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Coronavirus Impact on Skiing and Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

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Saturday 17th October

Italian Win at Soelden World Cup

It was a strange affair with no spectators & Covid-19 restrictions in place.

Marta Bassino took top spot after she pushed her fellow Italian, Federica Brignone, into second place in the opening giant slalom race of the season.

See here for our race report and look at the season ahead under Covid-19 restrictions:

Italian Win at Soelden World Cup

Soelden World Cup

Soelden World Cup

Austria’s Foreign Minister Tests Positive

According to a spokesperson from the foreign ministry Alexander Schallenberg he may have caught coronavirus at a meeting with his European Union counterparts on Monday in Luxembourg.

He is reported to have no symptoms and it was picked up on a routine test.

As a precautionary measure all members of the Austrian government will be tested on Saturday.

Covid-19 is spreading in Austria with 1,163 new cases and 5 new deaths reported on Friday 16th October.

Strict Covid-19 Measures at World Cup Ski Events in Switzerland

There will be no fans, no grandstands, no race ceremonies and no promotional villages.

The Swiss Ski Federation has said it is currently working closely with local organisers to finalise details.

It comes as cases of coronavirus rise sharply in Switzerland.

The big events such as the Lauberhorn in Wengen in January attract up to 30,000 spectators.

The World Cup alpine ski season starts this weekend in Soelden in Ausutria with women’s and men’s giant slalom.

Like plans for Switzerland there will be no fans and the event will be scaled back due to the pandemic.

Lauberhorn, 2021

Lauberhorn, 2021

Ski Cross World Cup Event in Italy Cancelled

The competition at Innichen/San Candido has been called off due to the coronavirus crisis.

Back-to-back competitions usually take place at the Italian venue to conclude the circuit’s opening December races, as part of the Cross Alps Tour.

This year’s action was due to take place between December 18th and 20th.

It has hosted a Ski Cross World Cup every year since 2009.

“It was a really tough decision that the entire Organising Committee did not take light-heartedly, because our commitment to ski cross has always been very big and we plan on continuing with our 10-year-plan for the development of the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup in Innichen/San Candido,” said the head of the Organising Committee, Helmuth Senfter.

“We promise to be back in 2021 and already can’t wait.”

France to Introduce Airport Tests

The health minister, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, said the tests will be put in place by the end of October.

The rapid tests will be offered to passengers heading to the USA and Italy, plus people arriving from nations on the “red” coronavirus list.

The global industry body International Air Transport Association (IATA) is pushing for the tests to be given to all departing passengers at airports.

Scientists say rapid tests can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes.

Lyon airport

Lyon airport, gateway to the French Alps

In the USA a US Department of Defense study claims the risk of exposure to  coronavirus on flights is very low if passengers wear masks.

A study found that more than 99% of particles were filtered out of the cabin within six minutes through the aircraft’s ventilation systems.

The tests were carried out on Boeing long-haul jets, but only looked at a scenario where there was just one infected person on the plane.

It did not simulate the effects of passengers moving around the cabin.

Friday 16th October

Swiss Yodelling Event Spreads Covid-19

600 people attended the event at the end of last month in the canton of Schwyz.

Groups of up to 1,000 people can currently gather in Switzerland.

Social distancing was asked for, but people did not have to wear face masks or coverings.

“We found out nine days after the performance that several people from the group were infected,” the event organiser, Beat Hegner, told Swiss television.

The canton has 1,230 coronavirus cases and the main hospital has asked people to begin wearing masks and avoiding gatherings.

“The explosion in the number of cases in Schwyz is one of the worst in all of Europe,” said local hospital chief, Reto Nueesch.

On Wednesday, some 94 people tested positive, twice as many as the day before.

There were 114 cases on Thursday.

Switzerland

Switzerland

The pandemic is spreading across many parts of Switzerland.

“We have in recent days faced a new dynamic, which is very negative and very strong,” said the health minister, Alain Berset.

“The situation in Switzerland is deteriorating faster than elsewhere.”

The country saw 2,600 new cases Thursday — the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic.

Since the beginning, 71,140 cases have been reported in Switzerland and 1,817 deaths, amounting to 832 cases and 21 deaths per 100,000 people.

