Friday 12th April 2019 returning Sunday 21st April 2019

Coach Journey
From the meeting point we drive to the ferry terminal in Dover. Following the ferry crossing which takes around 90 minutes, we will be travelling overnight and through the day to our destination. Once back on the coach after the ferry everybody will be asked to be quiet so that some sleep can be found. We recommend bringing a small pillow and your wash kit in your hand luggage. You may wish to bring packed food for the journey. However we do make stops, at breakfast time in France (Euros) and at lunchtime in Switzerland (SF), at motorway service areas should you wish to buy food. Motorway services accept credit cards.
Please check that you have a valid UK passport and that it remains valid until at least the 21st October 2019. If you are not from the UK please check with your embassy whether you need a visa for France, Belgium, Luxembourg or Switzerland. 

Advice for British passport holders in the unlikely event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.
After 29 March 2019:
1.    You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
2.    If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count.
The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

The old E111 form has now been replaced. You will need the EHIC card. You can apply for one of these online at:
or in the usual way from your post office. Please note that to apply you will need to have the NHS or National Insurance Number, Forenames Surname/Family Name, and Date of Birth of each applicant. This can take 7 days to arrive if you are ordering online.
Elect Travel Insurance provides the insurance for the Ski Venture via Gold Hill Holidays. Please note an excess of £100 applies to each & every claim each insured person makes under the Cancellation & Curtailment, Medical & Other Expenses and Personal Luggage Money & Valuable sections. In the event of a claim we ask that any money paid out by leaders during the Venture is reimbursed via the Ventures office on return to the UK, we will of course offer assistance with any claim.


Our instructors are all provided by Gold Hill Holidays and are experienced, qualified, English speaking and great fun. You will be put into a group that will help your skiing or boarding and add to your enjoyment of the Venture. There will also be a chance to free ski, in controlled areas, as long as you are in groups of at least four with a leader who is there to supervise the group staying on runs that are within their capability. Skiing is a dangerous sport and each member needs to take responsibility to ski sensibly within their own ability.


In the evening we will have a really good meal, followed by an evening meeting. This will include a chance to worship God, to hear about what it means to be a Christian and how Jesus can affect our lives today. Afterwards there will be some entertainment, fun or challenge.


In the time leading up to the holiday please keep fit. If you are not fit you will limit your enjoyment of the holiday and increase the chances of injuring yourself or others. Do some more exercise than normal. It really will help you to enjoy the venture more. Eat healthily particularly lots of vitamin C and drink plenty of liquid. You can find the ideas on this website.


Everything is covered in the cost but you may wish to bring some Swiss Francs money for drinks, snacks on the journey, postcards and cuckoo clocks! We suggest bringing cash as it is not always easy to get to a bank. You can use Euros on the journey! There is not extensive retail therapy available in Lauterbrunnen and Switzerland is expensive. There will be a Ski Venture Bookshop that will enthusiastically exchange your UK money for a good Christian book.


You will be sent a Confidential Health Form nearer to the time. Please fill this in on and bring it with you to the Venture (in your hand luggage!). Please make sure that your parent or guardian has signed all the relevant parts. It is vital that we know if you have been ill in the three weeks up to the holiday so please contact Geoff Harley-Mason before the holiday with any details, as failure to do this could jeopardise the holiday for others.


We will all be helping out in the kitchen. This is a key part of the holiday and believe it or not, great fun. Please come prepared to put something into the holiday. Please bring a cake (but only one per family!) or some home baking as this would be good and much appreciated after a busy day on the slopes.




The linguists amongst you will be interested to know that Lauterbrunnen is a German speaking part of Switzerland.
Post is easily receivable at the chalet and ALWAYS appreciated.
There is NO need to bring any bedding as in this centre all bedding is provided. Note that this is different from some previous years.
a.k.a. The Rules

We genuinely don’t have any more more rules than is necessary on this Ski Venture.
We do however want everybody to be as happy and as safe as possible.
Here’s what we would like you to agree to:

1. Your safety is paramount. You must obey the instructions of the leaders and instructors at all times!
2. Always ski in groups of four, five or six, and on runs you have been cleared to ski on.
3. The coach is fitted with seat belts and you will be expected to wear them.
4. Please don’t drink alcohol during the Venture. The leaders have agreed not to as well.
5. Smoking is not permitted except with the express permission of Geoff Harley-Mason.
6. We respect each others areas and so boys are not allowed in girls dorms and vice versa.

It’s going to be a great holiday, please come along willing to put something in to the holiday and prepared for a fantastic time!


Ski Venture is one of about 90 Ventures. Ventures are run by CPAS, registered charity no 1007820 at CPAS, Sovereign Court One (Unit 3), Sir William Lyons Road, University of Warwick Science Park, COVENTRY CV4 7EZ.
The Ventures Office can be contacted for general enquiries on 0300 123 0780, [email protected],