April 29, 2021: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
As an industry leader in snowsports coaching and instruction, we’ve come to realise people want more from their time on the slopes, and this can make deciding where to go difficult. We believe receiving the opportunity to sample and get a feeling for a number of resorts and different locations, networking with both teachers / trip co ordinations from other establishments and of course members of our team, you’ll be significantly more confident in choosing which resort is right for your group when you return home.
There is a chance your lead resort option isn’t that of the majority of the group, and therefore there is a risk it may receive a reduced inspection than others, this of course is the very nature of an open inspection, where we try and meet as many peoples requirements as possible, however we will do our up-most to cater to everybody’s needs.
Our open visits are separate to our closed inspections and attendance upon one does not invalidate our obligations to you concerning a closed private inspection booking.
Our open inspection visits will run on a number of occasions throughout the ski season, however closed inspections are available upon request for groups simply by contacting us beforehand.
For more information about our closed inspection visits, please click here.
Arriving in Slovenia you’ll be met by the team at Ljubljana Airport, and from here we’ll take a short drive to the small town of Topolšica on the outskirts of Velenje to Turisticna Pirnat, your home for the trip. Here you’ll be able to unpack, unwind and perhaps catch up on some lost sleep from your travels.
During the late afternoon / early evening you’ll be given a tour of the local area, a round loop from your accommodation that contains shops, restaurants and bars and an extensive spa / gym complex.
During the evening you’ll be introduced to the rest of the team and briefed on the plan for the inspection. This is the time to share stories, goals and your areas of interest for the coming days. It’ll also be a chance to sample some home cooked Slovene cuisine from one of the best cooks in all of Slovenia.
The second day is all about suiting up, getting out on the slopes and experiencing what your first mountain resort has to offer on and off the piste. Our resort visits will usually last until between 3pm and 5pm in the afternoon based on a general group consensus, allowing you to experience some cultural excursions in the region, appreciate the spa and wellness facilities available to you or sample the après facilities of the local town.
For day three we may visit either one or two different resorts depending on the requirements of the group. A bit faster of pace and a potentially longer day, you’ll also have the opportunity to sit down this evening for a small private meeting with members of the team to discuss any out laying queries you may have if you’re still weighing up your options.
Although our open visits are no holiday, we know spending all day in a minibus whizzing from one place to another is no way to make a decision, especially when there are so many factors you need to take into consideration. Additional individual and group experiences such as ‘beer spas’, wellness and individual massages are available should anybody wish.
Even though this may be the final day on your inspection visit we may still have much to show you. Taking the groups requirements into account and being committed to being the best value for money possible, the morning and early afternoon is still considered a working day on your tour. Where our open inspections to Slovenia are concerned, the Mountain Resort of Vrvavec, one of our major destinations lies just short of 10km away from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, the closest ski resort to any international airport in Europe and is our last resort to visit.
During the afternoon once we have de-briefed we’ll head as a group to the Airport in the afternoon to say our goodbyes. We aim to arrive at the airport within reasonable time and to coincide with the first flight to the UK that an attendee has booked upon, approximately 3:00pm.
As this inspection is an open visit, we are well aware of the logistical position and potential complication of multiple people arriving by multiple flights, and therefore we seek to provide some form of guidance and recommendation to help you decide what transport arrangement is right for you.
Our inspection visits begins in Slovenia, and therefore naturally we advise all attendees to fly into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) as it is the most central and easily accessible airport for those flying from the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe. Although in recent years return routes between the UK and Slovenia have seen a reduced service, especially in the winter season and in conjunction with the Covid-19 Pandemic, there does appear to be a rebound on the horizon with airlines such as Wizz Air, EASYJET and British Airways operating a combined return service throughout the week from Manchester and London Airports therefore Ljubljana Airport is the natural and initial meeting point for your inpection visit.
Our team will be waiting in the arrivals lounge of Ljubljana Airport from 3:30pm to welcome you. For those that find themselves booked upon a later flight in the day, fear not as we run a second pick up service between 8:30pm and 9:30pm with the same waiting conditions applying.
Arriving Before the First Day:
Although we can accommodate variations in travel arrangements, if you find yourself on a flight arriving before the start date, e.g. the evening before, you may need to arrange your own travel and accommodation requirements independently. Travel to and from Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana can be sought from the airport during the day and takes roughly an hour. A morning and afternoon service from the capital back to the airport is easily available enabling you to meet our team at 3:30pm or 8:30pm at the airport arrivals lounge respectively.
Arriving After the First Day:
If you find yourself unable to arrive on the start date, e.g. the day after, we are able to provide an airport pick up service, however you are likely to miss significant parts of the inspection and this service will include a surcharge as this will be arranged through a third party.
Airport Drop Off:
On the final day day we’ll head as a group to Ljubljana Airport to meet the departure time requirements for the first flight of the day, approximately 3:00pm.
If you require more information or help to decide what travel arrangements are best for you, please free free to get in touch and one of our team can help you with your enquiry!
The winters in Slovenia are incredibly cold and can be harsh, therefore we advise coming equipped and dressed accordingly for temperatures of 0’c and substantially below both on and off the slopes. Appropriate footwear for rough terrain, deep snow and ice are also essential.
To be suitably equipped for the visit you’ll need to bring thermals, a ski jacket and pants, or reasonable apparel substitutes, gloves, socks and eyewear such as ski goggles or sunglasses.
If you are unable to bring some of your own equipment we can provide skis, boots, helmets and poles however hire costs are not included in the overall price. If you need to hire equipment from us please get in contact a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the course.
If you wish to stay for any additional days in Slovenia these will be need to be arranged independently. Travel to Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana can be sought from the airport during the day and takes roughly an hour.
If you are interested in booking a CLOSED inspection visit in preparation for school or college ski trip, please click here for more information.
Lloyd Langford Expedition Training Limited provide all attendees with public liability insurance and accidental injury cover up to £5,000,000 during your visit, however the risks associated with snow sports and outdoor activities are your own and through booking and accepting our terms and conditions you take responsibility for these risks. You are also advised to purchase your own travel insurance policy for the duration of the course, covering you for winter sports, personal equipment and cancellation.