Resorts in France and Italy fired up their lifts this weekend, for the first time in over a year, as lockdown restrictions eased across Europe.
La Clusaz, France, opened its lift for just two days, the shortest season ever, and didn’t charge for lift tickets. The lifts began spinning yesterday (5/23) and will spin again today, Monday 24th, before stopping for the season.
The resort is having its shortest ski season ever – two days.
Les 2 Alpes, France, is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 29, through June 19.
Pontedilegno-Tonale in Italy opened for Saturday and Sunday over the weekend. Daily ski pass holders, ski mountaineers, and ski club members were allowed on the lifts in limited numbers. Tickets sold out immediately after going on sale Thursday.
Cervinia, Italy, will open on Wednesday, May 26th. The resort briefly opened on October 24th before shutting down the next day after images of overcrowding went viral. Cervinia is expected to stay open until June 11.
Passo Stelvio and Madesimo in Italy will both open on Saturday, May 29.
Then in June, the glacial resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere will open for their summer seasons. Val d’Isere will be open June 12 through July 11, and Tignes June 19 through July 31.
Elsewhere in Europe, Dachstein, Hintertux, Kaunertal, Kitzsteinhorn, Molltal, Pitztal, and Stubai in Austria are all already operating on the weekends. In Switzerland, Zermatt is open, Crans Montana is open on weekends, and Engleberg has been open but closes today (5/24).