There are 3 sets of terms and conditions on this page. Please select the one you would like to look at from the list below.
Using Our Websites:
By using our website, you are accepting all the terms of this disclaimer notice. If you do not agree with anything in this notice, you should not use this website.
Warranties and Liability:
While every effort is made to ensure that the content of the website is accurate, the website is provided “as is” and neither Sierra Essence or British Ski Center make any representation or warranty in relation to the accuracy or completeness of the information found on it. While the content of this site is provided in good faith, we do not warrant that the information will be kept up to date, be true and not misleading, or that this site will always (or ever) be available for use.
We do not warrant that the servers that make the website available will be error, virus or bug free and you accept that it is your responsibility to make adequate provision for protection against such threats. We recommend scanning any files before downloading.
Nothing on the website should be taken to constitute professional advice or a formal recommendation and we exclude all representations and warranties relating to the content and use of these sites.
In no event will Sierra Essence or British Ski Center be liable for any incidental, indirect, consequential or special damages of any kind, or any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, those resulting from loss of profit, loss of contracts, goodwill, data, information, income, anticipated savings or business relationships, whether or not advised of the possibility of such damage, arising out of or in connection with the use of these websites or any linked websites.
Nothing in this disclaimer notice excludes or limits any warranty implied by law for death, fraud, personal injury through negligence, or anything else which it would not be lawful for us to exclude.
Licence To Use These Websites:
By using this website you agree to the exclusions and limitations of liability stated above and accept them as reasonable. Do not use the website if you do not agree that they are reasonable.
If any of the points in this disclaimer notice are found to be unenforceable under applicable law, this will have no bearing on the enforceability of the rest of the disclaimer notice.
Material on the website, including text and images, is protected by copyright law and is copyright to Sierra Essence and British Ski Center unless credited otherwise. It may not be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, posted, broadcast or transmitted in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use.
Prior written consent of the copyright holder must be obtained for any other use of material. Copyright of all images on this site remains with the artist or copyright owner at all times.
No part of this site may be distributed or copied for any commercial purpose or financial gain.
All intellectual property rights in relation to these websites are reserved and owned by Sierra Essence & British Ski Center.
Links to Other websites and Products:
Links to other websites are provided for the convenience of users. We are unable to provide any warranty regarding the accuracy or completeness of the content of such sites, or the reliability, quality or effectiveness of any products provided through external websites. A link to an external site does not imply an endorsement of the views, information or products provided or held by such websites.
Sierra Essence Specific Booking Terms & Conditions in Relation to Turismo Sierra Essence
(Last update: January 2022)
In the following booking conditions, “we” and/or “us” means Sierra Essence; “You” means all persons named for any booking enquiry (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date); “Owner(s)” or “Service Provider” means the owners and/or manager(s)/agent(s)/supplier(s) offering their services pertaining to property rental, lift passes, childcare facilities, transport company and/or any other services we may feature on our websites. “Arrangements” refer to anything that is not an accommodation related reservation that may include any or more of the following: lift pass pre-bookings, activities, transfers, creche/snow garden etc. as advertised on our websites or via any other communication offered by Sierra Essence.
1. Sierra Essence’s liability to you is strictly limited to the reservation process of all services and products we offer as advertised on our websites. Our service providers are directly liable for the quality of the services received after the point of reservation. For all arrangements, your contract beyond the point of reservation will be with the Owner or Service Provider.
2. All terms and conditions of the Owner / Service Provider will apply to your booking.
3. MAKING A BOOKING: You should email email@example.com with full details of your accommodation preference(s) and/or any other arrangements to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using our online Enquiry Form. In return we will send you the respective availabilities and/or costs. No confirmation of any service will be requested without your prior emailed request. Depending on the tariff condition provided it may be necessary to make the full payment upon your request for confirmation for which payment details will be provided by email. In all other cases, payment will be required by a specified date indicated on the booking confirmation that we will email you.
4. TERMS OF PAYMENT: In order to secure your accommodation booking full payment is required by a specified date in accordance with the individual property supplier’s reservation policy. Where a “non-cancellable” tariff option has been requested, full payment will be required immediately and prior to Sierra Essence confirming your reservation.
For all other arrangements (lift pass pre-bookings, transportation, crèche etc) full payment will be taken at the time of booking.
If we do not receive all payments due in full and on time, the Owner reserves the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you. In this case the cancellation charges set out in clause 6 below will be payable by you.
If you make payments to us that results in a charge to us (for example an overseas bank to UK bank transfer), you will be responsible for covering this charge.
Credit/Debit card payments are accepted. American Express is NOT accepted.
All payments made to Sierra Essence are done so by the client under the understanding that they have read through and are in agreement with our Data Protection declaration and any other relevant points laid out in these terms & conditions.
REFUNDS: Any refund will be made by the same means as the original payment by the client. For bank transfers, we will require your account number and sort code and/or IBAN and SWIFT details (for foreign accounts). Payments by UK bank transfer will be refunded using the same exchange rate as per your original payment. For credit card refunds, Sierra Essence will issue the corresponding EURO amount due for refund and plays no part in any exchange rate involvement applied by your card issuer that may arise in you being credited with a different final sterling amount. If the refund being made is due to an administrative error on the part of Sierra Essence, then we may cover any differences caused by exchange rate variations subject to valid presentation of a bank statement (or similar) that clearly showing the difference(s).
