How will the winter go with the virus ?


The whole resort of Valmeinier is mobilized to welcome you this winter in the best possible sanitary conditions!

We answer your questions here. This page will evolve according to official information. We update this page as and when we receive information.

The Valmeinier resort will open this winter, like all the French ski resorts, following the government’s announcement on 30 September. We welcome you from 18 December 2021 to 17 April 2022. National health measures apply as in the rest of France.

The whole resort of Valmeinier is adapting to offer you a safe holiday!

In Valmeinier, the health pass is compulsory from the age of 12 in several cases: in establishments open to the public, at certain events, in restaurants including high-altitude restaurants, on ski lifts & at ski pass sales points.

To date, there are no arrangements in place within the resort to carry out tests for the benefit of holidaymakers. Testing is possible at the bottom of the valley. As the health situation is evolving day by day, it is possible that this arrangement will change.


Where do I have to show my health pass?

In the resort, the “health pass” is compulsory from the age of 12 in the following cases:
– To access the ski lifts (including free ones) – checks will be carried out at the start of the ski lifts and at the start of the ski lessons

– In restaurants, bars, cinemas and generally in establishments open to the public – checks will be carried out at the entrance to establishments
– To attend or take part in certain events (inside or outside) – checks are carried out at the entrance to the establishments

– For access to mountain restaurants – checks will be carried out

In addition, health measures – detailed on the government website – apply in the resort as they do throughout France.

If you have any questions about the health pass: you can consult the government’s frequently asked questions or contact 0 800 130 000 (free call, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Where can I get tested for Covid-19?

To date, there are no arrangements in place within the resort for testing for the benefit of holidaymakers. Testing is possible at the bottom of the valley. As the health situation is changing day by day, this arrangement may change.

Most test sites require prior appointment. We recommend that you call before coming.

– Saint Michel de Maurienne pharmacy: make an appointment by telephone beforehand on 04 79 56 51 88

– Laboratory in Saint Jean de Maurienne: make an appointment beforehand

How do I get to the ski lifts?

Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11 (recommended for 6 to 11 year olds) for all the ski lifts (including in the access lanes) by prefectural decision.

Only ski lifts and conveyor belts may be exempted from wearing a mask (when used by one client at a time). Users must wear an approved mask, which may be a surgical mask or a category 1 fabric mask (AFNOR SPEC S76-001 certification). As for neck warmers, only those that are filtering and meet the same standards will be allowed.

The sanitary pass has been made compulsory since 04/12/2021 by the regulations on all the ski lifts of the Domaine Skiable, including the free lifts.

In accordance with the regulations in force, people who are subject to this obligation and who are unable to present a valid health pass when checked will be refused access to the ski lifts.

A distance is also imposed in the lift queues.

Where and when should I wear the mask?

Wearing a mask (any approved mask: surgical, category 1 fabric, approved neck strap) is compulsory for everyone aged 11 and over (recommended for 6 and over) in the following cases:

– In enclosed public places, including those subject to the “health pass

– When entering a group of more than 10 people on the public highway or in a place accessible to the public.

– In markets, Christmas markets and similar events

– In queues (even outside) including those of ski lifts

-On board ski lifts, but not on the slopes

– In shuttle buses


However, it is not compulsory to wear a mask on carpets and ski lifts, which are only used by one person at a time, or when skiing downhill, cross-country or Nordic.

How to keep distance?

Whether you have a health pass or not, whether you have been vaccinated or not, the first line of defence is to protect yourself. Here is what is expected of everyone:

Wearing an approved mask :
– Mandatory from 11 years old (and recommended from 6 years old).
– On board ski lifts (but not on the slopes).
– In all buildings (stations, sales points, services, etc.)
– In all queues, including outdoors.
– In all places where it is indicated that the mask is required.

Distancing :
To be respected in all queues, indoors and outdoors, and at points of sale.

The basics:
Independently of the measures specific to the field, the following good habits remain essential to limit the spread of Covid… and all viruses and microbes:
– Regularly wash your hands with soap and water, or with a hydroalcoholic rub
– Systematically cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing into your elbow
– Blow your nose in a single-use handkerchief to be disposed of immediately in a waste bin
– Avoid touching the face, especially the nose, mouth and eyes
– Maintain physical distance as far as possible


What about my health pass that was not issued in France?

For any question concerning vaccination carried out abroad, proof of tests (positive or negative), or the TousAntiCovid app: contact 0 800 08 71 48 (free call, from 9am to 8pm, 7 days a week).

– The QR-Codes recognised are those issued in the European Union and in the following countries United Kingdom, Israel, Switzerland, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey, Norway, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faeroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Morocco, Monaco, New Zealand, Panama, San Marino, or the Vatican.

– Nationals of other countries must have their health pass validated by going to an authorised French pharmacy with a valid passport and the local vaccination certificate in paper format, as long as they have been vaccinated with EU-recognised vaccines (this procedure may be subject to a fee, maximum 36€)

Is there a medical practice in Valmeinier?

There is a doctor who practices in the Valmeinier 1800 resort centre.
He will be open for consultations from 10am to 12.30pm and from 3.30pm to 7pm from 18/12/2021 to 17/04/2022. Telephone: 09 82 53 21 55.