Our resorts and accommodation really do care about the mountains. We're constantly getting updates from our fabulous resorts about all they're doing to make your next ski holiday even more sustainable. Here are some of our favourites...
Having held the Flocon Vert certification since 2013, which aims to raise awareness of sustainability within the winter sports industry, Chamonix is known for being a driver in change for the ski industry and sustainability. In 2009, Chamonix set out a plan to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 as well as acting to reduce emissions through developing their own transport network offering free public transport to all locals and tourists. All buses are now 100% electric and there are charging points for electric cars. Bicycle racks and cycle paths can be found throughout the town centre, so you can get in your exercise while reducing your carbon footprint! In addition, Chamonix identified that large quantities of greenhouse gases were produced by housing and subsequently now ensures local funding is available to people who want to make their homes more energy-efficient!
Where to stay: Le Cristal de Jade - Perfectly located next to the Aiguille du Midi cable car and just 200m from the centre of Chamonix, Le Cristal de Jade enjoys one of the most convenient positions in the resort. Relax in the pool, or treat yourself to the hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness room.
This resort is doing more than just surfing the green wave, Megève became the first French tourism office to have obtained the ISO 14001 certification and holds the Flocon Vert certification. In order to ensure that generations to come can continue to appreciate this beautiful resort, Megève has installed various sustainable solutions, such as a rainwater recuperation system for the restrooms and a solar-powered heating system for hot water to promote the use of renewable energy. The resort also encourages tourists to trade in their personal vehicle for car share schemes and public transport through their "Megève without your car" campaign.
Where to stay: L’Altima - This luxury residence is set within a 3-hectare park and is located in Les Vériaz district, just a 10-minute walk (800m) to the village centre and slopes (a free shuttle bus service is planned). This beautiful new residence has stunning 360-degree panoramic views over the surrounding peaks, including Mont-Blanc. Facilities in this residence will include a private sauna and wood burner within the accommodation and a pool and spa area to use.
Serre Chevalier was the first ski area in the Southern Alps to be certified by the internationally recognised label, Green Globe. This leading certification recognises resorts that have acknowledged their environmental impact and taken action to help sought the problem, alongside aiming to produce 30% of its own electricity needs from renewable sources by 2021. The ski resort has invested 3.6 million euros n sustainable energy, and uses hydroelectric power, solar power, and wind energy as well as the energy used from artificial snowmaking to aid in powering the resort; the water pumped through the snow cannons passes through the turbines to generate electricity. Serre Chevalier has installed over 1400 solar panels on buildings and lift stations angled to avoid snow accumulation, meaning they can generate 20% more power. The solar panels are effective whatever the weather due to being at such a high altitude, plus, snow reflects light and therefore helps increase the efficiency.
Where to stay: Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc - Stay at the 4-star residence Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc in Chantemerle, a prime position close to the slopes and lifts, and depending on the snow levels, you can ski back to this residence. Facilities include a swimming pool, fitness room, sauna, steam room, reception lounge with comfortable sofas, and pool table.
Tignes is a resort recognised worldwide for complying with international standards for sustainable development in tourism. Tignes has Green Globe accreditation and holds the ISO 14001 certification, which provides a systematic approach to addressing environmental concerns; more than 100 lift towers have been dismantled and removed from the ski area. Tignes has also introduced various waste management initiatives including; ski pass recycling, waste sorting, free distribution of pocket ashtrays, cleaner electric equipment as well as eco-responsive products being used wherever possible, and employees being provided with essential knowledge about the environment. Skiers are encouraged to leave their cars parked in the resort as Tignes runs its own public transport to offer guests efficient and environmentally friendly travel. In order to restore local biodiversity, each year grass is planted to integrate the ski runs into the landscape and provide a more stable base for the snowpack.
Where to stay: Le Lodge des Neiges - This prestigious residence is ideally located in a ski-in/ski-out position near the foot of the 8-seater Boisses gondola in Tignes 1800. Facilities include a leisure area with a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and fitness room and you can relax in the lounge area by the open fire.
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