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Several Scottish Ski Areas To Open to Locals Only in Latest Lockdown

Most Scottish ski areas opened for the 20-21 season last weekend, but the Scottish Government announced that most of the country is going in to the ‘#highest tier’ in the Scottish system, which is more-or-less lockdown, from Boxing Day, December 26th, for at least three weeks. This places further restrictions on the already tight restrictions in place due to the pandemic, but most of the centres believe they can continue to operate under tier 4. Although only 'essential travel' is permitted under the new restrictions, "non- contact sport" is allowed so long as only people travelling from the local area participate. The biggest change therefore is that only people living local to the ski areas can ski and board the…

SPYDER is SKIING

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Ed Leigh’s Money (Covid) Saving Snow Tips – Ep. 48

Exciting on the vaccine rollout front, but still not good if you were holding out hope of a Christmas or New Year snow trip. Find out more with COVID saving snow tips in Ed Leigh's latest video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1evy_KdXbxM&t=23s The Italian government has essentially said no skiing and snowboarding until Jan 7th at least, both for holidaymakers and those with second homes. French resorts are also still looking like they’re going to be closed but resort workers are gathering in protest and petitions are flying around calling for the government to open resorts. Have a link at the Twitter account CetHiverJeSkie so you can see what I mean, and here’s a petition is about to sail past 30k signatures https://www.change.org/.../professionnels-du-ski-cet...? Macron…

Concerns Over Ski Touring Safety When Resorts Closed

One unexpected consequence of closing ski areas during the pandemic has been people heading out on to the slopes of closed ski areas, skinning up to ski down empty slopes normally accessed by lifts. This led to concerns of injury in the Alps during the first lockdown in the spring when ski patrol staff weren’t working or were involved in work associated with the pandemic. In the Andes from June to September there were concerns of tourers on slopes with high avalanche danger when resort staff who would normally make the slopes safe weren’t working. Commenting on the fact that ski lifts are due to be closed, but resorts themselves open in France over Christmas and New Year Henry Schniewind…

Growing Resort Anger at Christmas Closure of French & Italian Ski Slopes

There appears to be growing anger amongst Alpine communities, particularly in France and Italy, at their governments’ closure of ski slopes through Christmas and New Year. The ski workers argue that the closures are an easy way for politicians to appear to take strong measures, but aren’t really needed, aren’t fair, and will do more damage to health and well-being than good. After multiple local protests in individual ski resorts, yesterday protestors from multiple resorts moved to a number of Alpine towns. This included a gathering of more than 1,500 elected officials, traders, instructors, restaurateurs, ski patrollers and seasonal workers from the resorts and villages of Oisans (Alpe d'Huez, les 2 Alpes, La Grave, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans and Auris-en-Oisans…). Among…

London Photographic Exhibition by Olympic Skier

Konrad Bartelski, former Winter Olympic skier turned photographer, has a new exhibition that reflects the dramatic scenery of mountain landscapes from across the world. The exhibition, from Sunday 6th December to Wednesday 23rd December, 2020, will be held at Wimbledon Fine Art, London. Konrad Bartelski with Filippo Guerrini-Maraldi, Curator of the Howden Family Contemporary Art Collection Following on from his successful debut exhibition ‘My Keys to the Secret Garden’ in 2018, Bartelski brings a new collection of limited edition prints that capture many of his expeditions to the remote and extreme corners of the world; to the Norwegian Arctic, Antarctica (below), volcanoes in Iceland, Northern California, Kamchatka, Russia and Japan, as well as the uncharted slopes of Kyrgyzstan, the back-country…

“People Need Hope” Says Ski Areas Leader

The president of Quebec's association of ski areas has said people need hope after nearly a year of pandemic. Speaking to Canadian broadcaster CBC News as ski areas in the province began to re-open under COVID operating restrictions, "The mood is relief and joy because we're back on the boards…" said Yves Juneau, president of Quebec's association of ski areas told CBC, "…these are little sacrifices that people are willing to make, because at the end of the day, what really matters is to be able to go out on the slopes. And that's how people felt. They were happy." Quebec is divided in to a number of zones determined by the rate of infection. More than 40 of the…

French & Italian Resorts Protest Proposed Christmas Closures

Ski resorts in France and Italy have become increasingly vocal in their campaign to block plans by the French, German and Italian governments to close ski areas into January. The resorts argue they have adequate measures in place to operate safely in the pandemic and say the damage the closures will cause livelihoods is disproportionate to the risk. “We ask the Government to come to its senses and listen to the mountain professionals who have shown their professionalism in the management of the health crisis,” a statement from Alpe d’Huez today says. A Facebook post by the resort received over two-and-a-half thousand likes and nearly 2000 shares within an hour of it going live. Larger protests are reported to be…

Portes du Soleil To Half Open for Christmas and New Year

The Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s largest ski areas with 600km of slopes, will have its slopes half-open for Christmas and New Year. The giant ski region straddles the French / Swiss border with ski runs accessed from around a dozen separate ski resorts on either side. On Thursday the French Prime Minister appeared to confirm that French ski slopes will definitely be closed until January, whilst Swiss leaders said they expected their slopes to remain open. The result is, what the Portes du Soleil summarise as, “an unprecedented situation.” “In Switzerland the ski lifts will be open in December above the resorts of Morgins, Champéry, Val d'Illiez Les Crosets Champoussin and Torgon.  In France the ski lifts…

Switzerland Says Ski Areas Will Stay Open Over Christmas

Although nothing is certain from one day to the next in our pandemic-ruled world, Switzerland’s health minister has said it will keep its ski resorts open for the time being. Speaking at a news conference today Health Minister Alain Berset said this would remain the case  so long as there were strict safety measures in place to stop and virus spread. Earlier Swiss officials had said the wintersports industry was too vital to the country to consider shutting it down. The announcement came as three of the most powerful Western EU nations -  France, Germany and Italy – are putting pressure on the entire EU block (and in some cases the implication is on non-eu neighbours like Switzerland too) to…