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2020-21 French ski season latest


2020-21 French ski season latest: Possible opening on January the 7th.


With today’s judicial rejection of a legal move by French ski resorts to overturn the continued closure of ski resorts by the French Government, the chances of the country’s ski areas opening for the festive period vanished. There are two exceptions: Elite Athletes and child members of the FSS (French Ski Federation).

On a more positive note: Following a video conference between the French Prime Minister (Jean Castex) and representatives of various mountain interests (including business associations, unions and mayors), an opening date of January the 7th was put forward. The PM stressed that the opening of ski areas from the 7th would depend on Covid infection rates and other related issues.

How this opening will affect skiers from outside France is uncertain, whilst travel restrictions remain. It has been estimated that foreign skiers account for 50% of a resorts ski clients so, any travel restrictions could have a serious ongoing effect on mountain economies.

Today also saw the unveiling of an aid package for various mountain stakeholders by the Secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. The €400m was welcomed by various bodies, from ski instructors, sports shops, and Mayors of mountain resorts. The Sport & Cycle Union (representing sports shops and manufacturers) estimated that losses from the early end of the 2019/20 season up to the current chaotic 2020/21 amount to €300m for sports shops alone. Putting it into perspective, that figure is around 50% of a ski resorts income!

Source: Le Dauphine


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