Resorts are planning ahead for a safe ski season
2020 has been a difficult year for the ski industry, as well as for millions of people around the world, thanks to Covid-19. Most ski resorts were bringing their season to a close by the time the impact of the virus was felt, but many also lost out on important tourism over the Easter break.
While the situation remains changeable, we do know that many ski resorts are planning ahead for a Covid-secure ski season. Keep reading to learn more about the measures being put in place to keep skiers and workers safe on the slopes.
Lifts in many parts of the Alps have operated throughout the summer for mountain bikers, and have implemented social distancing measures and cleaning measures to keep the experience safe for customers.
Luckily for skiers and for the industry, the risk of transmission outdoors seems to be low, making skiing relatively low-risk. In southern hemisphere ski resorts which have opened over the last few months, skiers have been required to wear masks on the ski lifts, but can remove face-coverings once on the slopes.
Ski resort shuttle-buses now usually require masks to be worn, and capacity will be lower than usual, while rented ski equipment will be thoroughly cleaned between rentals.
Restaurants and bars will also be subject to local social distancing regulations, including table-service only for many establishments. Some resorts are planning to open additional temporary dining establishments to provide greater capacity whilst observing social distancing guidelines.
Of course, there are also measures that individuals can take to enjoy a safe holiday - driving rather than flying to their destination where possible, self catering and staying in a private chalet or cabin rather than a hotel.
Although many people will be wary of booking travel abroad at this time, we’d encourage our customers to visit the Alps and enjoy the ski season if they feel comfortable doing so and quarantine restrictions do not hamper your return. By supporting the resorts and destinations that we love now, we can make sure they’re still here for us all to enjoy when the pandemic is over.
During this period the property market in the Alps has remained very active, with visits arranged virtually, which has proved a popular option, with many developments close to selling out now. Should you wish to arrange a virtual visit, or those able, to arrange one in person, please do get in touch.