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Covid 19 Ski Resort Update by Country

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Covid 19 Ski Resort Update by Country

Last update 31st of January

Bad news are coming form resorts all around Europe. Central goverments are reluctant to open ski lifts despite mounting pressure from egiona authorities and tourist officials. Check out latest info about Covid 19 and resorts by country. This page is constantly updated with latest news.

Austria

Two Austrian resorts (Ischgl and St. Anton) were blamed for fast
Corona virus spread across Europe in March 2020. As a result of that the government decided to extend lock down until the 8th of February even though it is estimated that 4% of Austrian GDP is attributed to winter tourism. S
ki lifts are open from the 24th of December, but only for the local skiers and snowboarders. Hotels, restaurants and bars are going to be closed until the end of February.

Skiers will have to wear FFP2 face masks in all closed areas (ski buses, cable cars, ski depots…), while queuing, on chairlifts etc. Some ski resorts like Saalbach announced that they are going to remain closed due to measures which are hard to fulfill. Ischgl remains closed because part of the domain lays in Switzerland and skiers would have to go to quarantine after return to their accommodation.

France

The situation related to Corona Virus in France is even worse.
The resorts are allowed to open but the lifts are going to be shut down. Visitors will be able to enjoy open air and scenery but bars and restaurants are also to remain closed. Take away or delivery is possible. Ski touring is going to be allowed in some regions. Substantial number of local officials and tourist workers are mounting pressure on the French government in order to change the decision, results are yet to be seen. New measures are were announced on the 20th of January. Nothing has changed, lifts are to remain close until further notice.
After the opening of the lifts face masks will be compulsory (on the
ski lifts and accommodation common areas), there are no plans to limit
capacity. Social distancing will be obligatory. Bars and restaurants
are going to stay closed until further notice.

Switzerland

Situation in Switzerland related to Covid 19 is deteriorating. Some smaller resorts closed last week. Verbier, Nendaz and other bigger centers are still open. Due to new breed of Covid 19 discovered in UK, British tourists who arrived in the country after 14th of December were ordered to go to 10 day self isolation.

Two hotels in St. Moritz were quarantined after spread of new breed of Corona Virus. All residents and tourists have to wear masks all the time.

The masks are obligatory on all lifts if you are older than 12. After big crowds and long queues on the opening weekends of the season, authorities had to reduce capacities of lifts and gondolas by one third. 2 meter social distance is compulsory while queuing. Restaurants and bars will be open. Tables are spaced at minimum 1.5 meters, you will have to put your mask on while going to or leaving from your seat. Every Swiss canton has different measures in the fight against Covid 19. On the 26th of November Interior Minister Alain Berset said that they will allow for the season to go on but that the Government will monitor situation closely.

Italy

Italian ski resorts are closed at the moment due to Corona Virus
pandemic. It is likely that the situation is not going to be changed.
Italian Government officials announced that the resorts are going to
be closed until further notice. Sadly Saslong ski lifts operating company from Val Gardena announced that they won’t work this season. Tourist industry representatives are desperate. They state that 40% to 60% of turnover is made in this period. We will see if their pressure is going to change something in near future. Stay tuned for latest development.

Serbia

Despite the worst results concerning Corona Virus from the beginning
of the pandemic, Serbian resorts opened in the beginning of December
. Situation is better at the moment. Kopaonik is full of skiers and snowboarders. Masks are obligatory. Shops bars and restaurants are allowed to work until 8 pm. Social distancing is mandatory. Masks are obligatory in all closed spaces and on lifts. Measures are changing daily. Check out conditions for entry in to Serbia before you arrive here (latest version, they haven’t translated it yet, so you will have to do it in google translate). You will probably need negative PCR test that is not older from 48 hours or you will have to spend 10 days in quarantine. You can do the test in Serbia, it will cost you around 150 EUR.

Bulgaria

Situation in Bulgaria related to Corona Virus is not great, numbers are high. The skiing season in Bansko started on 17th of December and Borovets followed it shortly. Skiers have to wear masks in all closed spaces and on lifts. Gondola is going to operate with open windows :). Tourists will have to practice social distance of 1.5 m. All bars and pubs in Bansko are closed. You can make a brake during your skiing day since the cafes on the pistes are exception, but they work as takeaway. Only restaurants in hotels or takeaways are allowed to operate. Major number of restaurants isn’t offering delivery or takeaway, they have chosen to stay closed instead. Bansko is ghost town at the moment. If you look it on the bright side there are no queues on the gondola and big crowds on the piste.