Coronavirus: Where Can I Go Skiing if I’m from Ireland?

Where can I go skiing 2020/21 if I’m travelling from Ireland?

Where can I go skiing if I’m travelling from Ireland? Ireland’s response to the coronavirus has been fairly exemplary in terms of digital resources, following the majority of global response models by using the secure, Apple and Google ready-made track and trace apps. Irish holidaymakers also have access to a free Government-made travel safety app called TravelWise, which contains all-round, real-time personal safety information about the country they’re visiting, as well as the current Covid-19 restrictions from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Holiday makers have also been invited to stay in contact with their Irish Embassy whenever and wherever they’re travelling to, as an extra safety precaution.

Of course, ensuring you have your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) renewed and up to date will be of paramount importance anyway, regardless of restrictions.

The list of countries that you are allowed to visit is based on a traffic light system (Green, Orange, Red) which is updated every Thursday, with any arrivals and departure changes at all ports and airports taking effect the following Monday.

NB: At the time of writing, there are no longer any countries on the Green list as per the spike of Coronavirus cases throughout Europe. This means all non-essential travel is against DFA advice, and will not be insurable while Ireland is on lockdown.

 

Where can I go skiing if I’m travelling from Ireland uninsured, and if I follow the rules?

Irish snow-loving tourists – as soon as its OK to travel again – can visit the following on the basis of full personal risk and complying with local restrictions in place:

Sweden

Andorra  (you may be spot-tested at the airport if suspected of having symptoms on arrival)

Bulgaria (NB: rules transitioning: have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours or less of arrival)

Italy (fill out form, have proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours or less of your departure date)

Germany (fill out form, take the test, register travel info with Customs Health Officials, self isolate for 14 days)

Switzerland (self isolate for 10 days, register travel info at Customs)

Norway (quarantine in Norway for 10 days, you may need to take a test)

Slovenia (show proof of negative PCR taken in the Schengen area within 48 hours before arrival, or, self-isolate for 10 days)

Poland (Flights only permitted into 3 territories, but internal travel and rail links are open)

 

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Where can I go skiing if I’m travelling from Ireland – outside of Europe?

Irish skiers and snowboarders sadly cannot go beyond Europe to ski or board right now – so this means USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are off the list.

Foreign Nationals In Ireland

You are advised to consult with your local Embassy first and then the DFA.

Non-Essential Travel and Insurance

All travel that is not repatriation, emergency, homebound/main residency travel or key-worker related is considered non-essential – much as it is in the UK and Northern Ireland.

In similar fashion, this also means some tour operators will have a tougher time being able to validate and insure travel properly unless the country is on the Green list. Travel insurance is still available – however most individuals will not be able to acquire valid insurance if they travel against Foreign Affairs advice.

Again, this is similar to UK policy, where repatriation and emergency medical are covered by insurers only if you are travelling somewhere that is considered safe for non-essential travel, otherwise it is invalidated.

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Coronavirus: Where Can I Go Skiing if I’m from the Netherlands?

Where can I go skiing 2020/21 if I’m travelling from the Netherlands?

Where can I go skiing if I’m travelling from the Netherlands? The Netherlands have a super simple orange-or-yellow system for holiday makers looking to travel around Europe and beyond.  Many countries have been downgraded from ‘orange’ (not advised) to ‘yellow’ (permissible). If the country is not listed anywhere, you simply cannot go at the moment.

As with all types of travel during the pandemic, many countries rely on the rules and regulations imposed by the desired destination country of the holiday-maker, as they essentially have the final say as to your health status and fitness to travel before crossing the border in any case.

This is great news for skiers and snowboarders from the Netherlands who wish to go abroad and still be insured for travel in a number of selected countries. One notable skiing country that seems to have been left out is Andorra, which means if it’s not on the list – you can’t go. (Yet); Spain is currently not advised but there are limited operating flights there, at least at the time of writing.

However it doesn’t prevent that destination country from stipulating new conditions upon or prior to arrival. As with all of our information pages, the information in these posts are subject to change in accordance with the changing regulations of various countries around the world and will be updated accordingly.

Where can I go skiing in 2020/21 from the Netherlands?

