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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…

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Sunday 29th November

Covid-19 Working Group Set Up for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

It is hoped the worst of the pandemic will be a memory with vaccines administered, but organisers are making preparations.

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games have been disrupted and postponed to 2021 and the organisers of the winter Games are tapping into lessons learned and knowledge developed.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to take place February 4th to 20th 2022, followed by the Paralympics from March 4th to 13th.

The working group was created following a virtual joint project review by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee.

Many of the test events for this season will not take place as planned with likely no international athletes able to participate.

The new group will monitor the re-arranged events.

Facilities, timing and medical services will be put through their paces, but not necessarily in a competition format or with international athletes present.

Despite the pandemic Beijing 2022 has reported that the construction of competition venues remains on track and will be completed by the end of this year.

“There will be challenges ahead, however, which is why – through, for example, the COVID-19 countermeasure working group – we are fully preparing for all eventualities,” said IOC Coordination Commission chair, Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Beijing 2022

Beijing 2022

Saturday 28th November

Indoor and Outdoor Centres in England Prepare to Open

All five indoor slopes in the England are set to open next Wednesday as the country comes out of lockdown and goes into the Tier System.

All outdoor slopes can open too.

All centres will open whatever Tier Level they are in, however travel maybe restricted depending on whether the centres are in Level Two or Three.

There are no indoor snow centres in England in Level One.

Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead – Level Two

Snozone, Castelford – Level Three

Snozone, Milton Keynes – Level Two

ChillFactore, Manchester – Level Three

No specific mention is made of indoor snow centres in the government’s tier rules, but in Level Three gyms can open and indoor leisure is permitted as long as guests do not mix with other households.

The snow centres have been defined as indoor leisure.

The government advice within Tier Three states “you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.”

“I am delighted to announce we will be re-opening at 10am on Wednesday 2nd December, said the MD of the Snow Centre, Ian Brown.

See more here: Indoor and Outdoor Snow Centres Prepare to Open

Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Friday 27th November

Ski touring and Snowshoeing Added to List of Permitted Activities in France

The lifts are set to be closed across Xmas and New Year but the authorities are allowing resorts to offer other forms of skiing and travelling in the snow. You just can’t use a lift.

We reported earlier today about cross-country skiing, now we have learnt that touring and snowshoeing are on the list, as long as they don’t prompt big gatherings of people.

Ski lifts are being shut for lift-assisted downhill skiing, but the other forms of enjoying the snow are allowed.

Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that resorts could open and welcome guests, but their lifts had to remain shut down.

The resort of Les Menuires, in Les3Vallees, says it intends to open as planned on 15th December but without ski lifts.

“Other activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, ski touring, cinemas and museums will be permitted,” said the resort.

Shops will be open but bars and restaurants stay closed, though take away and delivery are permitted.

Some other resorts are likely to follow suit and we will be reporting on other resorts as we receive the details.

We understand that the sports will not be allowed in Val d’Isere and Meribel as the local authorities  wish to ban winter sports before the holiday period, to ensure no accidents and increased pressure on already busy hospitals.

See our report here with full details of what all the activities are like – we have done them all on many occasions:

Ski touring, cross country skiing and snow shoeing to be allowed in France

Ski touring in the Chamonix Valley

Ski touring in the Chamonix Valley

Further Reductions in Numbers at US Ski Resorts

Resorts in Summit County in Colorado has been told to reduce the numbers of people allowed on the slopes.

Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge are already open with Copper Mountain due to open next week.

A new public health order from the Summit County Health Department says the county’s four ski areas are “required to work with the local public health agency to further reduce their daily capacities relative to those designated in their existing COVID-19 operating plans.”

It is in response to Summit County being moved to Level Red.

Summit County manager Scott Vargo called the reductions “proportionate to the risk” and “meaningful.”

Exact numbers have not been released.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Cross Country Skiing to be Allowed in France

France will allow people to go cross-country skiing individually from Saturday, as long as it doesn’t prompt big gatherings of people.

Ski lifts have been shut for lift-assisted downhill skiing, but cross-country skiing will be permitted.

It is unclear if thus includes ski touring and skinning up hill, but it is assumed so.

Ski touring

Ski touring

Resorts in France can open in December but lifts must remain shut

Ski touring in Le Tour

See here for our earlier coverage on the subject of Xmas opening in France:

Cross-country skiing is a favourite of ours at PlanetSKI and a chance to get away from busy slopes.

