There will be more skiing options open to winter sports fans in Switzerland before the end of 2020, with more cantons announcing they will again open their slopes.
Zug, Glarus and Appenzeller Innerrhoden announced on Tuesday that they will again allow skiing from Wednesday, December 30th.
The cantons made the decision on the basis of hospital capacity, reports 20 Minutes.
The cantons will join Appenzeller Ausserrhoden, Uri, Obwalden and Nidwalden in opening on the 30th of December.
On New Year's Eve, St Gallen will again open its ski slopes.
From the 30th, the number of cantons where skiing is again allowed will be 14.
Four more – Schwyz, Zurich, Solothurn and Lucerne – remain closed, while a further six cantons (Schaffhausen, Basel City, Basel Country, Aargau, Geneva and Thurgau) do not have ski slopes.
Closed for Christmas
Major ski areas in Switzerland were open over the Christmas holidays but some smaller ones announced they would remain closed.
For instance, ski lifts in Schwyz, Zug, Lucerne, Uri, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Zurich, Appenzell Innerrhoden, and St. Gallen announced they would not be operating.
These cantons heeded the plea from Zurich’s authorities, who urged for pistes to close so as not to overburden medical facilities, which are already near their full capacity.
“The hospitals in Zurich are hardly in a position to care for accident victims from the ski areas ”, officials said.
Which ski slopes are open when in Switzerland?
Other than those scheduled to open on December 30th, Lucerne plans to reopen its ski areas on January 8th, provided infection rates continue to fall.
The following map shows where skiing is allowed – and where it is not – in Switzerland.