More Ski Resorts in Italy Call It A Day

The prospect of opening this season is over for most though some still The government has imposed tighter restrictions in some ski areas as cases of Covid-19 rise. The region of Veneto goes into ‘Orange Zone’ restrictions today.

The region of Veneto moves into ‘Orange Zone’ on Monday 8th March as the government announces new restrictions.

A number of ski resorts including many in the Dolomites can now not open their lifts until April 6th  at the earliest – that is after Easter,  so the season is effectively over.

Some may hope for some late season skiing and snowboarding, but it is perhaps more hope than reality.

“We have to inform you that unfortunately the lifts of Dolomiti Superski will not open this winter season,” said a statement from one of the largest ski areas in Italy.

The area has 12 ski areas and offers 1,200km of skiing.

The resorts include Cortina, Arabba, Val Gardena, Marmolada and Kronplatz.

“There is still the possibility that some ski areas will individually open a few lifts after the date set by the Decree, if the conditions exist.

“The past few months have been months of hope and constant illusions for all those who work in winter tourism in our ski resorts and of course for you too, fond of the Dolomites and of skiing.”

The area hopes to be able to be open in the summer.

“We look ahead and focus on preparation for the summer season, for the Dolomiti Supersummer.  We look forward to seeing you again soon!”

The resort of Alta Badia in the Sud Tirol area of the Dolomites announced last month that it would not be opening this season.

Sud Tirol had been in the ‘Red Zone’ for some time as cases remain high, but is now in the ‘Orange Zone’.

The region of Lombardy has declared itself a ‘reinforced orange’ zone with extended restrictions on the ski areas.

Zones for main ski regions in Italy:

Yellow zones:  Valle d’Aosta.

Orange zones: Lombardy, Piedmont, Abruzzo, Veneto, autonomous province of Bolzano (Sud Tirol).

People in orange zones are not allowed to travel from one municipality to another, unless for essential reasons, by either public or private transport.

Restaurants and bars are closed except for take-away and delivery.

In orange zones shops are open, although malls are shut on public holidays.

Cervinia in the Aosta Valley is closed for downhill skiing with the lifts motionless.

But its instructors are offering cross-country skiing.

The R number in Italy, which measures the rate at which the virus is spreading, has risen to 1.06.

It is the first time it has been above 1 in seven weeks.

Many outbreaks are attributed to the spread of new and more contagious variants of the virus

The British variant of the coronavirus has become “overwhelmingly dominant” in Italy.

Brazilian, South African and others variants are also “worrying” according to the authorities.

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