Stand-off in Europe over plan to ban ski season due to Covid-19

Irish Times | Nov 26, 2020 at 6:41 PM
  • Europe’s Alpine region is facing a high-altitude stand-off after Austria dismissed proposals by Germany, France and Italy to postpone – or even cancel entirely – the looming ski season.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel has joined calls for a more modest season starting mid-January.
  • Austria’s resistance to talk of restrictions and a co-ordinated rulebook was swift and uncompromising, a reflection of the ski sector’s economic heft – and the influence of ski resort operators on Austria’s powerful regional leaders.