What to Expect This Winter

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In these uncertain times for travel, the French mountains have been working tirelessly to ensure their resorts are safe and ready to welcome tourists for the 2020/21 winter season.

At the time of writing, travel from the UK to France is not advised. However, the situation is constantly changing and we’re very hopeful that we will all be able to safely enjoy the beautiful French mountains again very soon. To stay on top of all the latest updates, the best place to head is the website for the French Embassy in the UK.

When we do get back to the mountains though, it’s clear that resorts will be going above and beyond to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines. So this year’s ski holiday is certainly going to look a bit different to normal.

So, what should you expect in French ski resorts this winter?

This winter, there will be many new safety measures implemented in resorts to ensure visitors comply with Covid-19 restrictions. To make this a little clearer, France Montagnes have released a handy infographic detailing the areas of your ski holiday that might look a little different this year.

Mostly, these stress the importance of mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitising. Full details below:

On Public Transport

  • Wearing a face mask is compulsory when boarding and while on public transport.

On Ski Lifts

  • Mask-wearing is compulsory in queues and on lifts
  • Lift queues will have strict social distancing measures and one-way systems
  • All equipment and touch points are regularly cleaned and disinfected

In Hire Shops

  • Face masks are compulsory
  • Hire equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before and after use
  • Hand sanitising gel will be available

At Ski School

  • Face masks are mandatory (for those aged 11+) when gathering at the start or end of a class. Masks can be removed while skiing.
  • During classes, if the group walks into a public space, face masks must be worn and hand sanitiser will be available.

In Bars and Restaurants

  • Bars and restaurants will be offering table service only.
  • Tables must be at least 1 metre apart, or have fixed or removable panels to ensure physical distancing.
  • Face masks are mandatory while not seated at your table
  • Surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned
  • Hand sanitiser is available

In Accommodation and Tourist Offices

Face masks are mandatory in all communal enclosed spaces, including accommodation and tourists offices. Accommodation hosts will provide guests with full details of the measures in place in their particular accommodation.

Events and Activities

A unique programme of activities and events (with a maximum attendance of 5,000 people) will be put on by all French resorts, taking place in strict compliance with health and social distancing rules. This will be constantly assessed and updated throughout the winter.

Travel Insurance

This winter more than ever, it’s key to have an extensive travel insurance policy. British skiers must note that the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) will not be valid for travel after 31 December 2020.

Please check restrictions before planning your travel, do so responsibly, follow local government guidelines and ensure that you have valid and up-to-date travel insurance.