How will Coronavirus affect skiing in Val d’Isere this winter?

Working closely with Tignes, Val d’Isere has had a successful summer ski season to implement safety measures and evaluate how coronavirus will affect skiing in Val d’Isere this winter.

The whole village is geared towards providing the most secure health and safety conditions both for you and for the staff on the ground.

The measures put in place are subject to change between now and when the season gets underway, however, they paint a picture of what this winter may well look like in Val d’Isere.

A question and answer session on Val d’Isere Covid policies:

We don’t have answers to all your questions just yet and the answers provided aren’t set in stone and are subject to change. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear about changes and developments.

When will Val d’Isere open for skiing?

Currently the opening date for the slopes is set for 28th November 2020 for Val d’Isere. And the ski area will be open until 2nd May 2021. Both dates are subject to snow conditions as always.

How will the ski lifts operate?

The ski lifts will operate as usual. Val d’Isere does not plan to reduce the lift capacity or access to the lifts due to coronavirus. They have, however, put numerous measures in place to ensure your safety.

  • Online payments are encouraged (sales go live on the app on October 1st 2020)
  • Social distancing and floor signage
  • Face masks are required in queues and on closed lifts (cable cars, gondolas…)
  • All staff will wear face masks
  • Regular disinfecting
  • Hand sanitiser distribution points

Will I still be able to rent skis?

Yes of course! It will be compulsory to wear a face mask in all shops and hand sanitiser will be available at entrances. Plus all equipment will be disinfected after every use.

How will Coronavirus affect ski lessons?

Anyone over the age of 11 will be required to wear a face mask at meeting points and the beginning/end of each lesson. Instructors will also be wearing face masks. Contact points will be regularly disinfected and hand sanitiser freely available.

How will coronavirus affect accommodation in Val d’Isere?

Accommodation in Val d’Isere for both hotels and apartments have relaxed their cancellation conditions for this winter. Depending on the host the cancellation fees are waived, you can re-schedule your stay or get a voucher and theres a promise not to increase rates from last winter. Plus with the Powder White 100% refund guarantee you can cancel your booking any time up to four weeks before departure.

See our accommodation in Val d’Isere here.

Face masks will have to be worn in all communal areas and safety barriers such as plexiglass may be in place. Hygiene kits will be available and all contact points thoroughly disinfected at regular intervals.

Are there any additional health and safety measure in place?

As of August 2020 several facilities of Val d’Isère Tourisme – Tourist Office, Aqua Sports Leisure Complex and Congress Centre – have been certified by the AFNOR group (a French standardisation authority). Additional facilities will be checked as of December.

You can check up to date regulations for Val d’Isere here.

How will restaurants and bars operate?

Both restaurants and bars will be open for lunch and during the evenings and will operate using table service only. There will be a minimum of 1 metre between tables or there will be a physical (i.e. plastic) barrier between tables. Face masks are to be worn on entering and moving around the location. All contact points will be regularly disinfected and hand sanitiser readily available.

What will apres ski be like this winter?

Nightclubs have remained closed since lockdown began and whether this restriction will change for winter is not yet clear. It will be subject to health regulations set by the Government.

Bars are under the same restrictions as restaurants with table service only. Face masks must be worn when entering and moving around the premises. Regular disinfecting of the contact points and hand sanitiser readily available. But other than that they will still be open and operating as usual.

100% refund guarantee
We now have a 100% refund guarantee when you cancel your accommodation booked with us up to 4 weeks before departure (there’s just a £75 admin fee). You can cancel your accommodation for any reason and get the money back in the same way you paid.

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