France closes all ski resorts in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Val Thorens, France. Shutterstock.

France is the latest European alpine region to shut all ski resorts following Italy, Tirol and Switzerland in recent days.

All ski resorts in France will close until further notice from midnight, Saturday March 14 local time. 

This follows the French governments new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. Bars, restaurants and all non essential shops are also too close. 

Chamonix Mont Blanc announced closure via social media this evening.

“Following the announcements made by the Prime Minister this evening, please be informed that the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc is obliged to close its ski areas, tourist sites and mountain restaurants as of tomorrow morning, Sunday 15th March 2020 until further notice. 

Our teams will be using the lifts to access the buildings & installations in order to secure the sites. Thank you for your understanding. This total shutdown of our installations is the result of the new series measures imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus”

Val Thorens, Le Grand Massif, Les Gets, La Clusaz, Alp D’huez have all also announced closure this evening local time.

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