COVID-19: In the event that Covid-19 travel restrictions are applied and you have to cancel AFTER any free cancellation period has expired, we fully adhere to the Covid-19 policy of the individual supplier in question. So depending on the particular service/s you have booked through us and the supplier, the policy will be either: a full refund, a credit to be used on a future trip, or a loss of all fees paid. Please request the cancellation policy at the time of booking. Written proof may be requested to show that the late cancellation is a direct result of Covid-19. Flight cancellation alone does NOT apply unless ALL flights are grounded due to Covid-19 restrictions.
5. PRICES: All quoted prices in any email communication to you are in Euros unless expressly stipulated otherwise. Where exchange rates are required payment will be calculated on the mid-market exchange rate at the time of payment and the total value will be quoted directly from us to you. Prices may be increased by the Owner(s) and passed on to you by us on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned by way of a surcharge should costs increase due to adverse changes in the exchange rate used to calculate the cost of the properties featured. However, once the price of your chosen holiday and /or arrangement has been confirmed at the time of booking then (subject to the correction of errors) no additional payments will be requested following settlement of the balance.
Any information and prices shown on our website are purely indicative of the current season and subject to change at any moment by the respective Owner. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the website and prices at the time of uploading such information, we cannot guarantee their complete accuracy. You must therefore ensure to check all details of your chosen holiday (including the price quoted by us in your confirmation email) at the time of booking.
6. CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT: If you wish to cancel your booking the party leader must notify us by email. Cancellation of accommodation and/or arrangements will only be effective from the date we receive the emailed cancellation advice. We also ask that you call us after sending your email cancellation request to ensure that we have received it and avoid any further inconveniences that may occur to you or us. As an intermediary agent, Sierra Essence cannot govern individual cancellation policies stipulated by the different Suppliers with whom we collaborate. We will always honour the cancellation terms of the respective Owner/Supplier, e.g. if they permit a full refund for bookings cancelled up to 48 hours or more before arrival, we will do the same. An administration fee of 20 Euros will be applied to any accommodation reservation if cancellation occurs after the “free” cancellation period and where partial refunds may apply*
*Bank transfer fees and other such rebate related costs are not refundable in the event of your cancellation.
7. CANCELLATION BY THE OWNER: In the very unlikely event that the property and/or arrangement(s) you have booked cease to be available as reserved, and the Owner is unable to offer you acceptable alternative accommodation, the Owner will refund to you all the money you have paid (including the deposit).
In this very unlikely situation we shall endeavour to re-schedule any holidays and/or arrangements that may have to be cancelled as a result with the Owner concerned to your satisfaction. If this is not possible it is your responsibility to negotiate a reasonable agreement directly with the Owner. We will be happy to refer any correspondence from you to the Owner and vice versa and assist where language barriers occur. However, we have no further responsibility in the matter and we will not be liable for any costs you may have incurred or pay you any compensation if we are unable to re-schedule your holiday as set out above or you are unable to negotiate a reasonable agreement with the Owner.
8. ALTERATIONS BY THE CLIENT: If you wish to increase or reduce the number of people in your party, or make a name change or any other amendment to your booking following the dispatch of the confirmation email, this will be carried out in appliance to the individual Owner/Supplier’s reservation policy which may include a supplementary fee.
9. INFORMATION: While we make reasonable efforts to ensure that descriptions supplied by Owners are accurately reproduced on our website, on our documentation and given by us verbally we do not accept responsibility for any descriptions which contain inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information or errors and which have been supplied by the Owner, nor can we accept any responsibility for any other inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information or errors appearing on our website except where this arises out of our negligence or that of any of our employees (providing they were at the time acting within the course of their employment.) Differences between photographs and text and actual property/arrangements may occur. If we have been informed of material changes after your booking has been confirmed we will advise you before departure.
Where we carry out a personal inspection of a property, this is for the purpose of ensuring that the property meets the general overall standard we require of all the properties we advertise. We do not undertake inspections in order that we can advise you of their suitability for your particular needs and any statements we make to you concerning the property or its amenities should not be used by you as the basis for deciding whether to book that property.
10. SELF-CATERING APARTMENTS (SIERRA NEVADA): Unless otherwise confirmed in writing, self-catering accommodation is booked on the basis of the maximum sleeping capacity of the apartment as well as its approximate location (see point 11 for further details). For accommodation within the ski resort of Sierra Nevada, the location is split into three generic areas or “Zones”: Top Zone, Mid Zone & Central Zone.
Roughly speaking the zones are divided as follows although subtle variations occur between different managing agencies along the perceived “dividing lines” between the areas:
Top Zone: Everything located upwards from the “Telefonica” bend above the “Piornos” apartment block
Mid Zone: Everything above the “Monte Gorbea” building up to the “Los Piornos” apartment blocks
Central Zone: Everything located from the “Monte Gorbea” building down to the central squares.
Apartments in Sierra Nevada are generically categorised as follows among the various agencies operating in Sierra Nevada:
A8 – Apartment or duplex with 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (or 1 bathroom plus wash-room with toilet), lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 8 people.
B8 – Apartment or duplex with 2 or 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 8 people.
B6 – Apartment or duplex with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 6 people.
D6 – Apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 6 people.
D5 – Apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 5 people.
D4 – Apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 4 people.
E5 – Bedsit with possible area division, 1 bathroom, lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 5 people.
E4 – Bedsit with possible area division, 1 bathroom, lounge, kitchen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 4 people.
