If you make it to a ski resort this year, what can you expect to find when you get there? Ski resorts, like the rest of the world, have had to adapt to the pandemic and many are not operating on a pre-Covid scale. 

What will skiing in 2020/21 look like?

If you do manage to make it to a ski resort this year, things won't be the same as they were when you were last there. 

Many ski resorts will limit the number of lift passes sold and require you to wear masks on chalifts/gondolas, in lift queues and in indoor public spaces (with social distancing at 1m minimum). You'll also likely find resorts are running gondolas with reduced capacity but at a faster speed. Ski lessons will have reduced numbers and in-resort childcare options will be limited or cancelled altogether.

Apres-ski will be much quieter this year and numbers at bars limited to prevent crowds. Mountain huts will almost certainly be outside-only dining or takeaways and all music and ski events will be cancelled. Many resorts will also ask skiers to download an app to make reservations and order food in restaurants.

As far as ski accommodation is concerned, self-catering will be many people's first choice. If you go for a hotel or shared chalet be prepared for less choice. Some VIP chalets are asking guests to pre-order meals in advance to remove the need for an in-house chef. 

How to stay as safe on the ski slopes

If you do decide to travel to a ski resort, try to limit your chances of catching Covid-19 by book accommodation (self-catering if possible) near the slopes so you don't have to use ski buses; take a packed lunch up the mountain rather than visiting a ski hut; and reserve your ski equipment ahead of time so you don't have to spend time looking around a ski hire shop. Some resorts will be giving out free "buffs" (tubular scarfs) with your ski pass to enable you to cover your face and mouth. 

NOTE: If you decide to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is even more important that you have appropriate travel insurance.