Every weekday during winter, and occasionally the rest of the year
26 October 2020
The larches haven’t shed the last of their golden needles yet, but winter is already here.
A doctor recently forwarded us this meme:
We think it’s about right: Val d’Isère is probably the safest place you could find yourself during a pandemic (except perhaps the middle of the Atlantic or North Korea…). Masks, gloves, fresh air, social distancing (around 5,000 m2 per person) and no need ever to go in an enclosed lift, because every piste in Val d’Isère is accessible by chair or poma.
So we’ll soon be back here on the terrace of the excellent Trifollet:
Maximum six per table – that’s pretty normal. Minimum one metre between chairs at different tables – there always is, or the waitresses would get squashed. Maximum 5,000 people at outdoor events? We can’t remember the last time there were 5,000 people at any function in Val d’Isère. Even at the Olympics in 1992 or the World Championships in 2009 they had to bribe local schoolchildren to turn up! Val d’Isère is not a place you go to watch other people ski. We have World Cup races on the first three weekends of December, but apart from the racers’ mums and our photographer, we bet there’ll be nobody there!
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