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Will French Alps Close Today / Weekend?

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@pam w, what's an SUP in English Puzzled
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If we're referring to a Stand Up Paddle Board, pretty sure it's the same


Skiffo : une marque française, spécialiste du SUP gonflable
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@pam w, seems to be "le Stand Up Paddle"!
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Ahhh that makes sense. La Academie Francaise will no doubt deliberate for 3 years and dream something up, like ordinateur de poche instead of the ubiquitous le smartphone.
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Well I know that shag is pipe tobacco but I wouldn't go into an English tobacconist asking for my shag


You never went to the famous Shag Cafe in Grenoble then?


I have a colleague who enjoys shagging in the room out the back at that cafe, he's pretty good at it. He's even done a shagging week in a gite in the Drome. Anyway he always finds willing women up for a bit of a shag. Sesseynet is a bit far for me, shagging or not.


Is it actually a 'special interests' place then? I always just thought it was a bad attempt at a Frenglish name! Everyday a school day...


It's a dance from Atlanta. If you are male and like dancing there are always a lot of women up for it.
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La Academie Francaise will no doubt deliberate for 3 years and dream something up

Laughing Meanwhile "le stand up paddle" will do - said with a cod French accent, of course.
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Just in from my Italian neighbours rolling eyes

Désolé Gavin mon mari a trouvé la frontière française fermée jusqu'à le 15.6. Au contraire les françaises pouvaient passer en Italy. Bon voyage a vous deux au revoir après le 15.6.

Sorry Gavin, my husband found the French border closed until 15.6. On the contrary the French could pass in Italy. Have a good trip, goodbye to you two after 15.6.
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Summer season starts here tomorrow although it is likely to be a very slow start. They're busy widening all the footpaths, good idea I think and fairly easy here as main drag is one way. Will reduce parking spaces drastically which will be a big problem in Winter.



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Crazy busy at Eurotunnel everyone trying to get back and coachloads (I'm not exaggerating) of Eastern Europeans, presume farm labourers?
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Big queues at the Tunnel in Calais again today, Sunday. Mates been waiting for 2 hours, only one Shuttle an hour. Lots of Romanion seasonal workers around.
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Claude B wrote:
They're busy widening all the footpaths, good idea I think and fairly easy here as main drag is one way. Will reduce parking spaces drastically which will be a big problem in Winter.


The french are unbelieveable Shocked 3 restaurants have already set up tables on the pavement effectively making the pedestrian area smaller than it was before widening Shocked Hopefully that will be rectified before we open in anger on 27th.
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Oh well maybe this thread should be retitled "Will French Alps Open this Season" Crying or Very sad

Hopefully what Macron will announce will be a six-week lock-down leading up the beginning of the ski season in order to try and protect Christmas.

I do think that we will be stuck in the UK and not allowed to travel to a "second home" similar to last time, that said I'm quite content to be here currently, that is until I see friends posting "face shots" from ski touring, though maybe that will be interdit like last time.

Just hope in this thread we can keep it to skiing etc and not another Covid thread inhabited by people who really have no intention to ski in France this season.
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@Weathercam,
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Another positive of a new 6 week confinement will mean the mellon-farming hunters will go away again.
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@Weathercam, Hi Weathercam. Do you know what time Macron is speaking today? Thanks.
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It would be fantastic to think that governments were forward thinking and looking at stricter restrictions from now to Christmas to then let us have a Christmas but do you think they have thought that anyone wants to spend Christmas with someone from another country?
Completely stupid if the British let all their population go on a free for all, the French match but we still have travel restrictions.
I am affriad my thoughts of any skiing this year are completely gone as the numbers will rocket after Christmas & new year. I can even go skiing 3 hours up the road if the conditions are good as all my gear is in France....
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@Matt1959, 8pm
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I don't expect to be skiing anywhere other than in the UK this year - and have had some brilliant fun in Wales and Scotland over the years.
But I live in hope Smile
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From Le Dauphine
https://www.ledauphine.com/skichrono/2020/10/29/reconfinement-les-glaciers-de-tignes-et-des-deux-alpes-ferment-ce-jeudi

Reconfinement : les glaciers de Tignes et des Deux-Alpes ferment ce jeudi !
Avec le reconfinement, les domaines skiables de Tignes et des Deux-Alpes ferment ce jeudi 29 octobre.
On ferme ! Les glaciers ferment leurs pistes aux skieurs ce jeudi à cause du reconfinement à l’échelle nationale lié à la crise sanitaire du coronavirus.

Les domaines skiables d’altitude de Tignes et des Deux-Alpes seront à l’arrêt après une ultime matinée.

Aux Deux Alpes, la fermeture était programmée à ce dimanche à la fin des vacances scolaires de la Toussaint. Idem à Tignes, avec le glacier de la Grande-Motte, parfaitement enneigé comme son voisin dauphinois.


Now this is the optimistic bit!

