Following the French Government’s preliminary announcement in November that ski resorts may open from the 15th December. Meaning that all shops and activities can open, including skiing, however the ski lift opening dates are yet to be confirmed and very likely to be after the Christmas period. Germany and France have been talking about a unified EU approach to open ski lifts from the 20th January. However they have already agreed the opening of ski resorts, shops, and sports from the 15th December. Fully aware of the Irony of that, and the consequent tension created with other Alpine nations. The lift opening date is a subject of much debate and political pressure.
What We Know
We know that we can ski approximately from 15th December. What we don’t know YET is when the lifts will be open. We are expecting that announcement to happen around the 15th December also. Following the State Council hearing in France on the 11th December, the court appeal to open the ski lifts at Christmas has been rejected. However Jean Castex mentioned the possibility of opening the ski lifts from January 7th depending on sanitary conditions.
As many more people are planning on driving to the alps this winter. We thought we’d share some of our top tips to make it smooth and easy.
There are some good perks to driving to the alps instead of flying. Believe it or not, it’s actually greener than flying. Even more conveniently, you can take as much luggage and equipment as you like. Consequently you’ll have your own private transport in resort, making it easier to get around. In the case for last minute ski trips, you can travel at your own agenda, whenever you wish. Making it especially convenient. Read More…
We know things seem difficult right now, which makes planning ahead seem out of reach. Instead of telling people what they cannot do, we are going to keep you informed about what you CAN do! So, with planning ahead being challenging, there are plenty of people thinking of making last-minute ski trips this year. For that reason, we have decided to put together a list of inside tips to help anyone organise last-minute ski trips.
Last Minute Travel Tips (Whats going on, Drive, Fly?)
Lessons & Guiding Instantly Confirmed
Ski Passes Online
*As soon as we’re able, we will continue to publish travel guidelines to help people stay informed of what they CAN DO!
As the statistics show many people are looking to take private accommodation. As opposed to hotels and shared tour operator chalets. Our resorts (Chamonix, Megeve, St Gervais, Les Contamines) are fortunate to have a very large volume of private accommodation options available. Read More…
Representing mountain tourism in France, France Montagnes, maintain up to date guidance to safely continue skiing this winter. We will support, promote, and publish that guidance to help keep you informed about what you CAN DO to ski this winter.
Skiing is an outdoor activity, and along with its equipment (Helmet, gloves, skis, goggles, face warmer) it is perfectly in line with social distancing. In some public spaces, capacity may be reduced. Wearing a mask is compulsory for everyone aged 11 and over.
Resort Access By Public Transport
Wearing a face mask is compulsory before boarding and while on the bus.
Wearing a face mask is compulsory while queuing and on the ski lifts.
Contact points are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.
No restrictions on the number of people on the ski lifts.
On some ski lifts, you may not have to wear a mask (check ski lift guidelines).
No masks out on the slopes.
In Equipment Hire Shops
Wearing a face mask is compulsory.
All hired equipment is thoroughly cleaned.
Hand sanitising gel is made available.
In Tourist Offices & Your Accommodation
Wearing a face mask is compulsory in all communal and enclosed spaces.
Hand sanitising gel is made available.
All surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, with increased frequency.
We’ve put together some information about the pretty spectacular area of France that Freedom Snowsports operate in. We of course let you know about St Gervais, Chamonix, Megeve, & Les Contamines across our website. But here is just a small flavour of the delights that the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has to offer. Read More…
Live Chamonix lift status and snow report. Covering all Chamonix skiing areas including Les Houches, Aiguille Du Midi, Brevent, Flegere, Argentiere, Le Tour, and Vallorcine. Live ski lift open status, piste open status, and lift opening and closing times.
We thought that considering we cover the whole evasion ski area, it might be useful to have all the ski bus timetables in one place. Therefore we have put all the free ski bus services over the whole evasion ski area right here, and you can save them to your phone for later.
Here is our handy google resort map for St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines. Enable location services on your phone and use it as a GPS piste map to guide you around the ski area, restaurants, and our lesson meeting points. Alternatively if you are looking for our Chamonix map click through to our meeting point piste map of Chamonix.
Hint: click on the icons to see its details, phone numbers, and directions.
Megeve & St Gervais Ski Areas – Freedom Snowsports Meeting Points
At the centre of the Evasion ski area is Megeve. The Evasion ski area is comprised of 3 main areas; Megeve, St Gervais, and Les Contamines. We explain some of the details about each of the ski areas in the map above (click on the icons), and also below in plain text.