In Austria, the fourth region has been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic since Monday. In the following weeks, residents of the country were only allowed to leave their homes when necessary, restaurants and most shops closed, as well as borders to tourists. On the other hand, schools remained open.
Today the Austrian Ministry of Health indicated that it is still possible to visit ski areas under the specified conditions. Many of them will be running elevators soon. In Kitzbühel, for example, slopes will open as soon as snow conditions allow, the APA reported today.
In the resort of Axamer Lizum near Innsbruck, the ski season is due to begin on December 3, one week later. And at another winter sports resort in Tyrol, Ischgl, cable car operators today decided to start the winter season on Friday next week, a week later than originally scheduled. In addition, there will be a ban on public alcohol consumption in the well-known center, which became the European center of the spread of the coronavirus in early 2020. In the federal state of Salzburg, large ski areas are preparing to start the season with a closure in case of favorable snowfall.
The ski regions of Upper Austria want the winter season to start as planned. For example, in Hinterstoder, this can happen on December 8, since a significant cooling is expected from Friday. In family ski areas like Hochficht, the season can begin on December 4th, snow permitting. At Kaasberg, the start date is set for December 11th.
The ski resorts of Lower Austria have not set a date for the start of the season. “Preparations are underway for the current winter season, but mostly without snow,” said Michael Reichel of the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
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