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It's beginning to look a lot like not happening for skiers or snowboarders. The French and Italian ski resorts will NOT be opening their lifts until mid-January. But you CAN still go if you're happy to cross country ski, snow shoe and breathe that fresh mountain air while enjoying your takeaway tartiflette. Ski tour? This is what we think.

It's a double whammy disaster for UK ski tour operators. Covid-19 and Brexit have created a giant mogul field of problems, which could mean the end of seasonaire jobs for Brits and, ultimately, higher prices for all visitors to ski resorts. See what SBIT, Seasonal Businesses In Travel have to say about this crisis situation, here.

Insured for cancelled holiday and/or companies going bust? With the ripple effect of this double whammy, we're now seeing cancelled holidays and travel companies going into liquidation. Ski insurance has always been a minefield to negotiate but now with Covid-19 and Brexit, there's even more potential for spectacularly blowing your cover. Here are some of your questions answered.

Dropping. So just dontcha wish you were there with Jeremy Jones in his latest movie, Purple Mountains, which is all about balance, down the spines of sheer white walls, figuring out his carbon footprint and how to further Protect Our Winters, changing politicians' and climate sceptics' views one step at a time, just like he split boards up the mountains.

Cooler temperatures are hitting the Alps this week with some flurries of snow forecast. But so far only the glaciers are currently creating FOMO for locked down skiers and snowboarders as, except for early October, it's been a dry start to the season at resort levels below 2000m. Check out our webcam in Serre Chevalier.



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