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Fri 5-03-21 18:29
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2) Late noughties - I bought a second hand pair and a metal base plate sheared in both - one, one day, the other the next. Not sure any issue would have been found even with a close inspection. I DIY serviced them so were never seen by a shop but since I had them. Did you ski the second day with one old and one new ski, or on a single ski? :shock: I'm struggling to understand how this happens... one ski tries to injure you, and you carry on with the other one until it too breaks?
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Fri 5-03-21 18:25
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@ousekjarr, yes, and ... ? have them checked, if OK good to go. I might be rather wary of cheap plastic bindings but if they're proper race skis there's a reasonable likelihood they'll be rather more robust. ? How long do you think the manufacturer's design life is for a race ski? Hint: when do they get money from the market? A race ski or binding is not designed to last 10 years. It might, but the reality is that it has to withstand higher forces than a leisure component for the effective life of the ski for the primary user, and so if there is any compromise to be reached between longevity and performance, the performance criteria takes precedence because the expected life is 2-3 years max. That said, it should probably be good for 3-4 years of heavy use, but after that it's a bit of a lottery. Yes, there's a second hand market and they filter down to local race clubs in time, but I don't buy the idea that a junior championship competitor this year is on 2016 skis which started life in a national team - apart from anything else, the edges are probably close to non-existent after that time as they'll have been used for 20-30 hours per week for 12+ weeks of each year. It is of course possible to buy older race skis in new condition, e.g. https://www.skibartlett.com/ski-equipment-c1/skis-c3/race-skis-c121/giant-slalom-skis-c334/fischer-rc4-wc-gs-stiff-race-ski-2015-p20376 - but why would you if you are serious about racing? If they're still the best skis available, why have they not sold in the last 6 years?
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Fri 5-03-21 12:26
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@under a new name, generically, 15 year old bindings are more likely to have suffered from the ravages of time, e.g. rust, loss of strength, loss of calibration, material weakening, plastic degradation, and so on. If you have owned them from new and they've been serviced and checked every year by someone who is qualified to do so and they're still within manufacturer's indemnity, then that's fine. If I bought them off eBay and intended to ski on them, I'd want a good ski tech that I trust to check them over and test them on a full test rig to be sure that they weren't the last skis I was able to strap on. You don't know anything about them, so they could have had 100 hours use and then been sat in a damp shed for 10 years, or they could have done 15 full seasons and then been dumped because they kept pre-releasing. Maybe they've been set on 12 for the whole their life, and the new owner wants them on 8 - how reliable is that now? I have nine year old skis, and they typically get about 20 days skiing per year. They're probably OK for next year, and then I'll be looking to retire them. But I've had them from new, they're kept in ideal storage conditions, I don't abuse them, and they're serviced regularly and have an annual binding check.
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Fri 5-03-21 10:12
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@Huwphill,on a quick Google, seems you're about right: https://www.killingtonzone.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=22910 seems to show some with those graphics which are described as 2006 I trust you're not planning to use the 15 year old bindings for anything more than somewhere to tie the wall mounting string?
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Sat 27-02-21 15:57
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Sat 27-02-21 15:47
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Well as they have no in-house IT team, I’d guess they don’t have 24x7 monitoring or on-call support. Or they’ve not paid the bill.
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Tue 23-02-21 17:08
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Ah, so you want 4 double bedrooms for a total of 6 people, and a large living area, but you want it for less than €400 per person? Have you considered Bulgaria or Romania? ;-) Hint: the lowest price on the search I linked to was €2408 for 130sqm and sleeping 8... yes, it goes up to €8K, but you don't have to select that one and the site has filtering functionality built in.
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Tue 23-02-21 15:43
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@Timmycb5, what's so difficult about finding this in Austria? As a quick example, see https://www.saalbach.com/saalbach-booking/Requery?CX=10&IX=10&AR=1&CM=0&CP=0&PF=0&RA=2&LG=0&ID=216502&FL=100&FL=100 which is the result of a search for 8 adults. Almost all in the range 100-200sqm, and some of them are exceptional. Location is varied, as you'd expect - some are out on a limb, while some are either fairly central or well served by ski buses.
