Where in the world can I go skiing during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Where in the world can I go skiing during the Coronavirus pandemic?

It feels stranger this year to be going through the usual resorts for the season – but how can we know where we can go skiing during the Coronavirus pandemic? Keep reading. Bookmark this page for the latest Coronavirus ski travel news – last updated 18/9/2020, 7.20pm CET  >>

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It really does seem like the anvil of another global roll-out of lockdowns against movement and freedom of travel is about to fall off the cliff edge again. In some countries this has already taken place and they have weathered their “second wave”. In light of the changes, we will keep updating this list for people who might be looking to go skiing during the Coronavirus pandemic and where in the world is open for your season and snow holiday getaways.

Where can I go skiing during the Coronavirus pandemic?

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Japan

Poland

Serbia

Slovakia

Greenland

Faroe Islands

Iceland

These countries, so far, have the most liberal borders policies for skiers and snowboarders, with the lowest level of quarantine restrictions in place. Some Foreign Nationals will not need to quarantine at all for the above list of countries. We will update this daily, but please first check with your own country’s guidelines which may restrict your movement or your ability to travel, and for any entry requirements on arrival. It is important to check, because these places may have their own lists for certain countries and nationals wherein some nationals and locations will automatically mean being asked to quarantine first, or some may simply be refused entry on this basis.

If you are a foreign national and are able to spare the weeks, plus you’re happy to quarantine on your arrival, or your return (and potentially both)… then these countries are open for you to go skiing in:

Where else could I go to ski in 2020?

USA (1)

France*

Norway

Slovenia

Latvia

Estonia

Morocco**

Bulgaria #

South Africa (2)

*France = Arrival is also subject to your prior self-certification of good health and French entry requirements.

**Morocco = Arrival is subject to your prior self-certification of good health, proof of a negative PCR test, and potentially an additional spot-test on arrival with a private clinic. British nationals residing in Morocco, and their families, are exempt.

#Bulgaria = Some major roads are completely closed

(1) USA = Open, except to those who have been in the following places 14 days prior or more to arrival: UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China.

(2) South Africa = preparing to re-open borders to travel

Where is closed for skiing?

New Zealand – Closed

Canada – Closed, except for Canada nationals and those exempt

Again, everything is subject to change, so bookmark this page and keep checking back in case this list empties, which is what we’re all hoping for. Remember, authorities in the country or area that you are going to are responsible for setting and enforcing rules for entry. To quell any confusion, make sure you contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the place you’d like to visit to get the most up to date information, and ensure that your desired departure flights or ships are available and permitted.

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Ski Lifts has introduced its company-wide Hassle-free Covid-19 Guarantee.

For holiday-makers and consumers booking direct with us, this gives you 7 days prior to travel to cancel if you are affected by Government-driven restrictions that create unforseen restrictions or complete blocks on your travel.

Our airport transfer bus + vehicle safety measures

In our incredible network of local transfer operators, drivers, chauffeurs and concierge – we have worked together to agree to maintaining the most practical and hygienic ways we can keep you safe:

  • Up to 7 people per shared vehicle. Private: up to 6 people (in a carriage for 8) maximum, and up to 8 people (in a carriage for 10) maximum.
  • Enhanced daily cleaning and airing of ski transfer vehicles inside and out
  • Drivers are isolated which means passengers won’t be able to take the adjoining seat
  • See this page for our airport transfer and train station transfer cleaning protocol to help you travel safely and with peace of mind.

Other tips and ideas

You may have also seen that The Telegraph did a fantastic piece a few weeks ago on weekend snow + ski getaway ideas, which is worth checking back to if you’re able to go flight hopping across Europe over the coming weeks. If not, that’s OK – we have still put the above guide together to show you where (currently – we’ll update it every day that we can) you can go skiing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

To make your booking, just use our free, no-obligation ski transfer quote generator, to discover a range of the cheapest season prices to suit you.

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Coronavirus Travel Update – Where In The World Can I Travel from the UK?

Where in the world can I travel to, from the UK, during Coronavirus?

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This is more of a general, helpful coronavirus travel update is designed as a supportive article (and not definitive – stay up to date your local Government guidelines and news bureaus for the latest information). And don’t forget, when you book with Ski-Lifts, you’ll be covered by our group-wide Hassle-Free Covid-19 Guarantee.

Please take a look at this page if you searching where to ski during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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We’ll be updating this news post daily, to share with you where is open for holidays during Coronavirus pandemic.

 

“Let’s see what is open, and let’s go?” The ongoing Covid-19 travel updates makes planning for a holiday -for even visitors arriving at their destinations – tricky. Many are finding that they cannot plan due to the volatile nature of changing border, quarantine and testing restrictions. However, it is important stay prepared: there are more forgiving parts of the world, but at the same time, there could well be other measures at any of these airport borders such as paper forms, health declaration requirements, and the legal requirement to take swab or blood test at any time. In some countries, these tests may occur twice to protect from a false positive result, which could potentially delay your journey. Also, most airports globally oblige passengers to wear face coverings or masks (so, naturally, it’s handy to have a few extra ski masks with you this year).

