End of ski season as resorts close

(Alps )

The ski season in Europe ended with the decision by the French government to close all non-essential businesses.

The move came after Switzerland, Austria and Italy banned large gatherings. Ski resorts were unable to control the number of people on their slopes at any given time.

Inghams, said: “Even though the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice has not changed, as a responsible tour operator, we will not be operating Inghams ski holidays to these resorts for the rest of the 2019/2020 winter season: Alpe d’Huez, Avoriaz, Chamonix & Les Houches, Courchevel, Flaine, La Clusaz, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Les Menuires, Les 2 Alpes, Méribel, Montgenevre, Morzine, Samoens, Serre Chevalier, Tignes, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens.”

Club Med added: “Following the latest recommendations from the French government, Club Med has decided to close all of its ski resorts in the French Alps until the end of the current ski season for 2020. The full amount paid will be credited back onto your Club Med Account which can be used on a future holiday for departures up until the 30th April 2021.”

David Taylor, CEO, Neilson holidays, said: “With the COVID-19 crisis likely to last several months, we are asking the government to consider emergency measures specifically targeted at the travel and leisure sector to deliver immediate relief and help avoid widespread failures.

“This remains an isolated issue on 2020 departures only and we are confident that next year will see a healthy recovery provided a swathe of relief measures recommended to the government are enacted.”