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Where can I go skiing this Christmas?

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WishIWasFitter wrote:
I'm happy to take a test before leaving but I don't want to on arrival


t4tomo wrote:
that was the OP's point, you've unwittingly answered your own question without seemingly realising it, nor apologising for being rude


You're right. I'd read this as being happy to take a test before leaving the resort after the holiday, but I see now that the intent was to take a test in the UK before leaving home, and then quarantine at home if it comes back positive. My objection was to willingly moving around resort with covid rather than cancel a holiday.

@WishIWasFitter, I had misunderstood what you were objecting to, so I apologise.
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In terms of answering the title question... not even sure Hemel will be possible the way things are going Sad
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red 27 wrote:
WishIWasFitter wrote:
I hate the unknown, part of me would like to be told I couldn't go. Any advice or suggestions?


You can't go.

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There's a lot of truth in that.

Really, the probability of "can't go" is really high. So it's more practical to accept that. And then, you may get pleasantly surprised if you find some place you can go right on the night before.

WishIWasFitter wrote:
I like the look of Borovets in Bulgaria but can't find any cheap flights.

I wouldn't bother with booking anything this far out. Things could change substantially between now an mid-December.

I repeat, "you can't go". But come back and resurrect this thread in mid-December. You may be pleasantly surprised to find there ARE places you can go with reasonable certainty.
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Christmas is too early for proper skiing here, unless November-December is colder and snowier than usual, which so far it isn't. While they will open on the 19th the latest, the conditions before january are not optimal, and I don't expect them to work hard this winter when the foreign tourists are gone.
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I think we are determined to go somewhere, but it might not end up being skiing. I'm researching various options, so hopefully in a couple of weeks once we know what will open I'll be ready to book. Also waiting to see what gets snow. I like the look of Valfrejus and Norma as we don't need a large area, but I think they might be a bit low for Christmas. I didn't know Spain had a ski resort, but again a bit risky for Christmas. I haven't found any small and high resorts in Austria that have doorstep skiing, any suggestions please? I have Saasfee for Switzerland, though that is bigger than we need and is the accomadation we are interested in is already full or nearly.
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Scandinavia possibly. They are generally good for early season snow, which is variable at best in Alps, and may be more likely to have less restricted travle - but who knows on that point. They will certainly have very expensive alcohol!
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sweden only , norway is completely closed I believe.
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WishIWasFitter wrote:
I haven't found any small and high resorts in Austria that have doorstep skiing,.


https://www.schlosshotel-fiss.com/en/


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@WishIWasFitter, there are loads of hotels in Austria that are situated at lift stations or even on the piste. The downside is that they are often not in the village centres and can be a little isolated. Lift stations almost always have equipment storage, so walking around in ski boots carrying skis really isn't a necessity if you do not have "doorstep skiing". Remember most visitors to Austria bring their cars, so they are happy to park at lift stations each day and have the benefit of being able to visit many different ski areas during their stay. Doorstep skiing really isn't a huge draw here, but it does exist.
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WishIWasFitter wrote:
I haven't found any small and high resorts in Austria that have doorstep skiing, any suggestions please?


Kühtai ((village and hotels at 2020m)
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Kühtai, Obertauern and Rohrmoos (althoung not very high), many hotels in SFL, Lech or Oberlech, Zürs, Stuben, Saalbach etc and you could find almost everywhere in every ski resort some (or better to say a few) hotels that are near the slopes-lifts...but usually are really expensive

PS i know they are not really small but ok....
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Thanks for the ideas. Kuhtai looks great for me, but doesn't have enough blue runs for my family. Schlosshotel looks gorgeous but rather pricey
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I haven't found any small and high resorts in Austria that have doorstep skiing, any suggestions please?

@WishIWasFitter, There are plenty of Austrian resorts that have doorstep skiing. The snow line is lower in the eastern Alps, so you don’t need as much altitude. A good, efficient and extensive snow-making system is probably as important as altitude in the early season.
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In the last week BA flights to Mexico, Bulgaria and Austria have doubled, which was making me lean towards a crystal package holiday to Finland, but they have now delayed letting tourists in untill the 13th Dec, I wonder whether there will be another delay a couple of days beforehand. I'd love to see the northern lights but not sure about a week of almost no daylight. I hear France is making an anouncement on Tuesday, hope there's a definitive answer on whether the ski resorts will open.
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[quote="WishIWasFitter"]I haven't found any small and high resorts in Austria that have doorstep skiing, any suggestions please? /quote]

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@WishIWasFitter, Scotland 23-28 December Toofy Grin
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Finland.
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Finland.


