Bookings Terms & Conditions
By making a booking, the first named person on the booking agrees on behalf of all persons detailed on the booking that:
He/she has read these terms and conditions and has the authority to and does agree to be bound by them;
He/she is over 18 years of age and where placing an order for services with age restrictions declares that he/she and all members of the party are of the appropriate age to purchase those services.
Getting a price and making a booking
To get a price for your ski accommodation, perform a search using the search box. In the search results the prices shown are per unit per night, and are guide prices only. The final price may change depending on the allocation of guests into each room. The final price will be shown at the booking confirmation stage.
Alternatively you call or email us to get a price and make a booking.
We reserve the right to amend the price of unsold holidays at any time and correct errors in the prices of confirmed holidays.
Deposit Terms & Conditions
If you book more than 10 weeks in advance you may be given the option to book with a deposit. The deposit amount payable can vary and represents a percentage of the overall cost of your hotel or apartment booking. By agreeing to book with a deposit you are agreeing to pay the balance of the total cost 10 weeks from the arrival date.
Payment for your holiday is due no later than 10 weeks prior to arrival. This date will be shown on your confirmation email and you will receive a reminder a week before your balance is due and again on the day that it is due. If you would like to settle your balance at any point before your balance due date then this can be done by clicking on the link to your account on your confirmation email and your reminder email or by calling us on 0131 240 3300 during normal working hours. In the case of bookings made within ten weeks of the arrival date, full payment must be made at the time of booking.
If we do not receive all payments due in full and on time, we are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking and are entitled to keep all deposits paid or due at that date. If we do not cancel straight away because payment has been promised, you must pay the cancellation charges detailed in our terms and conditions depending on the date we reasonably treat your booking as cancelled.
Changes to Price, Website Details
We reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in advertised prices and other information at any time before your accommodation is confirmed. We’ll advise you of any error of which we are aware and of the then applicable price at the time of booking. You must therefore check all details of your chosen accommodation (including the price) at the time of booking.
You must have adequate travel insurance at the time of booking. Under no circumstances should you travel without comprehensive travel insurance which includes the necessary ski cover. We are not able to provide winter sports travel insurance but details of a policy suitable to cover the arrangements you book are available by contacting MPI Brokers (see below). If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses whatsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available. To buy winter sports insurance please call MPI Brokers on 0845 180 0625.
A binding contract between us comes into existence when we issue our booking confirmation by e-mail to the party leader. This contract and all matters arising out of it are governed by Scottish law. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, proceedings may be brought in the Courts of your home country and in this event you may choose to have your contract governed by the law of England or Wales/Northern Ireland as applicable. In all cases, any dispute, claim or other matter which arises out of or in connection with this contract or your accommodation may be dealt with under the ABTA Arbitration Scheme (see below).
PowderBeds is alway seeking to improve our website and customer service. If you book with us, you will receive a review form from Feefo on behalf of PowderBeds so that you can provide an honest review of your booking experience, which will us deliver the best possible service. The review will also be published on our website to help other customers make informed choices about booking with PowderBeds. You can choose to remain anonymous when leaving your review so that only PowderBeds know who you are, and your name is not published alongside your review. Leaving a review is not mandatory, and you can opt out of receiving future review forms from Feefo by clicking the relevant link in the email sent to you.
Amendments and Cancellations
1. By Us
Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and cancellations to confirmed accommodation, we must reserve the right to do so. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a ‘significant change’. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we’ll tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we’ll offer you the choice of the following options:
a. accepting the changed arrangements.
b. purchasing alternative accommodation from us of the same standard to that originally booked if available. If the only alternatives available are at a higher cost than originally booked then we’ll require payment of the additional costs. If this accommodation is cheaper than the original one, we’ll refund the price difference.
c. cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will receive a full and quick refund of all monies you have paid to us. Please note, the above options are not available where any change made is a minor one. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we’ll pay you the compensation set out below subject to the following exceptions. Compensation or a refund will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or if the change made is a minor one.
Period of notification Compensation before departure per adult:
More than 8 weeks Nil
Within 8 weeks £10
Within 6 weeks £15
Within 4 weeks £20
Within 2 weeks £25
Unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we will not be liable or pay you a price reduction or compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the party who seeks to rely on them which we or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not avoid even if all reasonable measures had been taken. These events can include, but are not limited to war, threat of war, civil strife, terrorist activity and its consequences or the threat of such activity, riot, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster, virus outbreak, and adverse weather, sea, ice and river conditions and all similar events outside our or the supplier’s control. Advice from the Foreign Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances.
2. By You
Should you decide to alter your booking after our confirmation has been issued we’ll do our best to accommodate you. If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, that person may transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified not less than two weeks before departure. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, or where we are able to make an alteration at your request, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result must be paid before the transfer or alteration can be effected.
