French ski resorts open tomorrow

5th June 2020, by Abi Butcher

Les 2 Alpes (above) and Val D’Isère open for summer skiing tomorrow. Pic:

Les 2 Alpes (above) and Val D’Isère open for summer skiing tomorrow. Pic:

The French ski resorts of Les 2 Alpes and Val D’Isère will open tomorrow, 6 June, for the start of their summer skiing season.

Les 2 Alpes opens for weekends only throughout June (6-7, 13-14, 20-21 June) then will remain open non-stop, coronavirus permitting, from 27 June to 30 August. The summer season is being seen as a test for the forthcoming winter, with new regulations being introduced including reduced capacity on ski lifts. Only eight instead of 20 people will be permitted on the Jandry Express cable car, with only two on a chairlift instead of four, with empty seats in between. On all lifts it will be compulsory for people to wear masks.

Under new regulations released by the French government, all shops, bars and hotels in the ski resort are allowed to reopen, with social-distancing and hygiene measures in place. Restaurants must place 1.5m between tables both outside and inside — and are allowed to extend their terraces. Hotels must keep rooms empty for 24 hours between each client for a deep clean, and meals can be eaten within the hotel restaurants as long as the tables are 1.5m apart. 

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In Val d’Isère, the ski lifts will be open from 0700 until noon on the Pisailles glacier, which will accommodate 500 skiers and snowboarders each day, a number the resort plans to increase to 600 in time. Three of the runs on the glacier will be reserved for the French national teams and ski clubs to train and the remaining three runs will be open to the public. The resort opens tomorrow, and closes (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) on 11 July.

Lift passes for the Pisailles glacier cost €30 for one day or €175 for six days, and must be reserved pass online at least 48 hours in advance (by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), so arrivals and departures can be staggered. Like in Les 2 Alpes, skiers have to wear masks and socially distance while queuing and riding lifts. Anti-bacterial gel will be available at lift stations.

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