Many of our colleagues are former teachers and so, for us, the health and safety of our groups must always be the priority.
You may have seen the School Travel Forum logo around our site; this is because, as the snow sports division of Halsbury Travel Ltd., we are very proud to be a full member of this organisation of leading school tour operators. STF’s mission is to promote good practice and safety in school travel and, as part of this organisation we have assumed responsibility for devising and implementing our own Safety Management System. This means that you can rest assured that all hotel and transport providers are properly audited, and that all possible measures have been taken to protect the health and safety of our groups when on one of our tours.
Safety Management System
For us, safety is a way of life and we make the following commitments to you:
• We will continue to work hard to promote a positive health and safety culture
• We will always fully assess the risks associated with activities and will both introduce and maintain appropriate control measures
• We will provide safe accommodation and transport by only ever using competent providers who comply with local, national and/or international health and safety standards
• We will provide adequate financial and human resources to effectively implement this policy
• We will ensure that all staff are able to competently apply the SMS
• We will always establish and then maintain effective communication with you
• We will regularly review the SMS and, where appropriate, update this
Halsbury Ski staff assume responsibility for the application of the SMS and for the monitoring and improvement of safety standards on all of our tours.
Safety on the slopes
Download a 'Safety on the Slopes' handout for your students!
We strongly recommend that all skiers follow the FIS (International Ski Federation) Rules of Conduct:
Respect: Do not endanger others
Control: Adapt the manner and speed of your skiing to your ability and the general conditions on the mountain
Choice of route: The skier/snowboarder in front of you has priority – always leave enough space
Overtaking: Leave plenty of space when overtaking a slower skier/snowboarder
Entering and starting: Look up and down the mountain each time before starting or entering a marked run
Stopping: Only stop at the edge of the piste or where you can be easily seen
Climbing: When climbing up or down, always keep to the side of the piste
Signs: Obey all signs and markings – they are there for your safety
Assistance: In case of accidents provide help and alert the rescue service
Identification: All those involved in an accident, including witnesses, should exchange names and addresses