The ax, definitive, has fallen: the winter sports resorts will not be able to operate their ski lifts during the month of February 2021. The worst scenario is therefore looming on the horizon: for winter sports, it will be well, a white year.
Ski lifts closed in February 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021, after a meeting in Matignon between the government and professionals in the winter sports sector, the worst-case scenario has become reality: the ski lifts will not run during the entire month of February 2021. A blow hard, as professionals relied on the February vacation to save the season. This will not be the case: winter 2020-2021 will therefore be a blank year.
” The evolution of the health situation does not allow us at this stage to reopen the ski lifts “, Specifies the entourage of the Prime Minister, according to the information of France Blue.
No reopening date, but aid in shambles
As for the possible reopening date, it has not been communicated, which confirms the government’s new strategy of not giving a date to professionals which may not be respected. But hard to believe that the 1er March 2021, the ski lifts will reopen : only part of the French could then take advantage of the slopes since only zone B is on leave the first week of March 2021.
The meeting was not, however, a complete failure for professionals: the government announced new aid and, in particular, the expansion of businesses linked to ski equipment and activities associated with the solidarity fund. Compensation of 20% of turnover and the assumption of 70% of fixed costs is planned.
Good news for professionals who fear the end of these aids: they ask that they be extended until November 2021, ie at the start of the next season. This is far from being won, the government having already spoken of the end of “whatever the cost”.