The following destinations are open for travel, as long as Dutch citizens and residents follow their host country’s rules, which normally means self-isolating on arrival. You will normally have to self-isolate when you get home too. These countries are currently on the ‘yellow’ list:

Sweden

Austria (self isolate for 14 days, get tested at the airport)

Switzerland (self isolate for 10 days, register travel info at Customs)

Italy (fill out form, have proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours or less of your departure date)

Germany (fill out form, take the test, register travel info with Customs Health Officials, self isolate for 14 days)

Liechtenstein (Borders controlled by CH; self isolate for 10 days, register travel info at Customs)

 

Where can I go skiing if I’m travelling from the Netherlands uninsured and unadvised, and if I follow the rules?

If you’re from the Netherlands, you may still find travel routes to these locations but they are ‘orange’, and therefore not currently advised by the Kingdom of Netherlands Government:

France

Bulgaria (NB: rules transitioning: have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours or less of arrival)

Norway (quarantine in Norway for 10 days, you may need to take a test)

Slovenia (show proof of negative PCR taken in the Schengen area within 48 hours before arrival, or, self-isolate for 10 days)

 

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Where can I go skiing if I’m travelling from the Netherlands – outside of Europe?

Europeans like yourselves have been mostly “confined” by the rest of the world (oh, no…) to Europe. (And let’s face it, that’s not always really the worst thing). Of course sadly it also means that people from the Netherlands currently are not permitted to visit the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Foreign Nationals In the Netherlands

You are advised to consult with your local Embassy first and then the Kingdom of Netherlands Gov.

Non-Essential Travel and Insurance

As with the rest of the world combined, travel that is not secured by any kind of permission or ‘air bridge’; travel that is not repatriation, emergency, homebound/main residency travel or key-worker related will likely not be advised by the Netherlands currently. However, the list of countries that our fantastic Dutch customers like yourself can visit is indeed wider than a lot of your neighbouring countries! Make the most of it while you can, book for a skiing holiday now, get your transfers with us at Ski-Lifts, and avoid the crowds this season!

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Top 5 Last Minute Ski Holidays in Italy

Top 5 Resorts: Last Minute Ski Break in Italy

(As Long As You Test Negative for Covid-19)

We were inspired to create a ‘Last Minute Ski Break in Italy’ list, given where people like yourself are now looking to go somewhere different for the snow season. That, and a lot of our UK customers were finding they can avoid much of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) travel drama – as long as they have proof of a negative Covid-19 test at most, 72 hours before travel and are happy to quarantine once back home.

It’s true – you really can’t go wrong with the Dolomites, or the Italian Alps, really. The Dolomites are practically worshipped by the locals downhill in Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and down as far as Rome, who all make plans to spend long summers there to escape the tourists in their own cities; thousands of native Italians trekking cross country for spa weeks, hiking, cycling and eating as much fresh Alpine cheese as possible over the summer.

The way things are going for this pandemic: we’re predicting that there will be a lot of last minute ski breaks being booked from across Europe and UK for the ski season. We’re starting to see this pattern emerge already – while over on the US side, we’re seeing searches for backcountry skiing, cross country treks and ski touring grow exponentially, as people try to avoid the crowds this season without missing out on the snow.

And with the world still reeling from the Coronavirus – particularly with UK customers only having 6 countries out of the whole world to visit (at the time of writing – UK skiers should check our updated skiing during the pandemic page); there is one side of the Alps that might see a little more action than usual given the lack of quarantine required on arrival. So, we put together this list of Top 5 Last-Minute Ski Break Ideas in Italy.

We’re hoping this list of last minute ski break ideas in Italy will come in useful for you – particularly for those of you booking your skiing holidays a little later than normal.

Naturally, we do want this to also help and persuade you into ensuring that you’re booking your airport transfers to Italian resorts with the best value possible, even at short notice. And at Ski-Lifts, usually, we can accommodate booking up to 48 hours in advance, and sometimes we can do it on the day. We’ve also created our Covid-19 guarantee, so there’s no excuse (you know, other than a blanket global quarantine) for you not to book with full confidence!

That’s why we’ve put together this list – Fontina cheese guaranteed (and it certainly should be plentiful this year)! So let’s get inspired and get to our first ever Italian ski break ideas list.

Which are the best last-minute ski resorts in Italy?

  1. Courmayeur

  2. Cervinia

  3. Cortina

  4. Madonna di Campiglio

  5. Sauze d’Oulx

  6.  + a special mention to Sestriere!

 

Courmayeur

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Courmayeur is an incredible location from which to ski a bucket-list peak – Mont Blanc (or Monte Bianco, which has a slightly dangerous ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?). It has resurged in popularity again in recent years, with some French skiers even gliding over the border year after year to see how their famous Savoie natural superstructure feels under-ski from the Italian side.

