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Safety Precautions in Ski Resorts for the 2020/21 Season
Issue 50 / 17 November 2020

Safety Precautions in Ski Resorts for the 2020/21 Season

Just some of the precautions ski resorts have put in place to make sure that you can enjoy the Alps safely this season

Alicia Bryan

With several ski resorts already open for the start of the 2020/21 ski season, we have put together a list of some of the precautions ski resorts have put in place to make sure that you can enjoy the Alps safely this season.

1. Face Masks

Guests will be required to wear facemasks indoors and in certain areas outside including in the queue for lifts, in gondolas and in other enclosed spaces. In France, face masks will also be required for gatherings at the start and end of ski lessons and whilst on chairlifts.

2. Social Distancing

Due to the length of skis and snowboards, social distancing in queues is already a factor to help maintain social distancing. Ranging from 3 metres in Italy to 1.5 metres in Switzerland, skiers must keep their distance when in the resort. In several resorts, skiers and snowboarders will not be asked to go in gondolas or lifts with people they don’t know and with a reduced lift capacity likely, several resorts will also arrange earlier lifts than usual to help maintain social distancing. Plexiglass screens will also be fitted where possible in public areas such as lift pass offices and the Tourist Office.

3. Screening

Many resorts will be screening their staff with temperature checks before carrying out their work requiring that they stay at home should they have any symptoms.

4. Sanitation

All hired equipment, lifts and gondolas will be thoroughly cleaned, with hand sanitising gel available throughout the station. Switzerland has also created a ‘Clean and Safe’ label for relevant industries, companies and event organisers to follow, with safety concepts in place to protect customers and participants to the greatest degree possible against infection with the coronavirus.

5. Ski Passes

Pre-booking and contactless payments are strongly encouraged throughout resorts. Several resorts are also giving a credit to skiers should their lift passes not be able to be used due to coronavirus restrictions.

6. Mountain Restaurants

Many of the mountain restaurants will look to move dining tables outside where possible, with tables inside kept at a distance. The majority of restaurants will also only have table service available however, several resorts are looking to increase takeaway food to help reduce the number of people inside the restaurants.

Precautions will differ in each resort so please check the requirements in your resort before heading out onto the slopes.

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