Inghams Suspends All Ski Holidays Until End of February
7th January 2021
Last modified on January 9th, 2021
Ski Total and Flexiski holidays are also cancelled. All brands are run by the Swiss company, Hotelplan. It follows the UK lockdown and there are serious doubts about much of the rest of the season for all UK ski companies.
“Following the announcement of new national lockdown restrictions, this week, we have sadly further suspended all Inghams, Ski Total and Flexiski holidays until after 27 February 2021,” said the Hotelplan UK CEO, Joe Ponte.
“Again, we are extremely disappointed for all of our customers impacted by this news. “
“It’s still not clear when we will able to travel from the UK to European ski destinations, and understandably many people are eager to get back on the slopes.
“Our customers can remain assured that we are continuing to closely monitor the situation and when it is safe to do so, we will be ready to deliver the ski holidays people want.”
The cut takes in the busy half term period.
Hotelplan also run the family brand Esprit Ski, but it has already cancelled its entire winter programme.
That announcement was made in November
In early December Hotelplan suspended holidays with Inghams, Ski Total and Flexiski through to the end of January.
All skiers and snowboarders wish to know the answer to “when will it be safe to do so?”
At the moment there is no definitive answer to that question as no-one knows how this winter will pan out, but the indications are not good.
The UK lockdown is set to go to the end of March, though restrictions may be eased as time goes on.
Here at PlanetSKI we can’t see the likelihood of British people skiing in any great numbers, any time soon.
Not least because the levels of coronavirus in the UK mean tough restrictions have been put on UK citizens entering the ski nations of Europe.
Here is the current situation for entering Switzerland where ski resorts remain open.
People should remain poised to go later in the season if conditions allow.
The smart ones are accepting the situation and looking ahead to the winter of 2021/22.
Earlier this week the UK’s largest ski operator, Crystal Ski Holidays, also cancelled its holidays.
It is run by the travel giant, TUI.
Tui said it was “cancelling all holidays in line with international travel restrictions”.
Tui said that customers due to travel from an English airport before mid-February, or from a Scottish or Welsh airport up to 31 January, would not be able to do so.
Those customers will be contacted “in departure date order to discuss their options”, Tui said, which include rebooking “with an incentive”, getting a credit note, or a full refund.
The customers with Inghams, Ski Total and Flexiski have been told they can book an alternative holiday at a later date, but Hotleplan says “of course we will provide them with a refund if they want one.”
Here at PlanetSKI we will be contacting some of the other UK operators and updating with further details and analysis as we look at whether there will be a ski season at all this winter.