2021/2022 European Ski Season opening dates

2021/2022 European Ski Season opening dates

Ski season is approaching again, with many more resorts opening this year than in 2020. If you are ready to book but nervous about changing Covid regulations you can relax with our hassle-free Covid 19 guarantee, which we put in place last year to financially protect all of our Ski Lifts customers.

Austria ski resort opening dates

Bad KleinkirchheimDec 4 2021 – April 18 2022Bad Kleinkirchheim ski transfers
HintertuxOpen all year roundHintertux ski transfers
Ischgl25 Nov 2021 – 1 May 2022Ischgl ski transfers
KitzbühelEstimated 31 Oct 2021 – 29 April 2022 Kitzbühel ski transfers
MayrhofenEstimated 7 Dec 2021 – 14 April 2022Mayrhofen ski transfers
Solden18 Nov 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedSolden ski transfers
St Anton27 Nov 2021 – 24 April 2022St Anton ski transfers
InnsbruckVarious dates Dec 2021 to March and April 2022Innsbruck ski transfers

Bulgaria ski resort opening dates

BanksoEstimated 12 Nov 2021 – 14 April 2022Bankso ski transfers
BorovetsEstimated 18 Dec 2021 – 16 April 2022Borovets ski transfers

France ski resort opening dates

Alpe D’HuezEstimated 29 Nov 2021 – 23 April 2022Alpe D’Huez ski transfers
AvoriazEstimated 12 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Avoriaz ski transfers
ChamonixEstimated 5 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Chamonix ski transfers
CourchevelEstimated 8 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Courchevel ski transfers
Flaine11 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022 Flaine ski transfers
La Tania4 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022 La Tania ski transfers
Les Gets18 Dec 2021 – 10 April 2022Les Gets ski transfers
Les Menuires4 Dec 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedLes Menuires ski transfers
Méribel4 Dec 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedMeribel ski transfers
Val Thorens20 Nov 2021 – May 8 2022 Val Thorens ski transfers
TignesEstimated 17 Oct 2021 – 2 May 2022Tignes ski transfers
MorzineEstimated 29 Nov 2021 – 23 April 2022Morzine ski transfers

Germany ski resort opening dates

Garmisch18 Dec 2021 – 20 March 2022Gamisch ski transfers

Italy ski resort opening dates

Arabba3 Dec 2022 – 24 May 2022Arabba ski transfers
Cervinia28 Oct 2021 – 2 May 2022Cervinia ski transfers
Cortina27 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022Cortina ski transfers
Sauze d’oulxEstimated 10 Dec 2021 – 14 April 2022Sauze d’oulx ski transfers
Livigno24 Nov 2021 – 28 April 2022Livigno ski transfers
Madonna Di Campiglio27 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022Madonna Di Campiglio ski transfers
Val Gardena5 Dec 2021 – 4 Dec 2022Val Gardena ski transfers

Slovenia ski resort opening dates

Kranjska Gora11 Dec 2021 – 27 March 2022Kranjska Gora ski transfers

Switzerland ski resort opening dates

Davos & KlostersVarious dates Dec 2021 to March and April 2022Davos & Klosters ski transfers
GstaadVarious dates Dec 2021 to March 2022Gstaad ski transfers
Saas FeeEstimated 3 Oct 2021 – 20 April 2022Saas Fee ski transfers
VerbierEstimated 27 Nov 2021 – 27 April 2022Verbier ski transfers

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. 

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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.

Travel after Brexit Checklist

  1. Check passport is valid for the next 6 months.
  2. Get travel insurance that covers healthcare and pre-existing medical conditions.
  3. Check roaming conditions with phone operator.
  4. Decide whether to learn the driving regulations of the country or to get airport transfers.

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.


European Ski Season Dates for 2019/2020

European Ski Season Dates for 2019/20

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Ski season is almost upon us! In fact, a few keen European ski resorts have already opened. We know that it can often be more difficult than it needs to be to traverse the internet in search of ski resort opening dates, so we did the work for you.

Below we’ve listed the ski season opening dates for some of the most popular ski resorts in Europe, including; ski season dates in France, Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Whether it’s your first time or you are a seasoned pro, it’s never too early to book a ski holiday and take advantage of seasonal flight prices! And of course, when you book your transfers with Ski Lifts, we’ll make sure you have a safe and convenient transfer from the airport to whichever resort you choose.

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Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
The Grandvalira ski area 30/11/2019 19/04/2020
Vallnord 30/11/2019 19/04/2020


Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Bad Kleinkirchheim 06/12/2019 29/03/2020
Hintertux 10/10/2019 08/05/2020 Glacier open all year round
Ischgl 28/11/2019 03/05/2020
Kitzbühel 19/10/2019 01/05/2020
Mayrhofen 07/12/2019 01/05/2020
Obergurgl 14/11/2019 26/04/2020
Solden 13/09/2019 03/05/2020
St Anton 29/11/2019 26/04/2020


Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Bansko 30/11/2019 13/04/2020
Borovets 08/12/2019 (estimated) 14/04/2020 (estimated)


Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Alpe d’Huez 30/11/2019 (estimated) 25/04/2020 (estimated)
Avoriaz 07/12/2019 19/04/2020
Chamonix 14/12/2019 03/05/2020
Courchevel 23/11/2019 04/05/2020
Flaine 07/12/2019 26/04/2020
La Plagne 14/12/2019 25/04/2020
Les Arcs 14/12/2019 25/04/2020
La Clusaz 14/12/2019 26/04/2020
La Tania 14/12/2019 19/04/2020
Les Gets 07/12/2019 19/04/2020
Les Menuires 23/11/2019 04/05/2020
Meribel 23/11/2019 04/05/2020
Morzine 07/12/2019 19/04/2020
Serre Chevalier 07/12/2019 19/04/2020
Tignes 28/09/2019 03/05/2020
Val d’Isere 30/11/2019 03/05/2020
Val Thorens 23/11/2019 04/05/2020


Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Garmisch 14/12/2019 04/05/2020


Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Alta Badia 30/11/2019 13/04/2020
Arabba 30/11/2019 13/04/2020
Cervinia 26/10/2019 05/03/2020
Cortina 30/11/2019 03/05/2020
Livigno 23/11/2019 03/05/2020
Madonna di Campiglio 30/11/2019 26/04/2020
Selva Val Gardena 05/12/2019 14/04/2020


Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Kranjska Gora 30/11/2019 29/03/2020


Ski Resort Opening Date Closing Date Additional Info
Davos Klosters 16/11/2019 19/04/2020
Grindelwald 16/11/2019 19/04/2020
Gstaad 20/12/2019 15/03/2020
Saas Fee 13/07/2019 19/04/2020
Verbier 09/11/2019 26/04/2020
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!