E3 – Bedsit with 1 bathroom, lounge, kicthen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 3 people.
E2 – Bedsit with 1 bathroom, lounge, kicthen(ette) – Max. Sleeping Capacity 2 people.
Due to the multitude of apartment designs and layouts, these categorisations are provided as a generic guideline in terms of what to expect. Through our years of experience in Sierra Nevada we urge you to read the following carefully on points that may come as a surprise to visitors coming to the resort for the first time:
Quality of Apartments: It is in our opinion that Sierra Nevada rarely provides “luxury” self-catering accommodation and we always recommend hotel accommodation initially to anyone who is looking for something with more quality elements attached to their choice of accommodation. Having said that, we are very much in close contact with a number of agencies operating in resort which has allowed us to sift through and offer you the best options. If a proprietor makes any kind of refurbishment to their apartment, we are usually informed of this to then view it for ourselves before advertising it on our website.
As standard, all apartments come equipped with the following: Full bath or shower room (a bath-tub is not guaranteed), kitchenette (often combined with the living area rather than separate), cutlery & crockery suitable for basic catering to the maximum occupancy of the unit, microwave, twin electric hob, fridge-freezer, TV (generally local channels only). Kettles are unlikely to be provided.
“Bedrooms”: In many apartment blocks there have been an increase in converting areas that are separate from the main living space in which a bunk (or single) bed has been placed and hence categorised as a “1 bedroom” apartment. This includes hallway’s which could be upon entry to the accommodation or an area created originally for access to another bedroom and/or bathroom. These areas may or may not have a closed-off division from the main living area but are nevertheless categorised as a “bedroom”.
Beds: Sleeping arrangements vary greatly from one apartment to another and many consist of any combination of double beds, single beds, bunk beds, low-level beds, z-beds and sofa-beds. Requests may be made for specific sleeping requirements although we are given no guarantees by the owner/agent.
Note Regarding Bunk Beds: Due to the large variety of furnishings used by individual proprietors in self-catering units, we are unable to guarantee safety rails on the upper bunk beds.
Space: Where apartments are rented out to their full capacity, storage space may be limited. Many of the newer buildings often have significantly smaller apartments than the older blocks. As such, we may recommend a lower maximum capacity to our clients for certain units that we know about in order to provide a more comfortable outcome for you. The older blocks are generally more spacious but occasionally more deteriorated in their decor and furnishings.
Hot Water: Apartments are generally equipped with electric water heaters. Hot water may be limited in order to feed several consecutive showers for all occupants and it is quite normal to expect to have to wait after 2-3 showers for the water to heat up sufficiently. The hot water capacity does not cater for all occupants taking baths!
Parking is often available for apartment rentals and may be subject to additional charges.
Photographs of many properties shown on the website are provided purely as an idea of what may be expected and, unless otherwise specified, in no way reflect the exact apartment that you may finally be allocated. Differences occur with decoration, furnishings and general room distribution thereby making it impossible to show all options. No photos are available other than those shown on the website.
During High Season periods it is not uncommon to experience disturbances from other apartment occupants within the accommodation building. If the apartment in question has been let by the same agency, the occupants may be advised to keep the noise down in the future. In all other cases neither the rental agency nor Sierra Essence accepts responsibility. Most accommodation blocks do not have a night guard service unless indicated on the website.
11. PROPRIETOR / AGENCY AGREEMENTS FOR THE RENTAL OF SELF-CATERING APARTMENTS (Sierra Nevada Only): In order for our clients to better understand Sierra Nevada reservation policy where it comes to self-catering apartments, the following standard agreements are made between the individual property proprietor and the managing agency:
Where a proprietor agrees to let their apartment via an agency, their contract agreement typically allows them a period of between 10-20 days (particularly during high season periods and this may vary between agencies) to make any private reservations for their own property. During other periods of the season and within reason they may even be within their right to reserve their apartment for private use right up to the last minute. For this reason, standard policy is restricted to reserving self-catering accommodation on the sole basis of the zone location and sleeping capacity as indicated in point 10 above. By not allocating a particular accommodation unit, the agencies hope to avoid any Client disappointment which might have been caused if a unit had been allocated and then the proprietor withdrew it from the rental market for the dates booked by the client.
*SPECIFIC ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS*: Sierra Essence has a unique position through years of close working relationships with various managing agencies to selectively offer specific units as advertised on our website. In these cases, our confirmation of availability and final reservation is only provided on the Client’s full understanding that amendments may still be made by the responsible Owner/Managing Agent in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as maintenance issues, acts of God, sale of the property, individual proprietor amendments, damage caused by previous tenants etc. which may result in last minute re-allocations having to be made.
Where modifications are deemed necessary, Sierra Essence will make all efforts to ensure you are informed as soon as we are made aware of the situation by the respective Owner/Managing Agency. Standard booking policy states that the responsible Owner/Managing Agency will make all efforts to source alternative accommodation according to the type and zone location initially requested. Neither the respective Owner/Managing Agency nor Sierra Essence will be held responsible for any such amendments that may be deemed necessary for reasons mentioned in the above paragraph.
Where suitable alternative accommodation is unavailable at the time or an adequate solution is not found to a problem, Sierra Essence will assist clients on an intermediary basis with the Owner/Managing Agency for suitable recompense. All authorised resolutions are left entirely to the accommodation agency unless Sierra Essence is found to be at fault with any of our intermediations in the booking process. Please see points 24 & 25 for further details.