Closed to foreign visitors
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red 27 wrote:
WishIWasFitter wrote:
I haven't found any small and high resorts in Austria that have doorstep skiing,.


https://www.schlosshotel-fiss.com/en/


We have stayed there and its the hotel used in the Will Ferrell film 'Downhill'. Fiss/Sefaus is far from being a small resort and I believe the area is on the top 10 global most visited resorts every year - but relatively unknown. Great hotel with a T-bar to gain elevation to ski-in/out. The meals have a buffet component starters, dessert and you will definitely be breathing in other people's warm air in the dining room and the pool area. You'd do well to get the holiday under £5K for a family of 4.
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WishIWasFitter wrote:
I've cancelled our accomadation at VT but keeping flights so will wait and see what opens, also looking at Bulgaria


People we know in Sofia say that the situation is very serious. I'd be rather inclined to not overburden the health system there, especially given the age profile of the population. It's not like you are being asked to put up with wartime, national service, years of family separation etc. Just stay home! Unless you really need those Instagram snaps... rolling eyes
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That's France out until probably the 20th Jan
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WishIWasFitter wrote:
That's France out until probably the 20th Jan


Bulgaria too:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/206673/Extraordinary+Measures%3A+Bulgaria+Proposes+Lockdown%2C+Closes+Schools%2C+Restaurants%2C+Malls
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Bulgaria - new measures from this saturday, but ski resorts (and any sports, except indoor gyms) not closed down (none currently open anyway, but expected opening dates are around 15th of december, weather permitting). Hotels are also open, but restaurant can only do take-away, meaning any hotel guests will be eating in the hotel room only. Measures are for 3 weeks, ending on dec 21st.
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... otherwise yes - covid situation is bad right now, as we didn't have a first wave in spring, we are having it now. Seems to be at the top at the moment, so I expect things to be much calmer by Christmas.
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Germany seeks EU deal to close ski resorts

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@Alastair Pink, under what EU powers/laws could that happen, exactly?
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@Alastair Pink, under what EU powers/laws could that happen, exactly?


I expect Germany is just hoping that by having a meeting with the other EU alpine countries they can reach a common agreement to close the ski resorts over Xmas. It wouldn't be EU power/laws, just several countries reaching an agreement to act together (if it happens that is). Madeye-Smiley
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Is Germany going to be the Grinch that stole Xmas (skiing)? Toofy Grin


Well, they still blame skiing for the spread of covid rapidly through europe
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@Alastair Pink, but the way the tory party propaganda machine wrote it up, it's a demand on the EU to act at EU level. They need better editors.

They also got "Macron made clear on Tuesday that ski resorts in France would stay shut until the New Year." wrong. He didn't say that. They need better translators.
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So much for the "ever closer union".
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I think I'm down to Finland or Switzerland, I like the look of Leysin, but is a bit low, anyone been there? Currently Finland is due to let tourists in from the 13th dec, anyone been in Dec, read reports that the snow isn't great then and only a few flood lit slopes are open. Levi looks promising.
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@mitcva, what union? Of alpine nations?
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I think I'm down to Finland or Switzerland, I like the look of Leysin, but is a bit low, anyone been there? Currently Finland is due to let tourists in from the 13th dec, anyone been in Dec, read reports that the snow isn't great then and only a few flood lit slopes are open. Levi looks promising.


Where did you see that about 13 Dec?
There is (just someone's holiday) video on YouTube from Xmas 2019. It is not as dark and cold looking as I thought when considering the same thing.
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I think I'm down to Finland or Switzerland, I like the look of Leysin, but is a bit low, anyone been there? Currently Finland is due to let tourists in from the 13th dec, anyone been in Dec, read reports that the snow isn't great then and only a few flood lit slopes are open. Levi looks promising.


Been to Leysin a few times and I like it. Its not the biggest area or the most demanding terrain, but they do have plenty of chair lifts, and the runs back to the village are all covered by artificial snow making, so you should be good to 'get home' even if its a bit warm. Added bonus too is the mountain railway from Aigle that drops you in the resort.
I'm booked in for Feb, but depending on the quarantine situation, I might give it a miss, and save things for 2022 - and commute/renew the MagicPass (which is a bargain if you get in early doors)
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Serbia is gearing to open up its ski resorts in Dec.

Small and low, but maybe a Xmas option for folks on a budget.

Switzerland the premium option.

Merkel wants all EU ski resorts to close until Jan.
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Not sure where I read about the 13th, sorry. @zombie

@Checkflaps have you ever been to Leysin in Dec?
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Andorra, and I think Spanish Pyrenees resorts, traditionally start snowmaking early so they can open for the national holidays before Christmas. I've just checked the live webcams and you can see snowmaking already at least in upper Grandvalira and Bacqueira-Beret. There is no guarantee all the mountains will be white but they try to get the main pistes covered. They do this every year.

I have no idea if Brits will be allowed in.
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WishIWasFitter wrote:
Not sure where I read about the 13th, sorry. @zombie

@Checkflaps have you ever been to Leysin in Dec?


Too low IMO for Dec, especially this year given there is literally no snow to it’s highest altitude at the moment. It could change quickly in Dec but could also be very scratchy looking at the current (bare) forecasts. What about Saas Fee. Already open. Much higher. Good snow guaranteed on the glacier.
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@Orange200, Spain now requires a negative test to enter. Catalonia (where Baquiera-Beret is) has recently reopened sports facilities and bars etc with limited capacity. Bars and restaurants close at 9:30pm, and there is a 10pm curfew. The big problem though is that Catalonia has a perimeter border closure - you can't enter or leave except for essential purposes.
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