 

 

Where can I travel to, from the UK, without quarantine or isolating while I’m there?

The good news is that you will not need to quarantine on arrival, or return, to and from these countries. Colloquially known as ‘air bridges’, these places allow travel between them without any severe pandemic restrictions or delays, subject to any spur-of-the-moment government or airport restrictions. Lots of visitors are find they do still have to take a test when they arrive – but if they are negative, they are free to roam. As you will see, the world is still open. Currently we understand that UK travellers can head to the following locations as Covid19-negative and without needing to self-isolate or quarantine on arrival. (The team will update this list daily. List correct as of 18/9/2020 at 12:58pm) :

Sweden

Italy(Complete this form for Italy before you travel)

Liechtenstein (borders managed by Switzerland)

Germany

Denmark

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Faroe Islands

Isle of Man

Montenegro

The Channel Islands (Complete Passenger Locator form first)

Slovakia

Greenland

Poland

San Marino

Turkey

Vatican City

Cyprus – with proof of a negative PCR test

Saint Barthélemy – following a negative test on arrival

Curacao

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Cuba

Saint Lucia

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Remember, always check official Government guidance before you travel, stay up to date on your travel insurance, and stay alert to any guidance while you are travelling. As we know, some of these lists could change while you’re “in the air”. In addition, some countries may have nurses and inspectors who observe you on arrival, and if they believe you show symptoms, you may still be asked to quarantine for 14 days. Be sure to travel safe.

European Ski Season Dates for 2020/2021

European Ski Season Dates for 2020/21

We’re excited to the upcoming ski season 2020/2021! We know that you are keen to hit the slopes and most of you are already daydreaming with your winter holidays. If you’re wondering which ski resorts are the first ones to open so you can test the fresh powder, here’s the list you need!   

We’ve listed for you some of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps and the rest of Europe, including; ski season dates in FranceAndorraAustriaBulgariaGermanyItalySlovenia and Switzerland.   

New for this season – we’ve introduced the Hassle-free COVID-19 Guarantee to cover any officially announced government travel restriction – so you can have complete confidence when you book with Ski-Lifts! 

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Andorra

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
The Grandvalira ski area 04/12/2020  11/04/2021 
Vallnord 28/11/2020  12/04/2021 

Austria

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Bad Kleinkirchheim 05/12/2020  11/04/2021 
Hintertux 26/09/2020  Glacier open all year round
Ischgl 26/11/2020  02/05/2021
Kitzbühel 19/10/2020 (estimated)  03/05/2021 (estimated) 
Mayrhofen 03/12/2020 (estimated)  16/04/2021 (estimated) 
Saalbach Hinterglemm 30/11/2020 (estimated)  13/04/2021 (estimated) 
Solden
St Anton 01/12/2020 (estimated)  25/04/2021 (estimated) 
Zell am See -Schmittenhöhe 29/11/2020 (estimated)  16/04/2021 (estimated) 

Bulgaria

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Bansko 08/12/2020 (estimated)  15/04/2021 (estimated) 
Borovets 15/12/2020 (estimated)  15/04/2021 (estimated) 

France

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Alpe d’Huez 24/11/2020 (estimated)  24/04/2021 (estimated) 
Avoriaz 12/11/2020 (estimated)  04/25/2021 (estimated) 
Chamonix 04/12/2020 (estimated)  02/05/2021 (estimated) 
Courchevel 07/12/2020 (estimated)  22/04/2021 (estimated)
Flaine 12/12/2020  18/04/2021
La Plagne 12/12/2020 (estimated)  25/04/2021 (estimated)
Les Arcs 12/12/2020 (estimated)  24/04/2021 (estimated)
La Clusaz 19/12/2020 (estimated)  11/04/2021 (estimated) 
La Tania 12/12/2020  17/04/2021 
Les Gets 19/12/2020  11/04/2021 
Les Menuires 08/12/2020 (estimated)  23/04/2021 (estimated) 
Megève 18/12/2020 (estimated)  18/04/2021 (estimated) 
Meribel 08/12/2020 (estimated)  24/04/2021 (estimated) 
Morzine 18/12/2020 (estimated)  17/04/2021 (estimated) 
Serre Chevalier 10/12/2020 (estimated)  22/04/2021 (estimated) 
Tignes 15/10/2020 (estimated)  08/05/2021 (estimated) 
Val d’Isere 26/11/2020 (estimated)  02/05/2021 (estimated) 
Val Thorens 22/11/2020 (estimated)  07/05/2021 (estimated) 

Germany

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Garmisch 12/12/2020  05/04/2021 

