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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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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.

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.

On The Mountain & Skiing From 15th December

So, here’s what we will be doing until the lifts open. We will be operating Ski Touring days, and 4×4 Ski Safaris every day.
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Tips For Driving To The Alps

Driving To The Alps This Winter

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.
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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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Covid Policy & Risk Free Booking

Freedom Snowsports

Freedom Snowsports would like to announce that we and our resorts will be OPEN and back on the mountain this Winter.

For peace of mind, and security when booking sessions. In addition to our normal cancellation policies, we have included the following Covid-19 cancellation policy. Giving you the ability to plan your winter in the mountains with us, and at the same time giving you the flexibility and security to deal with any Covid related issues.

Covid-19 Cancellation Policy

If your travel plans get changed due to Covid-19, we are here to help. You will not lose your money. You have the option to reschedule the activity, or cancel and receive a full refund where one of the follow conditions apply.

  1. If we (Freedom Snowsports) has to cancel the activity due to reasons related to Covid-19.
  2. New government regulations prohibit the activity or travel to the activity.*
  3. You cannot participate in your activity because you or your party have a Covid-19 infection.**

* You will require applicable proof via government website or government documentation. This does not include advisories, media speculation, journalism, or individual speculation.
** You will require a medical certificate as proof. The booking needs to be cancelled at least 24 hours before the start of the activity.

Health & Safety Measures

To protect your health and safety, all outdoor activities have to comply with local regulations regarding Covid-19. Representing mountain tourism in France, France Montagnes, will maintain up to date guidance and we will continue to align with, as well as publish that guidance.

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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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The Rhône-Alpes Region

Freedom Snowsports Rhone Alps France

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.
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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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