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Wed 17-02-21 9:28
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The Söll page on Facebook had a similar reaction when a link to the news article was posted, but then someone who is apparently out there at the moment responded that they're all having a hard time because none of them have jobs and can't travel home. As much as I sympathise with those who are not having the dream working season they planned, I'm not sure that ignoring the law and then assaulting the police is a positive way to approach that situation. And repeat offending shows a level of arrogance or stupidity that's really quite disappointing. Then again, 150 people were found in a makeshift "nightclub" in Birmingham over the weekend - https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/watch-police-find-150-people-19845828 - and there are continued reports of parties, pub lock-ins, and other significant breaches here, so I guess we should expect some degree of moronic behaviour everywhere.
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Fri 29-01-21 13:33
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@Headengel2020, they're someone who has been on this site for 15 years and made 14000 posts more than you, so while they're just another user of the site and have no right to special treatment, they've at least managed to fit in for some considerable time, whereas you arrived last month and have annoyed a considerable number of people in a mere 25 posts. As with any club, the usual rules apply - be nice to the regulars, and they'll be nice to you. Put simply, FIFO, i.e. stop trying to be a wind up merchant. Similar to the OP here, you started out with a post where you said of skiing in Europe this season "I'm of the mind that there is always a way to do something, the question to be answered is to what lengths will you go to do it". Breaking the laws in both places is stupid and selfish enough, but posting here to demonstrate just how stupid and selfish you and the OP are really does take the biscuit. I wonder why your newly-minted Flickr profile that you used for photos of your December trip to Engelberg is named "Sillius Soddus" ?
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Wed 27-01-21 11:53
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@t4tomo, the post from @flansland was made in 2007, one of five posts in total that they made on Snowheads of which the last was at the end of 2008, so I very much doubt whether they'll be coming along 12+ years later to argue the point...
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Wed 27-01-21 0:28
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@Eggfried100, first two full weeks in January (i.e. avoid 1st January) are typically quiet across much of Austria , and will also be colder and with less sun so may be better conditions as well. The race is usually in week 3 or 4, but in 2022 it will run 17-23 January so I'd be looking at 8-15 January if I was going there next year. Others may have different criteria, and of course there may be more snow depth in February due to accumulation throughout January, so it is all a bit subjective
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Tue 26-01-21 11:50
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@Eggfried100, welcome to the 21st century - the Czech republic was created in 1993, as was Slovakia. Back on topic, all of Germany and Austria is on holiday at some point in the first three weeks of February 2022, but from 26th onwards you should be OK except that Bavaria seems to be later in 2022 and will be on holiday in that week. In terms of how busy any Austrian resort will be, the answer is that the higher prices tend to run from mid January to the end of February, and then again over the two weeks of Easter, and the reason for that is that most resorts would normally be pretty full during those weeks. However, full is a relative concept - many of the Austrian resorts have a lot of day trippers or weekend skiers from Bavaria and the other closer parts of Germany as well as the Czech republic and of course from Austria itself. All of the accommodation could be booked solid but the slopes could be relatively empty on weekdays because the day trippers have stayed away or come in lower numbers, but in good snow conditions and after a big dump the carparks can be rammed. For Kitzbuhel, staying in Kirchberg is worth considering if cost is a concern, as it is much less expensive, still has good access to the ski area plus gives you the option of the Ki-West area and access into the SkiWelt with a wider area pass, and still allows for visiting Kitzbuhel whenever you want to. Kitzbuhel can also be a little variable in terms of snow quality at times, though many of the slopes are high up and very good, because the lower slopes and those into the valley end up at 600m and get very slushy. In late February there should be little to worry about in terms of depth, but if it is sunny then you'll find it turning to sugar below about 1200m and skiing to the valley is to be avoided, especially on the lower part of the Hahnenkamm Streif course where there are likely to be moguls up to waist high.
