Top tips for being sustainable on the slopes
by Martyn Lowder
Sustainable ski holiday? Is it possible?
Every year 1.5 million Brits regularly enjoy a trip to the mountains to ski or snowboard. As climate change and global warming are beginning to have a bigger effect on snow coverage at ski resorts, eco-friendly ski options are growing. Choosing a sustainable ski holiday might seem tricky, but we are here to help. With great powder, comes great environmental responsibility, so here are our top tips to help you plan a greener getaway to the mountains.
1. Don't be an airport drone
First up, travel - have you considered ditching the Alps and staying a little closer to home? Ski Scotland has launched its All Areas season ticket for winter 2018/19, which covers the country’s five ski resorts, Cairngorm, Glencoe, Glenshee, The Lecht and Nevis Range. In just over 7 hours the Caledonian Sleeper train will take you from London to the ski lifts in Aviemore.
If you do decide to make the most of your passport, remember to choose resorts wisely. Opt for higher altitude resorts such as Val Thorens or Tignes to guarantee the snow. This will avoid the use of snow cannons and will mean you'll be unlikely to leave feeling unfulfilled and on the hunt of another trip.
Companies like Snow Express, run luxury buses from UK to the Alps, so you can travel in style and comfort.
2. Where do you avalanche, breakfast and dinner?
If thats got your tastebuds wanting all the fondue, here are some fondue recipes to drool over!
3. Don't go off the rails buying the latest ski gear
The average ski holiday will cost a family of 4 over £3,500. That's snow joke!
So don't fork out for the latest skis, boots, helmet, salopettes, jacket and more. Remember to avoid buying what you can source elsewhere. Ask your friends what you can borrow, raid the local charity shops or even dust off your uncles 80’s wham inspired ski one piece from the attic.
Can you recognise the 3 spiffing chaps below, sporting (now) retro ski gear?
4. Book green
Why not take a look at Tripadvisor's Green Leader’s programme. It has been designed to help travellers book a greener trip by recognising hotels that engage in environmentally friendly practices ranging from recycling to energy use.
If we don’t take immediate climate action then the Alps will have 70% less snow by the end of the century. 70% less snow means the end of snowsports. In fact, by 2050, 9 of the previous 21 host cities will be too hot to host the Winter Olympics.
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