Italy

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Alta Badia 05/12/2020  11/04/2021 
Arabba 05/12/2020  11/04/2021 
Cervinia 27/10/2020 (estimated)  02/05/2021 (estimated) 
Cortina 14/11/2020  25/04/2021 
Courmayeur 30/11/2020 (estimated)  14/04/2021 (estimated) 
Sauze d’Oulx 09/12/2020 (estimated)  14/04/2021 (estimated) 
Sestriere 07/12/2020 (estimated)  14/04/2021 (estimated)
Livigno 28/11/2020 
Madonna di Campiglio 21/11/2020  18/04/2021 
Selva Val Gardena 18/04/2020  11/04/2021

Slovenia

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Kranjska Gora 05/12/2020  28/03/2021 

Switzerland

Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Davos Klosters 19/11/2020  18/04/2021
Grindelwald 11/26/2020 (estimated)  04/17/2021 (estimated) 
Gstaad 28/11/2020  05/04/2021
Saas Fee 15/07/2020 (estimated)  20/04/2021 (estimated) 
St. Moritz 27/10/2020 (estimated)  19/05/2021 (estimated) 
Verbier 01/12/2020 (estimated)  29/04/2021 (estimated) 
Zermatt The Matterhorn, Gornergrat and Rothorn glacial areas are open year-round.

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PLEASE NOTE – Dates may be subject to change. If you can’t see a resort that you are interested in, let us know!

Here are our current vehicle safety rules for our transfers

Current vehicle safety rules for transfers this ski season 2020/2021  

With the new ski season around the corner, we know how passionate our customers are about hitting the slopes again, and so are we! Due to the current situation, the way of travelling has changed the last couple months, and we’ve taken steps to ensure a safe journey for our customers and employees, working to prevent any unforeseen situation and guarantee a hassle-free airport transfer.  

With that said, we’ve implemented specific rules and restrictions in all our transfers. With these new measures, we’ll ensure your journey is as safe as possible, and we outline these for you below.  

Please note that the following could be amended through regulation and/or best practice over the summer but we will keep you informed of any changes as soon as possible.

General vehicle rules – as of 10/09/2020 

  • Passengers will need to load their own luggage unless they have mobility issues 
  • Passengers will be asked to clean their hands with alcohol gel provided on entry to the vehicle 
  • All passengers to wear face-covering for the duration of the journey – please bring your own face masks 
  • Disposable seat covers may be available on request 
  • Passengers are not permitted to sit next to the driver 
  • Drivers may be separated from passengers by a screen 
  • Enhanced daily cleaning procedures of all vehicles 
  • Enhanced cleaning and airing of vehicles between transfers 
  • Skis and snowboards continue to be welcomed at no extra charge providing they are booked in advance
  • Child seats continue to be available on request at no extra charge

Occupancy levels 

Occupancy levels are currently reduced for shared transfers, with up to 5 people with bikes or 7 people without bikes being allowed to travel in the same vehicle. 

Waiting times – shared services only

In order to manage with potentially lower volumes of travellers, waiting times have reluctantly been increased, to avoid any increases in the cost of your journey. We will always do our best to limit waiting times and with restricted flight schedules, we believe that there will be some natural grouping. 

  • Groups of 3 or more, the waiting times may be up to 3.5 hours. 
  • Passengers travelling alone or in a group of 2 will be accepted on the basis that they will need to wait to join other groups. We are unable to guarantee a maximum waiting time. 

Due to the uncertainties at this time, all bookings for shared transfers are accepted on the basis that if the increased waiting times are not financially viable due to low demand, we reserve the right to amend or remove the service. 

Private Transfers 

As usual, there are no waiting times and will suit larger groups travelling together. However, with no seating next to the driver, the occupancy level for a Private Transfer is slightly reduced. 

  • Vehicles with a normal capacity of 8 passengers + driver are reduced to 6 passengers travelling to the same property.
  • Larger vehicles with a capacity of 13 passengers + driver are reduced to 8 passengers with bicycles or 10 passengers without, all travelling to the same property. 

Also, we’ve updated our cancellation policies, so from now on, all our transfers come with our Hassle-Free COVID-19 Guarantee! In the event of any officially announced government travel restrictions, Ski Lifts has reduced their cancellation up to 72 hours or less. 

We hope these will help us provide you with the safest possible transfer as we’re sure everyone is eager to hit the slopes. Please get in contact with a member of our team at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns and we look forward to seeing you this winter. 

QUIZ: Tell us which song you’re playing on a loop, and we’ll tell you if you are a skier, a snowboarder or an après-skier

QUIZ: Tell us which song you’re playing on a loop, and we’ll tell you if you are a skier, a snowboarder or an après-skier.

If you are willing to take this quiz, it could be because: you don’t know what to try the next ski season; you want to double-check you are doing the right winter sport; and lastly (and most likely), you are bored.

We want you to have some fun doing this quiz so open the notes on your phone (or take a piece of paper and a pen for the old-fashioned way) and after reading each question, write down your answer -A, B or C-. Once you finish the quiz, count each letter, and read the answer of the letter repeated the most. Here we go!

