Browsing entries tagged with Coronavirus

11 May 2021

A-Basin offers ski-in, ski-out Covid jabs

A-Basin offers ski-in, ski-out Covid jabs

Getting your Covid vaccine will be a complete pleasure for some Colorado skiers next weekend, as Arapahoe Basin hosts a ski-in, ski-out Covid vaccine clinic. On Sunday 16 May, from noon until 4pm, Arapahoe…

10 Feb 2021

Gondolas hold less risk of Covid than small offices

Gondolas hold less risk of Covid than small offices

A study recently conducted on lifts in the Swiss ski resort of Engelberg has found that skiers are 100 times less likely to catch Covid-19 on a 12-minute ride on a well-ventilated gondola than they are…

8 Feb 2021

Italian ski resorts may re-open 15 Feb

Italian ski resorts may re-open 15 Feb

Ski resorts in some areas of Italy are likely to open from next Monday, 15 February. Although the Italian government has not yet formally announced the re-opening, the country’s media is reporting that…

21 Jan 2021

French ski lifts remain shut

French ski lifts remain shut

Ski lifts in France are to remain closed during February and possibly beyond, said government ministers yesterday. While French ski resorts were hoping they would get the go-ahead to open lifts from 1…

20 Jan 2021

Val Thorens make génépi hand sanitiser

Val Thorens make génépi hand sanitiser

As French ski resorts await news from the government on whether they can reopen their ski lifts in February (an announcement is due today, Wednesday 20 January), the team at Val Thorens tourist office…

10 Jan 2021

French ski resorts remain closed

French ski resorts remain closed

While Italy and Austria have delayed the opening of their ski resorts to tourists until mid-January at the earliest, last week the French government said coronavirus infection rates in France remain too…

4 Jan 2021

Italy and Austria delay ski openings

Italy and Austria delay ski openings

Italy and Austria have delayed opening their ski resorts until 18 January, at the earliest. When resorts were closed in October in Italy, they were given a preliminary opening date of 7 January, in line…

14 Dec 2020

Ski resorts in Sweden now open

Ski resorts in Sweden now open

The Swedish ski resorts of Åre, Sälen and Vemdalen will be opening this week, joining Trysil and Hemsedal in Norway, which opened on 11 December. All resorts are owned by the company SkiStar, which says…

9 Dec 2020

Italian ski resorts remain closed

Italian ski resorts remain closed

Skiing remains off the cards in Italy to anyone except professional athletes, with new regulations introduced last week to prevent travel between different regions and communes to help reduce the spread…

3 Dec 2020

Ski lifts to start turning in Austria

Ski lifts to start turning in Austria

Skiing will be allowed in Austria from 24 December, but limited to locals only with hotels ordered to remain closed. The news was announced yesterday by the Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, speaking…

1 Dec 2020

Protestors gather over French ski resort closures

Protestors gather over French ski resort closures

Anger is growing in the French Alps with demonstrations taking place all week to protest at the government’s decision to close ski resorts due to Covid-19. Last week, President Macron announced ski resorts…

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…

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…

3 Oct 2020

Mobile ski boot fitting service launched

Mobile ski boot fitting service launched

A new service offering mobile professional ski boot fitting has launched for the 2020-21 winter season. Hike and Ride is a mobile boot fitting lab that can travel across the UK, helping skiers to purchase…

29 Sep 2020

France and Austria release Covid ski measures

France and Austria release Covid ski measures

With fresh snowfall across the Alps last week thoughts are turning to skiing and guidance on keeping skiers safeguarded from Covid-19 have been released from the French and Austrian governments. This advice…

18 Sep 2020

Zermatt to open Switzerland’s first automated gondola

Zermatt to open Switzerland’s first automated gondola

As ski resorts around the world announce details of Covid-secure operations for this coming winter, Switzerland’s first fully automated gondola will open in Zermatt this December. Despite the difficult…

10 Sep 2020

Ski operators remain positive for the season ahead

Ski operators remain positive for the season ahead

Small, independent ski companies are remaining positive about the winter season ahead, which starts in just over two months from now. Since Crystal Ski Holidays dropped the bombshell on Tuesday that it…

8 Sep 2020

Crystal cancels catered chalet ski holidays

Crystal cancels catered chalet ski holidays

Crystal Ski Holidays has taken the decision to cancel all catered chalet holidays for the 2020/21 ski season due to Covid 19. The decision comes as the coronavirus infection rate rises in the UK and…

1 Sep 2020

Vail Resorts outlines Covid ski plans

Vail Resorts outlines Covid ski plans

Vail Resorts has unveiled its plan for operating its 34 ski resorts across North America this coming winter. The 2020-21 winter ski season begins for Vail Resorts on 6 November at Keystone, and last week…

5 Aug 2020

Indoor ski centres open this weekend

Indoor ski centres open this weekend

Indoor ski centres across the UK are preparing to open their doors following months of closure due to Covid-19. Ski centres, along with other indoor leisure facilities including ice rinks, bowling alleys,…

22 Jul 2020

Ski piste named after Novak Djokovic

Ski piste named after Novak Djokovic

A piste in the ski resort of Jahorina in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been named after tennis player Novak Djokovic, who seems to have recovered well following his brush with Covid-19. The inauguration took…

15 Jul 2020

Ski titles hit by coronavirus

Ski titles hit by coronavirus

Two more ski publications have become coronavirus casualties, as websites OnTheSnow and Skiinfo close for good. Their Colorado-based owner, Mountain New Corporation, closed both sites on 13 July citing…

9 Jul 2020

Campaign launched to save the ski train

Campaign launched to save the ski train

A petition has been launched in the wake of news yesterday that Eurostar will not run its direct Ski Train service for the 2020/21 ski season, due to Covid-19. For decades, the Ski Train has run two…

