French skiers to forego ‘Christmas on the slopes’

High altitude restaurant on the slopes of Val Thorens resort, France, February 16, 2020. [Shutterstock/Jerome LABOUYRIE]

Skiing will not be permitted during the Christmas period, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday night in a televised speech where he laid out the country’s new health measures.

It was an icy shower for mountain hoteliers and ski professionals, who were awaiting a positive decision after there had been open consultations with the sector’s professionals at the beginning of the week.

“It is with amazement that we receive Emmanuel Macron’s announcements, when Prime Minister Jean Castex met us yesterday to discuss possibilities. Mountaineers have worked together to be able to open! Incomprehension,” tweeted the president of France’s Ski Areas, Alexandre Maulin.

While Germany and Italy seem to be heading towards the closure of their ski resorts, Austria or Switzerland are thinking of reopening.

(Lucie Duboua-Lorsch  | EURACTIV.FR)

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