Any visitor to the Alps – in either summer or winter – will appreciate that we get to enjoy our skiing and snowboarding in a wonderful, natural environment, so obviously we’re in favour of any and all activity that helps to maintain that.
Val d’Isère has been committed to sustainable development for several years. In 2016, Val d’Isère Telepherique – the company that owns and operates the ski lifts – was awarded the Green Globe International Standard for Sustainable Tourism.
The Green Globe certification has been designed to ensure tourism companies stick to agreed goals for social, economic, cultural and environmental standards.
The world’s largest ski area with Green Globe certification
Val d’Isère is the largest ski area in the world to be certified. Among the commitments the resort has made include reducing the number of pylons by 100 by 2022, and in any case when a tree has to be cut down, that a further five will be planted.
We have seen evidence of this as part of the development of the new La Daille gondola that has been underway this summer and will open this winter.
The original lift pylons were dismantled and replaced with new smaller pylons, and the number of pylons cut from 16 to twelve. Both measures will minimise the lift’s impact on the slopes.
Reducing noise pollution
In addition, across the resort, Val d’Isère has also been working on reducing noise pollution by moving machinery and using modern technology. For example, in La Daille, gondola machinery was previously located in the base station, but now it will be located in the arrival station, reducing noise pollution in the village of La Daille and the hamlet of Les Etroits.
Other measures have ensured that the latest snow-making equipment is designed to reduce water consumption, lift cables made deliberately visible or buried to avoid birds accidentally colliding with them and the careful sorting of waste during the removal of old lifts.
Visit Val d’Isère this winter
All in all, even more reasons to visit Val d’Isère this winter. For advice on finding the right chalet for you and your group, please contact the Ski Val team on 01822 611 200.