September 25, 2020
The body representing the French mountain resorts, France Montagnes, has published the details of the Covid-19 rules for next winter. Some things will be the same with others very different. NEW
France Montagnes is the unifying body of French mountain resorts, regional tourist offices, ski lift companies, French ski schools and other organizations.
He created this infographic to try to explain things:
Here at PlanetSKI this week we reported on what things will be like at Morzine ski resort in the Portes du Soleil.
Morzine unveils Covid-19 plans for next winter
Here are the general rules and regulations covering all resorts in the Alps and the Pyrenees.
Measurements on ski lifts
Specific measures are applied to ski lifts, in particular social distancing, unidirectional movements and management of flows in ski lift queues, compulsory wearing of masks and regular disinfection of equipment.
Measurements in ski schools
During a gathering at the start or end of the course, it is compulsory to wear a face mask for anyone over the age of 11.
The mask can be removed on the slopes.
All rented equipment will be thoroughly cleaned.
If during the course the group enters an indoor public space, it is compulsory to wear a face mask and a hand disinfectant gel will be made available.
Measures in bars and restaurants
All customers must wear a face mask when walking around a bar or restaurant and when walking around the premises.
Once seated, a table service only works and tables are spaced at least 1 meter apart or separated by fixed or removable panels to ensure physical separation.
Deep cleaning of all surfaces is done more frequently and hand sanitizer gel is made available.
Measurements in equipment rental stores
The shops are closed spaces and the wearing of a face mask is mandatory for staff and customers, hand sanitizer gel is also available.
All rented equipment is carefully cleaned before and after use.
Measures in accommodation and tourist offices
It is compulsory to wear a face mask in all common and closed spaces, including accommodation and tourist offices.
Mountain accommodation hosts will provide guests with all the details of the measures in place for their stay.
“The course of the pandemic remains unpredictable, so you may hear of local increases in the number of COVID-19 or possible local lockdowns. So travel responsibly, follow local government guidelines and make sure you have valid and up-to-date travel insurance, ”adds France Montagnes.
The EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) will no longer be valid for travel after December 31, 2020, once the UK leaves the EU on December 31.
There is currently a quarantine between the two countries, with people being invited or forced to self-isolate for 14 days.
If that stays in place, there will likely be very few UK skiers and snowboarders heading to the French Alps and Pyrenees.
The French ski season is due to start in the Tignes glacier resort on October 10.
Snow conditions look good with a huge storm currently hitting the Alps, and Tignes is expected to see around 50cm of fresh snow.
Snow falls across the Alps