The Swiss President, Simonetta Sommaruga, has warned that a full-blown second wave was looming.

“The swifter we act, the less restrictions there will be for the population, the economy, families and risk groups,” she said.

Face masks are mandatory on public transport throughout the country, but only around half of the 26 cantons require them in shops and other public indoor spaces.

Covid-19 Update From the Ski Countries

Austria has imposed a quarantine on Kuchl, a town of 6,600 inhabitants in the Salzburg region due to a Covid-19 cluster.

It is the first such measure in Austria for many months as the pandemic continues to spread.

In France around 20 million people are preparing for night curfews from midnight tonight.

They include the cities of Lyon and Grenoble that are gateway cities to the Alps, plus Toulouse near the Pyrenees.

  • Restaurants, bars, cafes and cinemas must shut at 21:00. Restaurants are restricted to six people table. Food outlets can still provide night-time deliveries.
  • Jogging and dog-walking will still be allowed during the curfew. A signed permit will be required, which can be downloaded to a phone.

France is deploying 12,000 police officers to enforce the curfew.

The fine for a violation will be €135 (£122) with a repeat offender facing six months in prison and a €3,750 fine.

The few exemptions include medical emergencies, essential home care visits and travel by train or plane at night.

Shift workers with late hours are not subject to the curfew.

In Germany the latest official daily figure is 7,334 cases, up from 6,638 on the previous day.

Germany has declared some neighbouring countries and regions to be “high risk”.

This includes the whole of France and the Netherlands, and parts of Italy and Switzerland.

Germans returning from there will have to quarantine.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has cancelled an EU summit that was due to be held in Berlin in November.

She said the summit should not take place “in the context of the pandemic”.

Germany currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.

In Poland from Saturday, the highest level of restrictions will be introduced in almost half the country, including Warsaw and most major cities. 

  • Distance learning will be reintroduced for secondary schools and universities.
  • Wedding and family parties will be banned and public gatherings limited to 10 people.
  • Restaurants and bars will be limited to 50% capacity and they must close at 21:00, but they can offer a takeaway service after that time.
  • Swimming pools and gyms will close throughout the country and spectators will no longer be permitted in sports grounds.
  • Face masks are already mandatory for everyone in public spaces.

The Health Minister, Adam Niedzielski, said  the health system was “testing its limits” with admissions rising rapidly.

Poland has urged people  not to travel overseas unless it is absolutely necessary.

The country has had 132 Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours – its highest daily number.

“We are issuing a recommendation to our compatriots for them to consider if they must travel across borders, if this is absolutely necessary for familial or professional reasons,” said the Deputy Foreign Minister, Piotr Wawrzyk.

Cases rising in Europe

Cases rising in Europe

Air Bridge From New Zealand to Australia Opens

The first passengers from New Zealand have arrived in Australia under new “travel bubble” arrangements between the two countries.

None of the passengers on the flight from Auckland to Sydney is required to quarantine on arrival in Australia.

The arrangement applies only to the states of New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Australia’s borders have been closed since March to everyone except returning Australian citizens/residents and those people with special permission.

At the moment the arrangement is just one-way and people arriving in New Zealand from Australia do have to go into quarantine.

Singapore and Hong Kong have said they want to have quarantine-free travel between the two cities, but no dates have been announced.

Coronavirus Restrictions Into and Out of Ski Countries for People from the UK

With quarantine requirements it is a bit of a nightmare trying to find out what the rules currently are.

If you return to the UK from the vast majority of ski nations in the Alps, The Pyrenees and the Rockies in North America you will be required to self-isolate for 14-days on return to the UK.

Most countries, at time of writing, do not put restrictions on people arriving from the UK.

That however is changing.

Read more here:

Coronavirus Restrictions Into and Out of Ski Countries for People from the UK

Thursday 15th October

Italy Added to UK’s Quarantine List

It is no great surprise as its case rate is now 64 per 100,000 over a 7-day period.

It was the last major alpine ski nation that did not require self-isolation.

From 04.00 on Sunday people returning to the UK from Italy will have to self-isolate for two weeks.

Italy has seen a sharp rise in cases and has introduced new measures to try to tackle the increasing spread of the virus.

Italy has seen 8,804 new cases during the last 24 hours.

