Between 400 (police) and 2000 people (organizers) responded on Saturday morning in Gap to the call to bring together professionals from Hautes-Alpes ski resorts in France. They ask for the ski lifts, bars and restaurants to be opened before Christmas.
From 10:00 am, the demonstrators marched without incident from the Gap Town Hall to the prefecture. Some came from the Alpes de Haute-Provence according to the organizers of the march.
“We are asking to open between December 15 and 20. Without the opening of the lifts and shops, the stations will be dead and no one will come up to us. Suddenly, it’s very complicated and it represents almost 40% of the economy of the whole mountain, “Cédric Manzoni, owner of the hotel-restaurant Les Olivades in Gap, told AFP.
“We have proposals to be able to work in good sanitary conditions,” he said, pending a meeting scheduled for Monday between the Prime Minister and professionals from the massifs. “People go skiing to ski but also at the same time to drink hot chocolate, meet people and be in a lively place,” he concluded.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex had indicated that ski resorts could reopen during the holiday season, but the ski lifts will have to remain closed, promising to help the municipalities and professionals concerned.
“It’s an aberration because it’s an outdoor activity!”, Reacted the next day to AFP Alexandre Maulin, president of Domaines skiables de France (DSF), saying he was “appalled”. On the side of the mayors of mountain resorts, the president of the ANMSM Jean-Luc Boch had added by speaking of a decision “totally incomprehensible”.