The ski lifts should be closed in February


This came as no surprise to industry professionals: the government plans to extend the closure of ski lifts in French ski resorts, government sources said on Monday evening.

That decision will be made this Wednesday morning during the Defense Council and could be announced on Thursday during the weekly press conference. Until then, the government is preparing people for this hypothesis. In addition, the professionals should arrive at the government officials by Wednesday morning. The duration of the extension of the closure - if there is a reaction - has yet to be determined.

However, access to the ski areas remains open and outdoor activities are still possible today.

Health situation still too fragile

President Emmanuel Macron had set a stage for the fate of winter sports on January 20. As the February break approached (from Saturday February 6th in Zone A and through March 8th for Zone B), the sector was counting on that date to consider reopening. On Sunday, the CEO of Club Med, Henri Giscard dEstaing, asked Prime Minister Jean Castex to reopen the ski resorts for the winter holidays in order to 'save' the mountain from 'desperation'.

But the epidemiological situation in France is still too fragile, the country is still far from the target of 5,000 daily contaminations and the new, contagious variants are worrying.

The Secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said this morning on the microphone of French culture: 'We know how important the month of February is, but we also have to deal with these variants that were not foreseen in December and appeared at the end December, beginning of January. It is of course the health situation that has to guide the decisions. '

Specific tools

Should the ski lifts remain closed, the government will support the affected professionals in allocating specific grants.

Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was invited by C à vous to France 5 this Monday evening, said: 'There is no question of prioritizing economic issues over health issues.'

Disappearance of 'more than 100,000 seasonal jobs'?

In a letter to Jean Castex, Henri Giscard dEstaing, whose group has 14 mountain clubs, wrote: 'On January 20th, you will decide the survival of the French mountain. It is the fate of one of the few French world leaders and their players who are in your Hands lie '.

'Winter sports account for 50{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} of Savoies GDP, a little less in Haute-Savoie,' he recalled in an interview with the JDD, emphasizing that 'more than 100,000 seasonal jobs could disappear'. .

Without commenting on a reopening date, the Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Alain Griset, replied on Radio J on Sunday that the governments goal 'is to avoid population mixing'. And, according to him, the problem is 'not so much the fact of skiing' as the grouping of people 'when you finish skiing at 4 or 4:30 pm'.

Skiers still have to wait to get on the slopes ...