It tops the previous high of 7,332 set yesterday.

Italy’s health ministry also reported 83 deaths, up from 43 on Wednesday.

It is far far less than the peak back in March and April when the death toll reached more than 900 per day.

Here at PlanetSKI we thought a quarantine requirement would come in last week when its rate was 25.6.

It has been normal that a country goes on the list once it goes over 20.

Italy Added to UK’s Quarantine List

Border controls

Border controls

EU Needs Common Quarantine Rules

That’s the view of European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen.

She made her views known shortly before going into isolation herself after she found out she had been in contact with someone who tested positive.

She has tested negative but said she was going into isolation as a precaution.

Earlier she said there needs to be common rules on quarantines and testing across the EU bloc.

She described the situation in Europe as “more worrisome” at the start of a two-day meeting of EU leaders.

The EU has also said countries should co-ordinate contact tracing, plus the eventual administering of vaccines with priority to the vulnerable.

“Time is running out,” said the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides.

“Everyone’s first priority should be to do what it takes to avoid the devastating consequences of generalised lockdowns.”

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has said that imposing tighter controls could prevent huge numbers of lives being lost in Europe.

Many countries in Europe are recording record high numbers of daily cases and are now enforcing stricter rules.

“It’s time to step up,” said the WHO’s European Director Hans Kluge.

“The message to governments is: don’t hold back with relatively small actions to avoid the painful damaging actions we saw in the first round.”

In Europe Italy has seen 8,804 new cases during the last 24 hours.

It tops the previous high of 7,332 set yesterday.

Italy’s health ministry also reported 83 deaths, up from 43 on Wednesday.

It is far far less than the peak back in March and April when the death toll reached more than 900 per day.

Germany has reported its highest number of cases since the pandemic began.

More than 6,600 infections were reported on Wednesday.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has warned that restrictions would be tightened in high-risk areas.

In France there is a night-time curfew for Paris along with eight other cities.

The other cities include the Lyon and Grenoble that are gateways to the Alps, and Toulouse that is a gateway to the Pyrenees.

People will need to stay at home from 21:00 to 06:00.

The measure will come into effect from Saturday.

Essential trips will be permitted.

Anyone found breaking the curfew will be fined €135 (£121).

In the Czech Republic the army is to building a 500-bed emergency field hospital in Prague.

Leaked official forecasts say that even in the best-case scenario, Czech hospitals will reach capacity within two weeks.

The health minister has called on everyone with medical training to volunteer their services, even those who are no longer working in medicine.

More than 9,540 cases were recorded on Wednesday – the highest daily total so far.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Offensive or Effective?

An advert has been launched in Germany showing an elderly woman giving the middle finger to people who do not to wear masks or face coverings.

“The raised index finger for all those without a mask,” reads the poster.

Visit Berlin says the ad is to show the importance of protecting the elderly.

But the campaign has proved controversial, with some in Germany calling it insulting.

Controversial advert

Controversial advert

What’s your view?

Feel free to comment on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

France Prepares to Open & World Cup Racing Set to Start

Tignes and Les2Alpes open their glaciers on Saturday as the first World Cup ski races take place in Soelden Austria.

The World Cup racing will have no spectators and be held under strict Covid-19 restrictions.

It will be a winter season like no other as skiing & snowboarding continues to get underway.

See here for our full story:

France Prepares to Open & World Cup Racing Set to Start

Les2Alpes, France

Les2Alpes, France

World Cup racing starts

World Cup racing starts

Ryanair is cutting its winter capacity by more than a third

The airline says it has made the move due to travel restrictions.

The low-cost airline said it expected to fly 40% of the capacity it flew last year as demand slumps.

This means 38 million passengers flying with the airline in the financial year ending on 31 March 2021, down from 149 million flown last year.

“Our focus in on maintaining as large a schedule as we can sensibly operate,” said the airline’s CEO, Michael O’Leary.

New travel restrictions have come into effect in recent weeks in Europe, are more are expected as covid-19 spreads.

Ryanair

Ryanair

5-Minute Covid-19 Test On The Way

Scientists from Oxford University have developed a test that works in five minutes.

Oxford University hopes to start making the devices early next year and then have it approved six months after that.

