Courtesy: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Media Gallery
The French government has not allowed their ski resorts to open this season. Multiple reopening dates have been cancelled, with the latest being on February 1st.
French officials are saying that a recent spike in COVID-19 cases has forced them to cancel the February 1st reopening, and it’s “unlikely” that they will operate at all this season.
France’s ski resorts generate €11 billion (~$13.3 billon USD), and employs around 120,000 people each season, according to France’s Department of Tourism. Cutting the season completely will leave many in despair.
Reading about France’s all-but cancelled season makes me feel very lucky that our season here in North America has persevered (so far). Remember to respect ski resort employees, owners, and operators, and wear a mask!