We reserve the right to treat your accommodation as cancelled by you at 100% cancellation cost if you do not show for the commencement of your stay. I.e. a 'no-show' for the first night of your stay in the accommodation you have booked with us.
If you cancel your booking prior to departure then the following charges will apply:
Cancellation terms for self-catered apartments, chalets and residences: *
70 or more days before check-in – loss of deposit
From 69 to 31 days before check-in –25% of accommodation cost
From 30 to 15 days before check-in – 50% of accommodation cost
From 14 to 8 days before check-in – 75% of accommodation cost
7 days or less before check-in –100% of accommodation cost
Cancellation terms for hotels: *
46 or more days before check-in – loss of deposit
From 31 to 45 days before check-in –50% of accommodation cost
From 15 to 30 days before check-in – 75% of accommodation cost
14 days or less before check-in –100% of accommodation cost
*There are certain exceptions - please check with us at time of booking. For all accommodations managed by Pierre & Vacances and Village Montana the cancellation cost is 100% if cancelled 31 days or before departure.
Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges. Insurance premiums and any amendment fees are not refundable in the event of the person(s) to whom they apply cancelling. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing and will be effective when it is received by us. Clients are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance offering protection against cancellation.
Complaints and Disputes
In the unlikely event that you have any reason to complain or experience any problems with your accommodation whilst away, you must immediately inform the supplier of the service(s) in question, or PowderBeds within 24hours of arrival. You should then follow up any complaint in writing to us within 28 days of your return to the UK. Failure to do so will affect ours and the applicable supplier’s ability to investigate your complaint, and will affect your rights under this contract.
We are a Member of ABTA, membership number [V3690]. Please note the financial protection offered to you by our ABTA membership relates to the unlikely event we cease trading, either before or during your holiday. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract. Further information on the Code and arbitration can be found on ABTA’s website www.abta.com The arbitration scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently by IDRS, part of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website. The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking form. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,000 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element.
The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by IDRS within nine months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if the company agrees, but the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you may like to use the ABTA/Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation Procedure. This is a voluntary scheme and requires us to agree for mediation to go ahead. The aim is to help you resolve your dispute in a quick and cost effective way. Details on request or from www.abta.com.
1. We promise to make sure that all parts of the accommodation we have agreed to arrange, perform or provide as part of our contract with you are arranged, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. We’ll accept responsibility if any death, personal injury, failure or deficiency of your accommodation arrangements is caused by any failure by ourselves or our employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment) or suppliers (as applicable) to use reasonable skill and care in performing or providing the accommodation. Please note it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim.
2. We’ll not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (for example loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any
of the following:
a. the fault of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or
b. the fault of a third party not connected with the provision of your accommodation which we could not have predicted or avoided or
c. an event or circumstance which we or the supplier of the accommodation could not have predicted or avoided even after taking all reasonable care (see Force Majeure above)
d. the fault of anyone who is not carrying out work for us (generally or in particular) at the time.
3. The services and facilities included in your holiday will be deemed to be provided with reasonable skill and care if they comply with any local regulations which apply, or, if there are no applicable local regulations, if they are reasonable when compared to the local standards in practice. The fact that services or facilities fail to comply with local or UK guidance or advice shall not of itself mean that the services or facilities in question have not been provided with reasonable skill and care.
4. We limit the amount of compensation we may have to pay you if we are found liable under this clause:
a. loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions and money, The maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is £25 per person in total because you are assumed to have adequate insurance in place to cover any losses of this kind.
b. Claims not falling under (a) above or involving injury, illness or death. The maximum amount we will have to pay you in respect of these claims is twice the price paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you or your party has not received any benefit at all from your booking.
5. It is a condition of our acceptance of liability under this clause that you notify any claim to ourselves and our supplier(s) strictly in accordance with the complaints procedure set out in these conditions.
6. Where any payment is made, the person(s) receiving it (and their parent or guardian if under 18 years) must also assign to ourselves or our insurers any rights they may have to pursue any third party and must provide ourselves and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require.
7. Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss or expense or other sum(s) of any description which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you; or (b) any business losses.
8. We will not accept responsibility for services or facilities which do not form part of our agreement or where they are not advertised in our brochure. For example any excursion you book whilst away.
We provide security for the monies that you pay for the accommodation featured on this website in the event of our insolvency. This is provided by way of a bond with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA number V3690). This means that in the unlikely event of our insolvency, ABTA will ensure that your accommodation arrangements will be provided as planned.
Powderbeds and Coronavirus 2021-22
The following information supplements our regular Booking conditions and forms part of our contract with you:
We have been assisting clients with bookings affected by Covid-19 travel disruption for over a year now and we are committed to making sure that your money is protected and that your accommodation booking is managed correctly. We continue to monitor the situation closely and should we anticipate any problems with travel we will be in touch before your balance due date to discuss the options available.
