At present all ski resorts in France are closed as the country is under lockdown. Although less strict than the spring lockdown, every person in France still needs a permission form and an 'essential reason' to leave their home.
But as the government prepares to announce the next stage of the lockdown from December 1st, which is expected to involve lifting some restrictions, the government also needs to decide on the question of reopening ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees.
The end of the 2019/20 ski season was curtailed by the arrival of the pandemic in France in February and the subsequent lockdown from March 17th.
Now the resorts would expect to be beginning a new season, but cannot open.
Prime Minister Jean Castex has been meeting with representatives from the industry, which forms a major part of France's tourist sector, both with foreign and domestic tourists.
The prime minister said: “At this stage, this issue is not yet clear-cut, as the options are still being considered given the uncertainties about the evolution of the health situation.