There are several steps you can take to make your ski holidays more eco-friendly.
TRANSPORT 53% of your CO2 footprint
One of the most important things you can do is to reduce your carbon footprint by choosing eco-friendly transportation options. This might mean taking a train or bus to the ski resort instead of flying or using a hybrid or electric rental car.
ACCOMMODATION 4% of your CO2 footprint
Once you arrive at the ski resort, you can reduce your environmental impact by choosing accommodations that are energy-efficient and have eco-friendly policies.
FOOD 8% of your CO2 footprint
One of the most effective ways to reduce your environmental impact is to eat less meat and dairy. The production of these foods requires a lot of resources, such as water and land, and generates significant greenhouse gas emissions.
By reducing your consumption of meat and dairy, you can help reduce the environmental impact of your diet. Additionally, you can choose to eat more plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These foods require fewer resources to produce and have a lower environmental impact than animal-based foods. But we're not here to take away all the fun, at the end of the day, you are considering going for your ski holidays in the capital of cheese.
You can also decrease your footprint by supporting sustainable agriculture by choosing locally-grown and organic foods, which are produced using environmentally-friendly methods.
EQUIPMENT 16% of your CO2 footprint
When choosing eco-friendly ski gear, there are several factors to consider. One of the most important things to look for is gear that is made from sustainable materials, such as recycled plastics, algae, or organic cotton. You can also look for gear that is designed to be energy-efficient, such as skis with low-resistance bases or insulated jackets that trap warmth. Additionally, you can look for gear that is made by companies with strong environmental policies, such as those that use renewable energy or support conservation efforts. You can also support eco-friendly ski gear companies by purchasing second-hand gear or renting pre-loved gear, rather than buying. Finally, you can choose gear that is built to last, so you don't have to replace it as often, which can save resources and reduce waste.
SKI AREA & INFRASTRUCTURE 20% of your CO2 footprint
There are several ways that a ski resort can be eco-friendly. One of the most important things a ski resort can do is to reduce its energy usage and switch to renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind or hydropower. This can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the local environment.
Additionally, ski resorts can implement water conservation measures, such as using low-flow fixtures and recycling greywater, to reduce their water usage. Ski resorts can also implement waste reduction and recycling programs to minimize the amount of waste they generate. Finally, ski resorts can work to protect the local ecosystem and minimize their impact on wildlife by implementing conservation measures and following environmentally-friendly practices. See what action have Verbier put in place to minimize the CO2 footprint.
Choose a ski school that cares!
We are Verbier's first ski school with a sustainability commitment tightly knitted into our values and ways of operating. For every booking, we plant a tree in Europe. A carbon footprint of a single day of skiing is 48.9 kg CO2. Over a lifetime of 100 years, one tree absorbs around 1000 kg of CO2. A single tree won't change the world overnight but little by little we are making the earth a greener and cooler place. Read more about our sustainability commitment here.
See you on the slopes!
Snow Family Team