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  • Yes, I saw Swiss resorts being fairly relaxed, but the 10 day quarantine going to put the kybosh on it for holidaying. We're looking at seasoning in Verbier as we get the reduced-pricd passes but the cost of accomodation is just ridiculous. I guess property owners are figuring the only foreigners who are going to be coming to Verbier will be seasonaires?

  • I guess property owners are figuring the only foreigners who are going to be coming to Verbier will be seasonaires?

    Are the French, Germans etc having to quarantine?

  • I think it's everyone who isn't Swiss

  • Here's the list for switzerland:
    https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/kra­nkheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/­aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/­empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-e­inreisende.html#1918240392
    French yes, except Border areas, same for Austria.
    Seasonal accommodation has always been crazy in Verbier. Apartments are the same price for the season as they would be for the year, and you have to pay most of it up front.

  • Looks like Russia isn't on the list so perhaps there won't be too much difference to normal!

  • 1500chf a month for a 1 bed apartment in Verbier, admittedly in the centre. Think we might have to rethink and go back to Serre Che. Missed out on cheap season passes though-grrr

  • 1500chf a month for a 1 bed apartment in Verbier

    Im amazed that you can get a 1 bed for that in Verbier! Struggling to find a 1 bed in South Tirol for less than £6k Euros per month although there is a real shortage of apartments there.

  • We'd been looking at Cries and Etiez, much more doable, especially as parking's free in Le Chable. But apartments in Briancon are 500-600 euros a month. Skiing's good too, though last Christmas was bonkers busy.

  • 1500 a month is pretty good. We paid 9000-11000 per season for a studio, so ~2000 per month charges included. When the minimum wage is ~20CHf per hour then it's not bad as long as you can front the cash.

  • Fair enough. Guess we're just tightwads!

  • rethink and go back to Serre Che

    Not such a bad thing.

    I love Serre Che.

  • I've still got my flights to Switzerland booked for March. This year was the first in 20 years that I've not been in Zermatt. We were ready to drive up (folks live in Swizterland) and our friend called us to say don't bother they are closing the next day :(

    The quarantine is a bit of a shit, but I guess I might go for a month then

  • For people who are doing office jobs from their study/living room/bedroom for the foreseeable future, how viable would it be to move to the Alps in December and stay until April, while at the same time still working from "home"? Could ski first lift most days and still log on to the laptop by 9-30am London time...

    Presumably the big challenge would be making sure the broadband is up to scratch and that if it goes wrong you have the language skills to ring up the provider and get it fixed quickly.

  • Free Wi-fi in the mountain restaurants? Ski from place to place. It’ll look like you’re online all the time.

  • I know a London based lawyer who spends the majority of the ski season in Verbier. He takes calls on lifts, schedules online meetings in the evenings and skis more than most. Nailed it!

  • Masks will be easy on enclosed lifts if snoods count!

  • For people who are doing office jobs from their study/living room/bedroom for the foreseeable future, how viable would it be to move to the Alps in December and stay until April, while at the same time still working from "home"? Could ski first lift most days and still log on to the laptop by 9-30am London time...

    Presumably the big challenge would be making sure the broadband is up to scratch and that if it goes wrong you have the language skills to ring up the provider and get it fixed quickly.

    You'd need to be an EU citizen, or have a visa in order to be able to stay for that length of time I believe, as we will be limited to 90 days in every 180.

    You'd also potentially run into tax issues, although that might be only if you spend six months.

    Finally, you'd be working illegally unless you had a visa for the whole period that you're "WFH", although how the Gendarmes would tell is a good question.

  • Haven't those fleece/ synthetic snood type face coverings been proven to create more microdroplets and create a virus aerosol?

  • I'm pretty sure they don't.

  • How can u tell if I have a mask on underneath?

    I expect most will have a mask around neck and just use snood.

    Taking clobber / helmet / gloves / goggles off ery time.

    Bollax

  • I can't but that's the law. In my experience this summer, the lift stations have been quite relaxed.
    It's been the same with DH bike helmets, some people just shove a mask in the front which has been accepted as good enough.

  • In my experience this summer, the lift stations have been quite relaxed.

    This summer in the Austrian Tirol we probably only saw one or two people not wearing masks on the lifts over a ten day period. Was actually quite suprised to see so many people masked up.

  • I suspect that the resorts will be extremely strict this winter, especially given the class action lawsuit being brought against the Austrian government for failing to control the outbreak in Ischgl last year. I assume their insurers will be monitoring and puttting a lot of pressure on them to be strict.

    The Austrian lawsuit is already up to €600m and growing.

  • Well latest I heard is that 2nd wave is a weakened mutation of OG. So it probably burn out by spring. #trufax

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