Skiing in the Pandemic Alpine Rivalries Flare amid Resort Closures

While Austria and Switzerland want to keep their ski lifts in operation, Germany, France and Italy are worried about superspreader events in winter paradise. Billions of euros are at stake.
A skier in Switzerland with the Matterhorn in the background: Just across the border in Italy, lifts are closed.

A skier in Switzerland with the Matterhorn in the background: Just across the border in Italy, lifts are closed.

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Ischgl in September: Posters advertising a reopening of the Schatzi bar, an aprés-ski venue.

Ischgl in September: Posters advertising a reopening of the Schatzi bar, an aprés-ski venue.

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Skiers wearing facemasks on the Les Diablerets Glacier in Switzerland.

Skiers wearing facemasks on the Les Diablerets Glacier in Switzerland.

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The ski area Passo Tonale in the Dolomites

The ski area Passo Tonale in the Dolomites

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