Ski Resorts, Snow Camps Reopen in the Alps Under New Social Distancing Guidelines

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The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in Austria reopened for skiing last Friday along with two other European ski resorts. Photo by InTheSnow.

Three more ski resorts have reopened in Europe bringing the number of open ski areas on the continent to six.

A skier slashes powder at Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Austria. Photo by Kitzsteinhorn Glacier.

On Friday, May 29, The Kitzsteinhorn, Hintertux, and Kaunertal glaciers reopened joining two glaciers in Norway and the Kanin ski center in Slovenia as ski resorts open to the public, InTheSnow reports.

All Austrian resorts were closed for 11 weeks due to COVID-19 lockdowns and now these resorts have reopened under new social distancing guidelines. Resort visitors are required to wear face masks and maintain a safe distance of 1 meter (3.2 feet) from other skiers and riders. The resorts are also limiting the number of people sharing gondolas.

Other glacier areas in Austria have also reopened for summer training by national ski teams and an additional six other glacier areas are expected to open in the coming weeks. This includes Austria’s fourth, Molltal, Crans Montana and Zermatt in Switzerland, Stryn in Norway and Val d’Isere and Les 2 Alpes in France, according to InTheSnow.



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