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Patrick Thorne

19 Apr 21

Crans Montana Extends Ski Season into June

Patrick Thorne

19 Apr 21

The famous Swiss ski area of Crans Montana has announced that it will be keeping part of its ski area open in to June this year.

The resort’s Plaine Morte sector will remain accessible to skiers via the Violettes Express and Funitel cable cars as well as the Cabane de Bois chairlift until June 6th. The Lac ski lift will also provide access to the Snowpark.

Crans Montana is one of a number of ski areas with glaciers in the Alps and Scandinavia likely to be open in June with several also planning to open in July and August.

French glacier ski areas at Les 2 Alpes, Tignes and Val d’Isere all hope to open that month for summer skiing as they did after the first French lockdown a year ago. In Italy the same is true for Cervinia and Passo Stelvio.

The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt, with Europe’s highest lifts, is open year-round and is approaching a year of operations since it re-opened following the only closure of Swiss ski areas there has been, in spring 2020.  Neighbouring Saas Fee is expected to open for its eight-month 2021-22 season in mid-July.

In Austria the Hintertux, Pitztal and Stubai glaciers are staying open in to June and the (currently closed) Kaunertal and Molltal glaciers may re-open.

Up in Scandinavia three glacier areas are expected to be open in Norway in June.

English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish skiers are yet to learn the details of what travel will be possible and the costs involved in terms of testing and quarantine depending on which country they wish to travel to. The various governments of the different UK nations have promised some clarity in the coming weeks. Along with the question of rules imposed by the governments in the UK, there will also be rules on arrivals imposed by the governments of countries people living in the UK hope to travel to.