the resorts fear a catastrophic season

DECRYPTION – If granted permission to open, resorts will face challenges before welcoming vacationers.

The 3 Domaines resort in Ax-les-Thermes (Ariège), in January 2020. Hoteliers believe that if they cannot reopen at Christmas, they will sacrifice the entire season for lack of profitability.
The 3 Domaines resort in Ax-les-Thermes (Ariège), in January 2020. Hoteliers believe that if they cannot reopen at Christmas, they will sacrifice the entire season for lack of profitability. Adrien NOWAK/Adrien Nowak

Scheduled this weekend in Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in France, the “Grande Première” has been canceled. No DJ, no film screening, no entertainment. “The confinement does not allow us in the state to open Val Thorens and its ski area as planned on November 21”, warns this resort in the 3 Valleys area.

Each year, as December approaches, mountain professionals worry about whether it will snow. This time, the weather is not the priority. All eyes are on the occupancy rate of intensive care beds at the hospital. Hoteliers, restaurateurs, ski area managers, shopkeepers, seasonal workers, local elected officials… All the players are holding their breath. The health situation is worrying in France, and in particular in Savoie and Haute-Savoie, departments very affected by the epidemic and where hospital pressure is strong.

Whether there is snow or not, the stations do not know if they will be authorized to open. “We have started

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