Which Alps Resorts are Reopening this Season: 2021/22?

Which Alps Resorts are Reopening this Season: 2021/22?

The season we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us! After months worth of disruption, it’s looking like the 2021/2022 ski season will go ahead as planned! Extended quarantine is being reduced and double vaccinated travellers are enjoying a more seamless transition between countries. Many ski enthusiasts can be more than a little confident of having a chance to dust off their skiing and snowboarding equipment this winter.

It’s not always easy to navigate the complicated rules for travelling in the current climate, but staying informed makes everything run just a little smoother. So, ahead of the new season, we’re taking a look at which Alps resorts are reopening this season and which rules are currently in place for skiers hoping to hit the slopes!

The New Covid Travel Rules and What This Means for your Ski Holiday

Let’s start with the latest Covid travel regulations. As of the beginning of October 2021, new, simpler travel rules have come into play. Thankfully, the Government has scrapped the green and amber traffic light lists and there is now only a red list with a reduced number of countries listed.

This is great news for skiers, as all our key winter destinations (including the Alps) are now on the green list and pre-departure tests are also no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England from any country, not on the red list.

Resort Dates 2021-2022

Now let’s get down to business and find out which slopes in France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria we’re hitting this season! 

There are already a few resorts officially open in the Alps with a small amount of skiing to be had on the Zermatt and Saas-Fee glaciers in Switzerland and Hintertux and Solden in the Tirol in Austria.

French Ski Resort Dates 2021-2022

Here are the opening dates for the ski resorts that plan to open in the French Alps;

October 2021

  • Tignes: 17th Oct 2021 – 2nd May 2022

November 2021

  • Flaine: 11th Nov 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Val Thorens: 20th Nov 2021 – 8th May 2022
  • Val d’Isere: 27th Nov 2022 – 1st May 2022
  • La Clusaz: 27th Nov 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Les 2 Alpes: 27th Nov 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Alpe d’Huez: 29th Nov 2021 – 23rd April 2022
  • Morzine: 29th Nov 2021 – 23rd April 2022

December 2021

  • Courchevel: 4th Dec 2021 – 22nd April 2022
  • La Tania: 4th Dec 2021 – 23rd April 2022
  • Les Houches: 4th Dec 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Les Menuires: 4th Dec – Late April 2022
  • Meribel: 4th Dec 2021 – 8th May 2022
  • Serre Chevalier: 4th Dec 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Le Grand Bornard: 4th Dec 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Chamonix: 5th Dec 2021 – 22nd April 2022
  • Avoriaz: 10th Dec 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • La Rosiere: 11th Dec 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Les Arcs: 11th Dec 2021 – 30th April 2022
  • La Plagne: 18th Dec 2021 – 30th April 2022
  • Les Gets: 18th Dec 2021 – 10th April 2022
  • Megeve: 18th Dec 2021 – 18th April 2022

COVID-19 Entry Requirements

The Health Pass: Pass Sanitaire

Initially launched in July 2021, the Health Pass has now become French law for anyone aged 12 and two months and above and will continue to be used until at least the 15th November 2021.

It’s looking likely that you will need a health pass in order to buy a ski pass and lift pass which means that you will almost certainly need to meet the conditions of the Pass Sanitaire to be able to ski this year. These conditions are;

  • You have been double-vaccinated for over a week
  • You have a single vaccine dose and proof that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last three months
  • You have a valid Covid-19 test which is less than 48hrs old

Resort requirements are as follows;

  • Masks will be compulsory on crowded streets, while you’re standing up in bars and restaurants, and on all public transport. 
  • You will need to be fully vaccinated and carrying proof that you have had Covid-19 in the last three months if you’ve only had one dose.
  • Unvaccinated children over the age of twelve will need a test less than 48hrs before entering France to avoid quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated adults will need to quarantine upon entering France.
  • Unvaccinated teenagers and adults who want to visit the bars and restaurants will need a valid test under 48hrs old.

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Swiss Ski Resort Dates 2021-2022

Here are the opening dates for the Swiss ski resorts opening this season;

  • Zermatt: all year round ski

October 2021

  • Saas-Fee: 3rd Oct 2021 – 20th April 2022
  • Engelberg: 9th Oct 2021 – 22nd May 2022
  • Laax: 30th Oct 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Andermatt: 30th Oct 2021 – 1st May 2022

November 2021

  • Gstaad: 6th Nov 2021 – 01st May 2022
  • Verbier: 27th Nov 2021 – 27th April 2022
  • St. Moritz: 27th Nov 2021 – 3rd April 2022

December 2021

  • Nendaz: 3rd Dec 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Villars: 4th Dec 2021 – 27th April 2022
  • Crans Montana: 13th Dec 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Davos and Klosters: estimated 24th Dec – 3rd April 2022

COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Last year, Switzerland showed the rest of Europe that ski resorts can still operate safely despite the pandemic. While last year’s ski season operated on a limited après ski basis, we’re hopeful this year will be a little more open. The restrictions in bars and restaurants are such that Swiss ski resorts might be almost back to normal.