Covid-19 is now a known global pandemic, so by booking with Powderbeds you accept the need to be flexible and accepting of changes relating to how your accommodation may have to operate to ensure the safety of you and others around you. Everyone must do all they can to reduce potential exposure to Covid-19 for themselves and others. This means you accept the services available to you and your overall holiday experience may not be the same when compared to the same holiday pre-Covid 19.
In case of the following events taking place because of Covid-19 Powderbeds will offer a full refund of your accommodation*, or if you prefer, the option to use the money paid as a credit towards a future holiday:
• Ski resort complete closure
• Accommodation closure
• Border closure in the UK or the destination country
*A few accommodation partners charge a non-refundable administration charge which you would be informed about at the time of booking.
Powderbeds reserve the right to cancel your accommodation at any point prior to travel, should we deem the risks of disruption to your booking to be too high or very likely.
Covid-19 Safety Measures
New safety measures may be in place to protect you and those around you. It will be your responsibility to acquaint yourself with all relevant travel information, including applicable health risks in the context of your itinerary and adhere to any new safety measures during your holiday. These may be in place at any time during your holiday, for example at airports, on-board aircraft, at train stations, on trains, in a transfer vehicle, at your hotel, on ski lifts or during an excursion. You may be required to wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and comply with social distancing or any local measures required. You may require proof of a vaccine and/or negative Covid-19 test prior to either outbound or inbound travel. You may also be subject to other types of health and temperature screening tests. You may be required to quarantine once you return to the UK. These are examples and this list is not exhaustive. Powderbeds do not take responsibility for any failure to comply or if you do not pass a test for Covid-19 either in the UK or abroad or if you have to quarantine or are unable to travel.
Health Pass – ‘Pass Sanitaire’
In France everyone over the age of 12 is required to have a ‘Pass Sanitaire’ to access bars, restaurants, swimming pools, aquatic areas and other related services. Without this pass access will be refused.
The Health Pass is equivalent to either:
1) A complete vaccination (as per governmental procedures).
2) A negative PCR or antigenic test less than 48 hours old. (as per governmental procedures).
3) A certificate of recovery from Covid-19 of at least 15 days and up to six months. (as per governmental modalities).
To get the Health Pass please download the following app and follow the instructions: https://bonjour.tousanticovid.gouv.fr/indexen.html
Accommodation Facilities and Services
Access to hotel pools and spa services, if previously featured, may be restricted or unavailable because of Covid-19.
The restaurant or food delivery services in your accommodation or resort may have changed and restaurants may be using menu choices instead of a buffet; we cannot guarantee which at the time of booking. Restaurants at some accommodations and resorts may require tables to be pre-booked instead of a walk-in service. Some accommodations may be operating a take-away breakfast or delivering breakfast to your room.
There may be other unexpected changes to accommodation facilities or services because of Covid-19. These may be unable to operate or will operate in a way that complies with local or national Covid-19 requirements.
By agreeing to book with Powderbeds during the current Covid-19 pandemic you agree and accept there may be changes, restrictions and legal requirements around negative Covid-19 tests because of Coronavirus and Powderbeds cannot be held responsible for the following:
• Being unable to travel because of a failed Covid-19 test or not having the correct/required Covid-19 test or vaccine documentation prior to travel or at any point in your itinerary including return travel.
• Any loss or damage suffered including curtailment or cancellation to any aspect of the booking.
• Any restrictions put in place by the country’s government or local authority where you are traveling to.
• Any local lockdown put in place either in your country of origin or in any country you travel to.
• Any restrictions in place in your accommodation, resort or on any means of transportation.
• Any restrictions in place with ski school, lift operations or on mountain restaurants.
You should ensure that your travel insurance should include cover against any Covid-19 issues or incidents which may affect your booking. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any of your losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.
It should be noted that Ski Independence cannot refund or be held liable where client(s) of any age cannot travel or have to quarantine at their arrival destination or on return to the UK if client(s) have chosen not to have a double course of Covid vaccines or have, for whatever reason, missed vaccine appointments. Or if the client(s)’ age means they have not yet been invited for either their first or second vaccination or if client(s) have not done everything reasonable to be double vaccinated in advance of 14 days before departure (or matching the requirements for entry to their destination country). It is also the client(s)’ responsibility to provide proof of double vaccination in paper format and/or via the NHS app, as required by the destination country.
We will endeavour to contact you with any known changes before you travel. This is a fast-moving situation so this may not always be possible. Please do not hesitate to ask if there are any aspects of your holiday you have concerns about and would like us to check in advance.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here.