Courmayeur is a small Alpine town like the others, yes, but it packs a lot of punch. It offers everything from the 5* AMEX preferred Le Massif, very much the luxury accommodation in Courmayeur to be seen in; all the way through to some gorgeous, homely chalets offering that playful Italian twist on hospitality. You’ll also find the usuals: a couple of funky nightclubs, nearly 50 bars, and lots of small, little eateries and restaurants using homegrown food. It’s less of the Club Ski, more of the tucked-away-little-spot that you’ve just discovered.

Courmayeur is easily reachable from Geneva and so makes a most excellent last-minute ski break in Italy. You can also get to this Valle d’Aosta location easily from Chambery, Bergamo, Lyon, Innsbruck, Milan and Turin airport, so you can be extra crafty about booking the best value flight to arrive in Courmayeur.

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Cervinia

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Valle d’Aosta’s Cervinia is indeed a practical choice for booking your last minute ski break in Italy.

It’s made for the beginner-to-improver skier. Cervinia is snowsure, has the Matterhorn, the food is delicious and cheap; plus the late season is great if you want to get those super cheap flights which allow you to transfer to the Valle d’Aosta from Turin in January. It’s linked to the village of Valtournenche, and the slopes are gentle. Advanced skiers looking for a challenge might get bored of Cervinia’s slopes – although that’s fixed by a climb and venture over the Little Matterhorn and back into Switzerland, where it gets far more daring and populous again.

Cervinia is another ski resort kind of like Sauze d’Oulx but that’s also great for those families who are finally starting out as skiers together, that want to stick to budget and avoid the crush of the typical resorts over the border, going at their own pace.

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Cortina

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In what might be the laziest analogy, Cortina d’Ampezzo is the winter Hamptons for the upmarket Italian, and for many European neighbours. Italians themselves don’t actually flock to Cortina to ski all week (which means more pistes and off for the guests!). They come here to wear fur coats, drink scores of cocktails, go window shopping, breathe in that indescribable old-world Italian glamour on tap which is their heritage and ultimately bask in the early sunset passeggiata after a late lunch, through the wide cobbled streets of Corsa Italia and Piazza Venezia. Cortina as a resort packs a lot of character, (and nearly 200 bars!) tucked within a largely unspoilt mountain town, and so it proves popular with grouped solo skiers and couples.

Although that’s not to say it’s not family friendly – because it really is; but it would be privy to remember that this is second home land, where most metropolitan Italians come to escape their own kids. A last-minute ski break in Italy via Cortina? We say go for it.

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Madonna di Campiglio

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Madonna di Campiglio is indeed the Mother of the Little Valley. This stunning, car-free resort is a place the locals would prefer to be kept secret thanks to the little town’s unspoilt Alpine elegance, tree-lined runs and its extremely relaxed vibe. This is the new cool kids’ choice for a last minute ski break in Italy – for skiers tiring of the usual fare over the border, Madonna di Campiglio is the chilled-out choice in the Dolomites for intermediate skiers and snowboarders looking to concentrate on their technique in a much less crowded- although still-buzzing – mountain setting. Viewing a golden winter sunset fall into the Brenta Dolomites is on the bucket list of many a native southern Italian – and therefore as a skier or snowboarder, it’s your duty to venture up to northern Italy and book your ski break in in Madonna di Campiglio this year, even if just to see these iconic views for yourself over a glass or two of the local Vespolina.

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Sauze d’Oulx 

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Sauze d’Oulx remains the family-friendly ski resort in Italy, and is popular with large groups and families booking their super last minute family ski holidays. For some time, Sauze d’Oulx had the whole Club Med, super-resort image, which it has since shaken off somewhat. Whether it’s because that reputation itself made the slopes a little less crowded over the last few years from the skiers who worry they might be looking bit passé there, we’ll never know… Nonetheless, that should make it even easier for you to book a last minute Italian ski break here for decent snow, loads of food, fantastic wine and it’s wide variety of slopes which that most beginners and families look to tick off their Alps list early on in their journey across the world’s mountains each season.

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Sestriere

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Sestriere sits up high on the France-Italy border in Vialattea. The higher altitude cousin of Sauze d-Oulx in the Western side of the Italian Alps  – Sestriere is a ski-in ski-out purpose built ski resort. It’s great for improving and intermediate skiers looking to better their abilities, with a perfectly diverse mix of runs to suit everyone over the former Winter Olympic slopes which makes it popular with solo groups and small groups who need an affordable, practical getaway to the Alps.

