Posted by: Peter
21st May 2020
We’re very confident there will be a ski season, albeit with appropriate precautions, as all countries look towards localised lockdowns rather than country wide measures.
As autumn begins, our biggest concern is the issue of potential quarantine, which in realistic terms will prevent the great majority from travelling. The government is under a lot of pressure to change its approach in the next month or so towards testing at the point of entry, bringing the UK in line with other countries, giving a much-needed boost to the travel and air industries.
At this point, however, we cannot for certain rule out the situation where either there is another UK lockdown or where measures are imposed which in effect stop people going abroad for a holiday. This would mean ski resorts still operating, but without British skiers, which of course would be hugely difficult for us with our apartment owners.
No-one was prepared for the sudden enforced finish to the season in March and we paid for apartments which sat empty, which of course is unsustainable. After considerable negotiation with owners and agencies, for this season only we have come to what we think is an equitable solution.
In the event of a French lockdown and the ‘closure’ of the village, we will not be expected to pay for accommodation and can therefore issue a full refund, subject to a small administration fee.
If the UK government alone impose restrictions which mean British skiers can’t travel, Val Cenis would still be open and this would mean owners receiving nothing for apartments which could have been sold to French skiers, or Dutch, Belgian or Italians who wouldn’t be prevented from coming by UK restrictions.
In order to be even handed to those renting accommodation, our clients, and to cover ourselves, we will be operating the following system this winter.
If for any Covid based reason you have to cancel your holiday you can get a full refund up until 32 days before your date of departure, subject to a small administrative fee.
Why 32 days?
After you inform us by e-mail, we then have time to tell the owner/agency and give 31 days, or one full calendar month either for ourselves or the owner/agency to rebook the apartment.
Within 32 days of your departure, any cancellation may result in the loss of your 30% deposit, which will go towards accommodation costs. Obviously if the apartment can be re-rented then this will be refunded, but you must either ensure you are covered by insurance, which will be difficult in the present climate, or accept you may lose this amount.
Clients cancelling for non-covid19 reasons will be subject to our normal cancellation charges as shown below.
We are confident the upcoming season will go ahead, and assuming travel restrictions are eased we’re looking forward to seeing regular MGS skiers and others new to Val Cenis, which after all will offer a much safer environment than bigger purpose built resorts where there are innumerable large hotels or group based chalets. Our market is basically self-catering apartments and the lack of crowds in the Maurienne valley should make Val Cenis a great place to ski during this highly unusual period.
Click here the prices for self-catering apartments. Some are the same, our biggest increase on last season is 3.5% and some weeks are cheaper.
If you feel you would like to provisionally book a holiday under the above conditions, please telephone our free number (0800 689 4135) to discuss your requirements and leave a Holding Deposit, or you can make an enquiry using our contact form.
We look forward to hearing from you and of course, to seeing you in Val Cenis!