Skiing and Covid-19: Does the closure of ski lifts make scientific sense?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – The measure announced by Emmanuel Macron made the professionals of winter sports resorts jump. But is it justified?

THE QUESTION. On November 24, after almost a month of confinement, the French are waiting, anxious, to know how they will be able to spend the end of the year holidays. The intervention of Emmanuel Macron is a cold shower for alpine skiing enthusiasts and professionals of winter sports resorts: the ski lifts of the ski slopes will not be reopened for the Christmas holidays. The mountain resorts nevertheless remain open, “to enjoy the clean air of our beautiful mountains, the shops – excluding bars and restaurants – which will be open», Specifies two days later the Prime Minister Jean Castex.

In summary: it will be impossible during these holidays to descend a slope for lack of chairlift, cable cars and other ski lifts, but the ski areas will remain accessible to snowshoes, cross-country skiers and toboggan enthusiasts. Why did the authorities target only alpine ski practitioners? Is the measure justified

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