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Health Passes, Travel, & Ski Lifts in France

Health Passes & Skiing in France 2021 - 2022

Using the ski lifts in France:

At the moment (2021) a health pass (as seen in the photo above) is required to use the ski lifts in France (it will be removed when the national case rate falls below 200 cases per 100,00 inhabitants). All health passes from countries listed below are valid for use. This includes negative test results, covid recovery passes, and vaccination passes. It is not exclusive to vaccination passes.

For example, you can obtain a health pass QR code in France from any pharmacy by taking a 5 minute test and the pharmacist will give you with your health pass QR code valid for 24hrs with a negative test result.

If a PCR test were to be positive, the QR code provided will be recognised to gain a recovery pass, 10 days after the result. Which will be valid for 180 days from the date of the test.

Recovery Pass = Health Pass

If you have previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result you can present a certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test.

Information can be validated at source here:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
And uk-france specific info here:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918

UK Recovery Pass = Health Pass

To get an NHS Health Pass and QR Code to use in France, RECOVERY from Covid provides a 180 day health pass. Simply register a positive PCR test result more than 10 days old to the NHS system to obtain your 180 day recovery pass. Link below:
https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk
or apply by post
https://www.nhs.uk/get-your-covid-pass-letter/

Recognition of Vaccination = Health Pass

Recognition of Vaccination health passes for those vaccinated in one of the following countries: Member States of the European Union, Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Morocco, Monaco, Norway, Panama, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales), San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican. The digital Covid certificate that has been issued to you is accepted in France under the recognition provided by the EU health pass system. You have no additional steps to perform.

This means that if your vaccine certificate is valid in your home country listed above, it is recognised in France equally as it is in your home nation.

The recent changes to France’s vaccination validity period of 7 months applies to French vaccination pass holders only. Vaccination passes from other nations listed above remain recognised under the criteria of the EU health pass system.

There are proposed updates to the EU health pass system, to take effect from the 10th January 2022. The part which will affect vaccine validity will be 9 months, and is worded as follows:

Standard acceptance period of vaccination certificates: To avoid diverging and disruptive approaches, the Commission proposes a standard acceptance period of 9 months for vaccination certificates issued following the completion of the primary vaccination series. This means that, in the context of travel, Member States should not refuse a vaccination certificate that has been issued less than 9 months since the administration of the last dose of the primary vaccination.

The Commission’s proposals will now be discussed by the EU Member States, who will decide on the final version of the Recommendations. The Commission proposes for the new rules to apply as of 10 January 2022.

You can view this regulatory information here:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en

UK health pass holders

The NHS health pass can be used in France and is recognised through-out the EU because it is part of the overall EU health pass system.

Travelling with children over 12 years old.

Children travelling with fully vaccinated adults will benefit from the same rules whether they are vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your underage children, whether they are vaccinated or not, and they will not need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and OVER will need to present a negative test result when travelling as described below.

Each traveller aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure.

Information can be validated at source here:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
And uk-france specific info here:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918

Recovery Pass:

If you have previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result you can present a certificate of recovery dated more than 10 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test.

(For UK residents this can be done simply by providing a positive PCR test result more than 10 days old to the NHS system here. https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk or by post here https://www.nhs.uk/get-your-covid-pass-letter/)

Information can be validated at source here:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
And uk-france specific info here:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-rules-for-travel-between-France-and-the-UK-28918

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French Ski Resorts & Ski Lift Opening

Cross Country Ski Race

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

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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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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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Grand Massif Live Ski Lift Status & Snow Reports

Grand Massif Ski Area Status

Live updates of ski lift status & opening times for the Grand Massif ski area across Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoens, & Morillon. As well as snow conditions, and snow stability forecast.

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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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