Browsing entries tagged with Covid

20 Aug 2021

Covid and Brexit force Ski2 closure

Covid and Brexit force Ski2 closure

The Covid pandemic has claimed another casualty in the ski world, with the closure of Ski2, the ski tour operator that has specialised in holidays to Champoluc for the past 22 years. Ski2 founders Simon…

15 Jun 2021

Skiers flock to US resorts during Covid

Skiers flock to US resorts during Covid

Skiing has been needed more than ever during the Covid pandemic, according to the latest figures from the US. America’s National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) announced last week that the 2020-21 ski…

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…

6 Apr 2021

London Ski & Snowboard Festival is back with a bang

London Ski & Snowboard Festival is back with a bang

At last — some fantastic news for skiers and snowboarders… Covid permitting, the London Ski & Snowboard Festival is back this autumn, promising all the goodies we love at Battersea Park from 28-31…

31 Mar 2021

Demand grows for ski properties

Demand grows for ski properties

Interest in buying property in the Alps is higher than usual at the moment, echoing the trend of strong bookings for the ski season next winter. Where to Ski & Snowboard has this week spoken to several…

2 Mar 2021

Bookings strong for 2021-22 ski holidays

Bookings strong for 2021-22 ski holidays

Two ski chalet operators — Ski France and Ski Solutions — have launched a ‘contactless chalet’ service for next season, amid news that bookings for winter 2021/22 are very strong. Chalet companies…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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