What does skiing in 2020/21 look like?
If you do manage to make it out to a ski resort this year, things won’t be operating, in the same way, they were when you were last there. Ski resorts within the same country, or even within the same region, are differing greatly on what rules they have in place, so the best advice is to do your homework!
Many ski resorts will limit the number of lift passes sold and require you to wear masks on chalifts/gondolas, in lift queues and in indoor public spaces (with social distancing at 1m minimum). You’ll also likely find resorts are running gondolas with reduced capacity but at a faster speed. Ski lessons will have reduced numbers and in-resort childcare options will be limited or canceled altogether.
Apres-ski will be much quieter this year and numbers at bars limited to prevent crowds. Mountain huts will almost certainly be outside-only dining or takeaways and all music and ski events will be canceled. Many resorts will also ask skiers to download an app to make reservations and order food in restaurants.
As far as ski accommodation is concerned, self-catering will be many people’s first choice. If you go for a hotel or shared chalet be prepared for less choice – there will be fewer large chalets available and some operators like Crystal Ski are not offering catered chalets this season. Some VIP chalets are asking guests to pre-order meals in advance to remove the need for an in-house chef.
How to stay safe on the ski slopes
If you do decide to travel to a ski resort, try to limit your chances of catching Covid-19 by not traveling on Saturdays (busiest days); try to book accommodation (self-catering if possible) near the slopes so you don’t have to use ski buses; take a packed lunch up the mountain rather than visiting a ski hut; and reserve your ski equipment ahead of time so you don’t have to spend time looking around a ski hire shop. Some resorts will be giving out free “buffs” (tubular scarfs) with your ski pass to enable you to cover your face and mouth.
NOTE: If you decide to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is even more important that you have appropriate travel insurance. More updates, to follow.