French government publishes official rules on ski resort operations this season

The French government has published rules for the use of ski lifts in resorts across the country this winter.

“The 250 French ski areas now have a clear roadmap to open and welcome ski enthusiasts and holidaymakers eager to enjoy snow activities,” said a statement from the association of French ski areas.

The key rules are:

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory for everyone from the age of 11 on all ski lifts excluding ski lifts/treadmills and in the queues for the ski lifts. Masks are also recommended for children aged 6 to 11 but not mandatory.
  • The masks must normally be of “surgical quality” (AFNOR SPEC S76-001 certification). Cloth masks and Buff style are normally NOT acceptable unless specially fitted to this surgical standard. However, wearing a mask is not mandatory when skiing or snowboarding.
  • Social distancing and one-way systems must be observed, lift operators will provide hand sanitizer which must be used.
  • The French Health Pass will be compulsory to use the ski lifts and go on the slopes if the number of cases in France exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In this case, the Health Pass will become compulsory from the age of 12, in addition to wearing a mask. If this happens, the French government will announce the change on Tuesday before it takes effect the following Saturday. The Health Pass is equivalent to the NHS coronavirus passport. If the cases do not exceed 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it will not be necessary to show the pass.

Last season, ski resorts across the country were able to open to tourists, but ski lifts were not allowed to operate.

Several French resorts, including Montgenevre, Tignes and Val Thorens, have already opened for the 21-22 season, with the others planning to open over the next four weekends.

Porte Puymorens has also become the first ski area to open in the Pyrenees (top photo).

Chamonix, Les 2 Alpes and Val d’Isere are among the areas set to open for their 21-22 ski seasons this weekend.

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