12 Jun 2020

World’s largest ski show set for October

World’s largest ski show set for October

A virtual event, touting itself as “the World’s Largest Ski Show” will take place from the French ski area Portes du Soleil this coming October. The World’s Largest Ski Show (#WLSS) will run gfrom…

3 Jun 2020

Skiers plan to hit pistes next winter

Skiers plan to hit pistes next winter

Ski tour operators are reporting that skiers are feeling positive about the 2020/21 winter season and planning to take ski holidays. A customer survey by French specialist Peak Retreats reports that…

29 May 2020

Lifts to open and work continues in Zermatt

Lifts to open and work continues in Zermatt

The cable cars will start operating in the picturesque ski resort of Zermatt on 8 June as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease in Switzerland.  Hotels, accommodation, hiking trails, public transport…

21 May 2020

French ski resorts open post-Covid lockdown

French ski resorts open post-Covid lockdown

Mountain resorts in France are opening for summer skiing as coronavirus lockdown measure in the country are slowly lifted. Today, the Aiguille du Midi cable car in Chamonix opens for skiers for the second…

5 May 2020

Norway glacier opens to 14.9m of snow

Norway glacier opens to 14.9m of snow

The Fonna Glacier in Norway has opened for the summer season with social distancing measure in place — tremendous amounts of snow. The glacier opened on 1 May with an incredible 14.9m of snowfall. The…

24 Apr 2020

Ischgl plans more quality après-ski

Ischgl plans more quality après-ski

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl is planning to move its après-ski scene more upmarket, as Austria starts to ease its lockdown. Mayor of the Tyrolean ski town has said he will work with local business…

18 Apr 2020

Levi stockpiles snow for next ski season

Levi stockpiles snow for next ski season

A ski resort in Finland is preserving snow for the 2020-21 winter season after being forced to close early due to the coronavirus outbreak. Staff at Levi, a ski resort in Finnish Lapland north of the Arctic…

16 Apr 2020

Donate ski goggles to the NHS

Donate ski goggles to the NHS

An organisation set up to gather ski goggles for NHS staff in the UK is appealing for skiers and snowboarders to donate used or new eyewear. The initiative, GogglesforDocsUK, is collecting used or new…

14 Apr 2020

Ötztal valley helps skiers remain upbeat

Ötztal valley helps skiers remain upbeat

While travel as we know it is not currently possible, “armchair travelling” is the new buzzword, and helping to keep horizons intact for those with wandering feet. While some companies are offering…

11 Apr 2020

Zermatt displays Union jack on Matterhorn

Zermatt displays Union jack on Matterhorn

As the coronavirus death toll hit 980 in the UK last night, the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt sent a sign of solidarity. Since 25 March, the famous Matterhorn mountain which straddles the ski resorts of…

7 Apr 2020

Michelin-starred chefs cook for hospital staff in French Alps

Michelin-starred chefs cook for hospital staff in French Alps

Michelin-starred chefs in the French Alps are feed staff caring for coronavirus patients in local hospitals. Some 20 Michelin-starred chefs from the Savoie Mont Blanc have joined the initiative that started…

25 Mar 2020

Matterhorn lit as a sign of hope

Matterhorn lit as a sign of hope

The iconic Matterhorn in Zermatt will be lit every evening with a symbol of hope to help society stand together during the coronavirus crisis. Every evening from sunset to 2300, starting last night (Tuesday…

24 Mar 2020

Verbier locals make hospital gowns for Swiss medics

Verbier locals make hospital gowns for Swiss medics

Residents in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier are turning bedsheets into hospital gowns and masks to help in the fight against Covid-19. The move comes as doctors in Verbier request that the ski resort…

18 Mar 2020

easyJet winter 2020/21 flights on sale for under £30

easyJet winter 2020/21 flights on sale for under £30

The airline easyJet is launching its winter schedule early to allow skiers and snowboarders to change existing bookings that have been affected by the coronavirus. Until 24 March, fares for next winter…

17 Mar 2020

Ski tourers asked to stay out of the mountains

Ski tourers asked to stay out of the mountains

While more ski resorts across North America shut their lifts, European mountain areas are appealing for skiers and snowboarders who have taken to ski touring and split boarders to exercise caution —…

15 Mar 2020

Skiing in France and the US now ends

Skiing in France and the US now ends

France and the US have now followed Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Andorra in closing their ski lifts for the remainder of the season due to the COVID-19 threat. Skiers due to travel…

13 Mar 2020

Now Switzerland closes its resorts too

Now Switzerland closes its resorts too

Switzerland is following Austria, Germany, Norway and Italy with the closure of its ski resorts in the battle to contain Covid-19.  This afternoon, Televerbier announced: “Due to the COVID-19…

13 Mar 2020

Ski resorts in Austria, Germany and Norway close for the season

Ski resorts in Austria, Germany and Norway close for the season

Most ski resorts across the Austria are closing this weekend, along with Norway and Germany, too. Hundreds of ski resorts across Austria — from Lech to Saalbach-Hinterglem — as well as Germany and…

10 Mar 2020

Coronavirus forces closure of all ski resorts across Italy

Coronavirus forces closure of all ski resorts across Italy

Ski resorts across the whole of Italy have now been closed, following the country-wide lockdown in Italy to prevent further spread of coronavirus. Following our news story yesterday, the ski resorts that…

9 Mar 2020

Ski lifts close in northern Italy

Ski lifts close in northern Italy

Ski lifts in the Aosta valley and other northern regions of Italy have been closed until further notice, as part of the government’s lockdown in an attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The means…

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