Perhaps we’ll be doing more of it this winter.

PlanetSKI goes cross-country skiing

PlanetSKI goes cross-country skiing

PlanetSKI goes cross-country skiing

North America reports growing interest in cross-country, or Nordic skiing, as a result of the pandemic.

Aspen in the USA reports a large increase.

The Canmore Nordic Centre, near Banff in Alberta Canada, reports a year-on-year rise in season ski passes.

The Centre has also seen 20% more people registering for its biathlon and cross-country skiing programs than last year.

Hire shops also predict there will be a rise in people renting the equipment.

Canmore Nordic Centre

Canmore Nordic Centre

Insurance Broker Offers Special Policy for those Planning to ‘Work from Home’ in the Alps

The snowsports insurance specialist, MPI Brokers, says some people are taking their ‘office’ work overseas to the Alps.

Using a second home or actually renting for a period of time.

“As long as there is good internet and phone connection/reception – it doesn’t need to be from ‘home’,” said MPI Brokers.

It provides cover if you travel against FCDO advice other than the reason for the warning.

This extends to all normal risks including ski accidents but does not cover you if you catch Covid-19.

Insurance is available from one to 12 months and you can travel home and return as often as you like.

MPl’s policy is a travel insurance that includes all forms of working including leisure.

Some insurance travel policies that limit the reason for trips to holidays and leisure only.

If a country or local area is in lockdown, this is different, as it is a government instruction not to allow travel, except for certain categories.

See more details here: Insurance Broker Offers Special Policy for those Planning to ‘Work from Home’ in the Alps

Working in the Alps

Working in the Alps

Talks Continue for a Coordinated Opening of Ski Slopes in the Alps

Austria has indicated it will not support the move led by Germany to stop resorts opening in December and postpone any openings to January.

Switzerland will likely keep its resorts open.

Pressure is mounting and it is getting highly political.

On the one side is France, Italy and Germany.

These nations want the ski lifts to remain shut and are backing a plan not to allow them to open until January 10th as Covid-19 continues to spread.

The Chancellor, Angela Merkel, told the German parliament that efforts were being made to reach a Europe-wide decision.

“The skiing season is approaching, and we will push for a vote in Europe to close all ski resorts,” she told MPs this week.

“I will say this openly that it won’t be easy, but we will try,” Mrs Merkel said after speaking to Germany’s regional leaders.

We reported on the developments on Wednesday, Alpine ski nations discuss a co-ordinated plan to opening.

Austria though has taken a very different view.

The Austria Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said has said it was “not a matter in which the EU should interfere”.

The Finance Minister, Gernot Blümel, said that if the EU forced the resorts to remain closed, “then they will have to pay for it.”

And the tourism minister, Elisabeth Köstinger, has joined in saying “Winter holidays in Austria will be safe.”

Covid-19 is surging in Austria with 450 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. It is one of the highest rates in Europe.

In France it is 174 and Germany 154.

Switzerland stands at 439 and Italy 360.

See here for our full story on how the discussion are going and what may happen:

Talks Continue for a Coordinated Opening of Ski Slopes in the Alps

Austria/Italy border

Austria/Italy border

 Thursday 26th November

First Val d’Isere World Cup Races Cancelled

The decision has been taken to cancel the Men’s Giant Slalom races scheduled for December 5th and 6th, 2020.

It followed a meeting of the steering committee of the Critérium de la Première Neige, made up of the Organizing Committee supported by the town hall of Val d’Isère and the various stakeholders of the event.

The snow controls for the Men’s speed events (December 12-13th) and the Women’s events (December 19-20th) will take place respectively on November 30th and December 4th, 2020.

“We feared this decision because despite the enormous amount of work carried out by the resort’s services as well as the active participation of the Club des Sports, we suspected that it would be difficult to allow events at this level to go ahead,” said the Director of the Val d’Isère Club des Sports, Ingrid Jacquemod.

“In a context complicated by the health situation we’re going to continue to work hard. We’re staying united and motivated for organizing the following two weekends of racing.”

Le Critérium de la Première Neige

Le Critérium de la Première Neige

Alpine Ski Nations in Talks to Have Co-Ordinated Approach to Opening

Italy has got the ball rolling and France says it is in discussions. Austria and Switzerland appear less enthusiastic.

