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Are all ski lifts in the Alps closed? Doesn’t look like it

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and “enjoying the fresh air of our mountains” – all of this will be possible in French winter sports resorts during the Christmas and New Year holidays, promises Prime Minister Jean Castex. But: the ski lifts remain closed. All. Skiing in the French Alps will soon be nothing.

And if it is up to governments in Paris, Rome and Berlin, the ski lifts all over Europe should at least stand still well into January. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag on Thursday whether the closure of the ski areas could be coordinated across Europe.

In Austria they don’t want to hear about it. If the Christmas season were to be abandoned, the domestic tourism industry would lose 800 million euros every week.

“Skiing can take place”

He rules out the risk of getting infected with Corona while skiing, said Salzburg Governor Wilfried Haslauer yesterday in the Morgenjournal: “Skiing holidays are safe, we have worked out concepts for a long time, our operations are well positioned. There will be no après-ski, the gastronomy will look different, but skiing can take place. “

Not if, but when the ski lifts should open, says Haslauer, that is decided by the federal government. “So around the 19th / 20th. December around ”, the governor is certain that Salzburg will open its slopes.

The big problem remains: Germany’s travel warning against staying in Austria. Back from vacation, German vacationers have to be quarantined at home for ten days. This can be ended with a positive PCR test after five days at the earliest. Many potential guests will be put off by this from the start.

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