6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

As we adjust to what the new normal looks like in everyday life, maybe it’s time to think about what a ski vacation might look like this winter and what we can do about it. stay safe. With safety and comfort our top priorities, here are our top 5 tips for staying safe on a ski vacation during COVID-19.

1. Disinfectant in your pocket

Perhaps the easiest way to protect yourself is to take a little hand sanitizer with you on the slopes inside a zipped pocket of your jacket. While it is true that most of the time you will be wearing gloves, it is also reasonable to assume that at some point you may need to use the bathroom during the day or purchase food. The problem with cold, snowy weather is that it often makes our noses run or run even when we’re perfectly healthy, causing us to wipe or blow our nose once inside. When we think of doorknobs, cabinet locks, credit card machines or food trays that we touch next, frequent sanitizing in interior spaces is a good idea. Many places will provide theirs, but carrying yours will keep you from getting caught off guard.

, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

2. Consider adding a neck warmer or balaclava to your ski wardrobe.

Staying in the hand cleanliness line, this might be the season to start wearing a balaclava if you haven’t already – especially for kids who tend to suck on their mittens (unpleasant yes , but a reality of skiing with children). While the cold can keep some germs away, many hands will touch the safety bars of a chairlift throughout the day, and it’s too easy to use that same covered hand afterwards to wipe a nose, or in the case. of many children – shoveling snow in their mouths. A hood or neck warmer not only keeps us warmer and more comfortable in cold weather, but it will likely reduce how often a hand goes to our mouth or nose. As with masks – having our mouth and nose covered will provide some protection against sneezing and other people’s water droplets – and will prevent us from sharing anything with others.

, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

3. Be aware of elevators

And on the chairlift side, many stations will offer their own protection protocols to prevent too many people from being installed in confined spaces or grouped together in a queue. However, if you find yourself at a resort that has not made an adjustment for it, make sure you only share the gondolas with those you are traveling with, avoid getting packed on full or side-by-side chairlifts. coast with strangers in line.

, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

4. Rent during quiet times

As for service around town, there are a few high traffic areas in most ski resorts that see concentrated crowds sharing indoor spaces; many equipment rental stores fall into this category. If a rental store offers an assembly service in the chalet, this is the safest. If that’s not an option, plan your visit to the store to make sure you avoid the busiest hours, like late morning or early afternoon. Specifically, do not leave before 10:00 am and between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. This may mean that you change your arrival time or your schedule on sight, but it will also allow for a quieter and more focused fitting session.

, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

5. Consider your restaurant options

The gastronomic experiences enjoyed on a ski vacation are for most people an important factor in the trip itself. During Covid, we can certainly still enjoy our culinary delights, although it would be prudent to give more thought to our catering arrangements. Again, if a meal in a chalet with the use of a local private chef is an option for you, this carries the lowest risk and maximum comfort. Visiting the restaurants in the resort is also a good option as it is a great way to get a real impression of the area. If you do this, be sure to check the facility’s Covid protocols before visiting – like seat spacing, the disinfection procedure between sessions, and the capacity during your time. You will probably need to book in advance and go to a location walk in only may involve not only waiting longer to eat, but also standing in line with other people you have not traveled with.

, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

6. Book private services

Finally, make sure that the services you book are private services for you and your travel companions. Being one of 10 strangers in a group lesson, huddled together in gondolas, transporting and sharing an instructor who does multiple lessons per day – increases your exposure. Many instructors are practical in the sense that they help adjust footwear, helmet, and other equipment for their guests throughout the day, and in a large group it will be necessary to pay more attention to cleanliness of hands and equipment. Private services will minimize close contact with those you have not traveled with and who have traveled from various places, and will ensure that maximum attention is paid to sanitation and cleanliness. As an added bonus, private booking for lessons and guiding services will enhance the experience itself as they will be completely focused on you, your interests and your abilities.

, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

Nadine Robb is owner and instructor at Hakuba Ski Concierge. Hakuba Ski Concierge is a boutique ski school in Hakuba, Japan.

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, 6 top tips for staying safe on a ski holiday during COVID-19

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