The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, promoted the issue earlier this week and we reported on it at the time, Italians urged not to go skiing.

Since then France has said it will likely delay the openings of its ski resorts to the second half of January.

The French government has promised to “be as consistent as possible with our neighbouring countries”.

President Macon said he would consult with his European partners to try to coordinate start dates for the winter season.

It was preferable, Macron said, to plan for a re-opening of the resorts in January “under favourable conditions”.

However not all in France agree.

One senior alpine politician, Vincent Rolland who is the Depute of the Savoie region, said “the opening of ski resorts must be done in view of the current health situation and not according to neighboring countries like Italy which has its own reasons for not opening its areas.”

Senior EU officials seem to be particularly concerned over the situation in ski resorts.

Officials have warned people to call off skiing holidays this year while others have said resorts should be closed.

Speaking to Italian TV, Prime Minister Conte said he was determined to avoid a repeat of the summer when multiple new Covid clusters were linked to holiday hotspots in Italy and abroad.

Read our full report here:

Alpine Ski Nations in Talks to Have Co-Ordinated Approach to Opening

Austria/Italy alpine border

French Ski Resorts Can Open In December But Ski Lifts to Remain Shut

The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, made his announcement this morning.

He said that it would be possible to go to the ski resorts to enjoy the fresh air but the ski lifts and collective equipment will be closed to the public.

“For the winter resorts, we estimated that the epidemic situation and that of hospital patients for the regions concerned does not allow us to consider opening for the Christmas period,” said Jean Castex.

“It would not be prudent to mix a large flow of population, but it will be possible to go to these resorts to enjoy the pure air of our beautiful mountains.

“The shops will be open there. Simply all ski lifts will be closed.

“Finally, even if it will be authorised for Christmas and New Year holidays, it will be imperative to limit the number of guests at these end-of-year celebrations.”

It will go a small way to helping the resorts, but many people will not go to a ski resort if they can’t go skiing.

Read more here:

French Ski Resorts Can Open In December But Ski Lifts to Remain Shut

Ski lift in France

Ski lift in France

Further Reaction from French Ski Resorts at Prospect of Not Being Able to Offer Skiing Until January

President Macron has indicated they will close, but a final decision will be taken next week.

It will come at a huge economic price, but some resorts say they will be open, and though the lifts may be closed there is much else to do in the mountains.

President Macron made the announcement on Tuesday night in a television address to the nation.

He said that the continuing risk from coronavirus made it “impossible” to allow winter sports to resume quickly.

It was preferable, Macron said, to plan for a re-opening of the resorts in January “under favourable conditions”.

Health authorities have warned that some hospitals could be overwhelmed if crowds of skiers from France and abroad arrive.

France has more 300 ski resorts and provides seasonal work for 120,000 people.

It generates an estimated €10 billion each year.

The ski resorts have reacted, and some hope they will be open, but admit they may not be able to run their ski lifts.

We hear from Morzine, Val Thorens, Isere, Courchevel, Tignes, Les2Alpes and others:

Further Reaction from French Ski Resorts at Prospect of Not Being Able to Offer Skiing Until January

Tignes, France

Tignes, France

Wednesday 25th November

Crystal Ski Holidays Cancels All December holidays to France

It follows the likelihood that French resorts will not open until late January.

There is also the matter of isolation required when arriving back in the UK.

“We’re sorry to confirm that due to the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions now in place, we can’t operate our holidays to France for departures up to and including 31 December 2020,” said a statement from Crystal.

“We’re aware of the French President’s recent announcement regarding restrictions in France.

“We’ll be proactively contacting any customers whose holidays are impacted as soon as possible to discuss their options, prioritising those due to travel in the coming weeks.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation.”

Read more here:

Crystal Ski Holidays Cancels All December holidays to France

Crystal Ski Holidays

Crystal Ski Holidays

French Ski Resorts React With Dismay

President Macron has indicated they will not be able to open until January, but a final decision will be taken next week.

It comes as Italy urges all alpine countries to close their ski resorts to beat Covid-19.

President Macron made the announcement on Tuesday night in a television address to the nation.

He said that the continuing risk from coronavirus made it “impossible” to allow winter sports to resume quickly.

It was preferable, Macron said, to plan for a re-opening of the resorts in January “under favourable conditions”.

