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It's beginning to look a lot like f**ked. Macron has announced that it is very unlikey that French ski resorts will open until mid-January. He will be liaising with other European governments before making it official although don't hold your breath - or pack your skis. But, hey, there's not much snow in the Alps at the moment so it's a little easier on the FOMO.

Insured for cancelled holiday and/or companies going bust? Ski insurance has always been a minefield to negotiate but now with Covid-19 and Brexit, there's even more potential for spectacularly blowing your cover. Here are some of your questions answered.

The Covid-19 Effect. UK specialist ski operator, VIP Ski is the latest victim of the coronavirus effect on the ski season, going into administration, last week. We fear there are many more to come with the news that income for the lucrative Christmas and New Year holiday period is likely to be a bunch of zeros for all concerned in the ski holiday business. Check out the latest Covid-19 news for ski holidays and ski resorts here.

But let's spread the positive - and do your heads in a little - with some epic freeriding stoke, check out these all time Top 10 Freeride Tricks from the FWT:

Dropping.  And more doncha wish you were there from Jeremy Jones' latest movie, Purple Mountains, which is all about balance, down the spines of sheer white walls, figuring out his carbon footprint and how to further Protect Our Winters, changing politicians' and climate sceptics' views one step at a time, just like he split boards up the mountains.

Cooler temperatures are hitting the Alps this week. So far only the glaciers are currently creating FOMO for locked down skiers and snowboarders as, except for early October, it's been a dry start to the season at resort levels below 2000m. Check out our webcam in Serre Chevalier.



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