After work, you can find me…

  1. Working out
  2. Reading Sapiens
  3. Having some drinks

How is your balance?

  1. Great!
  2. It has improved after yoga
  3. So clumsy that at Costa they don’t let me have the takeaway coffee without a lid

What kind of photo would showcase your winter holiday on Instagram?

  1. An active photo while I’m practising sports
  2. A photo at the highest point of the mountain, ready to descend the piste
  3. In the kitchen, before going out

Where would you like to go?

  1. Avoriaz, France
  2. Saas-Fee, Switzerland
  3. St. Anton, Austria

When I’m travelling, I like to…

  1. Improvise my plans
  2. Wake up earlier and visit as much as I can 
  3. Go out and party!

Currently, I’m playing on loop…

  1. Blind lights, Weeknd
  2. Hold me while you wait, Lewis Capaldi
  3. Don’t start now, Dua Lipa

How would you describe yourself?

  1. Adventurous
  2. Detailed
  3. Outgoing

The best part of the day is…

  1. Afternoon
  2. Mornings
  3. Evenings

Majority A – Snowboarder 

You don’t mind falling, because you know you’ll stand up immediately after! You are ready to give your best and try one of the most difficult winter sports: snowboarding. Snowboarding is an excellent sport for somebody so audacious and fearless like you. You’ll enjoy the challenges of this winter sport and soon you’ll find yourself taking on the halfpipe like a pro.

For the first couple of days, you’ll fall a lot and it will be challenging to move around since both feet are attached to the same board. But don’t worry, we know you don’t give up easily and you’ll get it soon! To master snowboarding and become the next Chloe Kim, you should improve your core strength. Focusing on your abdominal muscles and lower back, you will develop your balance and hopefully prevent injury. 

If you don’t have a destination for the next snow season, you should consider visiting Avoriaz, you’ll love the stunning views over the Morzine valley and Mont Blanc. This resort has excellent snow conditions, being one of the first resorts to get snow and with 600km of pistes. Also, the alpine resort has some of the best snowparks in Europe, including the Stash, a fun ungroomed area to freeride and freestyle. 

 

Majority B – Skier

You like to take your time and enjoy the moment. In your next snowy holiday, you look forward to learning a new sport, but you are not going to stress yourself, you’ve tried it and that’s what is essential. Skiing ticks all the boxes of what you are looking for in your next winter holiday: easy to catch up, you don’t get too messy and Instagramable.

During the first week, skiing is a lot of fun, many people take it quickly. The first few days you’ll take your first turns on the beginner slopes and by the end of the week, you may even progress to a blue piste. To become the next Bode Miller and compete in the Olympics, we recommend you don’t skip leg day, the stronger they are, the better you’ll control the skis on the slopes. 

Regardless of how many times you’ve taken to the slopes, Verbier is an excellent destination for skiing. The ski resort that James Blunt sings about is located over 2,000m up and is a well-known ski resort for having great snow. Also, if you decide to explore and go to the Mont Fort Glacier, you will be able to enjoy the views of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.

 

Majority C – Après-skier

The pub is where you’re in your element. You’re outgoing, lively and you are making video calls with your friends all the time! Skiing and snowboarding are cool, but your plan for a winter holiday is to be surrounded by friends and gather around some fondue – and some alpine wine. 

The next season, you should visit St. Anton, their nights are well-known in the ski scene. On your first afternoon, you can’t miss the legendary après-ski mile, home to iconic bars like Mooserwirt, Taps, and Krazy Kanguruh. After the après-ski mile, the party moves to the centre of town. At Piccadilly/Postkeller there are two ambiences: an area to drink and talk and another one if you feel like dancing. 

5 fearless and inspiring women skiers and snowboarders 

5 fearless and inspiring women skiers and snowboarders 

During the Winter Olympics of 1924 in Chamonix, 248 athletes competed for the gold medal in their sports, but only 11 were females, all of them figure skaters. Slowly, the percentage of female athletes in the Winter Sports has increased over the years, and at the Winter Olympics of 2018, 43% of the athletes were women. Still, there’s a long way to go until we reduce the gender gap in the skiing and snowboarding industry, but women are working hard towards parity. 

The winter sports industry has seen hundreds of fearless women hitting the slopes to win competitions and enjoy the mountains all over the world. For International Women’s Day, we want to inspire you with the amazing stories of 5 female winter sports professionals. 

Mikaela Shiffrin at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Stockholm 2019, next to Christina Geiger and Anna Swenn Larsson

Mikaela Shiffrin

When Mikaela Shiffrin was six years old, she met her ski icon, the three-time U.S. Olympian Heidi Voelker. Voelker gave to a smiley young Mikaela a signed poster with the acronym “A.B.F.T.T.B.”, which stands for “always be faster than the boys”. As a junior ski racer, Shiffrin made this quote her motto and wrote it on her skis. Now, she has it in her Atomic racing helmet, connecting her childhood ambitions with her adult career as a racer.