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Skiing: the safest holiday to take during the pandemic?

Goggles and buff – Is skiing the safest holiday to take during the pandemic?

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Is skiing safe during the Coronavirus? In many parts of the world, particularly in the Alps in Europe, extra precautions and measures are being taken to ensure that those looking to book skiing holidays are not being subject to careless exposure. France Montagnes is one excellent example of how various cleaning measures and extra facilities – which have been in place since the summer – including hand gel and masks, are helping to support the infection safety of those who travel.

In addition, our fantastic Ski Lifts network is helping to support hygiene measures during your transfer, which match those that are in place in various countries. For example, our transfer vehicle safety measures – again, updated in the summer, is complimentary to the existing international travel measures that are in place at airports, train stations and even on board ships.

Can ski gear help protect against the Coronavirus?

It would be foolish to say that it does! Although saying that, let’s consider how things don’t feel so hugely different: the ski gear, ski sets and equipment that we use to keep us safe while we are skiing may well also be helpful to protect us while we are out and about in the ski resort, as long as we’re not allowing this to give us a false sense of security.

There are various ways we can find some forms of PPE as analogous to our googles and buff. Goggles indeed are already a form of personal protective equipment; the only difference being that these are designed to protect us and keep our eyes and the surrounding skin safe, due to weather and light conditions – as opposed to being personal wearable controls for infection safety.

Yet, it stands to reason that we might treat our ski gear and ski extras with a little bit of extra care to ensure we’re not contributing to further mini-outbreaks that can put our own, or other’s loved ones at risk.

What extra tips can skiers and snowboarders consider to stay safe while skiing this season?

We have put some general ideas together as extra precautions to take to help minimise your risk further, in addition to working with the sanctioned and regulatory measures required by the various ski areas across the world such as French ski resorts, Italian resorts, Austrian resorts, Swiss, resorts in Liechtenstein, German ski resorts and others.

The below are some pieces of advice we’ve picked up from skiers who are already planning their half term ski holidays, and ensuring they don’t miss the ski while the borders remain relatively open. We’ll be sharing this online across our socials, so be sure to keep an eye out for it!

 

Our ‘Clean Ski’ Protocol – ideas to use while skiing this year, in addition to the measures deemed mandatory by your local health authority:

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(Please see the same tips as in the infographic above):

Wash and dry your buffs and scarves daily

Wash items using buff manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest water setting, dry items completely. Don’t shake laundry before washing – this can disperse trapped viral particles back into the air. (Source: gov.uk)

Wipe goggles with clean cloths and anti-fog spray

PPE needs anti-fog spray and clean microfibre cloths to ensure infection-safe standards. Naturally, the same can apply to your goggles. Be sure that any spray is compatible with your ski goggles. (Source: Amazon)

Bring extra gloves

A few pairs of gloves might seem pointless, but being able to clean what you’ve been wearing, especially where it could be more crowded than advised, will help to stop the spread. It’s not a popular thing to do, but it counts. (Source: gov.uk)

Make the most of the sunlight

Not sunlight totally, but UV light specifically is supposed to be a natural radiation source that inactivates the Coronavirus. However, don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security… sunburn is real thing too.

Help your fellow skiers and snowboarders

Social distancing at 2m, not 1m… remains one of the most effective ways to prevent virus transmission, at least while there is no known cure or mass prophylaxis for Covid-19.
(Source: World Health Organisation)

 

Do I really need to wear a mask under my buff, coat or scarves?

Under the advice of the World Health Organisation and various other international health and regulatory bodies, the use of masks has been made either a legal or regulatory requirement – so wearing a mask is still a good idea in order to comply and respect these countries’ measures. It is usually advised that masks are disposed of safely after eating or drinking and replaced.

The  NHS Oxford University Hospitals Trust website has an excellent guide on how to do this most effectively with masks:

How do I wear a face mask correctly?

Wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on

Ensure the mask goes up to the bridge of your nose and all the way down under your chin

Tighten the loops or ties so it’s snug around your face

Avoid touching your face, or the parts of the mask that cover your nose and mouth

Wash or sanitise your hands before taking it off

Use the ear loops to take the mask off and wash or sanitise your hands afterwards

How long do I have to wear each mask for before changing to a new one?

