As our team operates out of multiple countries within Europe, we’ve been keeping an eye on each country’s individual situation. Here are the latest news and updates on how each country and its ski resorts have been re-opening for summer 2020.
Last update 07/09/20
Ski Resorts Update: Summer 2020
France has now reopened its borders and life is back to normal, the ‘new normal’ anyway. The UK government has imposed the 2-week quarantine again starting from the 15th August. France may also bring back in the 2-week quarantine to people arriving, but we have not heard any official government guidelines yet. We recommend watching the news regularly to stay up to date. Schools, cafes, restaurants, shops and leisure activities are all open and social distancing and increased sanitation are still advised, when out in public.
July 20th 2020 – Face masks are now obligatory for everyone over the age of 11 to wear in any indoor public space. The government states to use your initiative on this, but these spaces do include shops, banks, libraries, sports facilities, temporary structures such as marquees, and covered seating areas. This is a strict new government guideline, and you will be fined 135 euros for not wearing a mask.
Quarantine is currently voluntary upon entering France and have opened their borders (along with the rest of the EU) since June 15th. On returning to the UK, you no longer need to quarantine and can travel as normal. If you’re starting to plan a holiday in Europe, Eurotunnel has some great holiday ideas which you can easily drive to.
Ski resorts are mostly open for summer skiing, biking and hiking as usual. Wearing a mask is compulsory from the queues and throughout the ski lift journey for people over 11 years old. There is no limit on the number of skiers on the glacier at the moment and hydro alcoholic gel is available at the start and finish of the lifts.
If you fancy some summer skiing on a glacier or working on your tan from the Panoramic sundeck, then keep an eye on the Tignes website for lift schedules more in resort news. Or alternatively, check out the glacier webcam in Val d’Isère to keep a closer eye on the snow conditions.
Are you keen to ski but don’t fancy travelling as far? Indoor and dry ski slopes have been allowed to open across the UK from July 15th.
Schools, restaurants, shops, and leisure facilities are now all open in Switzerland. Due to their early lockdown, cases are falling rapidly with just over 300 active cases for the whole country. They have reopened their borders, but be aware if you are arriving from a highly infected country, you may be subject to a temperature check upon arrival.
Many of the ski resorts are open for summer, and business is returning to usual. Check out Verbier’s website for the latest in resort information. We absolutely love the Alps during the summer as there’s plenty of adventures to be had.
If you want an insight into the life of our Verbier Resort Manager, Tom Waddington, then check out his latest chat on ‘The Ski Instructor Podcast’ which they recorded right before lockdown. The rest of our Swiss team have been out climbing, swimming, hiking, biking and learning new skills via online classes. Many of our instructors stick around in Verbier all summer, so don’t hesitate to say hi if you’re in the area.
Austria was one of the first European countries to re-open after a very early and strict lockdown. Austrian restaurants, cafes, bars, churches and some museums are also open, with similar rules on wearing face masks and social distancing. With just over 400 active cases across the country, travel and tourism are slowly starting to wake up and St Anton will be open for the summer season beginning on July 3rd 2020.
St Anton plans to open for winter 20/21 on the 4th December and to kick it off, they have organised a musical opening night with German singer Andreas Bourani. As well as the concert, they will also have a free ski and snowboard test on, so you can try brand new skis throughout the opening week, to help you decide which skis you like the best.
If you’d like to find out more about which countries have opened their borders, to help you pick your next holiday destination, here’s a full list.
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Here at New Generation, we’ve been busy preparing for the future by ensuring our services are more flexible than ever. We want you to feel confident in booking your ski lessons with us and have some future travel to look forward to. If you’re thinking about booking, find out more about our new, flexible COVID terms.
Alternatively, if you’d like to chat, our typical support systems are still in place as always. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team. You can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 01462 674 000. We are by the phone between 8:00-12:00 UK on Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon – bring on winter 20/21!