With the acronym “A.B.F.T.T.B.” on her helmet and representing the United States, Mikaela Shiffrin has won twice the gold medal at the Olympics and five gold medals at the World Cup. Also, Mikaela is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history, at the age of 18.

 

Chemmy Alcott

Yes, Chemmy Alcott is a former contestant of Dancing On Ice. Still, she hasn’t only given us great moments on the T.V. show; she’s also considerer the most successful female skier in the UK and an inspiration for a generation of winter sports athletes. The former skier has represented the UK four times in the Olympics and seven occasions during the F.I.S. World Championships. Amongst her awards, she was the Senior British National Champion 7 times and the Overall British Ladies Champion 8 times. 

Alcott spent more time in the hospital than racing: “I had 1,028 minutes of surgery on my right leg, and before Sotchi that year, I raced for four minutes”. After several surgeries, the female skier retired from the competitions in 2014. However, she still has an active life in the ski scene, being honourable president of the Ski Club of Great Britain, ambassador of many brands such as our partners Panda Optics and raising money for skiing-related charities.

 

Lindsey Vonn

Former skier Lindsey Vonn has been considered the most successful ski racer in the world. Amongst her prizes, she has an Olympic gold medal and two gold medals for the World Championship.  

Vonn’s successful career is full of medals, trophies and an impeccable technique on the slopes. But also, she has proven her patience, hard work and efforts during her recoveries from injuries and crashes. Some of them even made her miss part of the 2013 and 2014 season. In 2019 she retired from ski competitions due to her injuries and later published her second book “Rise: My Story”

Lindsey Vonn

Chloe Kim

When she was only 17 years old, Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won in the women’s snowboard halfpipe in 2018. Also, Kim is the first woman to hold the titles of the four significant events in halfpipe snowboard, World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games champion.

Since having surgery on a broken ankle in March, she’s having some “Chloe time” not competing and to fully recover. Still, Kim has given assurance she’ll be ready to defend her Olympic title at Beijing 2022. We can’t wait to see a wholly-recovered Kim doing tricks in the halfpipe!

 

Janica Kostelic

Janica Kostelic became the first female skier ever to win four Olympic medals in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The former Croatian skier not only stores two Olympic gold medals on her shelves, but also five gold medals from the World Championships, thirty individual races, three slalom titles, three overall titles, and four combined titles.

After several surgeries and chronic knee and back pain, Janica Kostelic decided to retire in 2007 at only 25 years old. Currently, Kostelic is developing her professional career in politics as the State Secretary for Science, Education and Sports in the Croatian Government.

Top 7 ski resorts for late-season skiing

Top 7 ski resorts for late-season skiing 

Winter is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that the ski season will be! Spring is a wonderful time to travel, hit the slopes and perhaps have an après-ski French wine while enjoying the alpine sunshine on a terrace. Also, the daylight lasts longer so you will have more time to enjoy the snow and take the slopes to the fullest. With Spring the weather settles down, and skiers and snowboarders can enjoy some of the most fun events of the season, like Snowbombing or Snowboxx. 

Great reasons to book a last-minute holiday, right? Now you might wonder “Where can I ski in April?”, “Are there any ski resorts opened in May?” or “Where can I book an airport transfer for the Alps?”. Well, we’ve done all the research for you and listed the best ski resorts to ski in the late season.

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Tignes, France

At Tignes, approximately 2 hours away from Geneva Airport.

Tignes is located at 2,100m of altitude, and it’s part of the Espace Killy resort, which is one of the resorts in Europe with the biggest ski area over 2,000m of altitude. Because of the elevation of the ski area and the fact that it has some slopes facing north, the ski resort offers almost-certain fun in the pistes until May. 

 

St. Anton, Austria

At St. Anton, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Innsbruck Airport.

St. Anton has an excellent snow record and is open from November to early May. Even if it has lovely Spring sunshine, the many north-facing slopes hold the powder and the snow machines cover the south-facing pistes. With your ski pass, you’ll be able to ski at any point of the Alberg region, the largest linked ski area in Austria and with highly efficient lifts. 

After the slopes, enjoy the sunshine at the legendary après-ski mile while listening to live music and having an Austrian beer.

 

Mayrhofen, Austria

At Mayrhofen, approximately 1 hour away from Innsbruck Airport.

With 142km of slopes and the runs mostly between 1,650m and 2,500m, Mayrhofen is a reliable destination to make the most of the ski season. The ski resort is close to the Hintertux glacier and is home for the steepest slope of Austria: the Harakiri. Also, in mid-April, Mayrhofen hosts Snowbombing, a music festival that combines fun mountain experiences during the day and excellent live concerts and parties at night.

 

Verbier, Switzerland

At Verbier, approximately 2 hours away from Geneva Airport.

The ski resort that James Blunt sings about is located over 2,000m up and is a well-known ski resort for having great snow in late-season. Verbier’s significant snowmaking installations guarantee that the powder will last longer for visitors, being open until April. Also, if you decide to explore and go to the Mont Fort Glacier, you will be able to enjoy the views of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.