There is no set time, nor recommended number of masks you should use each day. It all depends on what you are doing. However, if your mask gets dirty, wet or damaged, or if you touch the inside of it, then you should change to a new one (following the steps above). When you take it off to eat or drink, you should dispose of the old mask, wash or sanitise your hands, and replace it with a new one once you have finished eating.”

Wearing a mask will be inherent given flight and train station rules – be sure to bring plenty with you so that you can change them when you need. Undoubtedly wearing masks will have been an important component of your travel already; particularly in airports and on public transport, where they are mandatory across most of Europe.

The France Montagnes body has hygiene measures for skiers, as well as various resorts across the Alps, are specifying that masks need to be worn on lifts and in shared spaces – particularly for bars, cafes and restaurants, even if eating outside.

Whatever you choose to do this season – ensure you are keeping yourself and your group safe! Now is a great time to stock up on those ski extras – take a look at some of our partners and their offers which are exclusive to Ski-Lifts customers.

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Top 5 Ski Magazines

Top 5 Ski Magazines

Skiing and snowboarding are incredible pursuits, as we all know. The culture of what we do is also just as important, so, we thought creating a Top 5 Ski Magazines list was a great way to celebrate the way writers, publishers and those passionate about skiing and boarding help us to shape our tastes, and bring even more meaningful insights to our experiences.

So, we thought it best to celebrate these magazines – especially as they are keeping us going in what has been a dreary 2020. Without further ado, welcome to our ‘Top 5 Ski Magazines’ list. Find out which magazines our panellist picked as the top 5 ski magazines (and snowboard magazines!).

They’re the perfect place for you to begin if you’re interested in ski and snowboarding culture, sports, ski gear and board gear, the latest news about ski resorts as well as news from across the world of professional skiing and boarding. These magazines are also great resources for beginners and seasonaires alike, in terms of getting the insider knowledge about various destinations like Morzine, Les Gets, Meribel – or even Ischgl, Cervinia or Courmayeur – the writers here are likely to have lived and loved it, with the best ideas to share from that.

Readers:

Did we miss anyone? Who would you like to nominate for the next list? Be sure to contact us on our social media channels.

So what are the Top 5 Best Ski Magazines? Let’s find out!

 

  1. In The Snow
  2. Ski + Board
  3. Ski Mag
  4. The Snowboarder’s Journal
  5. The Ski Journal

 

The Best 5 Ski Magazines

1. In The Snow

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In The Snow is the UK’s most read ski magazine, and is extraordinarily popular around the world as a whole. Founded, edited and published by a team of true snow heads, In The Snow is the go-to title in terms of looking for unique takes on the love of  skiing, boarding and the quiet geekery that goes with it. Their gear reviews are renowned and genuinely affect the buying decisions of skiers and snowboarders (including ours!). Also of note are their fantastic interview pieces with some people whom you might not expect immediately, which only adds to the pleasure of their work. Take for instance their recent ‘10 Minutes With Jenson Button” – only 10 minutes – sure, but with lots of juice squeezed out for an entertaining read.

Website: inthesnow.com

2. Ski+Board (from Ski Club of Great Britain)

For disclosure, Ski Club of Great Britain are trusted partners of ours here at Ski Lifts, but obviously with excellent reasons: their wisdom, advice, info, tips and subsequently their magazine features are informed by almost a century of skiing culture. In this way, Ski+Board can’t be beaten. Ski+Snow is a fantastic resource to help get you excited for your seasons – and it’s also one of the best ways to find a ski holiday based on your actual ski and board abilities, and to tailor them to what you’re after – whether that’s enjoying where you’re at, or getting tutored support to improve. SCGB’s Freshtracks programme has plenty for you to choose from.
Website: skiclub.co.uk/news-and-events/ski-and-board-magazine

3. Ski Mag

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Ski Mag is slick, stylish and a fabulous pre-ski read, available online for free and in print for extremely reasonable rates on an international subscription if you’re not from the US. Ski Mag is great for newbies and professionals alike, known for coverage of famous figures in the sport, as well as their generous commissions to the world’s best photographers in the industry.
Website: skimag.com

