depend on the arrival time into resort. This season our flights times do not allow for skiing on the day of arrival.
If you are making your own travel arrangements you may be able to ski on the day of arrival and the day of departure. In this case, your host will advise you where to store luggage and will provide a room for changing. Please note the chalets are not accessible before 9am on day of arrival or after 4pm on day of departure for independent travellers.

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When is the chalet host's day off?

The chalet host day off is Wednesday. Your host can recommend and book a local restaurant for you.

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Chalet:

Can we smoke in the chalet?

All of our chalets are non-smoking, however Ski Beat staff will supply ashtrays on the balconies of the chalets as required.

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Chalet Security

All of our chalets have a digicode lock - your chalet host will tell you the code on arrival and will explain how to operate the lock. We ask that you close all doors & windows securely when you leave the chalet, just as you would do for your own home.

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Are towels provided and are they changed during the week?

We will provide each guest with a hand and bath towel. For environmental reasons, towels will not be changed during the week.

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Are hairdryers provided?

We do not provide hairdryers in most chalets - please bring your own and don't forget your travel plug! The 2 chalets with hairdryers are the Cervin in Meribel, and Bouc Blanc in Les Arcs.

 

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Infant:


What equipment do Ski Beat provide for infants (0-23mth)?

Ski Beat will provide the following equipment: Cots & cot linen, highchairs, breakfast & high tea. You do not need to pre-order these items as they are covered by the £80 charge for infants. This also includes a seat on the coach transfer. Please note: that child seats are not provided, this is due to the vagaries of French law.   There is no reduction in price if any of these items are not required / used. Fruit bowls are provided in the chalets.

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Do I need to bring a pushchair?

It is ultimately your choice, but in most cases we say no: Do remember that for much of the season, pushchairs are not practical around resort: there is snow & ice, steps and hills!   Some guests do choose to bring them - they can be useful at the airport, and can be transported on our flights.  Should you find that you need a pushchair while in resort Ski Beat can hire one out to you at an additional charge.  

 

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Travel:


What is the baggage allowance on Ski Beat flights?

Our Gatwick British Airways flights have a baggage allowance of 23kg per person and our Gatwick Norwegian Air flights have a baggage allowance of 20kg. Our Manchester Jet2 flights have a baggage allowance of 22kg. Infants do not receive a hold luggage allowance. All of the flights have a hand luggage of 10kg.

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Can I carry my ski boots as hand luggage?

Ski boots must be put into your hold luggage and cannot be carried as hand luggage. These must be stored in your suitcase, and cannot be carried as a separate bag or the airline may charge you a fee at the airport.

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Can we pre-book seats on the flights?

You cannot pre-book seats on flights, as seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, therefore if you would like a particular seat we would suggest that you check-in early.

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Do I need to provide Advanced Passenger Information (API) or check in online?

If you are flying with British Airways, Norwgeian Air or Jet2 then you do not need to provide Ski Beat with your passport information, and you can check in at the airport. Jet 2 provides the option of checking in online from the Wednesday before departure. To do this, please visit www.jet2.com/skibeat. For other flights please check with the Ski Beat UK Office.

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Wheelchair assistance at the airport

If anyone in your party requires assistance at the airport, please indicate this in the Special Requirements section of the booking form. Please use one of the descriptions below:
Own Collapsible Wheelchair
Walking Difficulties
Wheelchair Full Carry On
Wheelchair Can't Walk Distance
Wheelchair Can't Manage Aircraft Steps

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Can I fly if I'm pregnant?

If you are pregnant, please click on the below links to view the relevant airlines terms and conditions with regards to travelling when pregnant. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary documents and insurance to fly:

 

British Airways

Jet2

Norwegian Air


We recommend that all expectant mothers carry a medical certificate for intended travel.

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Can Ski Beat arrange transfers?

Ski Beat can only arrange transfers when they are booked as part of a holiday package including Ski Beat flights. Ski Beat will not book transfers outside of this under any circumstances.

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What are the usual coach transfer times to/from resort?

Likely transfer times by coach from Lyon airport are as follows:
Val Thorens: 3 hours
Méribel/La Tania: 2 ½ hours
La Plagne: 3 hours
Plan Peisey: 3 ¼ hours
Les Arcs 1950: 3 ½ hours
Val d’Isère: 3 ½ hours
La Rosière: 3 ½ hours

These times are a guide and can vary considerably depending upon road and weather conditions. During peak weeks (Christmas/New Year, February half term and Easter holidays) the volume of vehicles on the main route into the 3 Valleys and the Tarentaise increases substantially and you should be prepared for a considerably longer transfer. It is recommended that you carry refreshments with you on board the coach in case of a long transfer.

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