 

Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

At Breckenridge, approximately 2 hours away from Denver Airport.

If you are considering travelling to the other side of the Atlantic to hit the slopes for the last time this season, Breckenridge is the ski resort you are looking for. The resort is also known as “Breckenwind”, because of the wind and cold conditions that make the snow hold for longer in the hills, rewarding you with almost 3,000 acres of powder. 

 

Chamonix, France

At Chamonix, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

When you travel to Chamonix in Spring, there is something you have to do after hitting the piste: enjoy a glass of Alpine wine outdoors while contemplating Mont Blanc and the stunning view of the Chamonix Valley, glorious! Skiers can take to the slopes of Chamonix until May since it has the highest point of the resort at 3840m of altitude and it has the most regular snowfall figures in the Alps.

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland 

At Saas-Fee, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Less busy than its neighbour Zermatt, Saas-Fee is an excellent decision if you want to enjoy a calm late-season break. The Swiss resort has been car-free since 1951, making it a quiet destination and a more environmentally-friendly option. With 100km of pistes and 2 snowparks, as well as being home to 13 peaks over 4,000m; you can hit the slopes of Saas-Fee until after Easter. 

5 environmentally-friendly ski resorts

5 environmentally-friendly ski resorts

As a skier or snowboarder you probably love nothing more than hitting the slopes, enjoying the great snow and having a moment to contemplate the magnificence of the mountains. Unfortunately, the current climate crisis puts the possibility to keep enjoying nature as we know it at risk. Already, we have experienced some devastating changes in the mountains, with animal species in danger of extinction and ski resorts having to close because of the low snowfall

On the other hand, many ski resorts are taking action towards the preservation of the climate and are taking steps to provide an eco-friendly ski holiday for their guests. 

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland 

At Saas-Fee, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

The incredible feeling of inhaling fresh air when you arrive at the highest point of the piste makes you connect immediately with nature, especially when your ski holiday is a runaway from the hectic city life. Your whole body relaxes and you are ready to descend the slopes. 

To be sure that you take only the freshest breaths of air in the Alps, and to provide skiers with a sustainable ski holiday, Saas-Fee has been car-free since 1951. Not allowing cars in the resort, Saas-Fee reduces its environmental impact and its carbon footprint, taking steps to help to protect the Alps and improve the quality of life. 

Therefore, the Swiss resort is working to be a pioneer in ecological alpine tourism and is developing procedures to be carbon-free. Its efforts in sustainability have seen Saas-Fee win the title of “Energy Town”, because of the introduction of clear quality standards in traffic and energy policies. No other ski resort in Switzerland can show off its use of natural energy so consistently, as it obtains 100% of their electricity by renewable Valaisian hydroelectric power.

 

Pejo 300, Italy

At Peio, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Verona Airport.

Most plastics take an average of 1000 years to decompose completely. So if you consume a single-use plastic bottle today, it will still exist when your great-great-grandchildren go to college, along with all the plastic their previous generations have used. And yes, that can be a lot of rubbish. This crazy fact has shocked many people who have decided to stop reducing their plastic waste or even wholly stop consuming plastic at all and have a zero-waste lifestyle to reduce their impact on the environment. 

Aware of the impact the plastic has on the climate crisis and following the need to take steps to preserve our mountains, Pejo 3000 has become the first ski resort in Europe to ban plastics. The Italian resort has forbidden disposable straws, bottles, cutlery, glasses, packets of ketchup and mayonnaise and any other single-use plastic items. The new zero-waste action will reduce the disposal of plastic into the mountains and will help to preserve the local nature so all skiers can enjoy the Stelvio National Park for longer. 

Even if Pejo 3000 took the initiative, having a plastic-free ski holiday can be a personal ambition of any skier, besides the polyethene in your skis of course. If you are wondering where to start, we recommend you take a look at Laura Singer’s blog post – most of the things are free! http://trashisfortossers.com/zero-waste-travel-ki/

 

Avoriaz, France

At Avoriaz, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Designed to be a green ski resort, since the beginning Avoriaz has been zero-car, fuel monitored to avoid energy waste and has planned sustainable accommodation. These procedures have made them win the Green Key accreditation, the top international certification for eco-friendly tourist accommodation.

The resort has done great work building environmentally-friendly construction and developing a dual-energy network. Also, the French resort has two environmentally responsible snowparks and train their drivers to do their tasks in the most eco-friendly way. Lately, they’ve renewed their snow canyons to introduce modern machines which consume three times less energy, and they try to avoid using them so the skiers can enjoy the natural fresh snow.

 

Aspen, USA

At Aspen, approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes away from Denver Airport.

The world-famous ski resort Aspen has been a pioneer in sustainable skiing, applying eco-friendly procedures since 1997. Their goal to eradicate emissions has led them to be one of the first cities in the USA to be powered by renewable energy and become seven-times winners of the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence.

