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Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski

J2SkiNews posted 06-Nov



More Italian ski resorts are opening for their winter 21-22 seasons, more than open resorts in Austria, France and Switzerland, are making their main message the importance that skiers follow the rules agreed with government to be able to open.

These include strict mask wearing and the need to buy lift passes online and to hold the country's digital green pass. Some resorts are requiring this not just to be able to enter mountain restaurants but to buy a lift pass and access the slopes as well. There is also a requirement to wear a more effective face mask than the usual cloth or disposable paper versions, with resorts stating the more advanced FFP2 version, or better, should be worn.

"After a long wait, in a few days we will be back to enjoy the snow, the endless white spaces, the long downhills in the slopes and the freeride. In order to guarantee your safety, the lifts will be accessible only with the Green pass. We also suggest you book your ski pass online in order to speed up the operations at the ticket office," a Livigno statement reads.

Italy was one of the three major Alpine nations where skiing was not possible for most in one way or another last season with everything closed. It's neighbour France opened resorts but did not allow lifts to ruin, whilst Austria allowed lifts to run from January for locals but did not allow overnight stays in resort and tourism.

It was at this point last year that these countries as well as Germany and a few others announced pre-Christmas lockdowns, most of which eventually extended in some way into the New Year so there's currently nervousness to avoid a repeat of this.

Germany's Zugspitze Glacier which hopes to resume skiing for the first time since March last year on November 18th posted yesterday that mountain access requirements were being tightened to only allow those who had been vaccinated or had proof of having recovered from a recent infection to be allowed on the lifts as Germany battles a surge in cases, having a negative test is currently not enough. "We can't tell at the moment what rules apply for the winter season," they said.

Currently Italy's Val Senales and Sulden ski areas are open, with the Presena glacier opening this weekend as well as ski slopes on the Italian side of the Cervinia-Zermatt ski area for the first time this autumn.

Cervinia warned skiers wanting to ski on the Italian side that,
"It is recalled that access to lifts is permitted only with the mandatory presentation of the green pass and valid lift pass. Except for under 12 years of age a properly worn surgical mask or FFP2 mask covering the mouth and nose in required."

FFP2 Face Masks are designed to fit closer to the face than other disposable face masks, to improve comfort and protect the wearer from breathing in harmful particles.
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Iceman
reply to 'Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski'
posted 10-Nov

What does this actually mean to us brits? What's a green pass? I've just booked Cervinia in January
The Northern Monkey. Mar '22 Les Arcs

SwingBeep
reply to 'Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski'
posted 10-Nov

The Green Pass is the Italian version of the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The NHS COVID Pass has been accepted as an equivalent, you will also have to show photo ID to prove that the certificate belongs to you.

Before entering Italy, you are required to fill out a Digital Passenger Locator Form https://app.euplf.eu/#/ It would be a good idea if you read the manual before you start filling it out as it asks for lots of info that you might not have to hand.

The decree governing the current anti Covid measures expires in December so things could change before your trip.

Iceman
reply to 'Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski'
posted 10-Nov

That's really helpful, thanks

So are they thinking you need to show that on every lift you get on? Surely not on those that you have to get another lift to access

Suppose there's plenty of time yet for controls to be put in place
The Northern Monkey. Mar '22 Les Arcs

J2SkiNews
reply to 'Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski'
posted 11-Nov

http://www.italia.it/en/useful-info/covid-19-updates-information-for-tourists.html

...some useful info I think. Had a quick scan and in addition to above points (1) the rules are in place in present form to December 15 so may change one way or the other before your visit (2) Brits also need to do a test 48 hours or less before arriving in Italy.
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Iceman
reply to 'Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski'
posted 11-Nov

Sounds like it's "watch this space"
The Northern Monkey. Mar '22 Les Arcs

SwingBeep
reply to 'Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski'
posted 11-Nov

I think you will only have to show your 'green pass' to get on the lifts out of the village, if you look on the Plan Maison webcam there doesn't seem to be anyone checking covid passes at the moment.

It's very much a case of "watch this space" the number of cases is still pretty low in Aosta, but they are rising rapidly in some of the other alpine countries.
Edited 1 time. Last update at 11-Nov-2021

J2SkiNews
reply to 'Italian Resorts Stress Covid Safety Requirements to Ski'
posted 11-Nov

Iceman wrote:Sounds like it's "watch this space"


Yup. Have a friend who has daughter booked on school trip to Italy, the travel co switched their destination to Austria end of last week as it was looking the easier option, then the start of this week cases up there and they won't allow over 12s on the slopes if not double vaccinated or recently recovered (test only not enough), and British teens can only get the one jab so not 'fully vaccinated' according to Austria, so not looking good at present, but fingers crossed will improve before they're due to get there. Saying that they have to get in to the country fist...
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