12. APARTMENT KEY COLLECTION & DEPARTURE: By standard policy, key collection is made between 17.00 – 20.00hrs on the day of your arrival. Departures are requested to be made by 10am. Failure to vacate on time may result in a surcharge up to the value of 1 night’s rental according to current rates at the time of departure.
On arrival, you may be required to sign a contract from the respective agency, pass on details of a credit card or make cash payment as a deposit to be held and returned on your departure. You are requested to ensure that all furniture is left in a similar state and position as found on arrival; all crockery and cutlery is washed and stowed; rubbish is dropped into the containers found along the roadsides, all used linen and towels should be piled in a heap and left in the bathroom and the key is left with the relevant agency office or reception.
13. HOTEL RESERVATIONS: ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE: Standard hotel check-in/check-out policy varies from one establishment to another. Typically check-in is made from 4pm (with some exceptions to this being from 12 noon) and check-out by 12 noon. Failure to vacate on time may result in a surcharge being applied up to the value of 1 night’s accommodation according to current rates at the time of departure. This will be charged for directly by the respective establishment’s reception staff.
BEDS – “Double” rooms are generally furnished with two single beds set side by side. Double beds are rarely provided except in rooms allocated specifically as “single” where even here it may not be a full sized double bed. Where third and fourth beds are required, these may vary in forms from sofa-bed, bunk beds and pull-out beds etc. Hotels do vary in their choice of sleeping arrangements.
FACILITIES – These vary greatly from one hotel to another and are in no way reflected in any prices provided unless clearly stated in the actual quotation sent to you.
PARKING – Some hotels have private parking facilities which are generally required to be reserved on arrival due to limited availability. We do not make any reservation for parking at any of the hotels we use and in no way will this be included in to any quotes we provide you unless specifically stated on the email confirmation.
14. LATE ARRIVALS & SUPPLEMENTS (Sierra Nevada Apartments Only): You are requested to advise us at least 24 hours in advance on your estimated time of arrival. Failure to do so may result in losing the first night’s accommodation if arriving after 20.00hrs. Arrivals after 20.00hrs are subject to the following supplements (Euros) to cover ad-hoc staffing expenses:
20.00 – 21.30: 10.00€
21.30 – 23.30: 20.00€
23.30 – 01.00: 30.00€
01.00 – 03.00: 40.00€
03.00 – 08.00: 50.00€
These payments will be made upon arrival in cash directly to the person who meets you.
15. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: Unless otherwise stated, a security deposit is often required for most self-catering accommodation to cover the cost of any damages and/or breakages and (where applicable) the cost of excess cleaning and other services incurred and which are payable by you during your stay. Depending on the respective Owner, your credit card details or a cash deposit may be requested upon check-in. Alternatively it may be necessary for Sierra Essence to hold your credit card details for the same purpose. Cash deposits generally start from around 50€ per occupant or more and will be payable on arrival to the Owner/Agent. In some instances and where advised by us, this deposit may be required at the time of confirming your booking.
If no damage and/or costs as stated above has been caused and/or incurred by you or you have settled the cost of these direct with the Owner before your departure from the property any security deposit paid will be returned in full upon departure.
Only those persons named on the booking form may use and stay at the property(s) booked. In the event that the maximum number allowed at the property is exceeded without the prior agreement of the Owner, the Owner reserves the right to terminate the booking of the party in question at their sole discretion and with no refund issued.
You must maintain the property in the same condition as at the time of your arrival and you must leave the property in a similar state of cleanliness and general order and repair in which you found it.
Should you encounter any defects in your chosen accommodation, it your responsibility to make this known immediately to the managing agency/receptionist for them to resolve them as soon as possible. Our in-resort staff are also available (at Intersport Rio Sport) for support in these situations if you have difficulties in getting through to the managing agent. Do not leave making a complaint until after your stay in regards to any defects etc.!
Should you be responsible for any of the equipment or furnishings in the property becoming lost or damaged or the property itself being damaged, you will be required to make immediate cash settlement with the Owner, rather than having the funds deducted from any security deposit you have paid. If you make immediate cash settlement with the Owner or us and the security deposit or any part of it is not required, such amount as is not required by the Owner will be refunded to you on your return.
16. LIFT PASSES: Sierra Essence contracts a local agent for the acquisition of lift passes. We require a minimum of 2 working days’ notice to process bookings. The earlier you book your passes, the more discount you get. Your lift pass booking is only confirmed once we have received full payment and you are in receipt of our Lift pass payment confirmation email.
Modification: If you need to modify your ski dates or the number of people skiing, we must cancel the entire booking and re-make it. If the lift passes have increased in price at the time of modification (due to the lift pass company’s policy of increasing prices closer to the first ski date) each pass will be charged at the new rate. You will be charged in full for the new booking. As soon as the lift pass company refunds us for the original booking, we will reimburse you in full for it.
Cancellation: It is not possible to cancel individual passes within a booking: the entire booking must be cancelled. Refunds may not be immediate, we have to wait for the lift pass company to refund us.
Cancellation up to 3 days before: A full refund is available for cancellation up to 3 days before your first ski day. For example, a lift pass booking that starts on a Friday can be cancelled up to midday on Tuesday and be refunded in full.
