Posted by: Peter
21st May 2020

We’re very confident there will be a 2021/22 ski season, albeit with sensible precautions, as all countries look towards vaccinating their populations.

During 2020/21 when the pandemic was rife, we operated the policy of a full refund being available for cancellations due to COVID up to one month before the start date of the holiday.

If next winter the UK government alone imposes restrictions which mean British skiers were unable to travel, Val Cenis may well still be open and this would mean owners receiving nothing for apartments which could have been sold to European skiers who are free to move about.

In fact this did happen to a significant extent during the French school holidays in February 2021 for example, when, despite lifts not running, the resort was busy with French families – who were allowed to travel – preferring to spend time in the mountains rather than being stuck in big towns or cities.

Owners who ‘lost’ their business with us tried to sell their accommodation last minute by offering huge discounts, but in order to be even handed to owners renting accommodation, our clients, and to cover ourselves, we will be operating the following system this winter.

The initial 30% deposit is non-refundable.

This has always been our standard course prior to the pandemic and we anticipate a more normal winter season in 2021/22, with perhaps one or two restrictions still in place.

But if there is a downturn in the COVID situation then the non-refundable policy of the initial deposit will not be enforced.

By the autumn we should be looking forward confidently to a bumper winter season. This means that for the 2021/22 season, if there are doubts or concerns due to COVID at the time of your final payment – 8 weeks before your departure – we will offer you the opportunity of a full refund, bar a maximum of £25 for admin/exchange rate charges.
For any other circumstance other than covid, however, and within 8 weeks of departure, our non-refundable 30% deposit remains in effect.

Click here for self-catering apartment prices.

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!

Posted by: webmaster
19th May 2018

Booking is simple;

Step one:

A non-refundable deposit will be paid, representing 30% of the total price, excluding travel and insurance costs.

Step two:

MGS will confirm your booking and give you a confirmation number to be used in future correspondence.

Step three:

The final payment must be paid at least 8 weeks before departure, except in the case of late bookings.

View Terms & Conditions

Cancellation charges

These are based on how many days before departure MGS SKI receives written cancellation. These are a percentage of client costs to MGS for accommodation, equipment and lift passes.Insurance and travel payments would involve other companies.

Number of days Charge
More than 42 days Deposit
29 to 42 days 50%
7 to 28 days 90%
0 to 6 days 100%

Damage deposit

A breakage and cleaning deposit of £150 is required in the form of a separate cheque sent with the final payment. This cheque will not be cashed, but held until after your departure and assuming the apartment is left acceptably clean and there is no damage, it will be returned in full.


Specialist ski insurance is important since not all policies cover piste rescue and repatriation, or indeed skiing off piste. Please contact us for help and advice.

Protection of your money

MGS SKI has been in business for 30 years, received positive coverage in the national press, and we recognise legal protection of client payments is a must. After discussion with the Department of Trade and Industry when we started, bonding or insurance were deemed inappropriate because of the size and specialist nature of MGS SKI.
Following DTI advice and like many other tour operators, we operate the Trust Fund system, into which money is placed in respect of accommodation, equipment and lift passes. Apart from the initial non-refundable deposit, MGS SKI cannot access this money until completion of your holiday, which gives financial security against insolvency and repatriation. In the extremely unlikely event of problems, clients would contact one of the trustees, Lyn Keohane, 12 DeVegier Avenue, Saffron Walden. CB10 2BN.
In accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours regulations 1992, in addition to operating a Trust Fund to protect client money, MGS SKI is required to remind customers of the following:
1) Clients must hold and carry a valid passport to facilitate easy movement, including re-entry into the UK.
2) The self-catering accommodation described is of the highest standard available for normal rent.
3) To comply with Civil Aviation (ATOL) regulations, we do not book flights, but will gladly assist in finding the best available prices.


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