School Trips Specialist Activ4 Launch 2012 USA Ski Programme

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Oct. 11, 2010) – Activ4, specialists in organising school trips and sports tours have just launched their 2012 USA ski programme, which includes several new destinations that are perfectly suited to school groups.

Whilst many ski lovers are still waiting for the 2010/2011 ski season to begin, Activ4 have already been working hard in preparing their ski programme for the following winter season – 2012. The booking period for school ski trips differs entirely from consumers booking their own personal ski trips with friends and family. This is no bad thing given the costs involved; allowing parents the much needed extra breathing space to save for their children to participate in one of life’s most fun filled action sports.

With the unavoidable additional costs involved in skiing holidays versus a regular holiday, such as the clothing, equipment, lessons and lift passes, these types of holidays can be expensive. However, sending children on skiing trips organised through their schools is a great way to minimise the cost; the size of school groups often means additional savings and discounts can be secured. This gives parents the opportunity to send their child on a skiing holiday at a cost that is generally much cheaper than if they were to book it themselves.

Other benefits, aside from the peace and quiet whilst kids are away, is knowing they are participating in trips that are safe, well organised and with friends their own age who will also be at the same level. Generally school ski trips are booked through specialist bonded tour operators who take care of literally everything school groups typically need, and who are also based in the resorts being visited, meaning they are on hand 24/7.

Activ4 have been organising school ski trips to North America for over a decade, some of the reasons why they focus on the United States rather than Europe are more reliable and consistent snow conditions, American accommodation standards tend to be higher and the service generally is much better, from the tutors on the slopes through to dining out. In addition, in peak season, school groups are given priority for ski lifts, which dramatically reduces the amount of time queuing and more time skiing.

Steve Scott, Activ4’s Managing Director commented; “Over the last few years skiing holidays to the USA have proven to give school parties overall better value for money and this is why we have decided to grow our programme for 2012. New and exclusive to Activ4 is the beautiful resort of Crystal Mountain in Washington State. We are the only tour operator in the UK who have access to organising special packages for UK schools to ski in this resort. Also new is the resort of Waterville Valley in New Hampshire, a 2 hour drive from Boston making it very accessible for parties travelling from the UK”.

Activ4 are a leading UK tour operator specialising in educational travel and sports tours, such as football tours in Spain and rugby tours in Portugal. For further information visit