Another fatal skiing accident in France, this time 37 year old actor, Gaspard Ulliel. Similar to the five year old girl in ESF ski school in Flaine he was tragically killed in a crash on a blue run - and he, apparently, was not wearing a helmet. Stay in control on the slopes, slow down at intersections and in ski traffic because, sadly, speed kills. And wear a lid.

In Italy ski helmets (lids) are mandatory for skiers and snowboarders under 18 years old. Also riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs is now illegal and insurance including third party liability is essential under the new Slope Safety rules introduced 1st January 2022.

And just like that...the French open up to the Brits again. But only the double/treble vaccinated ones will be allowed to enter and not quarantine. Proof of a negative PCR or antigen test is still essential within 24 hours before travel. UK kids over 12 years old with only one vax will need to test everyday while in France. So it's Italy and Austria, then, for family half term ski holidays.

Menwhile what is the future for ski resorts? Five years ago we looked at how the skiscape would change but we didn't forsee the pandemic. So we've updated our predictions for the future including the Covid effect, tech advances, demographic changes, activity diversification and even the potential for AI ski patrol  Check it out here...

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The Future For Skiing and Snowboarding 2022 and Beyond

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