Besides, they don’t only advocate for green power and develop energy-efficient methods; they also take on the best eco practices in the resort. They purchase local food and beverages to reduce their impact, they are home for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (where they inform visitors of the local environment), and they take part in many local activities to protect the climate. 

 

Söll, Austria

At Soll, approximately 1 hour away from Innsbruck Airport.

One of the energy challenges that the ski resorts have to face is heating. To keep all the skiers and snowboarders warm, the ski resorts have to make significant investments in energy which directly affects the climate crisis. However, Söll is renowned for its green heating initiative. Rather than using gas or coal, they burn wood chips to make fuel to heat the entire bottom lift station, an excellent alternative to keep everybody warm and reduce the environmental impact. 

 

Also, the Austrian ski resort uses eco-friendly snow cannons and has a stable system for sorting waste. 

Lastly, the future of the mountains is everyone’s responsibility, and all of us can make a change in our daily life.

Travel to the EU after Brexit: how it would affect my ski holidays?

Travel to the EU after Brexit: how it would affect my ski holidays?

 

Since the 31st of January 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. The new political relationship brings new arrangements for travelling across borders and with it new questions about how everything will work from now on.

Even if we’ve been reading news about the new political situation for the last few years, some people still have questions about what’s happening after Brexit. So far, British tourists in the EU haven’t experienced any important changes to their holiday, such as needing a visa to visit a European country or paying extra charges, as the travelling conditions will remain the same until the end of the current transition period. 

But, what does the transition period involve?

The 31st of January 2020 started the transition period. This means that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, but many agreements decided before this stage will still be effective, especially the ones related to travellers. The transition period will be over by the 1st January of 2021, bringing new rules and agreements that haven’t yet been defined.

 

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU?

With the UK and the European Union having a new set-up for the borders, the first question that comes to the mind of a British tourist is: will I need a visa to travel to Europe? During the transition period, British citizens won’t need to get a visa if they’re going to stay as a tourist for up to 90 days in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Therefore, after the transition period, British citizens will become “third-country nationals” and it’s likely that they will have to pay for a ‘visa-exempt travel’ if they’re travelling in 2021. Also, the European Union will implement the European Travel Information and Authorization System (Etias) by 2022, a specific programme for non-EU citizens that would like to travel in Europe, including British citizens. The application for Etias will cost 7 Euros.

 

What will I need to travel after Brexit?

After the transition period, at border control, British citizens may need to show their return ticket and prove that they have enough money for their stay. Also, once at border control, British citizens will have to queue in different lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. Besides that, when travelling between the UK and the EU, you’ll need to declare cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency).

 

Do I need a new passport?

After the transition period, you’ll need to renew your British passport if the expiration date is shorter than 6 months or if it is more than 10 years old. If you are travelling after the 1st of January 2021 and you need a new passport to meet this requirement, keep in mind that renewing your passport usually takes 3 weeks. 

 

How long can I stay in the EU?

British citizens will be able to stay as a tourist for up to 90 days in any 180 days in an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. 

 

Can I drive in the EU with my British driving license?

Driving in Europe will be the same for citizens with a British driving license until 2021. After the transition period, citizens with a British driving license may need to purchase an International Driving Permit (IDP) 1968 or 1949, it will depend on which country they are going to and how long are they staying. Therefore, it’s recommended to check the regulation of the country you’re visiting for your holiday.

If you’re travelling in the EU with your car, you might also need a ‘green card’ or valid proof of insurance and a GB sticker.

Of course, there are other issues with driving to ski resorts yourself and this is where a quality ski transfer operator can come in handy. 

How will Brexit affect travel insurance?

Until the end of the year, citizens with the European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) are entitled to have healthcare in any EEA member state as well as Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. 

Therefore, the Ehic is not a substitute for travel insurance and it’s recommended to always have travel insurance that covers your healthcare and pre-existing medical condition.

 

What will happen to roaming charges after Brexit?

The guarantee of free-roaming for British mobile in EU countries will disappear after the 1st of January 2021. We recommend you check the new terms with your phone operator to avoid any ghastly bills from getting that perfect photo for the ‘Gram. However, a new law protects you from getting phone charges over £45 without you knowing.

We hope this information has been useful and we’ve solved your questions about travelling after Brexit. In case you need more details, you can find more advice here: https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021

If you are going on a ski holiday after the 1st of January 2021, we recommend visiting gov.uk to check the latest news about Brexit.

Bon appè-ski! The best ski resorts for foodies

Bon appè-ski! The best ski resorts for foodies

For many skiers, a great holiday must include excellent snow and delicious haute cuisine. After a day on the slopes, you need to relax, enjoy the company and have a nice meal so the next day you are ready for those pistes. If you’re a foodie, taste a classic and warm raclette or explore new flavours like céleri and wild sorrel in sorbet, or risotto with smoked onion at some of the fanciest restaurants in the Alps.

