At Pitztal, the people in charge of the ski resorts first want to read the new regulation and only then decide whether to resume operations at all. The Kitzbuehel and Dachstein glacier ski resorts opened on November 22, writes the portal “skigebiete-test.de” quoted by RND. From Tuesday, skiing should also be possible on the Stubai Glacier, the Kitzsteinhorn and the Moelltal Glacier, and Schladming will start the season on Friday.
According to the “Tiroler Tageszeitung”, the ski areas of Soelden, Kaunertal Glacier and Zillertal will probably only reopen after lockdown on 13 December.
Open slopes, but strict restrictions
Ski areas open during the lockdown have to adhere to even stricter rules than before. Already at the beginning of the season, the 2G rule was in force on the slopes, which means that only vaccinated or cured people could use the lifts. Now an obligation to wear a mask has been added, both in ski lifts and gondolas, as well as in waiting rooms. Only FFP2 masks are allowed. Restaurants, bars and hotels must also remain closed in the ski areas.
This means that only self-catering day trips are possible, though some restaurants on the slopes want to offer take-away. The travel portal “austria.info” announced that it was not possible to travel to Austria during the blockade. However, thanks to the open ski areas, day trips from Germany are in principle possible – at least for those who have been vaccinated and recovered, reports RND.
A nationwide lockdown for all residents is in force in Austria from Monday. The decision to introduce the blockade is explained by the government with record increases in the number of coronavirus infections. The lockdown will last at least 10 days, and may be extended to 20 if necessary.
Lockdown in Austria
Austrians are only allowed to leave their homes during the lockdown for good reason, including outdoor exercise, such as skiing. Until Sunday, everyone assumed that only cross-country skiing and ski touring would be allowed.