Holidays abroad this year have remained uncertain due to the UK’s changing quarantine measures. Unfortunately, it now seems that this uncertainty could continue into the winter with ski holidays now being the latest holidays to fall victim. Crystal Ski Holidays – which is owned by TUI – announced on Tuesday that it would be dropping its entire ski chalet programme.
Last season, the tour operator operated 45 catered chalets across the popular Alps.
Originally, Crystal Ski Holidays had planned to run 30 chalets.
But “due to the impact of COVID-19” the operator decided to drop their plans.
A spokesman for Crystal Ski Holidays said: “We’re sorry for any disappointment but the health and safety of our customers is our top priority.
“There are still a range of great ski holiday options available to choose from, including self-catering apartments to half board hotels.
“We’re proactively contacting everyone affected to discuss a full range of flexible options available, including amending to an alternative ski holiday, or cancelling and receiving a full refund.”
However, that their plans for this season would not be “forever” but just for this season.
On September 3, they launched their 2021/2022 sky programme to reassure skiers that they could book for the future.
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The tour operator has also included free amendments to holidays for anyone who catches coronavirus or needs to self-isolate, anyone living in a region that goes into lockdown, or have booked with a resort that foes under during lockdown.
With quarantine rules being updated on a weekly basis, Crystal Ski Holidays have also said that anyone who booked a visit that requires them to quarantine on their return or arrival, they can either amend their holidays or cancel them for free.
This also applies to countries that are on the travel corridor list but where the FCDO are advising against all but essential travel.
The ski industry was hit hard last year when the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe.
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Many ski seasons were forced to end early due to international travel restrictions and lockdowns.
This season, it appears a number of companies in the ski industry are having to change their plans and remain flexible due to the pandemic.
Skiworld reduced its entire operation by 20 percent earlier this summer.
They will also be reducing their chalet programme for this winter partly due to coronavirus.
Skiworld marketing manager Robert Dixon said they had to make cuts due to more people wanting self-catered accommodation.
He said: “Skiers are still booking [catered] chalets but they often want the whole chalet this season.
“We are expecting catered chalets to work well since guests don’t have to go out to eat and drink if they don’t want to.”
Around 1.5 million UK residents go on at least one ski holiday each year, according to a 2018 study.
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