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Mon 25-01-21 20:31
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If he'd have realised it was there, I suspect he'd have been leaving a trail which was very easy to follow... and would have quickly realised that adrenalin is indeed brown. :oops:
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Wed 20-01-21 9:21
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@PeakyB, definitely. Having a better understanding of where your money goes is never a bad thing, and as there is (or at least was...) always a steady stream of people asking for recommendations as both customers and potential employees of these companies, more information should always be welcomed as long as it is factual. The UK ski chalet business model is pretty much broken now by B****t, but no doubt some of the higher end companies will try to keep it going for a while yet with EU staff even though in many cases that means higher costs. If a 24 person chalet can't be staffed, I don't see much hope for it as a self-catered offering as there can't be many groups looking for 24 beds, and people will be much less likely to share accommodation with strangers if there is no staff oversight to give the appearance of keeping things sane.
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Tue 19-01-21 20:56
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@peerless ploughman, Ski Amis was in business from 1989 until December 2018 when the owners sold up to Travel Marketing Group Ltd (TMG). TMG seems to have been founded for this purpose, and borrowed £1.1m from the previous owners Eduard and Christine van Zadelhoff and a syndicate of lenders, as shown by charges recorded against the company. After one season, they sold the business in July 2019 to a management buyout operating as Time of Your Life Travel Ltd, and then liquidated the TMG company with a deficit of £1.4m including its shares in SA Realisations Ltd which was formerly known as Ski Amis Limited. Time of Your Life Travel consisted of three managers within Ski Amis, including the granddaughter of the founders, the operations director, and someone with experience of multiple management roles who became the finance director. With the shortened 2019/2020 season due to Covid and no prospect of a 2020/2021 season, they went into administration in December 2020 with assets of £210k and a deficit of £455k including £185k to ABTOT and £136k to SARL Reberty Village who were presumably their primary landlord. Which goes to show that when you take over a successful business, it pays to know what you are doing, and even then, you need timing and good luck.
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Tue 19-01-21 20:25
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@NickYoung, @pieman666, the settlement of the charge against the company is between APS Select Ltd and the landlords, Maple Oak PLC who have been through several name changes in the intervening 25 years - see https://app.duedil.com/company/gb/01469541/cedar-maple-oak-ltd I think this is fully legit - the advisors were brought in to save or dispose of the company, and presumably as a result of their advice they made some staff redundant and closed the office before terminating the lease. There's enough meat on the bones here without inventing a new bone entirely.
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Tue 19-01-21 16:28
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So far, 13 people has died in avalanches in Switzerland this winter. This is half the average in a normal season, and we are only half into January. Quite peculiar given that very few tourists are visiting this season. Are the locals taking higher risks this year? Are "normal" routes around ski resorts more dangerous this year as they are skied less? Or are the conditions just more fragile this season? 95% of tourists don't go off-piste, and the 5% who do are likely to need a guide to get them to anything they can ski which is likely to slide. How many guides were in the 13, and how many of them were skiing without a guide?
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Tue 19-01-21 15:27
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@Dave of the Marmottes, yup, rather than giving the impression that their business burnt to the ground with everything in it but they'll start again and rebuild, the reality is maybe more that a shipping container in the car park caught fire, and only the staff and customers got burnt, while the owners bought the remains of the container for its scrap value and already have another one on order. Interesting also that the "Deed of rent deposit" charge against the company registered on 27/6/1995 by Maple Oak PLC was satisfied in full on 13/11/2020, 4 days before the administrators were legally appointed on 17/11/2020, and while the company who became the administrators were advising APS Select (providing adhoc insolvency advise from 18/9/2020, and then engaged to prepare for administration from 9/11/2020). I would guess this was for their office building which they leased at 57 Putney Bridge Road in London, as the parties involved were commercial property developers and the deed names Mowlem as one of the parties. It seems the advice from ReSolve Advisory was to slash the costs immediately, which should be no surprise.
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Tue 19-01-21 13:32
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@Snow&skifan, I'm not an accountant (thank God... :-D ), but I have to ask why someone would go to the hassle of setting up a Swiss company (which incidentally was the largest creditor when APS Select Ltd went under, being owed £190K) if there was no benefit to doing so. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, chances are that it just may be a duck... and we don't actually know where the Sturts are resident for tax purposes. Maybe they have a summer home in the Cayman Islands, or Monaco? https://pestalozzilaw.com/en/news/legal-insights/can-swiss-companies-continue-pay-tax-free-dividends/ What is a tax-free dividend? If a Swiss company distributes a dividend, that dividend, generally speaking, is subject to dividend withholding tax of 35%. Shareholders residing outside of Switzerland can only receive relief from Swiss dividend withholding tax insofar as this is provided for in a double tax treaty. Depending on the specific double tax treaty applicable, the percentage holding in the Swiss company and the legal nature of the shareholder, there may possibly remain a residual Swiss dividend withholding tax burden of between 5% and 15%. Moreover, if, for example, Swiss shares are held by investment funds, practically speaking, it may be somewhat complicated to claim double tax treaty relief. If, however, the Swiss company has capital contribution reserves and the dividend is distributed from these capital contribution reserves, then the dividend, under the current law, will be completely free of Swiss dividend withholding tax. These dividend distributions are also income tax free for individuals in Switzerland. In recent years, on a number of occasions, Swiss companies have distributed such tax-free dividends. In addition, holding structures of shareholders residing outside of Switzerland sometimes rely exclusively on the chance that the Swiss company will distribute tax-free dividends from capital contribution reserves. @Nemisis, maybe you should - feel free to let us know what you find. As I said at the beginning, I'm an interested observer rather than an ex-customer, but on a skiing forum I think there is some benefit in shining a light on failed ski holiday companies especially when they are resurrected, as a business which fails once always has the potential to fail again and its future customers should have some information to help them in understanding the risks to their holiday and/or their money. Again, there's no hint of wrongdoing in what the Sturts have done beyond maybe claiming that VIP Ski built and own the chalets when the legal owners are a different company with the same directors, but I suspect none of their customers were aware of any of this, and even now I suspect many won't care.
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Mon 18-01-21 20:11
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@PeakyB, why set up a company in Switzerland at all when it seems unconnected to the rest of the corporate structure, and yet is clearly part of the same "stable" of companies? Probably not at all related to this: https://sigtax.com/en/top-10-reasons-incorporate-switzerland Companies are subject to tax rates that range between 12% and 25%, but dividends and capital gains from shareholdings are entitled to participation relief, which means that taxes are practically eliminated on such gains.
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Mon 18-01-21 19:54
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On the Swiss company - https://www.moneyhouse.ch/en/company/vipchaletservices-sa-6671328771 Board of Directors: Andrew Sturt Sector: Services regarding management consulting Fees from all of the companies paid to a Swiss company owned exclusively by their common director? Seems the gnomes have a lot of work on...
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Mon 18-01-21 19:28
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@Snow&skifan, one of the things that I’ve been struggling to get my head around in terms of their corporate structure and where payments were going is the existence of a Swiss company. They don’t have any accommodation in Switzerland, so that part still puzzles me - and of course finding details of ownership or income of a Swiss company is somewhat... difficult
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Mon 18-01-21 17:20
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@lower, You being a business man would know over heads would have been a minimum in November then with bookings down. Other holiday companies were more conservative in their offering for this season to limit their losses if things didn't go as planned. One could say it appears others are picking up the tab for bad management of a company. Or perhaps the company simply didn't have the depth of pockets to survive what is surely a once in a century perfect storm of Brexit and Covid, and it was managed well or at least adequately right up to the last. We can't know where on that spectrum it sits, and one of the jobs of the administrators is to confirm that the company wasn't driven into the wall for personal gain, or emptied of wealth before the collapse, and based on their recommendations and summary, it seems that there is no evidence of anything of the sort. As a basic minimum, Barclays had enough faith in their CBIL application to approve the loan.
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Mon 18-01-21 17:16
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The original directors of APS Select Ltd trading as VIP Ski were Hugh Ellis and Andrew Sturt. Hugh Ellis was apparently a chartered accountant and board director of several major corporates including Inchcape and Toyota GB, who died in 2015 or 2016. With the combination of losing the accountant who was maybe the financial brains of the outfit, and the impact of the Brexit referendum on consumer confidence which they noted in their 2016 filing, it seems that their finances slipped or were managed differently from then on. Their successful application for a CBIL of £500k would suggest that they had some confidence that they could make it through the 20/21 season as long as travel was possible, but I suspect that when they got into November and customers refused to pay the balance on their holiday or requested a refund because VIP Ski were clearly unable to deliver the holiday, the writing on the wall became clear. At that point the options available to the shareholders (the Sturts) were to dig deep into their pockets to keep the company afloat (which they might not have been able to do, especially if much of their capital is tied up in properties), or to let it fold and then try to start again. The slight handicap of the £4m deficit and the albatross of long-term lease contracts on properties which they couldn't cancel and on which at present they have no hope of earning an income would of course have been one factor in the decision. The Sturts will also have lost out on a considerable amount of rental income, and on consultancy fees for development of properties to expand the portfolio, but it's hard to feel sorry for them. My personal opinion having dug through all of this is that this was a successful business which was maybe kept around the break-even point to minimise corporate taxes, and which provided a nice income for the Sturts both directly and via their other companies and their property empire, while employing a reasonably large number of people. Now that it has failed and been resurrected, it will do so again, but in its wake there are some smaller suppliers and property owners who will suffer, plus the CAA and ABTOT who will pass on their costs in higher levies to what remains of the travel industry. Those are the people deserving of sympathy in this, and in that I include people who will have lost their jobs at VIP Ski as a result of the restructuring and re-acquisition, as it is clear from the administrator's summary that not all of the jobs were intended to be saved.
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Mon 18-01-21 16:12
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Or in your case, without paying anything in the recent past, which maybe suggests that moderation on this forum is somewhat light touch, much to my previous and sometimes ongoing frustration. And in any case, Mother hucker was clearly referring to the income of the company as a whole, not to what they'd taken for the 2020-2021 season, which I'd expected to be minimal given the circumstances. Anyone who had booked in the hope of having something work out will have paid no more than a deposit, and that's refundable, while the company couldn't even take the deposits unless they had the properties and the flights contracted for the season, so that's one reason for the large hole in the finances.
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Mon 18-01-21 15:57
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I would have thought after 30 years of succesfull trading and making a profit. There would have been a bit left over to ride the storm. You would have thought so, but they've had four years of losses, and it also appears that there has been a fall in net assets which is not consistent with the losses, which suggests that the shareholders extracted cash from the company as dividends and that this maybe left it too impoverished to survive a major hit to its trading. Privately owned companies are not required to make a profit, nor to keep any profits in the business, so this is to be expected as the directors would be on a small salary topped up with dividends to optimise their tax affairs. Based on the declarations from the administrators, the shortfall on insolvency is £5.9m, with the CAA and ABTOT carrying £4.1m of that. With an asset book value of £2.7m but only £500K of that expected to be realisable, it does look as if they've lost £4.5m in a year and a half. From their annual reports for each FY to 31st May: 2020 not published, company insolvent 2019 lost £143458, balance £1.23m 2018 lost £45534, balance £1.15m 2017 lost £99643, balance £1.94m 2016 profit £756670, balance £2.11m 2015 profit £655203, balance £2.15m
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Sun 17-01-21 17:39
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@charlie26, you can edit your post to remove the email if you prefer - the scissors icon to the right. If you edit the first post, you can also correct the spelling of the topic name before the usual suspects see it ;-)
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Fri 15-01-21 21:29
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I have no skin in this game, but a quick scan of the public documents would suggest that this is a corporate structure which was set up with fire breaks and with a high degree of protection for the owners. Despite the claim that VIP Ski own all of their chalets, that's not legally true as their accounts make clear, since they include amounts for rentals, and no significant property assets. instead, VIP Ski is a trading name of APS Select Ltd, and it is this company which was put into administration and then bought by Vita Brevis Ltd, which was apparently incorporated for that purpose. APS Select had Andrew and Sarah Sturt as officers, and they are also officers of 3 other UK companies - APS-Select Travel Limited which arranged flights, Alpaccom Limited which supplied accommodation, and Alpine Property Search Limited which provided property finding services. Alpaccom had no property assets of its own. According to http://www.theodul.at/en/ VIP Ski had entered into a 5 year management contract to take over the running of their hotel from the retiring owners. Many of the other properties seem to have been owned by a selection of French companies, which are imaginatively titled Vita Brevis Bravo, Vita Brevis Charlie, Vita Brevis Delta, Vita Brevis Echo and Vita Brevis Foxtrot. One chalet in Avoriaz was owned by APS-Select Avoriaz SARL, which was 98% owned by VIP Ski, and that has recently been sold. The largest company creditor is VIP Chalet Services SA, of Sierre in Switzerland, so presumably this is another related company which owns property - they are owed £190K. So to me, and I could be wrong, it looks like: - the main operating company has been loss-making for a while, and had few assets - it paid three other UK companies to provide transport and accommodation for its holidays - all of these companies were owned by Andrew and Sarah Sturt - the accommodation company Alpaccom seems to have arranged leases with multiple providers, including Vita Brevis companies B-F and Hotel Theodul in Lech - and so the conclusion is that the company owned by the Sturts paid them as managers, and then also contracted their other companies for services, which paid them as managers and then also paid them dividends as directors, and that at least one of these companies then contracted their other companies in France for chalet rental None of this is illegal, and in fact is probably fairly typical of a multi-national operation in the holiday market, but it does mean that one link in the chain has gone phut and left ATOL and ABTOT looking at £6m of claims, while all of the other companies remain unaffected and the Sturts retain their Alpine property portfolio, and they've bought the company back fairly cheaply and hope to rinse and repeat as before. On the flip side, they had a £500K CBILS loan from the UK government via Barclays, who happen to be their corporate bankers, and it looks like Barclays have sequestered the company funds of £827K to cover this plus potential chargebacks of up to £750K arising from Barclaycard customers, and so the company will see none of their bank balance. On the administration application document, much of this is laid out, and it is very clear that there were 3 offers for the company - one of £50K plus 10% of revenue in the 20/21 season (!), one of £200K with no revenue share which retained some staff, and the Sturts' offer of £150K plus 0.5% of revenue which retained some staff and also offered £1.5m to reduce the outstanding debts of the company. The document also states that the company had 68 lease agreements in France and Austria. How many of these were with Vita Brevis B-F is not clear.
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Fri 15-01-21 15:49
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@Matrix, everything has to originate somewhere, and likewise it has to be detected somewhere. The two are not necessarily the same, and in the case of the B117 strain it was detected in the UK first. That maybe means that it originated here, but it may also mean that it came in from somewhere else, and only detailed forensic genetic analysis of all known samples will confirm that, so it isn't going to happen. The increasing cases across Europe happened before B117 was identified. If those countries had been doing the basic genetics to the same level as the UK, they may have spotted it before us, in which case it would have been the French variant, or the Spanish variant. Anyone pinning a flag on a virus is a little dim, just like Trump calling it the Chinese virus. Could be, might not be, but actually who cares where it was first detected - it's here, and we have to cope with it. With borders as porous as they are across Europe, and with flights and trains and truck drivers passing untested from Turkey to Ireland and Sweden to Greece, there are no barriers and every variant will spread quickly. Whenever anything threatens people, they look for a scapegoat. The Ischgl outbreak was pinned on an Italian - after all, it couldn't possibly have been an Austrian, and probably not a German, so in Ischgl that doesn't leave many options. In Switzerland, it was definitely British visitors, and couldn't have been in the community already. And so on. :roll:
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Wed 13-01-21 12:47
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the latest arrivals were in mid-December so they could have picked it up locally. Almost certainly did, as arrivals on the 19th Dec who showed symptoms on the 2nd Jan can't have brought it with them. Then again, if one was infected but asymptomatic, they could have incubated it for 7-10 days and then infected another member of the group, who would have started to show symptoms ~5 days later, which would be about right. Any bets that the course participants were accommodated in shared rooms, and socialised together? It really does seem a bit daft to have gone ahead with this.
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Tue 12-01-21 17:41
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@DB, you know those little hatches in the bottom of gondolas, which are too small to fall out of, and about which everyone always asks why they're there? That's called the Number Two Hatch... but you do have to hover, as sitting on the cold floor is not a great idea. How long does it take? About 200 years to build it, then a week to ride one-way in it.
