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