Ski in the new year in Austria — just don't expect a lift

A trip to the ski slopes can be the perfect — if cripplingly expensive — way to spend the dead days between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. Like so much else in 2020, however, finding somewhere to go is difficult.

As European countries prepare to relax restrictions for Christmas, talk of opening up their ski resorts is being greeted with a loud no, non and nein.

Such caution is understandable. Ischgl, the Tyrolean resort styled the Ibiza of the Alps, was the centre of an outbreak in March that was blamed for infecting more than 6,000 people from 45 countries.

Transmission appears to have been largely down to the resort’s wild night life. But there are fears the virus could also spread

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