Ski lift operators, ski areas, the tourism industry on the one hand - the government under pressure to act, in the fight against the number of infections that do not want to fall on the other.

This is what it looks like, the struggle Austria is in these days.

Despite a tough lockdown across the country, the lifts and gondolas in the country were allowed to open on Christmas Eve - an EU-wide exception.

The question of slopes has divided Austria for weeks.

Now the dispute escalates: