1.1. “MountainLifts” shall refer to the company Mountain Lifts
1.2. “Client” shall be the person that makes the booking for themselves or on behalf of other persons.
1.3. “Party” shall refer to all persons travelling under one single booking.
1.4. “Passenger” shall refer to a person within a party.
1.5. “Operator” shall refer to an enterprise that provides transport services via the use of their own vehicles.
2. Making a Booking
2.1. The client can make a booking for a transfer by emailing and awaiting a confirmation email.
2.2. The client is responsible for the information provided when making a booking.
2.3. The client must provide a full and valid address for pick-up/drop-off in resort. Any changes to this address must be provided in writing via email. If no address is provided, or the address provided is invalid, the client will be picked-up/dropped-off a central point in resort (such as the Tourist Office or train station).
2.4. Where the client has provided an incorrect date or time in the transfer booking, the client must notify Mountain Lifts immediately in writing via email.
2.5. Where the transfer booking has already been confirmed by Mountain Lifts, changes to the date or time of the booking may result in a cancellation of the original booking, and the Mountain Lifts cancellation policy (see paragraph 4 below) will apply. The client may have to make a new booking with the correct time and date, together with payment of the applicable tariff.
2.6. The client accepts these booking conditions on behalf of each member of the party.
2.7. When making a telephone booking, the client accepts that the booking will be governed by the terms and conditions that are present on the Mountain Lifts website at the time of booking.
2.8. Should more passengers present themselves for transfer than noted on the booking, it may not be possible to carry the extra passenger(s). The extra passenger(s) will have to make their own way to their destination and Mountain Lifts will accept no responsibility or liability for said extra passenger(s).
2.9. Baby seats and booster seats are supplied free of charge upon request at time of booking, subject to availability.
2.9.1. The correct size baby seat must be requested, or the age and weight of the child specified. For your convenience a general guide has been provided:
Front facing child seat, group 1/2/3: from 9-25kgs (20-40lbs), approx age range: 9mths – 4 years
Booster cushion, group 3/4: from 22-36kgs (48-79lbs) approx age range: 6 – 11/12 years
2.9.2. Children shorter than 135cm must use one of the appropriate sized seats stated above.
2.9.3. The child seats provided comply with all relevant legislation.
2.10. Mountain Lifts will endeavour to honour special requirement requests, such as the provision of child restraint seats, but are not contractually obliged to do so.
3. Payment & Pricing
3.1. Full acceptance of Mountain Lifts price for the service requested is assumed at the time of booking.
3.2 The client must provide an email address at the time of booking, Mountain Lifts will produce written confirmation by email of the details regarding the booking.
3.3. All prices published on the website, in print, quoted over the ‘phone or via email by a Mountain Lifts representative or employee, are subject to Mountain Lifts’ and it’s partners’ terms and conditions.
3.4. The price paid by a Mountain Lifts client when booking an airport transfer is subject to change without notice.
3.4.1. If there are any fare changes necessary after the booking has been made, Mountain Lifts will produce written confirmation of these changes by email (if the client has provided an email address), or by telephone.
3.4.2. If the client does not want to accept the fare change, then Mountain Lifts will cancel the booking free of charge and any monies paid by the client to Mountain Lifts for the reservation will be refunded.
3.5. Mountain Lifts reserves the right to increase prices by adding a fuel surcharge in accordance with fuel price rises.
4. Cancellation charges & Fees
4.1. When a client cancels a confirmed booking, Mountain Lifts will charge a €25 administration fee to cover the administration and banking costs. Where the client has paid in advance for the transfer booking, the administration fee will be deducted from the amount (if any) to be refunded to the client.
4.2. In the event of the client cancelling a confirmed booking with Mountain Lifts, Mountain Lifts reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee corresponding to a percentage of the total booking cost.
4.2.1. Private transfer bookings are fully refundable if notification of the cancellation is received in writing by Mountain Lifts more than 14 days prior to the first transfer date.
4.2.2. From 14 - 2 days prior to the fist private transfer date the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost.
4.2.3. Less than 48 hours prior to the first private transfer date, the cancellation fee is 100% of the total booking cost.
4.3. Upon request Mountain Lifts will issue a statement of cancellation showing amounts paid by the client, which the client may present to their insurer.
4.4. When a client has a confirmed booking with Mountain Lifts and for any reason the client does not utilise our service, Mountain Lifts reserves the right to recover payment of the total booking cost from the client.
5.1. All luggage must be clearly labelled with the owners name and destination address.
5.2. Passengers are limited to two items of luggage (one usual holiday luggage bag and small hand luggage bag), and a ski or snowboard bag.
5.3. Any excess luggage must be declared at the time of booking. In the event of a passenger having excess luggage, Mountain Lifts reserves the right to charge an excess baggage allowance of 10€ per item, or refuse to transport the items.
5.4. Clients must inform Mountain Lifts at the time of booking of the number of bikes to be transported (limited to one bike per passenger and a maximum of 3 bikes per booking), failure to do so may result in Mountain Lifts being unable to transport said bikes.
5.4.1. Where a group has more than 4 bikes, a private transfer must be reserved and confirmed at time of booking.
5.4.2. Bikes must be presented for carriage in an appropriate box or bag. Bikes not in bags or boxes are not acceptable and will not be transported.
5.5. Golf clubs are transported free of charge. Clients must inform Mountain Lifts at the time of booking of the number of sets of golf clubs to be transported (limited to one set per passenger), failure to do so may result in Mountain Lifts being unable to transport said golf clubs.
5.5.1. Golf clubs must be presented for carriage in an appropriate bag. Golf clubs not in bags are not acceptable and will not be transported.
5.6. Mountain Lifts will take all reasonable care in loading luggage, however we accept no responsibility for items lost or damaged in transit. Clients are advised to check the terms of their travel insurance policy.
5.7. Luggage lost by airline: see paragraph 6 below.
5.8 Animals are not permitted to travel unless pre arranged with Mountain Lifts via email.
5.8.1. On private transfers, the client must seek prior written approval of Mountain Lifts if the client wants an animal to travel with them. Mountain Lifts reserves the right to provide such written approval (except for guide dogs for the blind).
6. Airport Delays
6.1. Clients are asked to keep Mountain Lifts informed of any incidence of lost luggage causing delays for the client at the airport.
6.1.1. It is the responsibility of the airline and or handling agent of the airline to deliver any lost luggage to the passenger.
6.1.2. In the event of a significant delay caused by lost luggage, Mountain Lifts may cancel the original airport transfer booking and reschedule a new transfer to cater for the ‘newly’ scheduled arrival time caused by the delay in waiting for lost luggage. In this case, passengers will be charged for the additional new transfer, and no monies will be refunded for the cancelled transfer.
6.1.3. Clients are free to refuse the newly scheduled transfer and organise an alternative transfer themselves.
6.2. Clients are asked to keep Mountain Lifts informed about all possible delays and changes to their scheduled flight(s).
6.3. Where the client’s flight has been cancelled, delayed, or missed and the client will not arrive in time for the transfer as originally booked with Mountain Lifts, officially the transfer has been missed, and no refund will be provided.
6.4. Mountain Lifts will however make every effort to accommodate such clients where possible on the next available transfer, although the client may be required to wait for this service.
6.5. In the case where Mountain Lifts is unable to accommodate the new arrival time following a flight delay, cancelation, or missed flight, the client will be required to make alternative arrangements and no refund will be provided for the original transfer booking. Clients are advised to check the terms of their travel insurance.
6.6. Where a private transfer has been booked and the flight is delayed up to 60 minutes from the flight’s scheduled arrival, the client will not be charged any waiting charges. After this time, the client will be liable for a waiting charge of 20€ for each additional hour or part thereof. This charge must be settled prior to the vehicle’s departure.
6.6.1. Upon request, Mountain Lifts will provide the client with a statement of waiting charges for the client’s insurer.
6.6.2. Clients are advised to check the terms of their travel insurance.
7. In-resort Departures
7.1. Mountain Lifts reserves the right to change pick up times and will inform the lead passenger as named on the booking, (or the client’s resort representative) by telephone call, SMS or email.
7.2. Mountain Lifts schedules all departures to arrive at airports at least one hour before the scheduled departure time of a flight.
8. Children & Minors
8.1. Bookings must be made for all infants and children regardless of age.
8.2. EU regulations state, children under the height of 1.35m must travel in an appropriate child restraint.
8.3. It is the responsibility of the client to have the appropriate seat for their children. Parents are advised to provide their own child seats. Mountain Lifts may provide seats free of charge when requested to do so at the time of booking (see paragraph 2.9). Such services are subject to availability.
8.4. Parents are responsible for the correct fitting of child restraint seats in the vehicles.
8.5. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to travel in the front seats of any vehicle.
8.6. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to travel without a parent or guardian.
8.7. Minors between the age of 16 and 18 assume full responsibility for their use of seat belts.
8.8. Parents, guardians (or friends over 18 years old) of children and adolescents under the age of 18 years, are responsible for the conduct of these minors while in the Mountain Lifts vehicles, and will be held responsible for any damage caused by the aforementioned minors.
9. Food, Beverages & Smoking
9.1. Smoking, and the consumption of all food and beverages is forbidden in Mountain Lifts vehicles.
9.2. The consumption of alcohol in vehicles is prohibited by law.
9.3. Mountain Lifts reserves the right (and delegates to its chauffeurs the right) to refuse to carry any person who is thought to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or whose behaviour is considered to pose a threat or nuisance to the driver, the vehicle or the other passenger(s).
10. Damage to vehicles
10.1. Passengers who soil the interior of a van are liable to an on the spot fine of 250€ to cover the cost of valet cleaning.
10.1.1. This fine is payable immediately to the Mountain Lifts driver.
10.1.2. If the passenger refuses to pay, or has no money with which to pay, then the 250€ valet cleaning fee will be taken on the credit card that the client used to make the booking.
10.1.3. On request, Mountain Lifts will produce a receipt for this transaction.
10.1.4. If payment cannot, or will not be made, Mountain Lifts will cancel any outstanding transfer(s) for the passenger(s) concerned with no refund given. Mountain Lifts reserves the right to interrupt the transfer service following such an incident in transit.
10.1.5. Mountain Lifts reserves the right to take legal action against the passenger(s) concerned to recover the cost of cleaning the vehicle. Such action will include all legal costs Mountain Lifts incur.
10.2. Any damage caused to a Mountain Lifts vehicle by a passenger(s) must be paid for immediately.
10.2.1. If payment cannot, or will not be made, then Mountain Lifts reserves the right to charge the credit card that was used to make the transfer booking.
10.2.2. In cases where this is not possible, Mountain Lifts will take legal action against the client and/or passenger to recover the money.
11. Failure to fulfil confirmed bookings
11.1. If Mountain Lifts fails to provide a confirmed service because of an inability to contact the client, Mountain Lifts will not be held responsible for any losses incurred.
11.1.1. Clients are advised to provide a means of contact, preferably a mobile telephone that is switched on, global-roaming enabled, and with sufficient battery life.
11.2. Mountain Lifts will use every reasonable means to ensure that the vehicle(s) arrives on time to begin the period of hire and that it reaches its destination on time.
11.3. Mountain Lifts will not incur any liability whatsoever in the event of any delay due to causes beyond its control, and which may cause the client to incur additional costs or loss. The following are examples, but not an exhaustive list of circumstances which are not within our control:
11.3.1. vehicle breakdowns
11.3.2. exceptional or severe weather conditions – snow storms, avalanches etc
11.3.3. accidents or deaths on the road causing delays to the vehicle
11.3.5. unforeseen traffic delays
11.3.6. industrial action by third parties
11.3.7. problems caused by other customers
11.3.8. the vehicle being held or delayed by a police officer or government official
11.3.9. other circumstances affecting passenger safety
11.3.10. Force Majeure (war, civil unrest, terrorism, acts of god, etc)
11.4. In the event of Mountain Lifts being unable to deliver the passenger on time and or to their destination, Mountain Lifts will not be held responsible for any losses or costs incurred. Clients are advised to check the terms of their travel insurance.
11.5. In the case of road or tunnel closures forcing alternative routes:
11.5.1. Where Mountain Lifts is able to continue to the destination by an alternative route, a supplement charge may be applied to reflect the additional costs caused by extra kilometres, tolls and additional time travelled.
18.104.22.168. The client will be advised of the supplement and the supplement should be paid for by the passenger(s) at the time of the transfer.
11.5.2. Where no agreement can be reached on the supplement to be paid, or where Mountain Lifts is unable to provide the transfer on the alternative route (for example to due to other obligations, or limits on driver hours) Mountain Lifts will transport the passenger up to the point at which the normal route is blocked.
11.5.3 Where the Col des Montets (which allows access to Le Buet and Vallorcine) is closed, Mountain Lifts shall agree an alternative drop-off location in the Chamonix valley with the client. Mountain Lifts shall not drive its vehicles through the train tunnel to access Le Buet or Vallorcine when the Col des Montets road is closed, due to the risks involved.
11.6. If MountainLifts fails, for any reason within our control, to deliver passengers to their confirmed destination, Mountain Lifts will provide suitable transport such as another coach, train, private car, taxi etc.
11.6.1. Any reimbursement made by Mountain Lifts for the costs of an alternative means of transport incurred by the passenger to get to their ticketed destination shall be no more than the cost of getting to that destination by one taxi of an appropriate size.
11.6.2. Mountain Lifts shall be allowed a period of 90 minutes commencing from the point at which the client presents themselves to a Mountain Lifts representative, to supply the purchased service.
12.1. Mountain Lifts works with a number of partners and may share with these partners your email address and telephone number.
12.2. From time to time Mountain Lifts may contact you via email regarding special offers.
12.3. If you do not wish to be contacted about special offers, or for Mountain Lifts to share your personal information, you should inform us in writing by email or fax and we will respect your request.
13. Complaints & Dispuits
13.1. Any complaints or service issues should be addressed to Mountain Lifts via email. Mountain Lifts will endeavour to resolve all service issues and respond to all complaints within 14 days of receipt.
13.1.1. Any dispute between Mountain Lifts and a third party, if not resolved by mutual agreement, shall be referred to a mediator. However, if mediation is unsuccessful, then the matter of the dispute will be referred to a formal litigation process through the French courts.
14. Agents and Partners
14.1. Where Mountain Lifts books transport for clients on services provided by operators other than Mountain Lifts, we do so as booking agents for the operator concerned and their own conditions of carriage will apply.
14.2. Our liability will be confined to travel on our own services.
14.3. Some of our corporate partners may choose to be invoiced. All accounts must be settled as per the terms stated on the invoice.
15. Changes to contractual terms
15.1. Mountain Lifts may alter these terms and conditions from time to time. The terms governing the purchase of an airport transfer will be the terms in place at the time that the booking is paid for.
16. Applicable Law
16.1. Mountain Lifts’ Terms and Conditions are governed by French Law.