Yes, we’re back to what we love… skiing and snowboarding! However, the question remains, how will Covid affect our winter holidays and ski and snowboard lessons? We’re going to answer your most frequently asked questions and we will update this blog regularly!

To enter France you must have a vaccination pass (pass vaccinal) or a negative PCR / antigen test result taken within 24 hours pre-departure (aged 12 years or above). Please note, when you are in France to get into bars, restaurants and onto ski lifts, only a vaccination pass is accepted for 16 year olds or older, and for children between 12 and 15, a negative test result within 24 hours is allowed. Currently, wearing a mask is mandatory in all public places (inside and outside), except when you are doing sport – so you can enjoy the fresh air as you ski or snowboard! 

Here at Starski, we are committed to the safety of everyone. We follow all French government rules and have included a number of our own additional regulations too:

  • Our staff and instructors wear face masks and/or approved face coverings. 
  • We have alcohol-based hand sanitiser available in our office and we regularly disinfect sales counters and points of contact.
  • We encourage hands-free payment and try to limit payments in cash
  • We ask all clients and instructors to be on the lookout for Covid symptoms and if in doubt take a Covid test before coming to lessons.
  • In the event of a positive Covid test we will follow the French public health directives on contact tracing. 

We’re sure you have many questions, so here are a few answers to some of the most frequently asked ones so far:

1. Can I get a refund if travel restrictions change and I can’t travel?

Yes, you will find our full Covid cancellation terms here.

2. For mountain restaurants do I need a health pass?

Yes, everyone over 12 years old needs to show proof of being fully vaccinated (2 doses) or a negative test of no more than 24 hours old. From 16 years old a vaccination pass is necessary. 

3. My teenager has only had one vaccine, can they get a health pass?

Any child (under 18) travelling across the border with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian, are attached to their parents vaccination status. Therefore a child that has not received 2 vaccinations and a booster, but their parents have, will still be eligible for travel. 

Once in France, any child over 12 years old must present proof of vaccination or a negative test of no more than 24 hours old. See the useful chart from British Embassy below.

4. Are there masks suitable for skiing?

Yes there are certified neck warmers that you can use, ideal for pulling above your nose while in a ski lift queue. We even have our own Starski version which you can purchase in resort for 15€.

5. Will there be snow?

Of course, we always have snow. It’s not possible to tell you how much but no matter what all our instructors know exactly how to make the most of every last snowflake.

Happy family skiing with Oxygène in Val Thorens

You can find more information and advice from the French government here: French government Covid-19 information.

Starski is committed to identifying all possible risks associated with the transmission of COVID. You can find all our Covid cancellation policies in our general T&C.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

Starski is your perfect solution for enjoying the Grand Bornand to the maximum! See you in resort soon.

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