Hassle-free skiing is back – enjoy it before the season ends

It’s not just Italy pulling the curtain either. Austria is on track to drop the majority of its Covid measures this weekend – just in time for those looking to make the most of spring on the slopes. “March is the perfect time for spring skiing. It’s already a little warmer, the snow is still good and anyone who wants to take advantage of the extra hours of sunshine can start skiing in the morning as early as 7 a.m. in some ski resorts, ”explains a representative of the Office. Austrian National Tourist Board. Office.

Operators also revel in what’s left of the seasons. “The restrictions are certainly easier now than they have been for most of the past two winter seasons. We have extended our program for an additional week in April to give customers the best chance of booking a holiday skiing in the Alps and keeping up with the increased demand,” says Joe Ponte, CEO of Inghams.

Below we describe the current state of affairs in each of the main ski destinations. For more details and the latest updates as they happen, follow our ski holiday tracker. Plus, if you’re in the minority who waits until the last minute to book a ski holiday, now that the paperwork has been stripped away, there are still deals to be made and deep snow on the ground.

Italy

Hassle-free rating: 3/5

Italy has dropped a requirement for fully vaccinated British arrivals, or those who have recently recovered, to test themselves before their visit. Unvaccinated travelers can also now enter without needing to quarantine as long as they have proof of a negative test. It’s a historic move that aligns Italy’s policies, which have long been among the strictest in Europe, with those of its Alpine neighbours.

What rules remain?

Despite the easing of border restrictions, family ski holidays, with children aged 12 to 17, could still prove problematic in Italy where the “Super Green Pass” continues to govern entry to ski resorts. restaurants, hotels and bars and access to the slopes. Anyone over the age of 12 must have proof of full vaccination (second dose in the last six months or a booster) or proof of recovery within 180 days to activate their pass – otherwise you will need to take a PCR test every 72 hours (or antigen every 48 hours) to access the mountain. However, there is hope on the horizon, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi told the press that after the state of emergency ended in Italy on March 31, the use of the Super Green Pass will be phased out. Find out here which other rules are still in force in Italy.

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