Cancellation between 3 days before and midday the day before your first ski day: Passes are refundable minus an admin. charge of 10€ per pass per day (this is an admin. fee applied by the lift pass company, not by Sierra Essence). For example, a booking that starts on a Friday can be cancelled up to midday (Spanish time) on the Thursday with a full refund minus the 10€ per day per pass admin fee.
Refunds: Refunds are only available if you miss an entire* day’s skiing due to a) bad weather resulting in the closure of the lifts or b) injury** or illness.** To get a refund, you must hand your lift passes back to us at the end of your stay for which we will give you a receipt. Failure to return your passes and get a receipt means we will be unable to process your refund. Refunds are calculated by the lift pass company and include a 10€ per day per pass admin. fee, unless the refund is being sought as a result of the station being closed for the day, in which case no fee is charged. All discounted passes, i.e. infant, senior plus and disabled passes are non-refundable.
Whether you cancel your booking outright or require a refund for days not skied during your trip, the refund is not immediate. This is due to the administration process of the lift pass company, Cetursa S.A. It must first review and authorise the motive and amount for reimbursement, then transfer the funds to Sierra Essence, at which point we refund you. Refunds can take several weeks and in some cases over a month to be issued.
*refunds are only made for entire days missed. The use of any lift even just once means the lift pass company will not give a refund. When the lifts have been closed due to severe weather conditions but then reopen later in the day, no refund will be issued if you decide not to ski, unless the lift pass company specifically advertises to the contrary on its website.
**refunds for entire days missed due to injury or illness can only be applied for with a doctor’s letter. This can be obtained for free from the Medical Centre in the resort (located on the piste at the base of the Al-Andalus gondola) and should be handed to us together with the pass/es for which you require a refund.
Sierra Essence bears no influence on the final amounts authorised for refund by the lift pass company, Cetursa S.A. Neither are we liable for any additional costs you may incur in the process.
17. ACTIVITIES & HIKES: All activities & hikes reserved are carried out strictly dependent on the weather conditions on the day of the activity or activities. Where conditions are deemed unstable from a safety perspective by the acting activity company, an alternative solution may be offered whether it is the same activity on a different day or at a different time or an alternative activity or hike that is not affected in the same adverse way as the original activity.
All meeting points, times and relevant contact numbers are provided at the time of confirmation by payment. These are subject to last minute alterations for which you are required to contact the respective supplier at least 24 hours before the event takes place.
If the client is insufficiently equipped to safely partake in the activity, the acting guide(s) reserves the right to cancel or postpone the activity according to their respective operating and safety policies. This may incur an amendment fee.
The acting guide is entirely responsible for the on goings of the activity or hike and must at all times be adhered to when and if specific instructions are given.
Levels of English speaking may be limited to basic vocabulary relating to the activity or hike and any equipment that may be used. Whilst no guarantees are made, Sierra Essence endeavour to ensure the acting activity company provides their most linguistically skilled guides for the activities or hikes required.
In some instances, and by way of example (although in no way limiting to these examples), lack of client fitness, incoming adverse weather and other unforeseeable circumstances, the guide may decide to modify the itinerary of the activity or hike at hand in order to adhere to minimum safety requirements.
18. TRANSFERS: Sierra Essence uses registered transportation taxi & bus companies for transfers to/from the Client’s accommodation. The vehicles used are hence insured, maintained and licensed by these independent companies over which Sierra Essence holds no influence.
You will be met by the driver who will have a sign with the Booking Name written on it. Ensure you have your transfer confirmation document with you in the event it is requested by the driver.
Sierra Essence holds no liability regarding any issues that may arise during the transfer but will assist in passing on any correspondence to the transportation company involved.
Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be authorised for any cancellations made up to 48 hours of your transfer date. Refunds for cancellations within this period are left to the discretion of the respective transport company.
19. CRECHE / SNOW GARDEN (Sierra Nevada): We apply a non-refundable minimum charge for the intermediary service of booking our clients’ children into the ski resort Creche and/or Snow Garden. These companies are run entirely separately from TSE and your contract for them is strictly between you and them. All complaints should be addressed directly to the respective company. Please also see clause 1 above and our conditions of website use.
Cancellations made within 48 hours of your first booking date or later, will incur a fee of 20 Euros to cover extra administrative costs. Refunds will be made in accordance to the cancellation policy of the Creche/Snow Garden supplier.
20. SKI / SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT HIRE: Through years of working closely with Intersport Rio Sport, we offer special discounts on their ski/snowboard equipment when making a booking with us. Sierra Essence accepts no responsibility for any issues that may arise in relation to your equipment and/or services received although our staff will happily aid in any intermediation that may be deemed necessary. You are entirely responsible for your equipment once you have rented it until the moment you return it at the end of your stay. Any damage to or loss of equipment may be charged for at the discretion of the shop management. Sierra Essence recommends taking out a good ski insurance that would cover any loss/theft of equipment. Rio Sport also offers their own insurance option to cover this potential eventuality.
All payments for equipment hire will be paid directly to the shop staff.
Where “Children” are concerned, equipment is provided on the basis of the size of the ski or snowboard required and their corresponding boot bindings rather than the actual age of the child. Typically speaking a child ski reaches a maximum of 140cms and a child snowboard, 120cms. The bindings on the child ski or snowboard will also only serve up to a maximum foot size. If your child has a larger foot and hence needs a larger boot, then they may need an adult ski or snowboard to suit. Helmets are highly recommended to rent especially for children!
21. AIR TRANSPORT: We do not sell or make available for sale or process the sale of flights. Any contract you have in respect of flights will be with the flight provider concerned.