The Haute-Savoie département in the French Alps on Monday had the highest number of virus infections per 100,000 people in France.

It is followed by neighbouring Savoie.

Health authorities have warned that regional hospitals could be overwhelmed if crowds of skiers from France and abroad arrive.

France has more 300 ski resorts and provides seasonal work for 120,000 people.

It generates an estimated €10 billion each year.

The mayor of La Plagne and President of the National Association of Mayors of Mountain Stations (ANMSM), Jean-Luc Boch, says he is “stunned”.

We understand senior figures from the French snowsports industry are holding discussions this afternoon about how to react.

One senior politician, Vincent Rolland who is the Depute of the Savoie region, has posted the following reaction.

“President Macron’s announcement that we will most likely not open our ski resorts for the Christmas holidays when we have been working with state services to develop a health protocol for weeks has left us with a bitter taste.

See here for the full story:  French Ski Resorts React With Anger as Likely to be Shut Until January

Ski Resorts in France Set to Stay Closed Until January

Ski resorts will unlikely be allowed to open until January according to President Macron.

On Monday France reported its lowest daily number of Covid-19 infections since 28th September.

Its Lockdown Two appears to have worked in limiting the spread of the virus.

President Macron made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday night.

France will now begin to ease its strict coronavirus restrictions this weekend – shops and cinemas can reopen, but much else will remain shut.

Ski are set to remain closed.

Ski resorts are currently shut and a final decision on whether they will re-open and in what form is planned to be made in the middle of next week.

Read more here:  Ski resorts in France set to stay closed in December

Skiing in France

Skiing in France

On Monday the French prime minister, Jean Castex, committed to clarification within 10-days regarding the opening conditions for ski resorts after discussions with alpine tourism representatives.

“At this stage, this issue is not yet clear-cut, as the options are still being considered given the uncertainties about the evolution of the health situation,” said Prime Minister Castex.

“The meeting made it possible to examine more precisely the conditions for the implementation of the different scenarios, be it the definition of a specific health protocol or, in the event of closure, the details of economic and social support for the companies and seasonal workers.

“In view of the preparation time needed to allow for a possible opening for the end-of-year holidays, a decision will be taken within the next ten days.

“It will be made in the light of the evolution of the health situation, which must be the essential criterion, and taking care to be as consistent as possible with our neighbouring countries.”

Tonight Val d’Isere issued the following statement:

“Faced with the health situation in France, and following the speech of the President of the Republic, the forecasts for the opening of Val d’Isère will be specified in the coming days.

“We will inform you as the situation evolves.”

The Italian Prime Minister has already called for people not to go skiing and is urging a pan-European approach to opening ski resorts this winter.

Italians Urged Not To Go Skiing

Bars and restaurants in France will remain closed across the country with a review on January 20th.

Mr Macron said that restrictions would be eased from the 15th December for the Xmas period with general travel restrictions lifted if new infections stay at 5,000 a day or less.

“We must do everything to avoid a third wave, do everything to avoid a third lockdown,” said President Macron.

France has been under a second national lockdown since the beginning of November.

People have only been permitted to leave home to go to work, buy essential goods, seek medical help or exercise for one hour a day.

Anyone going outside must carry a written statement justifying their journey.

Face masks in Tignes

Face masks in Tignes

Tuesday 24th November

Italians Urged Not To Go Skiing

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said Italy “can’t afford” the risk of further infections from people taking ski holidays.

He is urging Europe-wide rules. Ski resorts are seen as super-spreaders of the virus back in March.

Many ski resorts  including those in the Aosta Valley, Piedmont and Lombardy are already under the strictest restrictions with ski resorts closed.

The current lockdown ends on December 3rd and some people had hoped ski resorts might open, but Mr Conte has said it is not possible “to allow holidays on the snow. We cannot afford it”.

Mr Conte also called on other European countries to agree on common rules for ski resorts to prevent cases being imported from abroad if Italy shuts its ski slopes.

Austria has already expressed its reservations about the idea.

Resorts argue that much has changed since the start of the pandemic and they have strict and enforceable rules and measures.

According to La Repubblica newspaper Mr Conte he wants a deal with cross-border countries to keep ski lifts closed until 10th January 2021.

One resort in Italy, Cervinia, opened in October and when pictures of people queuing went vitral, it closed to the general public.

