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Les Arcs 2020/21

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@snowcrazy, I take it that you took the bus up to Pre Esprit, otherwise that is a hell of a skin from Bourg?
I take it that you are affected by the persistent weak layer that is troubling most of the alps this year?
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I've just had a look at the Les Arcs live cams. There are a lot of people about. A few people walking up the slope with snowboards but mainly packed with children sledging. There was, however, a group with bicycles that piqued my interest.

To my amazement someone has even rented out our apartment for next week.

I wonder when I will next see the apartment.
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@johnE, I appreciate the slopes are quiet but still surprised how many can be seen on the webcams.
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Up in 1950 we're seeing some pickup through the French holidays - nowhere near our normal 98% occupancy of course, but maybe ~15% - and heavily discounted. Even so, given the lack of lifts and piste skiing, that's a start.
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Some dramatic images on the webcams this evening

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@Arctic Roll, are the lifts running? What is the guidance regarding lifts/resorts opening?


https://www.france24.com/en/france/20210202-france-to-keep-ski-lifts-shut-throughout-february-holidays


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skimastaaah wrote:
@Arctic Roll, are the lifts running? What is the guidance regarding lifts/resorts opening?


https://www.france24.com/en/france/20210202-france-to-keep-ski-lifts-shut-throughout-february-holidays


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No lifts are open and I can't see any hope of them opening this season.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
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@skimastaaah,
@thefatcontroller mirrors my own views. The domain is doing a huge job in promoting alternatives to lift access skiing - new maps, touring pistes, snow bikes, sledding, walking /snowshoeing - see for example everything at https://en.lesarcs.com/ and each village is putting on its own range of Covid Secure 'animations' to provide alternative entertainment.
Obviously the shopping / bars /restaurants are still following government decree, and there are a few take-aways open. The 1950 Huit a huit is open for February, so no need to go to BSM for supplies.

But I don't see the lifts opening any time soon.

The funicular on the other hand has just been declared a "non-lift", and so is reopening for the school holiday season, and we're waiting on news on the Dahu and Cabriolet - intra/inter village links. So I think if you like the mountains per se and peace and quiet, there's plenty to attract you.

Or rather, attract the French - cos we Brits ain't getting there any time soon.

Cashwise, there is some serious pain - for commercants, for the tour operators, the town, the lift company, the workers, for individual apartment owners ( especially those with mortgages - although I understand there is a French government initiative to support those payments when there is no rental income - banks to suspend loans etc. ).
But, as per JohnE above, there are some, limited, opportunities to recoup a fraction of it.
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