22. CAR HIRE: We may refer you to car hire companies from time to time. These companies are entirely separate companies from us and your contract for car hire is strictly between you and them. Any complaints should be addressed directly to the car hire company. Please also see clause 1 above and our conditions of website use.
23. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE: You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance. We do not currently offer any form of travel insurance to you. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them on holiday with you. We cannot accept any responsibility in the event that you have failed to arrange travel insurance.
24. COMPLAINTS: As an Intermediary Agent for all service enquiry & reservations arranged, we do not accept responsibility for the final quality of products and services provided by our service providers. Please see clause 1 above.
If you have a complaint regarding a property and/or arrangements you have booked you must first inform the responsible Owner immediately. If you are unable to contact the Owner whilst at the property or during a particular arrangement with your complaint, please contact our in-resort representative during their working hours whereupon we will endeavour to assist you with any issues. If, after that, you feel that the problem has not been resolved, you should write to us telling us about your complaint within 7 days of returning from your holiday.
We will forward your written complaint to the Owner and pass on any response from the Owner to you. It is your responsibility to take the complaint up with the Owner directly unless we are at fault in any of our intermediations in the actual booking process.
If you have any complaints regarding any other services we provide (as opposed to any provided by the Owner), you must inform us straight away in writing and in any event within 28 days of the end of any arrangements booked through us.
25. LIABILITY: As an Intermediary Agent arranging services and products by our collaborating service providers we do not accept any liability for any act(s) or omission(s) of the Owner or anyone representing, or employed by, the Owner. Furthermore, we do not accept any liability for any shortcomings or defects with or in any property as all properties are within the sole control of their respective Owners.
We do not accept any liability if we are not so notified of any particular issue arising with your arrangements. Our maximum liability to you if we are found to be at fault in relation to any service we provide (as opposed to any service provided by a third party such as an Owner for whom we are not responsible) is limited to the commission we have earned or are due to earn in relation to the booking in question. We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury which arises as a result of our negligence or that of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment and as such will be dealt with in accordance to procedures established via our Public Liability insurance cover.
Turismo Sierra Essence S.L.
C/Pico del Goteron 7, 18160 Güejar Sierra, Spain
British Ski Center Specific Booking Terms & Conditions in Relation to Ski/Snowboard Tuition:
(Last update: January 2022)
In the following booking conditions “we” and/or “us” means British Ski Center and “You” means all persons named on the booking form (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date). Any monies paid to us for any booking imply your full agreement and understanding of the following:
1. Ensure that all details printed on your booking confirmation document are correct. Any errors or doubts should be emailed immediately to email@example.com quoting your client reference number. We accept no responsibility for any oversights or errors found later on your booking confirmation documentation.
2. Please call (+34) 670 461330 or find us at our office base (see point number 8) the day before your first class to confirm everything.
3. Your reservation will be held until the morning of your first day’s class at 09.15. After this time, if the balance payment or no contact has been made, the reservation may be cancelled, deposit with-held and cancellation fees applied according to our cancellation policies described under points 24 – 31.
4. Skiing / Snowboarding Abilities: Where more than 1 person takes part in any class (private or group), it is the responsibility of all taking part to ensure that their respective levels of skiing/snowboarding are similar. Where split levels arise during a class, the instructor is restricted to teaching to the lower standard which will subsequently reduce progression levels (and hence value for money) of those with a higher level of skiing or snowboarding. We offer no refunds in these cases where insufficient information has been provided in respect of the experiences had by each person taking part.
5. Children & Adults: As a general rule we always teach children (especially young children) separately from adults due to significant issues arising in relation to teaching techniques and learning capacities. Young children in particular also get very distracted by having their parents or other adult family member with them in a class which ultimately limits the amount of progression they make as well as reducing their overall enjoyment of the class. Where bookings are made irrespective of this advice, we accept no claims made latterly and offer no refunds.
6. “Tiny Tots”: For particularly young children (up to 6yrs) we generally recommend starting off on a one-to-one private tuition basis. In a Group scenario we will always try to limit the group size to no more than 4 to any one instructor. As per point 5, we strongly recommend not combining a class for a tot with a parent or guardian. Where bookings are made irrespective of this advice, we accept no claims made latterly and offer no refunds.
7. a) English Instructors: We strive to ensure that all our contracted instructors are either native English speaking or at the very least are fluent in English, being accustomed to speaking English on a regular basis. Since brexit, acquiring native English instructors has become particularly difficult. As such the overall proportion of native English instructors within our team has reduced slightly since 2019/20 but at the same time we are fortunate to have been blessed with some fantastic new double-nationality instructors who are of both English and Spanish nationality.
b) Busy periods: Where demand dictates (especially during, but not limited to, the Christmas/New Year, February half term and Easter holiday periods), we may have to sub-contract instructors from other ski schools. Where this occurs, we ensure that only the best English speaking and professional instructors available are sourced based fundamentally on our personal acquaintance of them. We make no further guarantees relating to their actual language fluency beyond the fact that they all have experience teaching in English. Upon reservation, you will not be confirmed your actual instructor unless specifically requested by name and confirmed as available. However irrespective of this, we reserve the right to change the instructor reserved without prior notice to effectively cover demand requirements and in the event of illness or other such situations resulting in the instructor not being able to take the class.
