One great skier, a teenager, one 12 year old, a nervous friend and a wobbly parent. This group would normally spell a hopeless start to a special week’s holiday in the Alps. The solution has arrived in the form of a small award-winning company called PT Ski which copes with all sorts of calamitous-looking holiday groups and makes sure everyone has a good time. One Notting Hill mother Anne-Marie Mackay who has had several disastrous holidays says: “I am never going again unless it’s with PT Ski, they not only took all the stress out of a skiing holiday but showed me how much fun it can be, even for a reluctant skier like me.” The company, which has just won The Times Travel Editor’s Award, is based in Klosters and run by James and Sos Palmer-Tomkinson who know every snowflake in the resort and really look after their 250 annual clients. (Scott Dunn has about 12,000).
You’ll be in safe hands. James Palmer-Tomkinson’s grandfather twice competed in the Olympics and was British ski champion. He fell in love with a fellow Swiss ski champion in Klosters and their four children skied too. James P-T’s father was also British ski champion and competed in the Olympics. To keep it in the family, James P-T is President of the local ski club and has set up a race training week for children as it gets them to focus and enjoy the speed safely. The approach is much the same for PT Ski kids weeks except with less bias towards racing. Swiss ski instructors do the tuition but the programme and any racing are organised by James P-T. “Kids want to become better at skiing and do it in a fun environment. If they don’t progress they get a bit bored,” he says.
The whole holiday is organised for you by PT Ski, you just book flights to Zurich. They collect you from the airport and will book anything from inexpensive simple accommodation to five star or chalet and organise a varied week for your ski group with up to 13 ski ‘hosts’ to ski with you and show you the perfect slopes depending on how you ski. “The hosts are a bit like a human piste map ,” says Sos P-T who will organise restaurants and massages for you too. Ooh it does sound lovely and don’t think the whole thing is too expensive. “It is more M&S or Waitrose than Harrods,” she says, with a week starting at about £840 a person for three star accommodation with the full PT service. If you mention Notting Hill Post when you book you will find a chilled bottle of complimentary champagne waiting for you. ptski