More than half of skiers are willing to accept the Government’s new five-day quarantine rule in exchange for the chance to go on a ski holiday this winter, reports Lucy Aspden.
A survey carried out by ski equipment rental company Intersport, which has shops all over Europe, found that 80 per cent of skiers still hope to be able to hit the slopes this season, wth the majority (59 per cent) happy to quarantine for five days on their return.
However, there are a number of hurdles these determined skiers will face before they hit the slopes. Lack of travel options and insurance cover are two of the main reasons skiers are holding off booking their trips just yet. The majority haven’t yet secured a holiday, with over 41 per cent intending to leave it until the last minute, once their safe in the knowledge resorts in Europe will reopen.
“Of course we all want to see British skiers out here this winter,” said Arnaud Coppell, head of Intersport Rent in France.
“We know that the quarantine on the way back into the UK is a real problem for our British friends. We welcome the UK Government’s change in the number of quarantine days, and we can assure our customers that our shops are ready for this unusual winter, with a virtual queueing system, obligatory alcohol gel and masks and a no-questions-asked refund policy. To our friends in Great Britain we say this: whenever you can get here – no matter how late in the season – we’re ready!” he added.
The brand’s ambassador and Ski Sunday presenter Ed Leigh predicts increased demand for spring ski holidays. “I’ve been pushing Easter as the best time to go skiing regardless of Covid. But with this change in quarantine regs, it actually means that for 2021 there’s actually a perfect week lining up.”