Contact & Meeting Points:
8. Contact: We are based in the Intersport Rio Sport equipment hire shop located 30m from the Al-Andalus gondola entrance. Please be sure to ask for the British Ski Center so as to avoid confusion with the shop’s own Spanish ski school. During the ski season (November to end of April), our office contact number is: +34 670 461330. All of our contact numbers and email addresses are displayed on our website: www.britishskicenter.co.uk. In the event of an emergency or you require an out-of-season contact please dial: +34 646 178406.
9. Our meeting point for classes is in the area known as “Borreguiles” unless otherwise indicated on your confirmation documentation or verbally upon your arrival. As of December 2019, we have a physical office here located around to the left of the exit from the “Al-Andalus” Gondola opposite a number of other ski school offices and the public toilets. Please note that if you take the “Borreguiles” Gondola instead, upon exit from the gondola itself, take the first escalator and bear right at the top to join a second one. From the top of the second escalator you are lead out to the main terrace of the Borreguiles restaurant. Follow the terrace around to the right of the building to find our office.
Important: Both Gondolas take around 7-10 minutes, (not including queue times!). Please allow plenty of time to get to our meeting point in advance of your classes. We cannot guarantee to be able to recuperate time lost due to arriving late.
10. Our uniforms consist of predominantly blue ski jackets and ski pants with the “British Ski Center” logo and “Instructor” on our back as well as the same logo on our right lapel and our ski pants. Our Office contact number is +34 670 461330.
11. Definition: A specific class for up to 4 people together whether from the same family or friends and with similar abilities. There will be one instructor to teach you for an initial minimum period of 2 hours per session. A private class means that there will not be anyone “unknown” in the group as it will be based on a mutual agreement between all members.
12. Tuition Hours Taken: These depend on you but as a rule a two hour session is the best option to make noticeable progression in any single class as well as increasing value for money. For larger class sizes, 3 or 4 people, it can be more beneficial to take a 3 or even 4 hour session instead depending also on the general level of fitness within the class members. Our website provides full details on options available.
13. Definition: A class for 3 or 5 people as a minimum requirement with one instructor. We do our best to make up the minimum numbers as and when group tuition is requested. People taking part in group tuition do not necessarily know the other group members.
14. Group Types are divided essentially into “Holiday Groups” and “Mini Groups”. Holiday groups are those that run specifically during the school holiday periods whilst Mini groups may run during all other seasonal periods.
15. Holiday Groups: 5 days of tuition running from Monday to Friday with 3 hours of tuition per day (typically between 11am-2pm on the first day and then from 10am – 1pm on all subsequent days). Minimum of 5 people required to run any group. Maximum group sizes are intended not to exceed 10 people in any one group. Under special circumstances and in the aim of keeping all groups as even as possible in terms of the level of skiing / snowboarding, we may deem it necessary to exceed this limit if other instructors are unavailable.
16. Mini Groups: 2-6 days flexible tuition consisting of 3 hours tuition per day (morning or afternoon depending on client preferences and instructor availability). Minimum of 3 people required to run any group. Maximum group sizes are intended not to exceed 6 people in any one group. Under special circumstances and in the aim of keeping all groups as even as possible in terms of the level of skiing / snowboarding, we may deem it necessary to exceed this limit.
17. Minimum Numbers: If, as a result of cancellations, lack of interest or misleading information we receive from you or other clients relating to previous ski/snowboarding experience(s), the numbers are not met, we reserve the right to make such amendments as reducing the number of daily hours given in order to ensure that tuition is guaranteed to those who have booked whilst at the same time covering our costs.
18. Group Levels: All efforts are made to ensure that levels of skiing / snowboarding within any group are similar. As numbers increase within a group this is harder to guarantee. Our initial groupings are based entirely on information you provide us about your previous experience and that of any other person taking part under your booking. If this is misleading in any way it could disrupt the grouping procedure and hence everyone’s progression and enjoyment. Where spaces & instructors are available, we are able to move people between groups in further efforts to equalise the levels. At other times this is not possible due to either a lack of appropriate group or instructors available and we accept no liability for this. In all cases you understand and accept that people progress at different speeds for many different reasons far beyond our control thereby creating certain imbalances among a group. Our instructors are trained to work at maintaining as much balance possible within the group in attempts to avoid these situations.
19. Definition: A designated period for an instructor to lead 4 people or more on a reconnaissance trip covering certain areas of the ski terrain according to the general abilities among the group. The principal idea here is to effectively give you a clear insight into the layout of the ski terrain, it’s short-cuts to/from certain areas, quiet/busy areas, hard/easy runs etc..
20. Minimum Numbers: The minimum charge for four people will apply in the event of fewer than 4 people signing up. Where numbers are few, we will contact you a few days in advance to give you the option of cancelling (Guiding only). If you opt not to cancel at this point and then decide to cancel after our advising you, no refund will be made on deposits paid and all other cancellation conditions apply as per points 24-31.
Paying for Your Tuition:
21. Booking Deposit: Typically, 50% of the total booking is required to confirm any tuition reservation. This is payable either by bank transfer into our company account, credit/debit card or PayPal. Details will be provided upon confirmation. The balance is then payable at the latest by 09.15 on the morning of your first day of tuition.
For Bank Transfers: WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY CHARGES OR SHARED FEES. Our account is Euro-denominated. When making an international transfer it is essential that no fees are charged to us. Some clients’ banks charge 20€ or 30€ without explicitly stating so when a transfer is made. If you are in any doubt, we recommend you consult first with your bank or you pay by debit/credit card as we will require an additional payment from you if a transfer fee has been deducted from the total due. Please put your ‘booking name’ as a reference on the payment and email us the transfer receipt.
