Tignes has had a great summer season, despite the trying times. It has given the resort experience in providing a safe and agreeable environment for visitors to the mountain. The resort is busy planning for the winter ahead to try and replicate the successes over the summer months and limit the impact of Covid in Tignes.
This winter certainly isn’t going to be ‘normal’ but with positive planning and communication, the impact of Coronavirus can be effectively managed to make sure it’s a great ski season.
Measures put in place are subject to change dependant on Government guidelines, however, they paint a picture of what this winter may well look like in Tignes.
A question and answer session on Tignes Covid policies:
We don’t have answers to all your questions just yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear about them.
When will Tignes open for skiing?
The glacier’s planned opening date is the 10th October. The pistes Double M and Bollin will open in November and the link between Tignes and Val d’Isere is planned to open on the 28th November 2020. Though as always, this all depends on the snow conditions.
How will the ski lifts operate?
It will be compulsory to wear a face mask on the ski lifts and whilst queuing (as it stands this does not include buffs and neck warmers), as with any other mode of transport. However, there will be no limit to on-mountain attendance. The large ski area and an efficient lift system should give ample opportunity for social distancing.
All contact zones will be regularly disinfected.
Will I still be able to rent skis?
Yes, though face masks will be compulsory in rental shops and they will operate on a one-way system. All equipment will be disinfected after every use and charlottes (head coverings) used for helmets. Hand sanitiser will be provided at shop entrances.
How will Covid affect ski lessons?
You will still be able to book ski lessons online, over the phone or by email. However, class sizes will be limited and dependant on the situation. There will be social distancing in groups and instructors will wear face masks which is not compulsory for children under 11.
There will be a more controlled and spaced arrival and departure procedure from lessons and a limited number of accompanying people per student. Hand sanitiser will be available as well as regular cleaning and disinfecting of premises and bibs/any equipment used in lessons. Gloves will be worn for award presentations.
How will coronavirus affect accommodation in Tignes?
Face masks will be compulsory in common areas of your accommodation with equipment and surfaces being regularly disinfected and hand sanitiser readily available.
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What about social distancing?
You will be encouraged to socially distance in common areas in and outside as per the government guidelines.
For full information on current covid guidelines in Tignes see here.
What will Christmas and New Years look like in Tignes?
The schedules for Christmas and New Year’s Eve have not yet been released as they are dependant on health regulations communicated by the Government on the run-up to the end of year holidays.
However, there are events before Christmas that will go ahead such as the Yeti Race Tour and Les Etoiles du Sport which is positive for further winter events.
For further information on events in Tignes see here.
How will restaurants and bars operate?
At the moment, only sit down service is available in bars and restaurants. Face masks must be worn entering and moving around the premises. Tables are all 1m apart or plastic screens used to separate tables.
Restaurants can take group bookings up to 10 people maximum. All contact surfaces will be disinfected regularly and many restaurants are using the QR codes for menus (as we’ve seen in the UK).
What will apres ski be like this winter?
As of right now, 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 still open with the same restrictions as restaurants ie. table service only, face masks etc. Tignes is working to find solutions. During the summer they had weekly music concerts on a floating stage on the lake. The stage moved around the lake enabling a large number of people to enjoy the concerts whilst keeping socially distanced. Whether something like this will happen during winter is as yet unknown.
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