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Travel & Covid Updates Ski Season 2021/22

Covid Health Pass

Things are now firmly focused on the 21/22 ski season with demand set for one of the busiest Winter’s on record. Summer skiing is already open and in full swing in Val d’Isere/Tignes, and Les 2 Alpes.

With that said, we aim to keep you up to date with current travel information, and covid requirements.

There has been a lot of alignment over the recent weeks with implementing covid pass systems. Europe and other areas of the world now have covid pass systems in place that are recognised across systems (details & criterias below). The purpose of covid pass systems is to enable freedom of movement and exemption from restrictions. Below you can find the details and official sources to verify with.

EU Travel

EU countries as of the 1st July are permitting all European travel. Also, the EU covid passport/certificate system is online and in place as of the 1st July 2021. All of the official information for the covid pass can be found here, EU Covid Pass / certificate system. Which explains everything you need to know about the system, how to use it, and the countries that are using the system.

International Travel

Current official requirements for travel to france can be found at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Also check with your home nation government travel requirements) (France – UK travel The French Consulate in London).

French Domestic Covid Rules

Current official domestic Covid rules in France can be found at the French Government website.

EU Covid Certificate

The EU Covid Certificate allows freedom of travel and exemption from freedom of movement restrictions within the EU and 7 non EU countries (at time of writing). Some EU countries are requiring the Covid health pass for use in certain domestic settings, such as France. (The UK’s NHS Covid health pass is accepted in France). The European Union is seeking to extend this validity/acceptance to other non EU countries and may be updated soon. All countries that are part of the system and their usage status can be found at the European Commission Website.

EU Covid Certificate Key Points:

With 1 of the following criteria people can receive an EU Covid health pass.
– Fully Vaccinated (EU Covid Pass Details)
– Negative PCR Test (72hrs validity period)
– Negative Antigen (professional) Test (48hrs validity period)
– Covid recovery certificate (180 days validity following the recovery period after an official positive test result)

* NOTE – The UK’s NHS Covid pass IS RECOGNISED FOR USE IN FRANCE (details below).

International visitors can apply to the country they are visiting for an EU covid passport/certificate. For now (time of writing), you should still keep valid/verifiable proof of one of the above conditions.

UK NHS Covid Pass

The UK’s NHS Covid pass is now fully recognised in France, and includes all the same options as the EU Covid pass. The French Government information to verify this can be found at AmbaFrance.org (the French Consulate General For London Website). The place for current travel requirements is of course the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The French Consulate Websites.

UK NHS Covid Pass Key Points:

With 1 of the following criteria people can receive a UK NHS Covid health pass.
– Fully Vaccinated (NHS Covid Pass Details)
– Negative PCR Test (72hrs validity period)
– Negative Antigen (professional) Test (48hrs validity period)
– Covid recovery certificate (180 days validity following the recovery period after an official positive test result)

Covid Pass For Other International Travellers

Currently there are some options; International visitors can request an EU covid pass by requesting one from the authorities of the country you are visiting. We are still unsure as to the exact process of to how to do that, but will update in due course.

IATA Covid Travel Pass

IATA’s Covid pass system (The International Air Transport Association) is available to everyone. And of course relates to international air travel. The IATA Covid pass system is linked to government systems and complies with all variations of government requirements internationally. IATA’s Covid pass information can be found at the IATA website.

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French Ski Resorts & Ski Lift Opening

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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.

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Tips For Last Minute Ski Trips

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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.

  1. Private Accommodation
  2. Last Minute Travel Tips (Whats going on, Drive, Fly?)
  3. Lessons & Guiding Instantly Confirmed
  4. 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!

Accommodation Tips

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.
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French Ski Resorts & COVID-19 Safety

French Ski Resorts & COVID-19 Safety

Health & Safety Measures

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.

Current Guidance

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.

Ski Lifts

  • 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.

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Best Ski Movies Of 2019/2020

Best Ski Movies 2019-2020

As the season begins, we all love getting fired up with the best ski movies the winter has to offer. Filled with stoke and getting you inspired to charge in the new snow, here is what we think are the best ski movies of 2019/20. Grab a beer, turn up the volume!

Our list of the best ski movies of 2019/2020

  1. The Collective

    By: The Faction Collective/Red Bull Media


    The second feature length ski film by The Faction Collective, in co-production with Red Bull. Slick cinematography as you’d expect from Red Bull, and epic skiing from the Faction athletes. Showcasing some of the best from the Swiss originating, Faction Skis.

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How To Get Prepared For Skiing Over The Summer

How To Prepare For Skiing During Summer

When the end of the ski season arrives, we are usually left wanting more. This is one of the things that keeps skiing so special. With a significant pause in the sport we love, it is not just ‘on-tap’ like so many things today. The summer is an opportunity to keep ourselves in shape and prepared for next winter. So that we can enjoy every moment of the winter to its fullest. So lets discuss how to prepare for skiing and the winter ahead while we have time off.
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Skiing Tips For Beginners & Novice Skiers

Skiing Tips For Beginners

For those of you thinking about your first ski experience. We’ve put together a Guide for considering what you’ll need, and where to go. Courtesy of us all here at Freedom Snowsports.
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How To Wax Your Skis At Home

How To Wax Skis

A good waxed ski base is a must for all skiers. It enables us to glide and steer the skis smoothly over the snow. But have you ever wondered if it’s something that can be done at home. Or is it one of those dark arts best left to the professionals? Let us show you how to wax your skis at home.
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5 Reasons To Try Telemark Skiing

5 Reasons To Try Telemark Skiing

So, Telemark Skiing, What Is It And Whats The Advantage?

Telemark skiing is the original. It is the equipment that skiers used to walk, climb, and ski in all directions in the same state. Up, down, and around, all in the same un-altered free heel state. It is not the same as modern Alpine Ski Touring equipment. Where the skier can put the binding into walk mode, then lock the heel in place for alpine downhill mode. Telemark is a technique of skiing where the binding remains free at the heel. Those folks you see lunging their way gracefully (most of the time) down the mountain. Telemark skiing originated in the Telemark region of Norway (yes, its obvious when said like that). The technique allowed skiers to move from walking on their free heel equipment to making controlled downhill turns at high speed. It was the hybrid of Nordic skiing and downhill skiing.
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Skiing Monch

Having spent some time enjoying ski mountaineering and ski touring in Chamonix at Freedom Snowsports. We decided to take 10 days for a ski mountaineering trip. Which took us through the Bernese Oberland (Bernese Highland) in Switzerland, starting from Lauterbrunnen. The many 4000m+ peaks that abundantly surround the ski touring routes are a perfect pairing. Read More…

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