4. The Snowboarder’s Journal

the snowboarders journal - a top 5 magazine

Yes, this is The Snowboarder’s Journal (published by the same house as the next magazine in our list) and used to be known, a small aeon ago, as ‘Frequency’ for those of us grey enough to remember. The Snowboarder’s Journal is a luxe snowboarding magazine which secures interview and review access to some of the biggest – and also most obscure, but cool – names in boarding, with reviews about hidden gems to visit for those on “the dark side” covered in their ‘Locale’ section, where you can expect to find amazing chalets and locations that no-one’s really ventured to before…
Website: thesnowboardersjournal.com

5. The Ski Journal

the ski journal - a top 5 magazine

Just as stylish and suave as magazine number 4, The Ski Journal was made to intimidate all possible guests at your coffee table, except of course, skiers. The Ski Journal is a uniquely produced magazine that feels more a like a fine cheeseboard – you’ll read snow thought-pieces and scan your eyes over the most exquisite photo essays, or savour their interview profile pieces on industry activists and brave backcountry skiers in Canada and Alaska, while skiing propre is peppered in the margins.
Website: theskijournal.com

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Proud of our ongoing partnership with Ski Club of Great Britain for 2020/21

Proud of our ongoing partnership with Ski Club of Great Britain for 2020/21

Ski Lifts enjoys keeping company with the best organisations in the ski and snow communities, so it gives us great pleasure to continue being one ‘a part of the furniture’ at Ski Club of Great Britain!

For regular skiers, boarders and the chalet getaway crowd, the Ski Club of Great Britain is able to offer exclusive deals to members that save a lot of money in the long run, from ski hire, resort bookings, coaching and lessons – and even transfers with ourselves at Ski Lifts.

Discover the best snow before the rest

One thing that’s guaranteed to keep you excited this season despite everything that’s going in this year, is the wonderful Snow Forecast service from Ski Club of GB. Members get access to an exclusive 10-day forecast in one easy place to check.

Including our team, Ski-Club has 22,000 members with over a century’s worth of a rich history in the mountains around the world.

Ski Club of Great Britain members are entitled to members-only discounts across the full Ski-Lifts range of transfers in every single location. Because Ski-Lifts don’t do discounts normally, being a member of Ski Club is of great benefit, as this will help you save on your transfers with us, thanks to this partnership.

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You can receive 20% off standard Ski Club membership today by using the code SKILIFTS20. Fill in the details on our membership page and find the perfect membership type just for you!

 

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Our partnership

Ski Lifts continues its fantastic partnership with Ski Club – the membership organisation that gets better and better every year for its members.

 

Commercial Director, Simon Holmes said: “We are delighted to once again be a partner of Ski Club, a fantastic organisation for skiers and snowboarders, old and young. The plethora of benefits is truly incredible – the value they offer in boosting and saving money across all your ski experiences through the years with them, is simply unmatched.”

Ski Club of Great Britain Head of Member Services, Owen Chapman has said: “We are very excited to announce Ski Lifts as our Preferred Transfer Partner this coming season. Not only supporting our members in providing a great service to and from resort, Ski Lifts work very closely with our Freshtracks team to provide an excellence service for our holidaymakers. We are delighted for our long-standing partnership to continue to grow for many winters to come!”

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Morzine’s snowing early in 2020

Morzine has snow already for the 2020/21 season!

Like most during 2020, we’ve been turning our  attention to the Morzine snow forecast to help keep our spirits up! In the meantime, don’t be scared and make your <a title=”Geneva to Morzine transfer booking just in case – as all of our transfers are protected by the Lifts.To Covid-19 Guarantee.

So for all the self-confessed obsessives and powder hounds out there, we thought it may also quietly cheer up your 2020, to report that Morzine has had its first bit of snow as of Friday 28th September. The snow wasn’t much, but was enough to raise a few cheers around the offices, at a 9cm depth settling upon rooftops in town, and more on the way – with the next Morzine 2020 snow forecast to be this Saturday 3rd October at a depth of 26cm, according to Snow Forecast.

We love checking out Ski-Club’s snow reports as many of our readers do too – so far, nothing on the pistes at the time of writing. However, we have roughly 1 metre of snow to fall over the next 6 days – which is exciting!

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What kind of snow is ideal in Morzine?

Out of the 22 different types of skiing snow (!) you’ll experience as a skier or snowboarder, the best snow forecast that you can hope for is for consistent, long and low humidity snowfall which ideally has been subject to the least amount of temperature variation, and doesn’t warm up too much during the day.

