Social distancing in queues, reduced capacity on gondolas and aerial trams, takeaway only from restaurants… Get ready to ski, pandemic-style. We were quite relieved to see these measures in place, and generally felt quite comfortable on the slopes. Verbier in particular has cracked down on pandemic safety measures, deploying “COVID angels” to keep an eye on distancing in the queues and hand out masks to anyone not wearing one.
You don’t have to wear a mask while skiing, just when you’re in line, on lifts, or in busy pedestrian areas in the villages.
With non-essential shops closed again, what about ski rentals? Don’t worry, ski rental shops in Switzerland will stay open – find out more here.
Our only complaint is that the aerial trams were still very full. There was a little ventilation on top of the trams, but it wasn’t enough to make us feel completely safe. As for gondolas, we preferred to have our own when possible, but we were okay sharing with up to two other people on larger gondolas. The resorts now have signs asking skiers to keep the windows open on gondolas, too.
For more on our experience skiing in Switzerland during COVID-19, read this.