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Here’s how to save your half-term family ski holiday

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British families hoping to take their teenagers skiing this winter are being urged to ensure they are fully vaccinated in order to hit the slopes, following the tightening of Covid restrictions across Europe.

The situation is fast-moving – as with all travel restrictions over the past two years – and as we write, although the French government has not confirmed exact rules for unvaccinated minors, we believe, despite tightened rules for adults, they can still be tested every 24 hours to prove negative Covid status in order to access ski lifts, restaurants and bars with a pass sanitaire.

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Experts across the industry are scrambling for clarification, but, reassuringly, Craig Burton, managing director of Ski Solutions said: “While most families [travelling with us] with older teenagers are now fully vaccinated, there are still a number who are not – so this is good news for those with younger teens who might not have been able to get both jabs yet. With second jabs for 12 to 15 year-olds being administered in the UK now, it is a problem that eases with every week that goes by, and, as we move into the second half of the season, it will become less of an issue.”

That said, families are being urged to get their teenagers double-jabbed sooner rather than later to avoid getting left out in the cold or stung by testing costs in resorts – in order to be classified as fully vaccinated in many destinations a certain time frame needs to have passed since the second dose. “For any teens that are not yet fully vaccinated there is still time to get the second one in before a half-term ski holiday. It will make your holiday here run smoothly,” said Sara Burdon, head of communications in the French resort of Morzine.

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