Another 2 weeks have gone by and we drift closer to the winter. Like everyone else we are still uncertain...
We feel Switzerland is dealing with the Coronavirus pretty well and doing everything possible to make the ‘new norm’ work. That doesn’t take away the uncertainties due to the Coronavirus pandemic and how it will affect winter travel and the ski industry. These are just a few questions that we talk through regularly…
This page is a hub for this information, so if you are thinking about coming out to Zermatt to ski this winter and want to know what it is like out here, what the resort, lift company and ourselves are doing then you can make decisions based on the facts.
We recently found this study from the deep knowledge group, who’s analysis of 130 parameters of data broken down into quarantine efficiency, monitoring and detection, emergency preparedness, healthcare readiness, government efficiency and regional resilience puts Switzerland as the safest country in the world.
So yes, Switzerland is safe.
In summer 2020, the Zermatt lift system ran completely normally. Passengers wore masks while using the trains, gondolas and cable cars but capacity was not limited at all. There are currently no plans to change this for winter 2020-2021.
Yes, Italy will be open and you will just need to stick to the same guidelines as are applicable in Switzerland (masks, hygiene and social distancing).
No. Currently, the Zermatt lift company require a purpose made face mask rather than a neck warmer etc pulled up over your face.
The Swiss regulations currently allow bars to open as normal. Table service is advised and minimum distance between tables is 1 metre. If an establishment has bar service (or other ‘mingling’) then all customers are required to leave their name and phone numbers with the staff as part of the Swiss track and trace scheme.
Yes, there are currently no restrictions on the opening of hotels. tables in hotel restaurants have to be a minimum of 1 metre apart so capacity may in some cases be restricted at certain times. Make sure you can have your breakfast at a set time so you’re not late for your Summit lessons.
Yes, we will all be wearing masks on all the lifts as determined by the Zermatt lift company. If you would prefer your instructor to keep wearing it during the lesson, this is no problem at all.
There will be no need to pop into our office during your trip to Zermatt. You can book your ski lessons via our website, over the phone or by email. We can arrange payment online too. Should you need or want to pop in (we are always happy to see our guests) you will need to wear a mask and our reservations manager will be behind a perspex screen. We will have hand sanitiser available on entry too.
There are 5 doctors surgeries in Zermatt and all of them are able to offer Covid tests, currently you can get the results in under 24hrs.