COVID 19 POLICY FOR WINTER 2021/22 BOOKINGS
Deposit Payments & Cancellation
For bookings for the 2021-22 winter season - we request a deposit of 25% of the holiday value to secure the chalet for your chosen date. The balance payment of 75% is due 8 weeks prior to the start date of your holiday.
In the event that your holiday with Alpine Ethos is unable to go ahead due to one of the Covid 19 reasons listed below, your 25% deposit will be converted to a credit note of the same value which will be valid for 24 months against any future booking with Alpine Ethos.
Should you choose to cancel your chalet for any reason other than those listed below the 25% deposit is non-refundable and our normal cancellation charges apply (See our Terms & Conditions).
Balance Payments & Cancellation
The 75% balance payment for your holiday is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date.
It is important that you obtain adequate travel insurance to cover you against the risk of cancellation or curtailment (cutting your holiday short) for any reason (please see our Terms & Conditions).
If at any point between the date of your balance payment and the date of your holiday your booking cannot proceed due to any of the Covid 19 reasons listed below, you will be entitled to a refund of the 75% balance payment and a 25% credit note valid for 24 months on any future Alpine Ethos holiday:
Valid Covid 19 Cancellation Reasons
• the French authorities impose regional or national restrictions which result in the closure of the French border, closure of the ski resort or necessitate the closure of the chalet
• all ski lifts in the resort are closed due to coronavirus restrictions imposed by the French authorities
• if the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office advise against travel, including non-essential travel, to your destination or the authorities of your home country impose travel restrictions which prohibit you from travelling to France to the chalet booked
• you would be required by the French authorities to quarantine / self-isolate in France on arrival for more than 24 hours
The above reasons must be in place and effective at the time your holiday is due to take place.
You can read our full booking Terms and Conditions here.
We require all our guests to have adequate travel insurance for their holiday. You need to ensure that your travel insurance includes protection for if you fall ill with COVID, as well as other illnesses either before or during your holiday.
We suggest that when searching for a policy you look for the following things:
Coronavirus medical and repatriation cover: To cover you if you’re infected when you’re away, including the cost of accommodation if you are unable to fly home.
Coronavirus cancellation cover: You’ll need this if you want to be able to claim on your insurance for refunds if COVID-19 stops you or your family travelling for reasons including testing positive before departure, falling ill before departure, or needing to self-isolate before departure.
Covid 19 update January 2022
Many of you will have questions about Covid and its impact on your holiday with Alpine Ethos. We are based full time in Meribel Les Allues so have daily information of how Covid is affecting life in the 3 Valleys. However, we are only an accommodation provider and it is the responsibility of our guests to make themselves fully aware of the travel rules and the local regulations in France. We have added links to the relevant information below and please ask you to make yourself aware of the current rules and regulations (these sites are current and updated whenever the rules change):
Travel between the UK and France
Travel to France via Switzerland
French Government Covid Regulations
At the moment things are almost “normal” - bars, restaurants, shops and public transport are operating as usual although you will have to show proof of full vaccination (including a booster if it is more than 7 months since your second vaccine). In most public places wearing a mask is mandatory.
All guests aged 12 and over must have proof of full vaccination (including a booster if it is more than 7 months since your second vaccine). Masks must be worn in the queues and in the gondola lifts, but not whilst skiing.
You can book a PCR/Anitgen test in Meriberl here:
For travel back to the UK you can book 15 minutes antigen tests at Geneva and Lyon airports:
* You do not need a PCR test to transsit through Switzerland on your way home to the UK
What if FCDO advises against travel to France or the French government closes the resort?
If we are prevented from providing your holiday due to UK or French government regulations closing the borders or the resort, we will offer you an identical holiday deferred to next season, or a 25% credit note and a 75% refund – as we did when the 20–21 season was cancelled.
Do I have to be fully vaccinated before my holiday?
Yes – this is essential for the safety of all guests and the Alpine Ethos team. Without proof of full vaccination you will not be able to the chalets, enter bars, restaurants, public transport including ski lifts which makes a skiing holiday impossible for anyone not fully vaccinated. All Alpine Ethos staff are fully vaccinated. You will be rewuired to have had your booster vaccination if it is more than 7 months since your second vaccination. The UK vaccine passes are accepted in France.
I don’t want the vaccinations, can I get a refund?
No – deciding not to be vaccinated is a matter of personal choice, however, this would make entering France difficult and expensive with further testing and isolation when in France making a skiing holiday virtually impossible. We would regard cancellation by you because you did not want to be vaccinated as disinclination to travel, therefore, we cannot defer or refund your holiday. You may be able to claim from your insurance provider.
A member of our group tests positive just before our holiday, can they get a refund?
No – we appreciate that if you, or another member of your group, tests positive for Covid shortly before the start of your holiday you may not be able to travel, however, we would regard this as late cancellation by you and no refund would be offered. Many travel insurance policies now cover such cancellation/curtailment due to Covid, as they would any other illness before travel. It is a condition of booking an Alpine Ethos holiday that all group members have adequate travel insurance to cover such eventualities.
What happens if I test positive during my holiday?
You must have valid travel insurance to cover you if you catch Covid 19 whilst on your holiday. We cannot accommodate you in our chalets past the last night of your booked holiday. We can of course help you to find alternative accommodation and medical treatment. We expect all guests to have travel insurance to include cover against contracting Covid 19 whilst on holiday.
I am 12-17 yrs old?
12-17 yrs olds must be double vaccinated to count as fully vaccinated in France. We recommend all 12-17 yrs have their second vaccine before travel. 12-17 yrs olds who are double vaccinated can apply to the NHS for a NHS Covid Pass.
12-17 yrs olds with only 1 vaccine will need to have daily PCR/Antigen tests in resort.
12-17 yrs old who have 1 vaccine and have proof of recovery from Covid 19 in the last 6 months can bring their paperwork to a French pharmacy and be issued a health pass valid in France, thus negating the need for daily testing.