Where to travel in winter 2020 due to Covid
You’re desperate to experience the ski slopes, but how safe will it be to travel in winter 2020/2021 due to Covid? We are based in the traditional villages of Morzine and Les Gets, France, and caught up with the Morzine-Avoriaz tourist board to find out.
Morzine and Les Gets are based in the Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s biggest ski areas. That means over 400 miles of marked pistes to explore and plenty of space in this outdoor natural playground. Safety is top priority for the upcoming 2020/2021 ski season due to Covid-19 and the summer season allowed the region to refine safety measures that will carry us into winter and evolve as needed. Strict hygiene measures will be in place, activities will be adapted but the wide-open spaces, sparkling pistes and fresh air are ready to enjoy as usual on your luxury ski holiday.
Covid and ski holidays 2020/2021
This is the current advice as of 7 October 2020. You can follow updates on the Morzine Tourist Board’s website.
Where to stay
We have a collection of luxury chalets and apartments in Morzine and Les Gets and have put a flexible booking policy in place so you have the confidence to come and stay with us. When it comes to hygiene, the cleaning of our chalets is top priority, hand sanitiser will be available in all chalets and, if you’ve booked one of our catered chalets, the staff can all wear masks while you’re served delicious fine dining by your hosts, cooked by the chalet’s private chef. We’ll keep up-to-date with local laws and advice, so you are kept as safe as possible during your stay.
Travelling to Morzine and Les Gets
If you are driving to Morzine and Les Gets, many of our chalets and apartments have private parking. If you’re flying, we can arrange a private transfer from airports including Geneva Airport to your chalet in the mountains. You’ll be expected to wear a mask during the journey and be asked to use the hand sanitiser before entering the vehicle. You can read our driving to Morzine from the UK guide, which shows you how easy it is to reach us in the mountains. Using the EuroTunnel also helps you keep your group in a ‘bubble’ on the journey to us.
Hygiene and safety in Morzine village
The local businesses in Morzine have put in place hygiene and safety measures, with extra cleaning, available hand sanitiser and social distancing measures. You’ll find safety notices around the village and you’ll need to wear a mask in the village centre at all times.
Using the lift system during Covid
The Portes du Soleil ski area is partially open from 11 December 2020 and will be fully open from 18 December 2020 for the 2020/2021 ski season. Currently, the local lift operators in Morzine and Les Gets are planning the following safety measures:
- You must wear a mask in the waiting areas, at boarding and on the ski lifts
- The Hunter Chalets team can help pre-book your ski passes, so you avoid any queues
- You need to follow the signs regarding social distancing measures
- You should use the hand sanitiser at the entrance to the ski lifts
How are ski schools dealing with coronavirus?
There is currently no planned limit on the number of skiers during group lessons, but you will need to wear a mask at the beginning of the lesson, including children aged over 11 years old. You are also required to wear one in the booking office and any inside spaces. Hand sanitiser will be available and all surfaces will be regularly disinfected. Once you’ve booked, you can chat to our concierge about their ski school recommendations and we can book lessons for you.
Ski hire during coronavirus
Ski hire will still be available in Morzine and Les Gets. You’ll need to wear a mask inside any hire shops and hand sanitiser will be available. The ski hire companies will disinfect the equipment between each rental. The Hunter Chalets team can help arrange ski hire before you travel, so it is waiting in your chalet on arrival without you needing to spend time inside a ski hire shop.
Restaurant and bars
Restaurants and bars in Morzine and Les Gets are following government guidelines and you’ll be required to wear a mask when not seated at a table. The seating will be arranged so there is at least one metre between tables, hand sanitiser will be available and regular cleaning and disinfection will be carried out. Much of après ski can be enjoyed in the fresh air outside, surrounded by the backdrop of the mountains.
Events in Morzine and Les Gets
The following events are currently planned for the 2020/2021 season:
– Micros d’Or | 15-17th December 2020
– Morzine Enchanted Village | 19th December 2020 to 2nd January 2021
– Ladies Night | 16th February 2021
– Morzine Takes Care of You | 8th to 12th March
– Rock the Pistes | 14th to 20th March 2021
– Finales des Foyers de Ski de Fond 74 | 10th March 2021
– Tournoi des Douanes | 23rd to 25th March 2021
– Course des Champions | 4th April 2021
– La Bagui | 11th April 2021