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Your child’s safety is your number one concern and the top priority of SKI TRAVEL, too. Our ski and snowboard trips offer students a wholesome activity with chaperones and professional transportation. In many ways they’re safer than when they’re out with friends on a regular weekend at home, when they may be unsupervised and subject to teen drivers. Our tour buses are driven by experienced operators from a reputable company, Gunther Charters. We go for safety all the way and a mechanics even follows our buses to ensure safe and on-time travel.
Once in Tremblant, students find themselves in a charming pedestrian village
The village offers plenty to keep travelers entertained when the slopes close at day’s end. The village is small enough for chaperones to keep a watchful eye on students but offers a variety of wholesome activities, as well as great shopping and eateries for all tastes and budgets. Ski Travel chaperones conduct regular check-ins each day with their assigned 12-15 students, but the youth travelers are allowed to assert their independence in choice of activities.
While we often have many buses of students on one trip, our staffing and chaperone arrangements make the travel more intimate. Rather than one big ski trip each busload of students is like a mini ski trip with their own assigned staff and with roommates and friends generally traveling together. During the trip north, chaperones and staff are able to establish a positive rapport with the students so they can work well together throughout the weekend.
Starting off right
- Organized and straightforward system for check in at departure
- Strong policy against use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Student bags and personal articles carefully checked at bus boarding
- Quick and decisive action with consequences for policy violations
- Meet students on bus and stay assigned throughout trip
- Include parents, teachers, law enforcement officers, government professionals
- Their backgrounds have been checked and all are personal referrals
- Younger chaperones ride buses with students, others meet the bus in Canada
- Ratio: one adult to 12-15 students
- Aged 25-60+; average age is 38
- Accessible at all times in buildings and by 2 way radios
- Eat in same restaurants, walk the same streets as students; present throughout resort
- Several local French speakers to assist with emergency situations
- Assist students with check in at resort
- Personal mandatory check in with all students 3 times each day:8:30 am; 4 pm 10:30 pm
On-Site Staff During Trips
- 24-hour emergency line
- Security guards on each floor of the resort 10pm until 6am
- Professional Ski Travel tour operators
- Staff continues to patrol the village throughout the evening after night-time check in
- Equipped with 4 wheel drive vehicles for emergencies
- In contact with chaperones and security via 2-way radios
- Quick access to paramedics and emergency medical services
- Security /chaperones enforce after 11:00 p.m. restrictions
Staff and Chaperone Profiles
Since 1981, SKI TRAVEL has recognized that dealing with students requires specialized skills and we have developed a staff to meet those needs. SKI TRAVEL’s trip management staff includes Trip Director, Assistants and seasoned professionals who specialize in travel logistics for youths. Our chaperones all come through family and personal referrals and their backgrounds are checked.
Most are parents, teachers, law enforcement officers and government professionals who enjoy winter sports and working with kids.
In addition, professional Security guards are in the hallways and building in position on each floor from 10pm until 6am.
Individual Responsibility for Students
- This begins at home with parents explaining proper behavior, SKI TRAVEL Policies /Trip Rules
- Trips like this offer parents a chance to see a child’s growing independence
- Students must be mindful of the established rules and policies
- Regularly check in with chaperones at all appointed times
- Carefully note any damage to room at check-in to avoid problems
- No guests allowed in student rooms after evening check with chaperones
- Observe noise restrictions after 11 p.m.
- No curfew, but the village is small (100 yards long) and surrounded by national forest students are permitted in lobby, and to get food etc.
Most students have no problem following the rules and enjoying a terrific winter sport trip. They tend to stick with students of their own age, and generally avoid late nights. 25 years ago we did away with an actual curfew and “lights out” rule because the students seemed to view these as a challenge and there really aren’t many places they can go to in the small one walking street resort village. SKI TRAVEL staff and senior chaperones patrols throughout the resort in the late hours to show a presence and provide supervision.
These high school students will be away at college in either a few short months or years and these trips offer a window into the type of independence they’ll soon face. SKI TRAVEL has been serving this age group since 1981 and year after year has found that most students have no problem obeying the rules.