See here for our full story:

Italians Urged Not To Go Skiing

Cervinia, Italy

Cervinia, Italy

France to Announce Details of Exit from its Lockdown Tonight

President Emmanuel Macron is set to announce a loosening of restrictions in a TV address this evening, after a meeting of the country’s defence council.

Yesterday the French prime minister, Jean Castex, committed to clarification within 10-days regarding the opening conditions for ski resorts after meeting tourism representatives.

“At this stage, this issue is not yet clear-cut, as the options are still being considered given the uncertainties about the evolution of the health situation,” said Prime Minister Castex.

“The meeting made it possible to examine more precisely the conditions for the implementation of the different scenarios, be it the definition of a specific health protocol or, in the event of closure, the details of economic and social support for the companies and seasonal workers.

“In view of the preparation time needed to allow for a possible opening for the end-of-year holidays, a decision will be taken within the next ten days.

“It will be made in the light of the evolution of the health situation, which must be the essential criterion, and taking care to be as consistent as possible with our neighbouring countries.”

An easing of lockdown could start with non-essential businesses such as bookshops and clothing stores reopening on 1st December, along with places of worship and sport clubs, then there might be a greater easing ahead of Christmas and again in January.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be tuning in tonight.

All French ski resorts currently remain closed to the general public when the lockdown was announced at the end of last month.

French ski resorts close and delay openings as country goes into second lockdown

Opening a ski resort is a huge logistical exercise.

Thousands of season workers are needed but most resorts have largely put recruitment on hold due to the uncertainty of the situation.

Skiing in France

Skiing in France

Quarantine is the Key to Unlocking Winter for UK skiers

That is the conclusion from the rental company Intersport in a survey.

It is released as UK quarantine is reduced from 14-days to 5-days.

Ski and Snowboard rental giant Intersport’s recent survey confirms what many in the ski industry feel – that the government’s announcement to reduce quarantine from 14-days down to 5-days, is the key to unlocking skiers’ pent-up-demand.

The survey of over 1500 customers over the weekend of the 21st November found that 80% are still expecting to be hitting the slopes this winter, and more than half (59%) would be happy to take a five-day quarantine in exchange for their regular week on the slopes.

Read our full story:

Quarantine is the Key to Unlocking Winter for UK skiers

Intersport ski rental

Intersport ski rental

Time to Get Fit for Skiing?

If you want to be fit, strong and raring to go when the mountains open up again, now is the time to put the work in.

Lockdowns can make us lazy.

If we can’t go to the gym or head out to our favourite exercise classes it’s all too easy to lose the motivation to get and stay fit.

Maison Sport, which allows you to book your independent ski and snowboard instructor online, says now is the time to get off the sofa and start your pre-ski fitness regime.

Even if you don’t make it to the slopes until the spring, it’ll be worth the effort.

And what better opportunity than when you may have a bit of extra time on your hands?

“You’ll be amazed what difference a little extra fitness preparation will have on your skiing,” say our friends over at Maison Sport.

“Whilst your friend’s legs are screaming for rest, you’ll be raring to go down the next black run.”

Want some help?

The team has come up with a set of exercises that can be done at home so if you’re in full lockdown or have been forced to self-isolate, there’s no excuse.

Get off that sofa and get moving, but don’t forget to warm up gently first.

Time to get fit for Skiing?

UK Quarantine to be Reduced

The announcement has been made by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

With a vaccine on the horizon, hopes rise in the world of snowsports.

The self-isolation changes means skiing is more attractive but there are still significant obstacles.

Quarantine for people arriving in England is to be reduced to five days and then people will need to take a test to end isolation.

Currently people have to remain in isolation for 14-days.

People will have to self-isolate immediately on arrival in England but will then be allowed to take a test after five days.

If negative they can end their self-isolation.

Fast-turnaround tests produce results inside an hour.

People will have to pay for the private test themselves, and the cost is around £100.

The rules will come into force from 15 December.

The ‘Test and Release’ scheme is the recommendation of the government’s Travel Task Force, that was set up in October to examine ways to use testing to reduce the 14-day self-isolation period.

“We have a plan in place to ensure that our route out of this pandemic is careful and balanced, allowing us to focus on what we can now do to bolster international travel while keeping the public safe,” said the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

“Our new testing strategy will allow us to travel more freely, see loved ones and drive international business.

