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how to go skiing despite covid-19 restrictions
Jan 14

How to Go Skiing Despite Covid-19 Restrictions

By Camille Poire | BLOG

We are definitely living in a time when planning our winter vacation may sound to some a scary as well as near-impossible endeavor. When many ski resorts were forced to shut down due to the Covid-19 months ago, skiers around the world simply found themselves hoping for a reopening of ski resorts in the new 2020-21 season.

Of course, things do not seem to be likely to return 100% to normal soon. However, some ski resorts are already ready to open their doors to visitors again. This will involve observing protection measures, and following the restrictions and directions from each country. But in what state is the world of skiing at this time, and how can you go skiing despite Covid-19 restrictions?

Will you be able to go skiing this winter?

The short answer is yes, and there will be open ski resorts in Europe in 2021. The situation is still undoubtedly uncertain, but the countries of France, Italy and Germany have all agreed to keep their ski resorts closed until the beginning of January, after which they will hopefully start operating. Austria, on the other hand, announced that it would open its ski resorts on Christmas Eve, but said that this would only be for locals in the area, without the possibility of overnight accommodation.

Also, visitors from third countries who will visit the resorts of Austria will have to enter a ten-day quarantine when they come from countries with high incidence rates per 100,000 inhabitants. Switzerland also intends to keep all its ski areas open, despite intense criticism of some crowded incidents at the various ski lifts and some non-compliance with the necessary social distancing measures.

This may also be a good time to turn to the less-famous, yet quality and often much more affordable ski resorts of Eastern Europe. Bulgaria for example opened all its ski areas as planned in December, and resorts like Bansko, Pamporovo, or Borovets have been enjoying a great start to the 2020-21 ski season. As long as you don't mind forsaking the après ski (restaurants and bars are currently closed until February in Bulgaria) and you're willing to follow distancing measures, you'll find exceptionally quiet slopes awaiting you this year.

ski lift

How is the ski industry surviving?

European nations have been trying for months to adopt a unified stance, each imposing its own restrictions. And while many states announced national lockdowns in November, some say they are ready to ease restrictive measures in anticipation of the holiday season. Poland and Hungary have also blocked a landmark agreement from the European Union to set up a €750 billion recovery fund.

It is a fact that European tourism has been irreparably affected by the pandemic, with up to 11.5 million jobs in the industry at risk, according to the European Commission. Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for ski resorts across the European Union to remain closed, while French President Emmanuel Macron has said the dangers associated with Covid-19 make winter sports impossible.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the winter break would lead to a third wave of infections and called for a coordinated response with at least France and Germany. As a result, a collective decision was reached to close the centers in these three countries until at least the end of January.

For many, the period of winter sports is considered a critical test. Winter tourism brought in 14.9 billion euros to Austria last year, according to government statistics, and authorities hope that one of the toughest lockdowns in Europe, imposed in November, reduced the number of infections enough to guarantee a safe holiday season.

How can you reach the slopes without flying?

In this case, the only real alternative is to travel to the Alps by train. Unfortunately, the old-fashioned ski trains will not be operational this winter, but there are dozens of other train services from Central European countries that allow you to get to and from the ski resorts. 

It is important to note that many of the routes and services are more limited than usual. Nevertheless, there are safe train routes that can take you safely to your destination - always adhering to safety distances and personal hygiene measures, and skipping the so-called transit stops that increase the chances of the virus spreading through people's mixing.

What is it gonna be like in the resorts?

Les Gets ski resort France

Most resorts have fixed the details for their proper operation during the winter. The basic rules, however, are universal in all centers. They include keeping a distance of 1.5 meters, the use of masks in the ski lifts and their queues, as well as staying in outdoor spaces.

Many resorts will encourage their guests to use modern booking and payment technologies to avoid further cases, while bookings for the use of ski lifts may become necessary due to limited places. As we understand, the universal implementation of these basic measures is self-evident in all the centers, with some of them also making their own efforts to shape their response so as to further protect their users and halt the progress of the pandemic.

So, many ski resorts, such as those in France, which are likely to be operational from January, are preparing to face this current situation that has upset everyone. With composure and efficiency, the measures taken are for the benefit and safety of visitors who want to return to this unique and carefree activity, with reduced risk. After a difficult season for skiing but also for the world in general, these centers are in desperate need of recovery.

For their part, visitors seek a chance for relaxation and leisure at the first opportunity. Now with Nuco Travel, you can book a complete travel package to the French Alps for January of 2021 that promises more optimism and effort on all sides so you can have a proper trip in an outstanding landscape.

Have prices been affected?

One would expect that due to the current situation, prices may have dropped considerably, but this is not the case in most situations. This is because most resorts have reduced the number of rooms available and the capacity of their centers, but at the same time, prices must remain the same to cover their operating costs. Of course, there are some very good offers in terms of return policy and direct bookings that one can benefit from.

Read more: Ski Trip Essentials for an Amazing Snow Holiday

Telluride activities calendar when should you visit
Dec 10

Telluride Activities Calendar – When Should You Visit?

