Social distancing..until this year I don't think we really understood what this phrase meant, however now we are all too familiar with these dreaded two words. However, SD doesn't need to be restrictive to your ski holiday this winter, here's why.

This winter is looking like it will finally get off the ground in January once the Christmas rush is over. Being one of the most international resorts in the Alps and famed for our après ski party scene, it was always likely we were going to be touched by the coronavirus. Fortunately, a young population and mainly healthy people has meant there has not been any serious problems in the resort. As we look forward to January and the opening of the lifts, things may look a little different for this winter anyway. Here's what you might see this winter.

Social distancing and mask wearing has been good practice over the last few months and Val d'Isère is certainly at the forefront when complying to regulations so you can expect this to be the norm both inside and on the main streets. The ski lifts will be operating normally but perhaps with less uphill capacity. Whilst we have lots of state of the art modern telecabines, we also have many chairlifts which provide ample security. Skiing is what we love and I don't think we will see a great difference to how people behave on the mountain and in the village to normal but we might find that the bars and restaurants are required to house fewer people. The ski bus may be a bit of a bottle neck for skiers with reduced numbers being allowed on board but we may also see a more frequent schedule.

What are the hacks for getting away this winter to Val d'Isère? If you like a gamble then this winter could be truly a unique opportunity to experience the mountain like never before, untouched powder, silent valleys and memorable descents. Reserving a chalet before the restrictions are fully lifted may see you getting a high spec luxury chalet with that indoor heated pool you had always dreamt of at a fraction of its usual rates. The key to avoiding disruption this winter is to reserve a holiday with as few moving parts as possible, private transport to the slopes, private chef in your chalet and private team who are exclusively yours looking after you during your stay. Private jet to resort might only be for the exclusive few but self driving to resort has never been easier, paperless checkins, no contact at borders and a warm underground parking garage waiting for you when you arrive. We will even have the cocktails ready for when you come upstairs!

The good olde days will return and we will be back singing and dancing at Cocorico's after a day on the mountain, but this winter we may need to focus on our skiing, our tans and our cocktails on our chalet terrace as the moon comes could be worse.

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