Every day, the telephones of the tourist office of the Savoyard resort La Plagne keep ringing. On the other end of the line, worried future holidaymakers as the government must announce Wednesday, January 20 if the ski lifts will be able to reopen despite the Covid-19 epidemic. “We have a lot of calls concerning either the possibilities of maintaining or canceling a stay, or the activities that we can do if the ski lifts do not reopen”, explains Rémy Counil, general manager of the tourist office.
There would remain the option of sledding, cross-country skiing, mountain biking on snow, snowshoeing. But that does not convince Stéphane. This Nantes resident is supposed to leave for a week with his five children at the end of February. “If we go skiing, it’s to be able to take advantage of the skiable space. We love the practice of downhill skiing. We have a child who needs to perfect her learning to ski with lessons. If the ski lifts do not are not open, it will be a game changer. ” The father could thus prefer another destination, less far. But that would be a disappointment: “In Nantes we don’t often have snow so we are happy and we are preparing for this type of holiday which is nevertheless exceptional, every two or three years depending on budgets.”
“We are impatient but we got used to the idea of being able to cancel.”Stéphane, father of a Nantes family
The ski resorts are therefore expecting many cancellations. Especially since future vacationers have almost all taken out insurance. This is the case of Coralie, a 20-year-old student from Vendée who has planned to ski for five days with two friends in La Mongie in the Hautes-Pyrénées. “We booked the accommodation on Airbnb, so we can cancel until the end of February since we are leaving the first week of March.”
“We have already taken our packages with cancellation insurance. If we had not had the insurance, we would not have taken the risk of already booking.”Coralie, Vendée student
So less stress for these students who already imagine themselves hitting the slopes: “In the newspaper, often at noon, they show lots of pictures with snow and as soon as we see pictures of skiing, we share them and we dream of being able to ski”, says Coralie. The Vendée and her friends also dream of being able to finally find each other since with confinement, distance courses and internships, these students have not been able to see each other since this fall.