“By giving people the choice to test on day 5, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic.”

Read our full story here: UK Quarantine to be Reduced

Ski Solutions

Ski Solutions

Swiss Ski Racers Test Positive for Covid-19

Loïc Meillard, Justin Murisier, and Marco Odermatt have all tested positive.

They are now in isolation and reported to have only mild symptoms.

They will not be able to take part in the upcoming World Cup parallel events in Lech/Zurs in Austria on Friday.

It is also in question if the Swiss trio will be able to race in two giant slaloms in Val d’Isère, France, December 5th – 6th.

Other tests within the Swiss ski team were negative and a broader outbreak has been ruled out.

Justin Meillard won a parallel competition in Chamonix in February.

Marco Odermatt was second at the GS opening race in Soelden in Austria.

Swiss-Ski Alpine team Facebook image

Monday 23rd November

UK Quarantine Set to be Reduced

An announcement is expected on Tuesday from the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

With a vaccine on the horizon too, hopes rise in the world of snowsports.

The self-isolation changes could mean Xmas skiing is more attractive but there are still significant obstacles.

Quarantine for people arriving in England is expected to be reduced to five days and then people will need to take a test to end isolation.

Currently people have to remain in isolation for 14-days.

People will have to self-isolate immediately on arrival in England but will then be allowed to take a test after five days.

If negative they can end their self-isolation.

Fast-turnaround tests produce results inside an hour.

People will have to pay for the private test themselves, and the cost is around £100.

The ‘Test and Release’ scheme is the recommendation of the government’s Travel Task Force, that was set up in October to examine ways to use testing to reduce the 14-day self-isolation period.

It followed many months of lobbying from the travel industry, who will welcome the new rules.

Read more here:

UK Quarantine Set to be Reduced

Ski Solutions

Ski Solutions

Copper Mountain Freeski and Snowboard World Cup Cancelled

The event was due to take place in the resort in Colorado in the USA from December 17th – 19th.

They are off because of “the current, dynamic situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado,” said the resort.

The resort made the decision to cancel hosting the event because the resort’s top priority is “to protect the well-being of the Copper community.”

“While it’s unfortunate that we are unable to host World Cups at Copper Mountain this season, we understand that the resort must prioritize regular ski and ride operations throughout the ever changing COVID-19 landscape,” said US Ski & Snowboard President and CEO, Tiger Shaw.

“U.S. Ski & Snowboard would like to express gratitude to everyone at Copper Mountain for their dedication, planning, and collaboration throughout the planning process for these events. We remain hopeful and confident in our ability to work with our resort partners for the remaining domestic World Cups planned for this season.”

The resort is due to open its lifts to the general public of November 30th.

Copper Mountain, USA

Copper Mountain, USA

What May New Covid-19 Restrictions Mean for Skiing in Scotland?

The new rules have come into force at the weekend and include travel restrictions.

The resorts are not due to open until December, but an impact is already being felt.

So far one of its five resorts, The Nevis Range, has said it will not open at the beginning of the season, Scottish ski resort cancels start to season.

New restrictions have just come into force and will remain in place until December 11th.

One resort, Cairngorm, is due open on 5th December.

The others, Glencoe, Glenshee and The Lecht, are aiming for an opening on 19th December.

Read more here in our full report:

What May NewCovid-19 Restrictions Mean for Skiing in Scotland?

Ski resorts in Scotland

Ski resorts in Scotland

Beijing Big Air Cancelled

The FIS Freestyle and Snowboard Big Air World Cup Beijing has been called off.

It had been scheduled to take place November 27th and 28th.

Other FIS events have been affected as we have reported, World Cup snowsports continues but with some disruption.

“Should any changes to the current competition calendars be necessary as a result of COVID-19 prevention measures imposed by national and regional governments or due to weather-related problems, they will be announced as any decisions are made,” FIS said in a statement.

Beijing Big Air

Beijing Big Air

Beijing Big Air

Beijing Big Air

 

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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:

November 16th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

November 9th: Cornoavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

November 2nd: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

October 26th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

October 18th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

October 11th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

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

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August 2nd: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

July 26th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

July 19th: Coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

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May 10th: Coronavirus impact on snowsports

May 3rd: The coronavirus impact on skiing and snowboarding

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