Le reconfinement étant acté jusqu’au 1er décembre a minima, les différentes stations sont en attente de nouvelles annonces pour officialiser leur ouverture, en décembre.

But looks like we'll have to wait till the next announcement December 1st to see if we can even travel etc
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Weathercam wrote:

Now this is the optimistic bit!

Le reconfinement étant acté jusqu’au 1er décembre a minima, les différentes stations sont en attente de nouvelles annonces pour officialiser leur ouverture, en décembre.

But looks like we'll have to wait till the next announcement December 1st to see if we can even travel etc


I believe that reviews have been promised every 14 days - whether that will be an extension of the shutdown beyond December 1 or a relaxation of the restrictions from that date remains to be seen. My money would be on the former, sadly...
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@snowbroad, indeed. Given the viral dynamics, I doubt we'll see any effect until after the first 14 days anyway ...
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@snowbroad, indeed. Given the viral dynamics, I doubt we'll see any effect until after the first 14 days anyway ...
Three weeks according to a study of action taken in 133 countries that I saw recently, for the impact of a raft of social distancing restrictions. I'll see if I can find the link to it.
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@under a new name, yup.

""By December 1, we will not be at 5,000 contaminations per day. I can tell you that straight away today. We will need more time," said Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the French government on the pandemic.

"The scenario is rather to have this lockdown period of one month, to look at the different types of markers and then to exit this containment through, by example, a curfew that could continue through December, possibly covering also Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and to end it only in early January", he said."
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Seeing as skiing was a major Petri dish/ melting pot last season I’m not hopeful of and early re-opening
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@On the rocks, was it the skiing or the shared chalet accommodation & indoor après ?
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@rob@rar, three weeks sounds about right. In the UK anyway, given a person may not get symptoms for 5 days after infection and then has to book a test (can be a couple of days) and wait for the result (typically 2+ days at the moment) most of the first two weeks' data would still reflect infections before the change. If you work on the basis most people infect at least one member of their household regardless of restrictions, there will be only a small decline for another cycle. The impact on inter-household spread won't be apparent until the third week.
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Please guys let's try and keep this to skiing etc and not replicate all the other Covid threads, though I know that's difficult and most posting here do by hook or by crook intend to get out to French Alps at some point or are all ready there.

I've only spoken to one mate who has six big appts and he was already booked up for the holiday season.

I've not touched base with some Hotel owners I know but was nagging with my mate who is a guide and this is what he said day before yesterday when I asked him how he was getting on and what if restrictions like in the Spring.

We would in this case pack the van and head for the “only “ place and country where common sense is still an acceptable view of life...

His other phrase which he used when we were naïve about conditions and after a great day we'd be nagging him asking about what was on the cards for the next day was a simple
"Wait and See"

And I think that's what we've got to do with this Covid scenario.
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@On the rocks, was it the skiing or the shared chalet accommodation & indoor après ?

They are inseparable for almost all skiers, plus cable cars, gondolas and lunch stops
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Jonny996 wrote:
@On the rocks, was it the skiing or the shared chalet accommodation & indoor après ?

They are inseparable for almost all skiers, plus cable cars, gondolas and lunch stops


Apart from the use of gondolas which if not too busy can be worked around none of the other things are required, if it's no skiing or no apes it's an easy choice, of course it would be awful for the businesses involved but some might be able to offer outside service in the better weather.
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We had been hoping to visit France next week, but that now seems impossible though we will look at the lockdown details when they emerge. As well as delivering some stuff to our apartment we had hoped to retrieve enough of our ski gear (boots, helmets, salopettes) to give us some flexibility in the winter if other places were more accessible.

And although we have some booked flights for January, even if France is open the best bet may well be to drive so we are flexible and self-contained.

Like everyone else here, what we really want now is something we can look forward to with a modicum of confidence.
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Just been "Controled" for the first time ever. Near Sallanches having been shopping with the wife in her new (to her) car. We are still on UK plates (but on French insurance that matches our address) , so along with Attestation an ID they needed vehicle documents. Everything is correct, sow we were thanked for our time and sent on our way. Hopefully they will have a word (or more) with all the Parisians, Lyonais and others who turned up En Masse over the weekend
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Just heard from our chalet host, Flaine doesn't look like it's going to open til 20th Jan Sad
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@sproot, still undecided - at least, totally, officially, but there are about 4 threads running on that topic since about 20:30 CET last night ...
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@under a new name, I thought the beeb had said yesterday that Macron wanted to speak to other (Italy / Austria etc) leaders to, I presume, make a consistent plan. It was only bars/restaurants that were closed to 20th, so was a bit surprised to get the call today.

We were booked from 2nd (and we were actually going on 30th December to avoid beta testing the brexit border arrangements) so I'm not hopeful.
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@sproot, until Macron spoke at 20h00 our time yesterday, that was one of the factors, with a 10 day limit, then he surprised everyone. Best thread here I think https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=4677929#4677929
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