Enjoy Skiing in The French Alps during COVID

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Source: France Montagnes

With the opening of borders within Europe and lessening of restrictions within France, many holidaymakers headed straight for the French Alps this European summer.  

The pent-up desire to experience the great outdoors after lockdowns saw a 5% jump in visitors to the French alpine resorts compared to the previous summer.  

Figures show that about a third of these visitors were experiencing the French mountains for the first time and many are looking forward to returning to experience a winter holiday in France. 

There is also so much to look forward to this coming winter in the Alps, with the French ski resorts showing a commitment to ensuring that a winter mountain holiday remains an enjoyable experience even during these times of Covid. 

There will be more availability for lodging, and so greater choice, and there will be less crowds on the slopes and lifts, as well as in the resorts and restaurants,  

And once you are on the slopes, since skiers and snowboarders are used to wearing masks and gloves to keep warm, it won’t be much different to any other winter on the slopes – just even more space! 

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Here’s how the French Ski Resorts plan to ensure that the mountains remain enjoyable during these times of Covid: 

Skiing is an outdoor activity, and equipment (gloves, skis and poles) is perfectly in line with social distancing.

  • In some public spaces, capacity may be reduced.  
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory for everyone aged 11 and over. 
  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory before boarding and while on the bus. 
  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory while queuing and on the ski lifts. 
  • Wearing a mask is not compulsory while skiing
  • Contact points are thoroughly cleaned on daily basis. 

In equipment hire shops 

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory. 
  • All hired equipment is thoroughly cleaned. 
  • Hand sanitising gel is made available. 
  • In your accommodation and tourist offices 
  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory in all communal and enclosed spaces. 
  • Hand sanitising gel is made available. 

In bars and restaurants 

  • Table service only. 
  • Table distance a minimum of 1 metre apart, or fixed or removable panels to ensure physical distancing. 
  • Guests must wear a face mask when walking around the premises. 
  • Hand sanitising gel is available. 
  • All surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, with increased frequency. 

At ski schools 

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory when gathering at the beginning and end of class, for everyone aged 11 and more. 

In public indoor spaces 

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory for everyone aged 11 and more. 
  • Hand sanitising gel is available. 
  • All surfaces are thoroughly cleaned. 

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