TUK ski holiday operators have confirmed the fact that they will not travel until February next year, writes Lucy Aspaden.
HotelPlan UK-owned Ingams, Ski Total and Flexiski have all suspended their DC and January trips “following disappointing news that many ski resorts will not open their lifts by the end of January, with several airlines now canceling January flights.”
“At the moment, we don’t have a clear picture of when ski resorts are going to open and each country has a different idea, so we’re closely monitoring the situation,” said Joe Pont, CEO of Hotelplan UK.
Last week it was confirmed that lifts in France and Italy would not turn up until the new year, when only locals would have access to Austria. Switzerland stands alone to welcome foreign visitors with plans to open the resort before Christmas, but under strict new rules.
“Although many resorts have not been able to open their elevators in January, we are hopeful that we will be able to provide the ski vacation that people want in February 2021, and we understand that people are eager to return to the slums,” Ponte said.
All customers will be given alternative leave or refund at a later date. “Although March is the most popular month for ski bookings this season, we are seeing an increasing number for winter 2022/22 – and when the time is right, we will offer our customers the ski vacations they expect and much more,” Ponte said. .
Crystal Ski Holidays, the UK’s leading operator, also canceled all its holidays in December and confirmed that it would not start traveling to Andorra, Austria or Italy by January 2021.