France, Austria, Andorra, Italy, Norway, Spain and Switzerland have all closed their resorts this week to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seasonal staff are now out of a job. Italy was the first European country to close its ski resorts, with the majority shutting down on 9 March when the entire country was placed on lockdown. French mountains officially closed at midnight on Saturday after just four hours notice from the government, as French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced at 8pm that the country must "close all non-essential locations, notably cafes, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and shops." All ski lifts in Austria will stop operating at the end of the ski day on Sunday. St Anton in Austria was placed in quarantine after a cluster of cases were linked to it. Anybody who has been to those three resorts since 28 February, or been in contact with people who have, must isolate for 14 days, Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.
Verbier, Zermatt and Saas Fee ski resorts in Switzerland closed on Friday. Arosa, St Moritz, Davos Klosters and Samnaun will close at the end of Sunday's session. Many small resorts will close soon. Major ski resorts also closed in Norway, Spain and in Andorra's Pyrenees.