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France’s ski resorts cannot operate their lifts under the country’s tight COVID-19 restrictions. But Courchevel, a favourite in normal years with Britons and Russians, has opened a single run that can be reached by car.
Officials at the tourist office at Courcheval, Savoie, said that the 2km blue ski trail is 'marked and secure'. It has been authorised by municipal decree for the winter holidays.
No shuttle is in place, but it is possible to drive or take a taxi at the bottom of the resort, in Courchevel 1850, to go to the start of the blue run, the tourist office told Franceinfo, insisting that the required sanitary measures were in place.
The resort has opened the piste for the February school holidays when the French traditionally decamp to the mountains. Even though lifts aren’t operating, the resort is 40% full this week, according to the tourism office.
"First of all, it is not a question of avoiding sanitary rules, all sanitary protocol is strictly observed. We have a local test center. You should know that in the normal season, we have more than 100 ski slopes that are open, so we decided to have a secure one to allow learning to ski for those who come to join us for the February holidays".
The slope is open from 9am to 4.40pm until Sunday 7th March.
Ski resorts are counting the cost of close to a lost winter. At Courcheval, even with a ski run open, local authorities are expecting just 25% to 30% of their normal number of visitors because of the current health situation.
Local businesses - from ski hire shops to restaurants - will lose an estimated 90% of their revenues this season.
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