It’s been a ski season to forget for every ski resort and operator in Europe and of course worldwide this year as many now face an uncertain future.
The huge financial blow dealt by the Corona Virus means companies may not survive.
Efforts continue to get customers home as quickly as possible. The speed at which the lockdown was implemented came as a surprise to many operators who simply weren’t prepared for such huge losses.
Geneva Airport was crammed with worried holidaymakers wondering when they would get home. Traffic was very heavy on both the French side and the Swiss side. Some customers from the UK took long coach journeys home as there simply were not enough flights.
Many of the staff at ski resorts near Geneva were foreign workers who also had to do their best to find a way home. It was a chaotic time and we can only hope for better times next season.
The ongoing corona crisis has forced the closure of ski resorts in France and Switzerland leaving many people facing an anxious journey home.
Verbier issued the following statement “Due to the evolution of the situation linked to coronavirus and in order to protect customers staff and those they meet the municipal authorities strongly recommend the immediate closure of all public establishments and shops in Verbier with the exception of pharmacies, food stores, banks petrol stations and kiosks”
There are currently over 30,000 British tourists at ski resorts in France. On Saturday evening, resorts were closed as plans began to be put in place to get people home. This situation is ongoing and will hopefully become clearer later today.
Chamonix and Courchevel are both immensely popular among ski enthusiasts traveling to Switzerland in search of great slopes.
For some however, they can prove to be a little on the expensive side. If you can afford them, then great, nothing to worry about, but what about cheaper options for those on a tighter budget?
Le Grand-Bornand is about a one hour drive in your Geneva French side car hire. It’s known by locals as simply Grand-Bo. Everything here from lodgings to ski equipment rentals to tickets works out quite a bit more reasonable price wise.
There is an excellent variety of slopes here for every skill level plus free buses to bring customers to other nearby resorts.