It’s hoped that it could be used at airports and businesses.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Les3Vallees Could See a 20% Fall in Skiers This Winter

The largest lift-connected ski area in the world is bracing itself for a significant drop in the number of skiers and snowboarders.

The vast domain in the French Alps expects the coronavirus to keep many visitors away.

The predicted 20% decrease, if it is realised, will be a blow, coming on top of a 20% fall in numbers in 2019-20 over the previous season.

Read more here:

Les3Vallees Could See a 20% Fall in Skiers This Winter

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

France Ramps Up a Gear to try to Defeat Covid-19 Resurrgance

On Wednesday evening the French President, Emmanuel Macron, went on national television to announce a night-time curfew in Paris + eight other cities to try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus.

They include some of the gateways to the Alps and the Pyrenees – Lyon,  Grenoble and Toulouse.

The measure,  from 21:00 to 06:00,  will come into effect from Saturday and last for at least four weeks.

“We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus,” said President Macron.

A “public health emergency” has also been declared.

A further 22,951 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed on Wednesday.

Now was not the time for “conviviality” he said.

The new measures will affect around 22m people – some in the mountain environments.

It will be applied for four weeks to begin with, and may be extended to six weeks.

The measures will stop people visiting restaurants and private homes during the evening and night-time.

People will need a valid reason to be outside their homes during the hours of curfew.

Essential trips will be permitted.

Anyone found breaking the curfew will be fined €135 (£121).

Schools will remain open and people will still be able to travel between regions during the day.

Additionally, no more than six people will be allowed to gather inside private homes, but exemptions will be made for large households.

Businesses that suffer financially due to the new measures will be eligible for state aid.

“The message I want to send this evening is that I need each of you, we need each other, to find solutions,” the President said.

“We will get through this, together.”

Wednesday 14th October

Cases Surge in Switzerland

Switzerland has recorded another 2,823 infections – that’s double the daily figure recorded five days ago.

Eight deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 1,816.

The Swiss government is to hold a crisis meeting on Thursday to discuss further measures to try to contain the spread.

This may include more wearing of masks, testing, and limiting public gatherings.

It comes as cases in Europe continue to rise as we have reported earlier today lower down our rolling blog.

Swiss flag

Switzerland

Transatlantic Corridor Talks Between USA & UK

The Washington Post reports that the US Transportation Department and the Department of Homeland Security are talking to UK counterparts to set up a travel bubble.

A Homeland Security official is reported to have said the US is targeting a travel corridor ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday towards the end of November.

It will likely require the implementation of a pre-travel testing program before any agreement is reached.

Talks have focused on testing before departure and again on arrival.

UK residents are currently banned from entering the USA.

Travellers from the US need to isolate for 14-days coming into the UK.

It raises the prospect of being able to access ski resorts in the US.

USA skiing

Skiing in the USA

US Ski Industry Group Launches Covid-19 Campaign

The National Ski Areas Association, NSSA, has labelled it ‘Ski Well, Be Well’.

“Let’s work together to be the reason we have a season,” said NSAA.

“It covers the benefits of skiing and snowboarding, and how we all need to work together to keep our community healthy and safe this season.”

It offers best practices based on scientific guidelines from experts to the ski areas.

“Your health and safety, and that of all our guests, employees and communities, is what we value most, and is the guiding influence for these best practices,” NSSA added.

It has enlisted the help of the ski racer, Mikaela Shiffrin.

NSAA campaign

NSAA campaign

NSAA campaign

NSAA campaign

Covid-19 Update From the Ski Countries

In Spain, the authorities in Catalonia decide today whether to close bars and restaurants for the rest of October.

Total hospital admissions have reached 984.

The area is home to the major Spanish ski resorts including Baqueira Beret and Formigal.

Germany has recorded more than 5,000 new daily coronavirus infections for the first time since April.

There have been a further 43 deaths.

Some German states have agreed that residents of high-risk areas should not be allowed to stay in hotels in other parts of the country.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she was “watching with great concern” the situation in Europe.

“I must say the situation continues to be serious,” she added.

In Berlin a new ad campaign shows an elderly woman in a floral face-covering, giving the middle finger to anyone without a mask.

