Austrian Ski Season Delayed As Country Starts Another Lockdown

Austrian Ski Season Delayed As Country Starts Another Lockdown

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Austrian Ski Season Delayed As Country Starts Another Lockdown

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May be an image of ski slope and textThis was going to be European skiing big comeback season, but things are not off to a good start. What started initially as a partial lockdown for the unvaccinated has become a full-scale lockdown for everybody. According to The New York Times, the lockdown started yesterday and will continue for the next nineteen days. The lockdown only allows citizens to leave home for essential reasons, like hospital visits, shopping, and working out. This means that most of Austria’s ski resort industry is shut down for the next couple of weeks, including the lifts, shops, restaurants, and hotels. The vaccination rate in the country is around 66% percent, among the lowest in the European Union. Case rates are the highest they’ve ever been, making the country in the European Union lockdown this fall. A vaccine mandate has been announced and will be implemented on February 1st. This will likely apply to riding lifts and visiting ski resorts. This comes as various countries in Europe, such as France and Switzerland, have gotten their seasons started.

This is a gut punch for Austria’s ski industry. According to PlanetSki, various resorts like “Hintertux, Stubai, Piztal, Kaunertal, Kitzsteinhorn and Moltal were already open, and had to shut down on Monday. St. Anton was expected to open in a couple of weeks, but that has been delayed.  Posts from the various Austrian ski resorts detailing their affected operations are below.

UPDATE: Ski resorts are allowed to operate during this lockdown period, but only offer limited services for locals. Here is Ischgals official statement on the matter:

“Since this weekend, we have certainty that ski resorts in Austria will be allowed to stay open or open as in the previous year despite lockdown. Samnaun will already start the winter season on November 25, 2021 as scheduled. 🥳 Just one week later than originally planned, on December 03, the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun will offer all day guests and locals a wide range of facilities and slopes, and across borders. Even though we will only be able to welcome day guests and locals at this stage due to the closure of hotels, apartments etc. we are absolutely thrilled ❤️! With our extensive health and safety measures in place we are trying to enable safe and carefree winter sports in these difficult times.

Please check our Website for more information:
https://bit.ly/3FFaMDX

Oh, and for those unable to come to Ischgl at this stage: Don’t worry, we will welcome you as soon as possible and there is plenty of snow to come in the remaining winter season! 💪”

“Dear winter sports fan,
due to the renewed nationwide lockdown, the start of the winter season had to be postponed. It goes without saying that the entire holiday region of St. Anton am Arlberg and the Arlberger Bergbahnen (mountain railways operator) cannot wait to make your winter holiday a beautiful and an unforgettable one by kick-starting the ski season as soon as circumstances allow, therefore most probably on December 13th. Further details on the ski area will be made available in a timely manner. Stay safe and healthy!

 

“Fall has been so beautiful so far! 🤩
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who was there ⛷ who took the necessary measures with us 🚠😷 for a sporty and carefree time on the mountain! 🏔
Our thanks goes to all guests equally as the staff, who have given their all recently as always! We saw again: Together we move mountains! #wearetheroadfamily ❤️
The Hintuxer Glacier will be starting tomorrow, November 22nd. , to be expected incl. 12.12.2021 remain closed. We will of course keep you updated on our social media channels and on the website! ❄️ See you soon in W(H)intertux!”

Image Credits: St. Anton

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