How we help you

How we help you

 

There are huge benefits for young people on a school ski trip but we don’t forget you – the Party Leader. Whether it’s your first trip or tenth, we are focused on making the process as straight forward as possible, allowing more time to focus on getting the most out of the experience.

 

Teacher Portal (My Equity)

Our unique new teacher portal 'My Equity' makes booking and planning your trip easier, with everything you need all in one place.

My Equity portal

Once you’ve requested a quote, you’ll be able to create an account and login as often you need, taking advantage of the following features:

  • All your documents centralised, so you won’t have to trawl through your emails
  • Your party’s passenger information can be stored safely and updated as you go
  • Your invoices, payment schedule and statement of account
  • Detailed accommodation, resort and piste information
  • Promotional materials to launch your trip and attract students
  • Local maps and weather reports
  • Your Equity contact details are easy to find

 

Pre-trip Planning

School ski trip inspection visits with Equity

Inspection Visits

We recognise the importance of undertaking a pretour inspection visit to your destination in order to risk assess and familiarise yourself with the resort, as such we organise a range of visits throughout the season.

Group Visits: Hosted by our knowledgeable staff, group inspection visits are a great way to experience a number of resorts and accommodations, swap tips and ideas with other teachers and, of course, ski! Register for our e-newsletters and we'll let you know when our next visit dates are announced!

Individual Visits: Should a group inspection visit not meet your requirements, we can also assist by organising a bespoke trip for you and a colleague. Trips are usually offered over long weekends either before Christmas or during the low season in January and March.

School ski trip inspection visits with Equity

Contributions

Equity are delighted to assist towards the costs of inspection visits, SCO’s and ASCL’s in order to contribute to the professional development of our Party Leaders. Contributions are offered based on a number of criteria, including the group size, dates of travel, destination and a number of other aspects of your booking. Speak to our team for more details. Please note that whilst we welcome and encourage customers to attend both the ASCL and an inspection visit, we are only able to contribute towards the costs of one trip.

Contact us today to register your interest or visit Snowsport England's website to find out more.

Snowsports Course Organiser programme with Equity

Snowsports Course Organiser programme

We offer our Party Leaders something more and provide the opportunity for our Party Leaders to complete the ‘Snowsport Course Organiser’. This course has been developed by Snowsport England to give teachers and youth leaders the necessary skills to facilitate a snow-sports trip for young people.

Call our team on 01273 622 111 to secure your place!

ASCL awards with Equity

The Alpine Sports Course Leader (ASCL)* Award

A week-long intensive course which qualifies successful candidates to lead and supervise a party of their students on snow, without the need for an instructor to be present.

* In order to complete the course you must be a competent skier. It is unlikely that this standard will have been reached with less than 6 weeks skiing experience.

 

Helpful Resources

Launch your ski trip

We understand that in the early stages of booking a trip with a tour provider, it’s key to drum up interest for your trip within your establishment; first to be given the go ahead and then to get the numbers necessary to make it viable.

Here you have direct access to Letter templates, Savings Cards and Forms, as well as links to promotional materials to help advertise your tour to pupils. If you would like a powerpoint presentation to help promote your trip please contact your Regional Travel Advisor who will be able to provide this to you.

 

 

How to book

Booking your school trip is simple and straight-forward with Equity. It’s easy to get started, however we’ve outlined some steps to begin your booking below, get started today!

1. Get a Quote:

To find out how competitive our prices are, simply contact one of our helpful sales specialists who will prepare your quotation and we will send you a tailor-made quotation, advising you on the best value for money options within 48 hours. Once you have enquired you will be given a login to the MyEquity portal, your online personalised planning hub where you can collate passenger information and find details about your chosen resort and accommodation.

2. Make a Provisional Booking:

If you like what you see, we will provisionally book wherever possible flights, Eurostar, rail, coaches and accommodation for up to 4 weeks. At this stage you are not financially committed.

3. Flexible Payment Option:

We understand how difficult it can be for students to fund their trips therefore we only ask for an initial deposit to confirm your booking. We usually require these within 2-3 weeks of the Provisional Booking date but if this is not feasible for you, we will do our best to request an extension from our suppliers.

4. Confirming your booking:

To confirm your booking deposits are required - the value of the deposit varies depending on destination and transport method. Please see below:

  1st deposit

UK Tours

£40

European Tours by coach

£50

European Tours by Air/ Train /Euro Star

£80

World Wide Tours (including Americas)

£150

Send us your initial deposits by cheque or BACS transfer. You will also need to log onto the MyEquity portal and accept the booking terms and conditions.

If we are booking flights with no-frills airlines we will also require a full passport names list with dates of birth at this stage. On receipt of the deposits and booking form we will confirm your travel arrangements and start work on planning your trip. You will be assigned a Product Delivery Specialist who will work with you to coordinate your trip.

5. Second Deposits:

Second deposits are payable no later than eight weeks after your first deposit - the value of the deposit varies depending on destination and transport method. Please see below:

  2st deposit

UK Tours

£60

European Tours by coach

£80

European Tours by Air/ Train /Euro Star

£120

World Wide Tours (including Americas)

£150

6. Final Payment:

The balance of your booking is due 12 weeks prior to departure.

 

 

Risk Assessment

We recognise the commitment in running a school ski trip and can offer you many tools to assist in the completion of risk assessments and other paperwork. Equity has a strong Safety Management System in place which will help you complete your risk assessment. We can also offer assistance with paperwork required by your Local Authority as well as an Inspection Visit to get to know the area and complete your specific risk assessment. We recommend the School Travel Forum’s Demystifying Risk Assessments. You can rely on us to get it right in the first place but should the unexpected happen we have the knowledge and the resources to resolve any issues. Once you are on tour, Equity staff are on duty night and day, equipped with full details of your tour and ready to go into action if you need us. Our support service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can rely on us in the event of any problems.


RELATED INFORMATION

We hope the information above answers all your questions, but if there is anything else we can help you with contact us online to ask a question or call 01273 622 111 and we will be happy to help!