Updated: 16th October 2020
Despite the challenges brought to us all by Covid-19, we remain positive regarding the prospects of the winter 2020/2021 ski season here in the Portes du Soleil. The record breaking, busy summer season in the resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz & Les Gets has helped them pave the way for the winter ahead. The resorts have been working hard implementing new safety protocols, including hygiene and social distancing measures, which will allow us to enjoy a safe ski season ahead.
The French government have put in place a new Covid-19 alert system with the aim of avoiding a second round of nationwide lockdown. There are four different alert levels with those areas on higher levels of alert having tougher restrictions in place. The department of Haute-Savoie, in which Morzine and the Portes du Soleil is located, is on the lowest level of alert.
Our office team are on hand if you have any questions about booking a trip to Morzine and the Portes du Soleil this winter. Here are some questions which you might already have regarding your snowboard holiday:
Yes! The ski resorts have confirmed opening dates and are preparing for a busy winter season. It may well feel a little different to usual due to Covid safety procedures, hygiene and social distancing measures. The resorts and local business are working hard to ensure everyone can enjoy safe winter holidays.
Flights are now back up and running to Geneva and other European airports. Airport transfers are also operating both shared and private services.
Another option will be to travel by train or by car to the Alps this winter.
There are currently no Covid-19 quarantine requirements upon arrival in France. So no quarantine is necessary if you are visiting a French ski resort.
Switzerland does have a mandatory 10 quarantine upon arrival in place for arrivals from many countries. So if you are visiting a Swiss ski resort you will need to quarantine. However if you are flying into Geneva and travelling on directly to a French ski resort there are no quarantine requirements. You can spend up to 24 hours in Switzerland without the need to quarantine. See full details of Swiss quarantine requirements here.
At the time of writing (6/10/20) there is currently a quarantine requirement for those travelling into Switzerland from the UK and many other countries. However this imposed quarantine does not apply to those transiting through Switzerland, spending less than 24 hours in the country. Check here for full details of the Swiss coronavirus quarantine requirements.
Yes. Whilst the insurance industry has definitely been changed by the pandemic, insurance policies are available for travellers. There are insurance policies popping up that include enhanced Covid cover as well as insuring you despite FCO travel warnings being in place.
Yes. Currently there are no restrictions stopping you from skiing between the French and Swiss sides of the Portes du Soleil.
To help avoid the spread of coronavirus we recommend that you organise as much in advance and online as possible:
Yes, however expect it to be different. Whilst bars are open, it is table service only. Tables are kept 1m apart to ensure social distancing and masks must be worn when moving around the bar. The Folie Douce in Avoriaz will be hosting more live performers and singers rather than creating the usual dance parties it is renowned for.
The medical centres in Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets & Chatel all offer Covid tests. The time frame in which you will receive your results is constantly changing and varies between medical centres.
Pharmacies in France also offer “rapid diagnostic guidance tests” (TROD) which will give you faster results. These tests are not done in a proper medical analysis lab so may not be suitable for all requirements.
The safety and wellbeing of our clients is our highest priority. We are working in partnership with our accommodation providers to ensure that local health and safety regulations are implemented so you can have a safe and enjoyable snowboard holiday.