But this is sometimes also due to the snow conditions. “Despite all the discussions of the last few days: We have received a lot of positive feedback that people can now finally ski,” said the spokesman for the Salzburg lift operator, Erich Egger, in an interview with APA.
Skiers have to keep this in mind
- The maximum number of people permitted in closed and coverable vehicles (gondolas, cabins, coverable armchairs) is limited to 50 percent, Salzburger Land Tourismus informed in a broadcast on Wednesday.
- For families and people from the same household, the 50 percent capacity may be exceeded.
- In addition, people aged 14 and over must wear an FFP2 mask in gondolas, on chairlifts with a protective hood (bubble), as well as in closed rooms and waiting areas at the lifts and cash desk.
FFP2 masks can be purchased
How the individual ski areas deal with the federal ordinance with regard to the coronavirus is different. For example, some also offer FFP2 masks for sale, which are mandatory for use on chairlifts and in gondolas and when queuing for those aged 14 and over. The Schmittenhöhenbahn in Zell am See, of which Egger is the managing director, will sell the masks for 2 euros at all ticket sales points. 20,000 pieces were organized, so that one will surely come over Christmas time.
“Please participate here”
Egger believes that the control is possible because the FFP2 masks are characterized by a certain look: “They look something like the mouthguard of a knight’s armor.” It will be more difficult to check the age limit of 14 years. This is possible with season tickets because they are personalized, but it becomes difficult with day tickets. In this context, Egger also appeals to parents to take responsibility for themselves. “Please join us here.”
Ban on take-away at Salzburg’s ski huts
In Salzburg, it was refined with an ordinance from the state that provides for a far-reaching ban on take-away offers at ski huts and comes into force today and is initially limited to January 18. Specifically, it prohibits the collection of food and beverages from catering establishments that cannot be reached by guests with motor vehicles on public roads. Some huts could therefore offer take-away meals, especially at the valley stations.
Neither food nor hut fun while skiing
If the ski areas in Salzburg and Tyrol are allowed to open tomorrow, winter sports enthusiasts must take their own food with them. The hut keepers are not allowed to offer take-away meals.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm remains closed
The Ski World Cup region Saalbach-Hinterglemm will not begin for the time being. A cable car company could not guarantee a check of the mask requirement, but the legal liability if something happens lies with the managing directors, explained managing director Isabella Dschullnigg this step.
No foreign guests
While the ski areas are allowed to open at least to local guests, all accommodation establishments have to be closed at present and up to and including January 17th. For the predominantly family-run hotels and pensions in SalzburgerLand, this situation is a great challenge, as SalzburgerLand Tourismus pointed out in a broadcast on Wednesday.
“More than three quarters of our guests in winter come from abroad, 40 percent of all guests from Germany”, says Leo Bauernberger, Managing Director of the SalzburgerLand Tourismus Gesellschaft. “It is therefore in everyone’s interest to keep the pandemic under control and to do what is humanly possible to gradually dismantle the existing restrictions. Even if it challenges us very much – we still believe in this winter.”
Opening is “an important signal”
The fact that the ski areas are now opening is a very important signal. “That is of course also noticed in our neighboring countries. Pictures of snow-covered slopes in our ski areas and of considerate coexistence on the slopes stir up the longing in those who are currently unable to come to us.”
(Source: APA / SALZBURG24)