For Card Payments: Payment will be charged in Euros unless we are notified otherwise. We accept VISA, Mastercard or Maestro. Please reply to this email with the long card number and expiry date (security code is NOT required). Your card details will be deleted from our system immediately after use. Alternatively you can ring us (using the number at the foot of this email) during office hours with your details.
For Paypal Payments: As a result of Paypal’s transaction and service fees, we will add on a supplement of 2% to the total amount due for payment to partially cover these expenses.
Where last minute bookings are concerned (3 or fewer days prior to the first lesson) you will be required to make full payment in advance at the time of booking by credit/debit card.
22. Balance Payments: Balance payment will be made by no later than 09.15 on the day of the first class. Please call (+34) 670 461330 if you believe you will not make this time! If you are in resort the day before, our office is open until 6pm to make payment.
Cancellation, modification & refunds:
23a. Any cancellation made within 36 hours of the morning of the first class date (9am) will result in the loss of the deposit paid. Cancellations made up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to the first class will be fully refundable. Cancelations made from 72-36 hours prior to your first date for tuition will result in your deposit being held for use as credit towards a future booking either during the current season or the following one. All amounts to be refunded will be done so via the same method used for making the original payment. Where bank transfers are concerned this will be minus any bank charges that may be applied in the process.
Modifications may be made at any time without penalty so long as any reduction of days reserved are at least 36 hours hence of the date of modification and always where availability permits. For example, for a 4 day booking: to reduce this to 3 days by cancelling the last day, you must do this at least 36 hours prior to the day you wish to cancel.
23b. Cancelations for bookings made during the following periods: 27-31st December; 1st-5th January; 12th-28th February require at least 72 hours notice before your first date for tuition after which, your deposit will be witheld and not refunded.
COVID: In the event that Covid-19 travel restrictions result in you being unable to travel and therefore have to cancel your lesson after the free cancellation period, you will be entitled to a full refund or credit for use on a future trip. Written proof may be requested to show that the late cancellation is a direct result of Covid-19. Flight cancellation alone does NOT apply unless ALL flights are grounded due to Covid restrictions.
24. Cancellations During Your Stay: Once confirmed and paid, you are obliged to take part in the classes or at least find a suitable replacement to fill your slot. The full amount will be withheld in either case.
25. Lift Closure/Poor Weather Conditions: In the event of adverse weather conditions resulting in the closure of the ski lifts, British Ski Center will endeavour to re-allocate your classes on subsequent days according to current availability at the time. This may mean a change of instructor for some of the periods. Where group tuition is concerned, refunds will only be issued where 3 or more hours’ tuition are lost. This will be calculated on a proportional basis of the total hours contracted less a 5% administration fee. Where the ski lifts are operational in spite of poor weather conditions, all classes will continue as scheduled. The decision by the client to abstain from classes due to poor weather does not entitle you to a refund of any kind although, where available, classes may feasibly be postponed to an alternative day/time.
26. Accidents: In the event of an accident resulting in you having to cancel the remainder of your classes, and as long as we have been notified at least 12 hours before the next class is due, refunds for subsequent Private tuition classes will be issued less a 5% administration fee. Refunds for Group tuition will be issued if 3 or more hours’ tuition are lost. This will be calculated on a proportional basis of the total hours contracted less a 5% administration fee.
27. Children: Children often have to break during a class due to the climate and high altitude effects. If they have not eaten or drunk anything for a while, these effects can be magnified significantly. We provide no refunds for any breaks having to be taken as this simply forms part of the wellfare of your child and thereby maximising their progression and overall enjoyment of their lesson.
28. Sickness: In the event of sickness, refunds for subsequent classes not taken will be issued as per point number 27 and as long as we have been notified at least 12 hours before the next class is due.
29. No Shows: Irrespective of the reason, not showing for a lesson will result in the loss of the full fee for the class.
30. Cash, Bank Transfer and Credit Card Refunds: For security reasons, we do not carry large sums of cash readily available to pay refunds during your stay. We reserve the right to pay any refunds by bank transfer to a UK or Spanish bank account of your choosing. Refunds issued by bank transfer will exclude any commission fees that may be applied. Where original payments have been made by credit card, your refund will be made via the same means subject to the date of the original payment. All refunds will be made in EUROS in accordance to the original amount you have paid. If your bank is not a Euro account, the exchange rate will be determined by your bank, not ours. Credit card issuers may vary their exchange rate on credit card refunds. We do not cover any differences incurred by exchange rate variations UNLESS the reason for the refund is due to an administrative error on our part.
31. In the event you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your tuition received, we urge you to let us know immediately, in person at either of our office bases in Borreguiles (our meeting point) or at Intersport Rio Sport (located in the Plaza de Andalucia), so that we may look into the matter and offer a suitable resolution. Alternatively you may contact our office number on: +34 670 461330 between 9am and 6pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
32. We accept no liability, except purely as a source of feedback, for complaints received more than 24 hours after the tuition has been taken.
33. Where situations have no solution and British Ski Center is clearly at fault, we will offer a full refund for any tuition lost.
Sierra Essence Ski & Mountain Center 2006 S.L.
C/Pico del Goteron 7, 18160 Güejar Sierra, Spain