Contraversial advert

Controversial advert

In France the President, Emmanuel Macron, will go on  TV tonight, with reports he will announce 20:00 or 22:00 curfews planned for cities with the highest rates of infection such as Paris.

By then end of next week it is predicted that 90% of intensive care beds in the capital will be being used.

France has seen 26,000 new cases.

In the Czech Republic the Health Minister Roman Prymula has said the next weeks would be “complicated and cheerless”.

A partial lockdown has been introduced closing schools, university dorms, and bars.

But in Italy there is some good news.

The BBC reports that Stefano Lancilli, a 55-year-old policeman, has finally left hospital.

He was admitted more than seven months ago after he tested positive for Covid-19 in Codogno in Lombardy at the height of the outbreak.

The country has reported a further 5,000 daily cases.

Australia has recorded several clusters of Covid-19 cases.

New South Wales saw 13 new cases and the state has delayed the easing of restrictions applied to restaurants and weddings.

Victoria has recorded seven cases, with five deaths.

Four of those cases were in Melbourne where people are only allowed to leave their house for recreation purposes for two hours per day.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

French Ski Resort Sees Rise in Summer Tourism

Les2Alpes in the Isere region of the southern French Alps is claiming an excellent summer with an increase of visitors of 11% overall.

Many were French people who had shunned international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In July and August the resort saw 20% more visitors.

Opening weekend at Les2Alpes

Opening weekend at Les2Alpes

The glacier resort opens for autumn skiing this Saturday 17th October.

It will remain open until November 1st and then opens for winter on November 28th.

The glacier goes to an altitude of 3,600m.

Les2Alpes, France

Les2Alpes, France

Vail Resorts Cuts Jobs & Reshapes its Marketing Team in USA

It is to axe 60 fewer marketing roles in resorts across its 34 North American locations.

Instead it will create a core team of 22 new roles at its main HQ in Broomfield, Colorado.

It is at pain to stress that the unique nature of each resorts will be maintained “to create closer alignment to our data and insights and to grow our world-class brands”

“Our resort leadership teams will continue to be very engaged in owning, promoting and protecting the brand identity for each resort, and will remain fully connected with our local communities to maintain the strong partnerships that will continue to help drive our collective success”.

It says the change can be challenging for those involved, and it is committed to supporting employees through the transition. Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts

Tuesday 13th October

Covid-19 Update From the Ski Countries

France

The cabinet will meet this evening consider whether a curfew is needed to bring down the infection rate.

There are warnings that by the end of next week 90% of intensive care beds in Paris will be filled.

The government  tighten restrictions in four more cities last weekend as they went onto maximum alert following a rise in infections.

They include two of the gateways to the Alps, Grenoble and Lyon.

Bars and restaurants are now closed.

The maximum alert level is introduced when infections in the area exceed 250 per 100,000 people.

Italy

A new Italian decree has banned school trips and amateur contact sports such as football in the park.

Private parties are also outlawed with Italians  strongly urged to limit home visits to six people.

Spain

The Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has rejected ending Madrid’s state of alarm, even though 14-day infection rates have fallen to 501 cases per 100,000 people.

He wants to see the rate below 200, not 500.

Argentina

The south American country has now passed the 900,000-case mark.

A strict lockdown was introduced early on in the pandemic and the number of cases grew slowly.

Following an easing of restrictions the number of cases have gone up sharply.

Thousands of people have taken part in anti-government protests in the capital, Buenos Aires and other major cities.

Their grievances were varied but many said they were unhappy with the government’s handling of the pandemic and in particular, with the lockdowns it had imposed.

Argentina has the sixth highest number of cases in the world after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Colombia.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Austrian Authorities Could Have Done More to Contain Covid-19

That’s the finding of an independent report in the spread of the virus in Ischgl and St Anton.

Thousands of people were infected, and it has been alleged that the authorities allowed it to spread after not closing down following known outbreaks in bars.

“There were errors of judgement that had consequences,” said Ronald Rohrer, the head of the investigating commission and a former vice president of Austria’s supreme court.

Austrian Authorities Could Have Done More to Contain Covid-19

Ischgl, the Tirol, Austria

Ischgl, the Tirol, Austria

Chamonix Unveils its Covid-19 Response

“We remain quietly optimistic that the Ski virus will overcome Covid constraints,” says Chamonix in a press release.