 

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Hospiz Alm, St. Anton, Austria

At St. Anton, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Innsbruck Airport.

St. Anton is a great destination for après-ski plans and that makes it a remarkable ski resort for foodies. Hospiz Alm, located in St. Christoph am Arlberg, is upscale fine dining with traditional alpine decoration, gourmet balcony and a wonderful terrace to enjoy the sun. The opulent restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine, such as Tyrolean duck and filet of pike.

 

L’Atelier Edmond, Val d’Isère, France

At Val d’Isère, approximately 3 hours away from Geneva Airport.

Part of the illustrious Espace Killy ski area, Val d’Isere is a world-renowned luxurious destination with top-rated accommodations and restaurants such as L’Atelier Edmond, with 2 Michelin stars for chef Benoit Vidal. A little bit pricey, the food of L’Atelier Edmond is well-known in the region. The menu has references to the traditional local cuisine and includes dishes such as céleri and wild sorrel in sorbet or crawfish with candied lemon. Also, the brasserie food is delicious too and it has a more reasonable price compared to the other dishes. 

 

Azimut, Courchevel, France

At Courchevel, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Courchevel is part of the famous Three Valleys ski area and one of the most exclusive ski resorts in France. The cosy and rusticCourchevel ski resort is also home to 7 Michelin-starred restaurants, with it being the resort with most Michelin-rated establishments in the Alps. Amongst these prestigious restaurants, Azimut stands out for its creativity in dishes like foie gras with caramel and braised chicory with orange and Porto cream.

 

Petit Royal, Courmayeur, Italy

At Courmayeur, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

The charming Courmayeur is one of the best ski resorts to enjoy the traditional home-made Italian cuisine combined with the alpine gastronomy. The chef of The Petit Royal, Paolo Griff, is considered one of the most promising cooks in Europe. His colourful dishes and his attention to local products has caught the attention of the gastronomy critics, giving him a Michelin star for his results at the Petit Royal.

 

Les Explorateurs, Val Thorens, France

At Val Thorens, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

Home to some of the smartest hotels in the French Alps, the resort also has prime restaurants for the most exquisite palates. Inside the 5-star Hotel Pashmina is Les Explorateurs, awarded with a Michelin star and with a colourful decor inspired by mountaineering expeditions. The signature dish of Josselin Jeanblan is a combination of sea scallops, Nori seaweed and truffle and declination of Jerusalem artichokes: yum!

 

Da Vittorio, St Moritz, Switzerland 

At St Moritz, approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes away from Zurich Airport.

Close to the Italian border, the three-times Michellin-awarded chef Fratelli Cerea decided to open a restaurant in St Moritz, a recognised destination for superb après-ski plans. Da Vittorio St. Moritz is located inside of the elegant Hotel Carlton and it has a beautiful view of the mountain. Stefano Bacchelli, the resident young chef, explores new dishes around the traditional Italian cuisine. Some of the dishes you should try are the risotto with smoked onion or the classic Paccheri alla Vittorio. 

 

Il Gallo Cedrone, Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

At Madonna di Campiglio, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Verona Airport.

Madonna di Campiglio has a traditional charm, with centenary buildings and barely being able to spot a car in the streets. Still, in the centre of the resort, Il Gallo Cedrone combines an updated and modern style with traditional Alpine decoration. The young chef, Sabino Fortunato, doesn’t limit his menu to the traditional mountain cuisine and surprises the clientele with creative dishes with lobster and sea bass.

 

Piz Boè Alpine Lounge, Alta Badia, Italy

At Alta Badia, approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes away from Bergamo Airport.

With over half of the 130km piste marked blue, Alta Badia is a great destination for beginners, families and newbies who want to test themselves on the slopes. After trying your best for the first time, you deserve a fancy menu at Piz Boè Alpine Lounge with a stunning view of the valley. The restaurant offers Landin cuisine, a fusion of Italian and Tirolean styles that includes dishes such as carpaccio or barley soup. 

 

Le Chesery, Gstaad, Switzerland 

At Gstaad, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Sion Airport.

Gstaad is famous for skiers and non-skiers who are looking for a luxury holiday. Amongst the extravagant places you can go, Le Chesery is a Michelin-starred restaurant ran by the Chef Marcus G. Lindners. The dishes change depending on the season and the preferences of the chef, but always maintains an updated traditional approach of the Swiss Alpine cuisine with a wide choice of fishes.

 

L’Arlequin in Aime 2000, La Plagne, France

At La Plagne, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes away from Geneva Airport.

The general quality of La Plagne is moderate, but some restaurants make the exception. One of these restaurants is L’Arlequin in Aime 2000, with a great customer service provided by Monique and Georges, famous in La Plagne for their hospitality. The alpine-homelike restaurant serves raclette, fondue and tartiflette, some of the must-eat food on your holiday in the Alps. Also, you can find other unique dishes such as their creamy risotto with morille mushrooms or a salmon and beef tartare.