The Swiss tourism industry has introduced a ‘clean and safe’ stamp showing a commitment to Covid safety guidelines.

Resort requirements are as follows;

  • Tourists arriving in Switzerland will need to be fully vaccinated or carry proof that they have recovered from Covid inside the last six months. 
  • Non-vaccinated travellers must meet a set of criteria for entry.
  • Unvaccinated children under 18 must be in the company of a fully vaccinated adult. 
  • Masks will most likely be required for all skiers and snowboarders in enclosed spaces
  • Gondola capacity in Switzerland is likely to be reduced again this winter to prevent the spread of Covid-19
  • In Zermatt, where the ski season is year-round, masks remain mandatory in indoor ski lift queues, cable cars, gondolas, and all enclosed spaces
  • In Verbier last year, Covid Angels were employed to ensure all skiers were obeying the regulations.
  • Across Switzerland, entry to indoor venues, including bars and restaurants, is only permitted to the fully vaccinated, recent Covid recoveries, and those with a negative Covid test less than 48hrs old.

Austrian Ski Resort Dates 2021-2022

Austria enjoys great opportunities for autumn skiing with the first set of Alpine resorts opening there.

Let’s take a look at Austrian ski resorts opening this season;

  • Hintertux Glacier: all year round ski

September 2021

  • Sölden: 10th Sep – 8th May 2022
  • Stubai Glacier: mid-Sep 2021 – mid-June 2022
  • Pitztal Glacier: 25th Sep 2021 – 8th May 2022
  • Kaunertal Glacier: 25th Sep 2021 – 12th June 2022

October 2021

  • Kaprun: 8th Oct 2021 – 24th July 2022
  • Kitzbühel: 31 Oct 2021 – 29 April 2022

November 2021

  • Obergurgl: expected mid-Nov (around 18th)
  • Solden: 18th Nov – closing date unconfirmed
  • Kitzbuhel: 20th Nov 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Ischgl: 25th Nov – 1st May 2022
  • Anton: 27 Nov 2021 – 24 April 2022
  • Ischgl: 25th Novr 2021 – 1 May 2022
  • Saalbach-Hinterglemm: Late Nov – Mid April

December 2021

  • Lech: 3rd Dec 2021 – 24 April 2022
  • St. Anton: 3rd Dec 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Mayrhofen: 4th Dec 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Seefeld: 4th Dec 2021 – 3rd April 2022
  • Bad Kleinkirchheim: 4th Dec – April 18th 2022
  • Mayrhofen: 7th Dec 2021-14th April 2022
  • Innsbruck: various dates in Dec 2021 – March/April 2022

COVID-19 Entry Requirements

  • All travellers entering Austria need to show either a negative Covid test, proof of vaccination, or proof of past infection upon entry.
  • To avoid quarantine upon arrival in Austria, you must have had your second vaccination no longer than nine months ago.
  • You won’t need to take a test to travel to Austria if you are fully vaccinated to Austria’s standards (you had your second dose at least 21 days before entry but no more than 360 days ago).

All other arrivals must present one of the following negative test results;

  • A molecular biological test (e.g. PCR test), with results no older than 72 hours
  • An antigen test (e.g. lateral flow), with results no older than 48 hours
  • A self-administered antigen test, which must be recorded in an official data processing system and be no older than 24 hours

Italian Ski Resort Dates 2021-2022

Here are the dates for the Italian ski resorts opening this year;

October 2021

  • Cervinia: 28th Oct 2021 – 2nd May 2022

November 2021

  • Livigno: 24th Nov 2021 – 28th April 2022
  • Bardonecchia: 27th Nov 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Bormio: 27th Nov 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Cortina: 27th Nov 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Madonna di Campiglio: 27th Nov 2021 – 18th April 2022

December 2021

  • Courmayeur: 1st Dec 2021 – 13th April 2022
  • Arabba: 3rd Dec 202 – 24th May 2022
  • Corvara: 4th Dec 2021 – 10th April 2022
  • La Thuile: 4th Dec 2021 – 18th April 2022
  • Sestriere: 4th Dec 2021 – 24th April 2022
  • Sauze d’Oulx: 10th Dec 2021 – 14th April 2022

COVID-19 Entry Requirements

  • Fully vaccinated travellers can enter Italy with proof of vaccine and negative antigen or PCR test taken at least 48-hours before entering the country

Now you have the opening dates for the European ski resorts reopening this ski season, you can find the perfect ski destination for you and start booking your skiing holiday.

To put your mind at ease and ensure your journey to the Alps is as safe and fuss-free as possible, why not book a ski transfer from the airport? Here at Alps2Alps, we offer reliable, affordable transfers and ski equipment rentals following strict COVID-19 safety measures, so you can travel light and relax on your journey.

Let’s hit the slopes!

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