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Tue 12-01-21 17:35
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@Bergmeister, um... that was their point :P
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Tue 12-01-21 17:32
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@DB, they're easily confused, aren't they? {IMG11541_8369_right}
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Mon 11-01-21 20:42
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Not yet, but I'm putting it as a 5% chance of being able to travel sometime before the end of April, and that's still dwindling
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Thu 7-01-21 10:20
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@Rosey44, thanks - I've seen some improvement over the last week as walking and using an elliptical trainer has started to restore the strength in that leg. When the boot first came off, I was walking up one set of stairs in our house sideways because the treads are narrow and my heel was overhanging the edge of the tread which just wasn't possible for me. After a week, I'm now OK to go straight up those, so that's a clear sign of improvement. No word yet on the MRI appointment, but it's not exactly the best time to be visiting hospitals so unless I see a significant reversal of progress I'm not in any particular rush. By evening time each day I have some swelling around the ankle, and I typically spend my evenings with the foot raised as before to address this. By morning, everything is normal, so I have to assume that this is to be expected and will improve over time. This morning I had a 2 mile walk which included some muddy slopes and uneven surfaces, which passed without difficulty. It's getting there...
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Sun 3-01-21 16:56
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@Tom Doc, for a three week trip a season pass makes sense, but you’d have to be careful to make sure that the pass covers the areas you want to visit, as for example the Salzburg Superski card covers the Skiwelt and Kitz plus the Zillertal Arena out of Zell am Ziller, but it does not cover Mayrhofen or Hintertux Either area would be OK, with Pass Thurn at the far end of Kitzbühel offering lots of off piste and some of the area around Hohe Salve above Soll being worth investigating plus some scattered other bits, but the Zillertal as a whole offers more. If you were restricted to the Zell-Gerlos-Konigsleiten sector, that’s fairly limited
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Sun 3-01-21 14:58
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As for breaking any ridiculous 'rules', I defer to Mussolini, it is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep. How about 99 years as a tiger? This is not black and white, and if like Mussolini's friends I put you up against a wall with a gun to your head, would one day as a lion really look so attractive? Rules are only ridiculous to those who don't understand why they are necessary, and it's precisely because of those people that the rules had to be made in the first place. Don't be part of the problem - work hard to be part of the solution instead.
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Sun 3-01-21 11:09
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@tatmanstours, I think it is noticeable, but only because it is an isolated occurrence, and therefore it stands out when you see it. And maybe more so if you are personally attuned to look for it, which I suspect I am. Some people see a rowdy crowd and walk towards it thinking it will be fun, while I see a rowdy crowd and walk in the opposite direction. Each to their own.
And they're a friendly bunch.
Sun 3-01-21 10:52
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I'd agree, there are always a minority everywhere I have been who have a couple of beers around 1030, follow that up with 2 more at lunchtime and with a couple of Jaegers to finish off, stop at 2 to top up, and then stop skiing around 3.30 to get a few in before the bar becomes really busy. My experience has typically been that they are German, about 6'2" and about 18 stone, 30+, and would not be the ideal partner to choose for a high speed collision. Having said that, the last one who came from above, behind and on the right and hit me from the side learned the hard way that a low centre of gravity (and a rugby player's instinct to brace for impact) is the primary factor in determining the result, as that's what caused him to be bounced off into a tangled heap while I somehow stayed on my feet. He was of course very apologetic and concerned to check that I was OK, and he admitted he was in the wrong immediately as he was approaching from behind me, but he was also clearly on the outside of enough schnapps for me to smell it from 6 feet away. If he had instead hit my 9 year old daughter, I dread to think what damage he would have done. While I'm not in favour of an alcohol ban on the pistes as I enjoy an occasional (single) lunchtime beer myself, there has to be more common sense and if that can't be clearly demonstrated then maybe there needs to be more regulation to take the edges off the problem. When drunk driving is now socially unacceptable, it does seem strange that drunk skiing is actively encouraged in some places and in some demographics.
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