It is a blow for the ski resorts in France but also in Europe. President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out the reopening of the French resorts before Christmas, while the two weeks of the end-of-year celebrations represented in 2018 -19, 12% of the season attendance.
Authorities fear that hospitals already overcrowded by Covid-19 patients will not be able to accommodate ski accidents.
A cold shower for the 350 resorts in France, whose economic benefits amount to 10 billion, and which employ 120,000 seasonal workers.
“We are upset because we had good news with the Prime Minister three days ago who told us” Wait ten days and we will make a decision on the opening of the stations “and last night, said Jean-Yves Pachod, mayor of Courchevel we were more than shocked to learn that the stations will not open before January, it is catastrophic. “
French resorts also fear that holidaymakers will go skiing elsewhere. If Italy and Germany are heading towards a closure, in Switzerland no canton has so far limited skiing. The managers of the ski resorts must present a protection project and it is up to the local authorities to approve.
Austria, an increasingly fierce competitor in luxury winter sports, is currently planning to open its slopes to skiers. Berlin urges the Germans not to go to Austria, promising a 10-day quarantine on return. Austria suffers from a very bad reputation. The ski resort of Ischgl made the headlines last year as many tourists became infected there, subsequently contributing to the spread of the virus around the world.