It’s the same snow that’s ideal in every kind of ski resort: either fresh snow, or fresh powder! It’s true – there’s nothing else like it.  This is what skiers and snowboarders love to live for. For others, the fresh snow once the grooms have been out is the norm. Nevertheless – the more you ski, the more you’ll need the good stuff. If not, you’ll likely be aware that everyone has a snow aficionado in their group who will give you their snow analysis for the day – and especially the hardcore ones who are up at the crack of dawn and make their own way, usually further up than the madding crowd, to cut tracks before anyone else.

After this point – you’ll usually get packed powder, which is still fun (and hopefully it’s not hard-packed or icy). But once you’ve had a hit of fresh snow or fresh powder, you’ll quickly need another fix of it…

Itching for the slopes? Be sure and book your transfer to Morzine today in full confidence, with Ski-Lifts. 

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Book Transfers Without Doubt: Our Covid-19 Refunds Guarantee

Book without doubt – our Covid-19 Refunds Guarantee

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Book transfers without a doubt, thanks to our new customer protection initative – which means you may as well book just in case. We are proud to announce our Hassle-Free Covid-19 Guarantee across the entire LiftsTo group, which of course includes Ski-Lifts.

Refunds for ski transfers

Not leaving you out of pocket

The Hassle-Free Guarantee is an initiative designed to assure and protect all customers and clients who are unsure as to booking their ski transfers this year, who are worrying about losing out if their local authorities announce any forms of restrictive travel curfews, bans, or  full border restrictions.

We’re ensuring our customers can receive refunds when they inform us in 7 days or more of their cancellation – for any Coronavirus-related restriction which denies you of your right to access or entry.

For some customers, this means having to cancel before they’re due to go on holiday or indeed, they may even be forced to stay out longer and cannot come home due to a denial of entry or exit because of Covid-19 rules changes – these are extreme and rare cases where people must stay in their resorts for longer. For these, we would note that customers are welcome to re-arrange their transfer times by contacting us if they are pushed to complete a quarantine period away from home where they may have to stay away for 14 more days than originally planned.

Here at Ski-Lifts, we want to assure you that our no quibble 7 day refunds policy is based on our teams working extraordinarily hard with suppliers and our understanding of travel rules being announced, no matter where you are: whether you’re in France, taking a ski break in Italy, Austria, Germany, skiing in Andorra, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Bulgaria — or even further afield.

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By reducing the stress time down to 7 days, we are ensuring you have a decent window before which to get your money back, defer your transfer to a more suitable or unrestricted travel date, or even change your plans if you need to.

You can find the terms and conditions here on our main group site, on the LiftsTo Coronavirus Travel Advice page.

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Helpful Coronavirus ski travel guides

for the 2020/21 ski season

The Ski-Lifts team are working as normal – aside from organising operations as usual and catering to the customers who are making the most of the current “free for all” skiing locations such as Italy and Germany! – we are putting together a number of guides for all of our customers old and new, our clients, and we continue to monitor and enhance our cleaning and hygiene protocol across all vehicles and throughout the supply chain at Ski-Lifts. Simply bookmark our Coronavirus Ski Support posts, or keep checking back to our Guide pages every day for the latest, and always ensure you are looking at your local authority’s travel guidance and updates, as these may change on a daily basis.

You can book your ski transfers risk-free today, in full confidence, with Ski-Lifts.

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Travel Aware – UK Customers

Travel Aware – UK Gov

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK Gov announcement for UK Customers) and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook: Facebook.com/FCOtravel.

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

The advice can change so check regularly for updates.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also provides the following advice:

Before you depart:

• Take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling and make sure it covers you for all the activities you want to do.

• If you are travelling within Europe, ensure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that hasn’t expired and understand what it covers – you still need full travel insurance though! For your free EHIC card visit www.nhs.uk/ehic.

• Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

• Check your passport is valid, fill out the emergency details, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sure you have all necessary visas.

• Make copies of important travel documents, take a picture or make copies and store them securely using a secure data storage site.

• Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic before you travel. For medical advice visit travelhealthpro. org.uk.

• Tell your friends or family about your travel plans and where you’re going and leave emergency contact details.

• Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds.

• Ensure you take the contact details of the local British Consulate in case of emergencies – www.gov.uk/government/world/embassies.

• Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas, check www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide.

• Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.

If you have further questions, see the “Travel & Health requirements” information in the Before You Go section of our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Coronavirus Advice

The UK Government website including the FCO is updated in real-time with the latest Covid-19 travel restrictions as they relate to UK Customers: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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.