The majestic Alps have always held a magnetic allure for winter enthusiasts seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures on the slopes. As we become more conscious of our environmental impact, the concept of “green skiing” has gained traction. This blog post takes you on a journey through a sustainable ski weekend in the Alps, exploring the climate’s effects on winter sports and how you can contribute to preserving these breathtaking landscapes.

The Green Ski Weekend Considerations.

1: Eco-Friendly Resorts, Accommodation and Local Initiatives

Choose resorts and accommodations that prioritize sustainability, such as hotels with energy-efficient systems and waste reduction initiatives. Explore local shops and markets for organic, locally-sourced foods that reduce your carbon footprint. Patronize businesses that prioritize sustainability, such as restaurants serving locally-sourced, organic meals

Paul eating locally
Chamonix 'Green Ski Resort'

2: Hit the slopes responsibly

Ski resorts are increasingly investing in renewable energy sources. Learn about your resort’s efforts to minimize environmental impact. Respect marked trails to protect fragile alpine ecosystems and wildlife habitats. Additionally, consider the kit you wear on the slopes, you can choose gear made from sustainable materials and brands that prioritise environmental responsibility.  A green ski weekend  considerations can start before you hit the slopes.

3: Embrace eco-friendly transportation

Opt for public transportation or carpooling to reduce emissions on your journey to the slopes. Ski resorts are typically located in areas of stunning natural beauty. Take a moment to appreciate and photograph these landscapes while being mindful not to disrupt fragile ecosystems.

Eco friendly transport

4: Engage in sustainable activities

Beyond skiing, engage in activities that promote the local culture and environment Snowshoeing or guided nature walks allow you to explore the Alps’ biodiversity and learn about ongoing conservation efforts.

5: REflect & Contribute

Before departure, reflect on the beauty of the Alps and the impact of climate change. Consider making a donation to local environmental organizations that work to preserve these pristine landscapes for future generations.

A ski weekend int he Alps is an opportunity to revel in the beauty of nature while also recognising theeffects of climate change on these beloved landscapes. By adopting ‘green ski’ practices and making conscious choices, we can enjoy winter sports while contributing to the preservation of these stunning regions. Let’s make every ski trip not just an adventure, but also a commitment to safeguarding the environment that makes it all possible.

We can help you achieve your 'Green ski weekend'

  At Hanski we have tested out driving to the alps, only working with resorts who have the highest environmental credentials in terms of various ecological measures and have in-depth knowledge of which restaurants are the best ones to choose.