The corona virus and the infamous new British variant ensure that the slopes in many ski areas remain closed. Is there still a possibility to go on winter sports?
You will probably not have missed it, but going on holiday during this time is not really desirable. The advice of the Dutch government is not to travel abroad until the end of March. This applies to all countries, including the winter sports areas.
Last Sunday, Chancellor Kurz of Austria announced that the hard lockdown will also be extended there. Strict measures apply until 7 February. Kurz hopes that the first relaxation can take place from 8 February, but beware… this does not apply to the hospitality industry and tourism. This is about opening schools, shops and hairdressers. Ski areas are open to the locals. At the end of December, it was still busy with domestic tourists in some Austrian ski areas. The authorities had to intervene and winter sports fans were banned.
At the earliest, catering establishments and hotels can open at the end of February, but this has not yet been confirmed. In Austria they hope to resume normal life somewhat from April / May. Austria currently has code orange, which means that only necessary travel is allowed. Quarantine and registration obligations also apply here.
– Ulli Schranz (@UlliSchranz) January 13, 2021
Austria is one of the most popular winter sports areas for the Dutch, but of course there are more. Below we highlight well-known winter sports countries and the current corona situation.
- Italy – Here, code orange or red applies per region. The ski areas in Italy remain closed at least until February 15th.
- France – The first possible opening date for the French slopes is 1 February. But here too, more news must follow. According to the French newspaper Le Monde will not open ski resorts in February.
- Germany – In Germany, the ski lifts in the Alps are closed until January 31. The slopes of the popular winter sports destination Winterberg are also closed.
- Switzerland – A lockdown applies here until the end of February. There are no national rules for ski areas. These themselves choose whether or not to stay open.
What now for the winter sports enthusiast?
So, it doesn’t look too good for the upcoming winter sports plans. Probably it will be skipped this year or perhaps a hiking holiday in the mountains in the summer? Or just a holiday in your own country.
Since the outbreak of the corona virus, the popularity of holiday parks in their own country has increased significantly. In the summer of 2020, the number of Dutch guests at holiday parks was more than 20 percent higher than the year before. This has emerged from research by the Parkvakanties platform. The popularity of the Dutch holiday parks is “not surprising” according to Laurens Taekema of Parkvakanties. “People just want to go on holiday and then, in the current situation, a holiday home close by is ideal. We are increasingly discovering how beautiful the Netherlands actually is. ”
I’m going to Groningen for a weekend – or as we call it “on winter sports” in 2021. Beyond Meppel, the ditches have frozen shut and snow is coming! It couldn’t be better, can it?
– Sylvia van Laar (@sylviavanlaar) January 16, 2021
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