23rd February 2022
Bookings are almost at pre-pandemic levels according to a new report. PlanetSKI has been on the slopes of France and can report it has been busy over the February holiday period. NEW
The report comes from the holiday firm PAP Vaccances.
It claims booking are up 88% on last winter when the ski lifts were mainly closed, but resort facilities open to a degree.
More importantly it says bookings are up 8.2% on 2020 when Covid-19 struck.
It found that bookings were almost back to pre-pandemic levels.
Resorts in the Alps account for almost 65% of ski holidays taken and they were 5% below their 2020 levels.
The Pyrenees accounts for much of the rest and reports a 70% increase.
PlanetSKI was in Morzine and Les Gets during the main French holiday period in February – the slopes and restaurants were busy.
Resort officials told us that the period the following week, when the British half term took place, was also busy and things were very much back to normal.
It is welcome news after a poor start to the winter as the omicron variant spread and France introduced tough restrictions for British visitors with the border closed.
“Xmas was pretty catastrophic as we are heavily reliant on British visitors and they were unable to come,” said Sara Burdon from the Morzine tourist office to PlanetSKI.
“We were helped by the French and the Dutch coming.”
Now though things are very different with an excellent February for Morzine.
“It’s great to have Morzine busy and buzzing again,” added Sara Burdon.
“The full entertainment and events programme is back on and accommodation is full over the holidays.
“Bookings are looking very good for the rest of the season as skiers are keen to take advantage of the ease in restrictions and get back to their much loved Morzine.”
It was similar in neighbouring Les Gets.
And there were crowds and queues in La Rosiere when we visited the following week
Interestingly the the Massif Central mountain region has seen strong growth.
There are 32% more holiday bookings compared to 2021 and 89% more than 2020.
In part this is due to the rising costs in the Alps, but also last winter many people took to cross country skiing and snow-shoeing.
The area actively promotes these activities and it comes in at a fraction of the price of a holiday in the main resorts of the Alps and the Pyrenees.
UK operators continue to report strong sales for late skiing and snowboarding in France as Covid -19 restrictions ease and we move into a world of post-pandemic skiing.
Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article with information from some of the UK operators that sell holidays in France.
It will be interesting to see their position.
Do check back…..
This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.