YSE will lay on coaches from Geneva Airport to Val d’Isère and back from Val d’Isère to Geneva Airport every Sunday of our winter season.
These coach seats cost £35 single, £70 return for adults/children, and £25 single, £50 return for infants under 2. Seats must be booked in advance.
The plan is that when we have small numbers of guests, one coach will leave Geneva Airport at 14.00 or very shortly afterwards, and one will leave at 18.00. Guests wishing to take the 14.00 should book flights landing by 13.00 and those taking the 18.00 departure must land by 17.00. When we have more customers arriving, we will send off coaches as we can fill them, unless this would result in guests for too many different chalets on each coach and actually prolong the journey. We will use our judgment and experience to waste as little time as possible.
Skiers know that all sorts of problems can delay air passengers’ arrival in the winter. Fog in Britain, ice on wings, snow on runways, ash clouds, French air traffic controllers’ industrial action, passport control, baggage delivery, etc. And the road trip is also fraught with difficulties: ice, snow, avalanches, landslides, traffic jams, road accidents, floods, farmers dumping manure in the road – everything!
Fortunately, these sorts of problems occur very infrequently nowadays, but they are always possible. The coaches to Val d’Isère could be delayed. If one passenger were going to land two hours late, we would not expect the coach to wait. If thirty were, we might. For each group arriving we will have to consider the options. It would be very sensible if Party Leaders rang John Yates-Smith at Geneva (0033 609 460 741 or 0033 616 480 406) to warn him of any serious delay. But if people cannot meet the pre-booked coach, sadly they will have to make their own way to the resort.
Likewise, we shall use our best endeavours to transport guests rapidly from Val d’Isère to the airport each Sunday. Our plan is to leave at 08.00, possibly 07.30 if we are anticipating snow or heavy traffic. The journey normally takes less than three hours, so 08.00 is usually early enough for flights departing from 12.30 on. However, over the years we have seen coaches delayed by all of the problems listed above, with the journey taking up to two days! Again, this is incredibly rare, but possible. It cannot be foreseen or allowed for unless we are to leave Val d’Isère on the Friday! We can accept no liability when coaches are delayed by matters beyond our control, and guests must ensure that their travel insurance covers them for costs incurred due to travel disruption.