As travel around the world slowly gathers momentum, it’s clear the C word isn’t going away. While there are still many unanswered questions regarding travel restrictions, quarantine, travel insurance, travel corridors, cancelation policies, the list goes on, many skiers are now wondering how or if they should book their winter break. Here are a few helpful things to consider.
What sort of accommodation should I book?
Ski resorts are home to a plethora of accommodation from hotels, to chalets to all-inclusive packages to self-catered options. The preferred choice this year may well be self-catered chalets. Chalet La Fontaine, has space for 8-10 guests, so the only people you’ll be sharing your living space with, will be those you chose to go on holiday with. This chalet has four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. Plus you’ll have the flexibility to cook meals at home if you don’t fancy going out.
How can I travel to the ski resort safely?
If you normally fly then there’s no reason why you can’t do this. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently published the following data. Since the start of 2020 some 1.2 billion passengers have traveled by plane. There have only been 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in which transmission is thought to have been associated with a flight journey (inclusive of confirmed, probable and potential cases). Source: IATA. If you’re still anxious about flying during the pandemic, then if you’re travelling within Europe, there’s always the option to drive or take a train. This also means you can pack the car up with your provisions for the week and is a popular option for those travelling to resorts from The Netherlands, France and Switzerland.
What happens if I need to cancel my holiday due to COVID-19?
When COVID-19 first sent shock waves around the world, airlines began an unprecedented number of refunds. As a result, COVID-19 travel waiver policies have been updated so check the cancellation policy with your airline before you book. You may be entitled to a voucher, new ticket within an agreed timeline or refund should you need to cancel. At Chalet La Fontaine, we’re offering a full refund if you can not travel to the chalet due to governments closing borders.
How can I stay safe on the slopes?
Social distancing and wearing masks are here to stay. So keep 1.5m distance from others while waiting in queues and don’t overcrowd the bubble cars and ski lifts. When paying for ski passes, one person from the group should go to the counter to avoid unnecessary crowding. Keep hand sanitizer with you and use throughout the day when washing your hands with soap and water isn’t possible. Pay by card or Apple pay whenever possible to avoid contact through using cash. The staff at the resorts will be cleaning common touch points, bathrooms and cable cars at regular intervals, but ensure you contribute by disposing of any rubbish appropriately to keep the resorts as clean as possible.
Will I be able to get travel insurance for my ski holiday?
That depends from where you are travelling from. Good news if you are travelling anywhere with Emirates, the airline is offering free COVID-19 cover insurance in the country you travel to (at the time of writing, until the end of December.) If you are travelling within the EU then ensure you have applied for a European Health Insurance Card. An EHIC gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another EU country and Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. If the FCO advises against all but essential travel but you are still keen to travel, you can still get a level of cover. Have a look at Stay Sure’s European FCO Travel Advice Extension.
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