As the winter season is well on its way for 2022 and 2023, it’s time to start some of the amazing winter wonderland holidays to come. The winter brings forth a whole new plethora of travelling possibilities, and one of these fantastic options loved by many around the world is skiing. With the Protected Trust Services (PTS) member, France Skiing, this winter won’t just be host to a fantastic holiday, but an unforgettable experience you’ll want to revisit.
France Skiing was founded by David Conrich 6 years ago to share his passion for skiing and snowboarding with more enthusiastic travellers. “I went skiing when I was 15 and started snowboarding when I was 17 and then I went travelling around the world for a year before university. Once I started working in the ski travel industry, it just seemed like a natural step to take my passion and start my own business,” David said.
France is one of the biggest skiing and snowboarding destinations for UK travellers, and for good reason. For travellers who love to experience the winter, whether for romantic and cosy accommodation and the atmosphere or for the thrill of the slopes, skiing getaways and resorts can provide the perfect winter holiday for all ages. It is this unique and personalised experience that France Skiing strives to provide for all clients, whether it is one of the nearly 700 loyal clients that come back for more “sometimes every year” or fresh new travellers ready to experience skiing for the first time.
“It’s a bit like Marmite, some people really don’t like the cold,” David said, “But there are people who like the sport, like the snow, like the mountains and then it becomes very, very addictive. I’ve been going 2 or 3 times a year now for about 25 years and our clients are all pretty much the same. They started when they were teenagers like me, and now they have their own kids. And they go pretty much every season.”
With certain holidays being a tradition for so many regular travellers, skiing in the beautiful Alps of France has proven the perfect getaway for many of France Skiing’s clients. Whether you’re the type of traveller that wants to be in control of most of the booking and you’re turning to them for the lovely selection of accommodation, such as the chalets, hotels, and self-catered apartments, or you’re looking for the full experience to be provided stress-free so you can just get excited about your holiday, France Skiing provides it all, from package holidays including flights to the ski equipment, lift passes, food, and more extras to make your holiday perfect for you.
Despite some of the barriers to travel over the past couple of years, the 2022 and 2023 winter is already looking fantastic at France Skiing. Snow is beginning to blanket the slopes in France ready for the chilly paradise many are looking for, and many travellers are ready for their holidays across New Years’, February, and into March.
As a passionate ski specialist and long-time snowboarder, David is excited for the holidays to come and said, “I’m always looking for something new and something interesting to give to the customer. I always think, ‘What do I love? What would I expect? How would I expect to be treated?'” pulling from his own love for skiing to give clients the holidays he would be excited to experience.
“I love snowboarding on the big slopes and the powder and the nightlife as well,” David said, recommending ski resorts both big and small for all different ski travellers. “The bigger resorts like Val d’Isere and Val Thorens would be my favourite ones. Particularly Val d’Isere because it’s great for the nightlife, amazing for skiing and boarding, but it’s also really pretty. They’ve made a big effort to make it all look like a real chalet resort with wooden buildings and snow and buildings that actually blend into the mountains, it’s really beautiful.
“But if you want somewhere a bit smaller, a bit more romantic to go with your husband or wife, or perhaps somewhere to go with small children, then my favourite would be Sainte Foy Tarentaise. It’s very small and not very known. None of the big tour operators go there, so it’s much quieter and much smaller, but it’s very pretty and romantic.”
When it comes to picking out a fantastic holiday, especially since the Covid pandemic, consumers are more aware than ever of not just the holiday, but how it’s protected and what that provides for peace of mind as well. Whether it’s the right travel insurance or finding a travel business member of PTS that you know you can trust, that extra protection is equally important, providing a feeling of confidence that France Skiing constantly aims to give to customers.
“There’s always someone available,” David said, “We are available from early in the morning up to late in the evening. Before you travel, whilst you’re on holiday, and when you get back. Plus, we’ve always got someone based in France, which could be myself, so I can always pop into resorts if there happens to be a problem. Or, if the clients just want to meet up with someone from France Skiing for a drink or to go to a restaurant, we’re always contactable, whether or not there is a problem.”
This personal touch and focus on excellent customer service is also why France Skiing became a trusted member of PTS, providing their clients with security and the confidence to enjoy their holiday.
“I think it’s important that the consumer feels comfortable that their money is protected,” David said when asked about PTS, “I feel proud and comfortable myself to say to them, ‘don’t worry, we don’t take your money, it is kept in a trust account where we can’t touch it until you come back from holiday’. So they are protected and we are protected as well. If the supplier were to go down the money will still be protected and there’s the insurance in place.”
Providing the support and security of the PTS trust account system means when you book with France Skiing, you don’t have to worry. In the case that something does go wrong, you need a full or partial refund, or you just want to know exactly where your money is, the PTS trust account system makes that process efficient and stress-free and your money is safe, only leaving the trust account to pay suppliers until your holiday is completed.
So, if you’re looking forward to your winter holiday, don’t wait, book now with a travel business registered with PTS like France Skiing for 100% financial protection through trust. Or, if you’d like assistance choosing one of the lovely PTS members to book with, you can contact PTS directly at 0207 190 9988.
And if you’d like to learn more about your financial protection with PTS or how the Package Travel Regulations protect your holiday booking, check out our pages and Travel Advice.