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Half term, will it be busy?

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Hi. I've never been at HT before but next year I might be forced to. I'll be going somewhere in Italy so its be quieter than France as a rule. But what do we all the it will be like next year with COVID, surely the numbers will be vastly reduced? Would you even be bothered about it being HT?

In normal seasons which would be quieter out of Cervinia and Selva. I'm already assuming Monte Rosa and Pila will be quiet

Thanks Gaz
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@Gaz_H, I beleive that half term in Italy is only a couple of days rather than a full month as in France so I imagine it will be quiet.
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For the first time for well over 20 years I have no trips planned. If no COVID restrictions you should be happy to go to a packed resort as things will be better. I’m not expecting it but I know I’ll be elated if I can get skiing. I skied the last day in Italy this year and the last day in Switzerland before both closed. Now waiting and watching. With the lack of social distancing I see, not much hope I fear
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In Austria it coincides with Fasching and S. Netherlands school holidays in 2021. So yes, it will be very busy.
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Carnivale is Feb 16 this year in Italy, I think. Usually busy around this date in Italian resorts, but only for a couple of days.
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For the first time for well over 20 years I have no trips planned. If no COVID restrictions you should be happy to go to a packed resort as things will be better. I’m not expecting it but I know I’ll be elated if I can get skiing. I skied the last day in Italy this year and the last day in Switzerland before both closed. Now waiting and watching. With the lack of social distancing I see, not much hope I fear


Agree, by now I usually have a lads trip in Jan, a work trip in March and a family trip in Easter booked.

It took me 10 months to get my money back for two cancelled trips last year so I am not taking any chances next year, it will all be last minute.

| would love to book everything up and plenty of operators are sending emails telling me it is business as usual and I should pre book now and they will offer refunds, however would they refund if one of my kids had to self isolate the day before and the whole party cancelled? Also would insurance cover it or will they have sneaked the covid clause in?

Not many ski companies are offering much of a discount to book early so I don't see the point.
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Not booking anything either - plan pre-covid was to replicate last years v succesful half term trip driving to Aosta, airbnb and 7 days skiing at 5 different resorts - mainly good weather and still can't believe how great it was for so little money. First world problems I guess but not anticipating it happening Confused
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Not booking anything either - plan pre-covid was to replicate last years v succesful half term trip driving to Aosta, airbnb and 7 days skiing at 5 different resorts - mainly good weather and still can't believe how great it was for so little money. First world problems I guess but not anticipating it happening Confused


Yep, did similar to you last year, but nothing booked here either! Too many downside risks with lockdowns, quarantines...let alone getting into a confined space with potential virus hosts.

Last minute if it looks doable, otherwise will have to go without for a year! Sad
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Last minute if it looks doable, otherwise will have to go without for a year!


It could be that if we end up in a quarantine early in the season (read Jan-Feb), some late-season skiing might still be an option.
And by we I mean: country of origin + Schengen/ski area. (A bit like the challenge of today)

I do think I would cry like a little dog if I end up booking a last-minute, can't believe it's actually happening trip, and I end up having some god-awful weather that week like this year's Arlberg when it was either slush, or could barely see in front of me.
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Gaz_H wrote:
Hi. I've never been at HT before but next year I might be forced to. I'll be going somewhere in Italy so its be quieter than France as a rule. But what do we all the it will be like next year with COVID, surely the numbers will be vastly reduced? Would you even be bothered about it being HT?

In normal seasons which would be quieter out of Cervinia and Selva. I'm already assuming Monte Rosa and Pila will be quiet

Thanks Gaz


Not sure you can bank on anything for HT 2021. Even if this vaccine comes good, will it be rolled out enough by then to mitigate the effects of COVID? This November lockdown could be released for Xmas, then a third wave might be upon us again by February with lift closures, travel restrictions, quarantines and/or onerous entry requirements.

In normal seasons, Italy is generally quieter than France at HT, though it is high season everywhere. Italian resorts tend to be busiest at weekends, esp Sundays. Small resorts midweek can still be blissfully quiet though.

Cervinia has more space and less bottlenecks than Selva, which could also be affected by school hols in Bavaria that week.

MonteRosa isn't crazy busy, but does have some bottlenecks. Lots of Dutch as well as Brits there at HT 2020. Pila was very busy with Brit school parties last Feb HT, though you could avoid by going higher and to the outer reaches of the bowl. That schools business might not be so much in evidence in 2021 as most school trips have been put on the skids. You've still got the issue of getting there safely and it all being open.
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Not risking booking - I’ve had so much disappointment this year, and lost so much money, that I’m not putting myself through it again.
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