Maybe the language is lost in translation as Covid-19 cases soar in France, but it is a rather a bold and interesting claim given current statistics.

The French national health agency reported a record of nearly 27,000 new daily virus cases on Saturday, followed by more than 16,000 on Sunday.

The percentage of positive tests also rose to 11.5%, double the rate of three weeks ago.

The French President, Emmanel Macron, is making a TV address to the nation on Wednesday as Covid-19 restrictions tighten and there are warnings of a second wave.

Chamonix was actually the last ski resort PlanetSKI was in last winter, and we left in early March ahead of it shutting down, even though the slopes were open.

Covid-19 was clearly spreading, like now.

Anyway here is the latest from the Chamonix Tourist Office.

“At present the Savoy region has very few Covid cases and accommodation providers, restaurants, bars and businesses are permitted to open as normal albeit reduced capacity for social distancing.

“In confined public spaces people are required to wear masks, except when seated in restaurants.

“The majority of businesses have introduced flexible cancellation policies and a Covid cancellation guarantee.

“With regards to lift transport, we are fortunate in that virtually all of our ski lifts are either gondolas for 10 persons maxi, chairlifts or drag lifts.

“This makes it much easier for social distancing because groups and families can remain in their own bubbles.

“The tourist office has ordered customized  breathable neck scarves (buffs) with integrated masks – they will be a revolution on the slopes!”

Chamonix, France

Chamonix, France

Monday 12th October

Fancy Going Ski Testing this Week?

Sadly, not in the Alps where there are some of the best autumn conditions we can remember, Third weekend of snow in the mountains.

Rather at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead where you can put the finest Atomic skis through their paces.

On the 13th and 14th of October Atomic will be hosting its second Ski Focus Ski Test at the indoor centre.

There are 3 time slots per day, 2 groups of 5 with only 10 spaces per slot due to all the necessary covid-19 restrictions.

What’s included:

– Atomic Ski Testing of 2020-2021 skis

– Equipment advice from Ski Bartlett

– Strength and Conditioning advice from Fitness Profiles

–  Coaching tips from the Ski Focus team (BASI ISTD & ISIA)

–  on-the-hill video analysis

– Tea or coffee

– Slope pass

Price £35pp

Follow this link to book your space.

The Snow Centre

The Snow Centre

Australia Looks at Quarantine-Free Travel

It is in discussions with Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Pacific Island nations.

This Friday people from New Zealand will be able to travel to some Australian states  without the need to quarantine.

However, they will have to quarantine in a hotel upon their return to New Zealand.

Australia has said Europe and the US will not be on any list.

It is interesting to see what is happening in a part of the world where covid-19 has been brought under some sort of control.

“We have to go cautiously on this – very, very cautiously. Covid-19 hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s still there. And no less aggressive today than it was six months ago,” said the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison

The Tourism Minister, Simon Birmingham, has warned that travel to high-risk areas such as the US and Europe was unlikely to happen until late 2021 so it looks like the ski fields will be out of bounds next year too.

“The prospects of opening up widespread travel with higher risk countries will remain very reliant on effective vaccination or other major breakthroughs in the management of Covid,” he said.

Skiing in Australia

Skiing in Australia

Meanwhile scientists in Australia have said the virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days.

The findings from Australia’s national science agency suggest SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer than thought.

The study was published in Virology Journal.

The experiment was conducted in the dark and UV light has already been shown to kill the virus.

Some experts have also thrown doubt on the actual threat posed by surface transmission in real life.

CEO of Alterra Explains What Skiing Will Look Like Next Winter

Rusty Gregory heads up the company that owns or runs many ski areas across North America.

They include Steamboat and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Mammoth Mountain in California, Tremblant in Canada, Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah, plus CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures.

Here’s what he has to say:

Sweet Caroline

It’s a favourite apres ski song and this one made us smile in these Covid-19 times.

And lets face it, we all need a smile at the moment.

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

This one made us giggle too too as apparently more of us are hitting the bottle.

We'll drink to that...

