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26 Nov 2020

Four-day flash sale of WTS books

Four-day flash sale of WTS books

We discuss elsewhere the prospects for skiing this year, which are not great – French Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed today that French ski lifts and restaurants will not operate until next year,…

25 Nov 2020

Dreaming of a Schweiz Christmas?

Dreaming of a Schweiz Christmas?

We’re getting a continuous drip-feed of news about skiing in Switzerland as more resorts – encouraged by early snowfalls – open at weekends and announce their plans for the season proper. Most…

24 Nov 2020

Skiers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about changes to quarantine rules

Skiers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about changes to quarantine rules

The news that the Government is reducing quarantine from 14 days to five on 15 December has been cautiously welcomed by a ski industry keen to take desperate UK skiers to the mountains this winter. Under…

24 Nov 2020

Slow progress on Chamonix’s Grands Montets

Slow progress on Chamonix’s Grands Montets

It’s over two years since the cable car to the top of Chamonix’s iconic, glacial Grands Montets ski area was destroyed by fire. We now hear that the lift company ‘hopes’ to have…

18 Nov 2020

Ski tour operators suspend operation

Ski tour operators suspend operation

More sad news for the ski industry this morning as VIP Ski goes into administration and Hotelplan UK announces that it is suspending all operation this winter across its family brand Esprit Ski and much…

6 Nov 2020

North American resorts limit numbers on lifts and slopes

North American resorts limit numbers on lifts and slopes

Jackson Hole is one of my favourite ski resorts. The queues for its iconic ‘Tram’ (US-speak for cable car) are normally long because it whisks you quickly from resort level to the mountain summit (1260m…

2 Nov 2020

Now Austrian ski areas close

Now Austrian ski areas close

Since I wrote the piece about ski resorts open ski resorts open last Friday, Austrian ski areas have been forced to close or postpone opening. This is part of a second lockdown ordered by the Austrian…

30 Oct 2020

French and Italian ski resorts open and are then shut down

French and Italian ski resorts open and are then shut down

Apparently prompted by non-socially distanced queues and jostling when Cervinia re-opened for the winter season last weekend, the Italian Government ordered the closure to the public of all Italian ski…

24 Oct 2020

Snowmaking machines to be used to fight Covid-19

Snowmaking machines to be used to fight Covid-19

One of the big Italian snowmaking machine manufacturers, Demaclenko, has developed a fully automatic machine which blows disinfectant into gondola cabins when the doors are open and no passengers are inside.…

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