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Sport Where to ski at Christmas? Europe gets tangled up with spatulas

22:40  26 november  2020
22:40  26 november  2020 Source:   europe1.fr

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The prospect of Christmas behind closed doors rather than on the slopes stretched before Europeans as Americans faced their own gloom, recording "You will get your lives back. Life is going to return to normal. Infected tourists at ski resorts helped spread the virus across Europe earlier this year.

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As the Christmas holidays approach, it is the amount of snow that usually worries ski enthusiasts.

But this year, they must first deal with the uncertainty surrounding the opening of stations, for fear of worsening the coronavirus epidemic.

Between Germany, which will ban its slopes to skiers, and Austria, which does not want to sacrifice its tourism, the white gold season in Europe will start in dispersed order.

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Switzerland, where some ski resorts have already reopened, is hoping social distancing in queues, strict limits or bans on après- ski gatherings, reduced numbers in cable cars and mandatory mask-wearing on lifts will allow at least “People will be skiiing and eating in our resorts at Christmas .”

The EU does not intend to impose a common rule, to the chagrin of Berlin, which calls for a general ban.

- No skiing in Germany - Bavaria has decided and will not open its ski areas for the end of the year.

"We simply cannot envisage a classic ski vacation", says Land President Markus Söder.

And beware of those who would like to cross the border to hurtle down the slopes of neighboring Austria. It will cost them ten days of quarantine on their return, even for a day trip.

- France without a ski lift - Snowshoes, tobogganing, hiking, sledding yes, but no alpine skiing: in France, the resorts may reopen during the end of the year celebrations, but the ski lifts will remain at a standstill.

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Cancellations, if it is not possible to ski, will be "gigantic", warned Alexandre Maulin, president of Domaines skiables de France (DSF), operator of ski lifts for 250 French resorts.

Especially since restaurants and bars must still remain closed until at least mid-January.

- Austria and Switzerland are resisting - Although Austria is once again confined until December 7, its ski lifts are planning to restart in time for Christmas.

The country is Europe's leading ski destination and one of the most dependent on winter tourism.

A Christmas shutdown would be "catastrophic not only for us, but for the entire country," Conservative MP Franz Hörl, director of the Association of Ski Lift Operators, told AFP.

Some areas have already opened in Switzerland and the country, which is not part of the EU, intends to combine health protocols and economic requirements to open its stations during the holidays.

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In Bulgaria, the resort of Bansko, a European mecca for "low cost" skiing, is also planning to open as the country faces an outbreak of the epidemic and saturation of hospital services.

- Italy and Spain wait-and-see -The head of the Italian government Giuseppe Conte this week evoked the idea of ​​coordination with France and Germany for a "common European protocol" on the ski season.

"It is not possible to allow a vacation in the snow, we cannot afford it," he said.

The main ski regions (Piedmont, Lombardy or Alto Adige) are currently in a "red" epidemic zone where all trips outside their own municipality are prohibited, except for justified reasons.

Negotiations are open between Rome and these regions, which fear major economic consequences in the event of prolonged closure of the estates.

Giovanni Brasso, boss of the company that manages the Via Lattea estate in Sestriere explains that he earns "45% of (his) income for the whole season during the Christmas holidays".

Spain plans for the moment to open its ski resorts, but the conditions remain to be defined between the central government and the regions, according to the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa.

"For the moment, we plan to open on December 11 (...) nobody told us that we could not open", told AFP a spokesperson for the private manager of the large Baqueira Beret station located in the Val d'Aran (Catalonia). However, the resort offers insurance on its website in the event that it is impossible to ski due to the pandemic.

- Brussels returns the ball - The European Commission believes that the decision to open the stations is up to governments.

"The first thing to know is that the decision to authorize skiing or not is a national competence. It is not a European competence", developed a spokesperson for the committee Stefan de Keersmaecker.

And "obviously, he added, there is no single approach for the gradual, scientific and effective lifting of containment measures".

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