The winter holidays will start on February 6, 2021 in France, with Zone A first. A period that was expected by winter sports professionals: it represents more than 50% of their annual turnover, with skiers moving en masse to take advantage of the snow. But if the snow seems to be there, the ski lifts will remain at a standstill.
No reopening of the ski lifts in February?
The decision is not necessarily a surprise, but the disappointment of the mountain sector is great. Faced with a health situation that is not improving in France, the number of Covid-19 cases identified every 24 hours is increasing (more than 26,000 on January 20, 2021), the government had no choice but to go for the worst-case scenario.
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of Tourism, announced it on January 20, 2021 to the press, by videoconference, after a meeting with professionals in mountain tourism and winter sports: ” a reopening in mid or end of February seems highly unlikely “. Can skiers hope for a reopening afterwards? Not really: 2020-2021 will probably be a ” white season Warned the minister.
Billions of losses for all actors
In addition to ski resorts, obviously the first to be affected, this government decision will lead to billions of euros in losses for the entire “ski” ecosystem: hotels, equipment rentals, clothing, etc. ” The snow cannons will not work, the compensation cannons must be there “, However tried to reassure Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.
The justification for this decision is always the same: the health situation, which ” leads to anticipate persistence and epidemic pressure which remain strong. This is why braking measures remain more necessary than ever and must be maintained. “, did he declare.