We’ll drink to that…

Sunday 11th October

Mt Hutt in New Zealand Finishes its Covid-19 Season on a High

Given the worries that it might not be able to open at the start of the season the resort says it is happy with the 2020 season.

The resort had a record opening weekend at Mt Hutt in June.

And went out in the traditional way – with a Pond Skimming event.

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

Mt Hutt, New Zealand

The NZ Ski manager, James McKenzie, said it was a topsy turvy season, but it’s turned out really well.

“2020 a year to remember!” the resort said on social media.

“Simply put – We are all stoked to be able to winter this year, to share some solid yarns and put in some good turns.

“From all the team at Mt Hutt we would like to thank you for your support, kind words and smiles over a season that was nothing short of challenging.

“From us, a big THANK YOU”

The Season that was 2020

2020 a year to remember ! Simply put – We are all stoked to be able to winter this year, to share some solid yarns and put in some good turns. From all the team at Mt Hutt we would like to thank you for your support, kind words and smiles over a season that was nothing short of challenging. From us, a big THANK YOU#youmountainiscalling #thanksforpickingup 🎥 Blackbird NZ

Posted by Mt Hutt on Saturday, 10 October 2020

Lauberhorn World Cup Race Set for January 15-17, 2021

It is forecast to go ahead, under Covid-19 restrictions.

The race takes place in Wengen in Switzerland and, alongside the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel in Austria, is the most eagerly anticipated World Cup Downhill of them all.

Under current Swiss rules crowds of up to 1,000 can gather, with social distancing and other precautions required.

Lauberhorn, 2021

Lauberhorn, 2021

We can’t wait:

The Lauberhorn

The Lauberhorn

Meanwhile, the first World Cup racing of the season starts next week – the men’s and women’s Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria.

It will be the first test of World Cup racing under Covid-19 restrictions.

The slope is beginning to take shape.

Sadly the US skier Mikaela Shiffrin will miss the opening women’s race of the season as she has an injury, Shiffrin to miss open race of the season through injury.

Winter World University Games Likely to be December 2021 in Lucerne

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has said this is the most likely time to reschedule the event.

It was to have taken place in the Swiss city from January 21st to 31st but was cancelled due to Covid-19.

International University Sports Federation

International University Sports Federation

 

Ski Swap Sale Cancelled Amid Covid-19

The Park City in Utah, USA, has been forced to cancel its annual Ski Swap and Sale.

It’s a much-loved community tradition that has been taking place for 47-years and an important fundraiser for Park City Ski & Snowboard.

The event is usually held indoors and draws huge crowds of people in search of deals on used ski and snowboard equipment.

It goes on for several days with proceeds going to support programs, pay coach salaries and cover operating costs.

Park City Ski Swap and Sale

Park City Ski Swap and Sale

“After considerable discussion and an extensive review of alternative options, Park City Ski and Snowboard has made the difficult decision to cancel the Park City Ski Swap and Sale this year,” said a statement on its web site.

“We thank you for your understanding and look forward to hosting our 48th Annual Ski Swap and Sale in November 2021.”

The organisers said Park City Ski & Snowboard “made every effort to find a way to responsibly host” the long-standing event, but with cases of COVID-19 rising the organisers could not feasibly do so.

Park City Ski Swap and Sale

Park City Ski Swap and Sale

 

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Here are our earlier rolling coronavirus blogs if you want to look back at all the relevant developments over the past months as we have reported its impact.

We have updated daily since the pandemic began.

All you need to know about the pandemic and its impact on the world of snowsports:

October 4th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

September 27th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

September 20th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

September 13th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

September 6th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

August 30th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

August 23rd: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

August 16th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

August 9th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

August 2nd: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

July 26th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

July 19th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

July 12th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

July 5th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

June 28th: Coroanvirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

June 21st: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

June 14th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

June 7th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

May 31st: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

May 24th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

May 17th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

May 10th: Coronavirus impact on snowsports

May 3rd: The coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

April 26th: Covid-19 impact on skiing & snowboarding continues

April 18th: Coronavirus impact on skiiing and snowboarding continues

April 12th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

April 5th: Coronavirus impact on snowsports

March 29th: Our rolling blog on the impact of Covid-19 continues

March 23rd: PlanetSKI’s rolling blog on the coronavirus impact on skiing continues

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

 

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