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    Ski and Winter Holidays in Times of Coronavirus

    We answer your most important questions about ski and winter holidays in Austria in Winter 2020/21.

    Lockdown

    Restrictions in Place

    The following measures are in place in Austria's ski resorts:

    • Hotels are closed to leisure travellers/tourists.
    • Restaurants can only offer takeout/delivery services.
    • Strict entry restrictions into Austria are in place.
    • Cable cars have reopened on 24 December. However, due to entry restrictions and hotel closures, skiing is only possible for locals.
    • Events are cancelled.
    Find all measures here
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    The following rules are in place outside of lockdown:

    • COVID19 safety measures at the hotel check-in in Austria's ski resorts
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      Face Masks

      Face masks need to be worn in all indoor areas. In cable cars, FFP2 masks are mandatory. This will soon also be the case in shops and on all public transport.

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      Ski Courses

      During lockdown, no group ski courses are taking place. After lockdown, ski courses will be limited to 10 participants per group.

    • COVID19 safety measures for hotel restaurants in Austria's ski resorts
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      Après-Ski

      There will be no après-ski as we know it. All restaurants and huts are currently closed. After lockdown, food and drinks will be consumed sitting at tables; no dancing/singing in crowds.

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      Ski Lifts

      Guests have to keep a distance of 2 m (6.5 ft) and wear a FFP2 mask. Passenger numbers for closed cabins are reduced to 50%. People are advised to wash hands regularly and use contactless payments.

      Read more on measures for cable cars

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When will it be possible again to travel to Austria for a winter holiday?
    Hotels and restaurants will remain closed at least until the end of February. Whether they can reopen after that depends on the Coronavirus numbers. In addition, travel restrictions and quarantine rules for travel from abroad are in effect. So whilst cable cars are open, skiing is effectively only possible for locals until the end of the lockdown. Find entry regulations here.

    Nobody knows what will happen next in the pandemic. Should I still book a winter holiday?
    Many accommodations are currently offering very flexible cancellation conditions. We recommend you contact your preferred establishment to discuss the options. Many tour operators, such as Crystal Ski, Inghams, and Ski Solutions, have also developed programmes to make sure you can book your holiday with confidence.

    Can I travel to Austria from abroad for a day trip?
    Due to quarantine requirements, this will most likely be impossible. Find entry regulations here.

    Can I rent an AirBnB?
    Hotels are closed at least until the end of February. This includes private accommodation like AirBnB.

    I have a secondary residence in a ski area. Can I stay there?
    In general, yes. If travelling from abroad, you do however need to adhere to all entry regulations (find them here).

    What are the rules for cable cars / chairlifts?
    85% of lifts are not enclosed (chairlifts, tow lifts), which means there is a lower risk of infection than indoors. In enclosed cabins, a FFP2 face mask must be worn and passenger numbers are reduced to 50%. In queues, the minimum distance of 2 metres (6.5 ft) must be maintained and the face covering worn. Find out more about Austrian cable car measures here.

    What are the rules for ski and snowboard schools?
    During lockdown, group ski courses are not allowed (private lessons and lessons with people living in the same household only). For the time after lockdown, the Austrian Ski School Association has devised recommendations with the Federal Ministry of Health. Groups should be no larger than 10, including the ski or snowboard instructor. Instructors are to be tested regularly. All guests are registered and a minimum distance of one metre is to be maintained. A face mask is to be worn where this is not possible (such as when assisting after a fall). Any rental equipment – skis, boards, boots, poles etc. – is regularly disinfected.

    Can I hire skis during lockdown?
    Ski hire shops are closed except for "Click & Collect" service, which may be available.

    Are the ski buses running?
    Yes. The same rules apply as on public transport, meaning a face mask must be worn.

    Will there be après-ski this season?
    Not in its usual form. Singing and dancing in a crowd is not advisable due to the pandemic.

    Are ski huts open?
    All ski huts are closed during lockdown.

    If ski huts are closed, where can I use the facilities?
    This depends on local circumstances. Please check with your ski resort. In general, there are toilets available at all cable car valley stations and at some top stations.

    Are ski races taking place?
    Some races are taking place, but without any on-site spectators.

    What measures are in place in restaurants?
    Restaurants are closed during lockdown. Please find general regulations for restaurants here.

    Find Out Which Measures Are In Place In Your Ski Resort

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