By Camille Poire | BLOG , DESTINATIONS , NORTH AMERICA

Telluride, the most populous town of San Miguel County, is quite the charmer. Surrounded by mountains and forests - in a box canyon - the town sports quite an adventurous look. Initially named Columbia, the name was changed to Telluride in 1887 to avoid confusion with a Californian town of the same name. Since then, tourists have loved this town that is also home to gold telluride minerals.

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5 terrific tips for living abroad long-term
Dec 01

5 Terrific Tips for Living Abroad Long-Term

By Camille Poire | BLOG , GENERAL TIPS , TRAVEL TIPS

It’s a mahoosive understatement to say that 2020 hasn’t been the best year for travellers.

But there’s hope on the horizon for global health, which means it’s time to (tentatively) bring your plans for moving abroad off the backburner.

And if you’ve never thought of a long adventure in sunnier (or snowier) climates before, perhaps lockdowns have catalysed some existential soul-searching, with the result that you’ve got seriously itchy feet and want your life to take a dramatic and exciting new direction?

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5 tips for editing your travel videos like a vlogger
Nov 25

5 Tips for Editing Your Travel Videos Like a Vlogger

By Camille Poire | BLOG , GENERAL TIPS , TRAVEL TIPS

Each trip is a personal experience. Travelling is an activity that fills you with precious memories, unforgettable encounters, and unique moments. Travel will always be something special for each of us. But you can also share this exceptional experience of your trip with the rest of the world. You can capture with your camera lens all those things that you saw with your eyes but also felt with your soul.

A polished travel video can accomplish all of these things. It can convey the images, the feelings, and the intelligence you may have received from each of your travels. Of course, if you know the proper way to do it. In this article, you will learn the five most essential tips to create an original and authentic travel video that will stand out among the thousands of others out there and will be able to speak to the hearts of your viewers.

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ski trip essentials for amazing snow holiday
Nov 18

Ski Trip Essentials for an Amazing Snow Holiday

By Camille Poire | BLOG , TRAVEL TIPS

You may have booked a room at that fantastic Central European resort and made all your travel arrangements, but that does not mean you are done with your preparations yet. There is one more important thing to do: pack all the ski trip essentials you need in your suitcase. Remember that proper suitcase packing is an art that most people are not well-versed in to begin with, but that everyone can and should learn to master.

In order not to be in an awkward position during your trip, we have gathered a checklist of all the necessary items you might (and probably will) need. But before we start, let's divide these items into two categories: those things you need while skiing and the things you need when you are not skiing.

Ready? It's time to open our closets and start searching!

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Top things to do in Hong Kong Central
Oct 28

Top Things to Do in Hong Kong Central

By Camille Poire | ASIA , BLOG , DESTINATIONS

In Hong Kong, the central island is where modern Hong Kong began. While many ancient colonial buildings that were once used as an administration center in the area have now given way to sparkling skyscrapers and bustling shopping malls, there are also more than a handful of historical attractions left that are worth a visit here. This article will help you discover some of the top things to do in Hong Kong Central.

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ways to ensure safety while travelling
Oct 24

7 Ways to Ensure Safety While Travelling

By Camille Poire | BLOG , GENERAL TIPS , TRAVEL TIPS

It is true that traveling rejuvenates the soul. The thrill of exploring an exotic destination alone or with loved ones is an overwhelming feeling: one that can fuel you up for months of monotonous work. While it’s true that traveling is pleasurable, it exposes you to a host of security threats as well.

Tourists can be naïve when they go to an unexplored place. There is a range of security lapses that leave a person vulnerable, and taking care of these is extremely important to make sure that a trip does not turn into an agonizing mishap. If you have planned a tour in the upcoming near future and are worried about security considerations, then these tips will help you to ensure your safety while travelling so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.

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5 Reasons You Should Trade Sand for Snow Next Vacay
Sep 28

5 Reasons You Should Trade Sand for Snow Next Vacay

By Camille Poire | BLOG , GENERAL TIPS , TRAVEL TIPS

When you stop to think about it, which elements of the typical beach holiday do you really love? Is it the hot sun that seems to warm your body and soul from the outside in? The soft, silky sand that caresses your toes? The cool, crystalline waters that feel as warm and welcoming as a bath? 

Granted, these attractions are pretty awesome, but a snow sports holiday can be equally good. Many resorts enjoy sunshine despite their cold climates, skiing and snowboarding are exhilarating, and the apres-ski culture is a special social scene that is very friendly and inclusive.

If you’re not yet convinced, here are 5 reasons you should trade sand for snow next vacay. 

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travel capsule wardrobe guide
Sep 22

Make the Most of Limited Suitcase Space with This Travel Capsule Wardrobe Guide

By Camille Poire | BLOG , GENERAL TIPS , TRAVEL TIPS

Packing for a holiday can always pose a real problem, especially when packing space is limited. And with more airlines cutting costs and trying to reap every penny from customers by charging add-on fees for extras, this means excess baggage can come at a steep price.

If you are fed up of wondering whether you have packed everything you need, and in order to avoid having to pay any additional fees, consider putting together a capsule wardrobe. Piecing together a basic travel capsule wardrobe will give you time and space to really consider what accessories you will need on your trip.

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