Short cuts: Morocco reopens to tourists and a bumper ski season for US

Morocco Borders are due to reopen to tourists from much of the world on June 15, almost 15 months after travel restrictions were introduced. Visitors from countries including the UK, US, China, Russia and the EU (apart from Lithuania) will be allowed to enter with proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure for Morocco.

US While last winter’s ski season was all but wiped out in many European countries, US ski areas managed to notch up the fifth highest visitor numbers on record. Figures released by the National Ski Areas Association showed there were 59m skier visits, up from 51m in 2019/20 and only just short of the 60.5m record, set in the winter of 2010/11. The results are a surprise given that many resorts had introduced capacity limits and pre-booking requirements to avoid overcrowding. Operators seem to have successfully managed to spread demand from weekends and holidays: weekday visits rose by 27 per cent on the previous winter.

Meanwhile in France, Avoriaz is the latest resort to take advantage of unseasonable snowfalls and pent-up demand to open for summer skiing. This weekend, for the first time and for three days only, it will open for both skiing and mountain biking, with six pistes and eight bike trails. ;

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