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COVID Update – January 21st 2021

New regulations, more is closed, but skiing is still open

As we roll through January and the ever changing COVID regulations the next set of measures have come into place. With the announcement last week of non essential shops closing, and an email from the tourist office saying that included ski schools we were readying our office to close. Then 24 hours later there was another email saying ski schools can remain open! On goes the roller coaster.

WHAT's NEW?

Shops closed

On Monday this week the next level of stricter measures came into place, the major changes being:

  • Non essential shops closed
  • Private gatherings limited to 5 people
  • Requirement to work from home

Latest measures

See the latest measures here:

Special provisions for ski resorts

 

THE NUMBERS...

New cases in Switzerland

The R rate for the whole country is down from 0.89 at the time of our last post 2 weeks ago to 0.81.
The 7 day moving average on daily new cases has moved from 3209 down to 2080.

New cases in Valais

The r rate in Valais is now back under one and the new cases seems to be coming down again.

The situation in Zermatt

The Zermatt Bergbahnen have committed to keeping the whole ski area open. They have closed a couple of ‘non essential’ lifts like the Furgg chair lift and the Rothorn cable car but this does not change the areas accessible.

There are a couple of new pistes open now too in and around the new Kumme lift which are great.

We have a few lessons going on, but the very large majority of people on the mountain during the week are instructors training for exams. This usually goes on at this time of year but right now up on the mountain there are Swiss Snowsports groups, and a couple of school groups and that’s about it! 

We are up there with our summitprofessionaldevelopment.com training program and making the most of the conditions and the time. These are a few photos from training in the bumps this week.

Matterhorn Paradise lift pass policy re COVID for winter 20/21

In a nutshell if you book your lift pass online but can’t make it out to Zermatt due to travel bans, you or persons cloasely associated catching COVID-19 or resort facilities being closed due to federal or cantonal authorities then you will be issued with a credit note for the lift pass that is valid for 5 years. There are other insurance options and some lift passes are not valid for the credit note scheme so be sure to check the terms and conditions in detail.

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