04 Dec Our Commitment To Sustainable Ski Holidays In Courchevel
Alpine Escape is located in the beautiful ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps. We passionately believe in acting responsibly to preserve the beautiful environment we live and work where we can. Sustainable living and climate change are at the forefront of people’s minds. We are working hard to follow suit by offering the best possible environmentally friendly ski holidays we can.
Over the years Alpine Escape has developed a programme of reducing our overall environmental footprint and this winter is no exception. We are focusing even more on not just what we do in the Three Valleys but how we can help the world around us.
We are constantly looking at changes we can implement as part of our commitment to become as eco-friendly as possible. Within our small company we have:
- Replaced all our individual guest toiletries with large refillable bottles, reducing our waste by 75%
- This Christmas we have Sustainable Christmas gifts for guests including Eco Christmas Crackers made with recycled card and plastic-free gifts
- Removed single-use water bottles and replaced with reusable water pouches for guests to refill and take home
- Replaced old-style lighting with low energy LED bulbs
- Our staff are trained in local recycling policies and waste is separated by hand and recycled
As a company, we have also decided to join together with WWF and donate £1.00 for every individual client who stays in our chalets this winter and for future seasons. This will generate over £2500.00 to help create a better future for nature and go towards helping protect the arctic refuge, supporting the Big Cat public safety act and joining the fight against plastic pollution.
Once WWF receives our donation they use it to continue to #FightForYourWorld
After over sixty years of development and operation sustainable growth is key to Courchevel and the rest of the Three Valleys preserving the mountain environment.
All ecological and environmental aspects have been integrated into the urban planning of La Tania. There are no cars permitted in the resort with all car parks situated outside. La Perrière, the local commune is supplied by electricity produced by local hydro-electrical power and La Tania was one of the first French resorts to offer a green energy 100% guaranteed from renewable sources.
In France, artificial snowmaking is based on only two components: air (pure) and water (pure).
The mixture of air and water is sprayed at several meters off the ground and by cooling down in the ambient air, the water droplets become snow through a natural process. No additive or chemical is used whatsoever.
The Three Valleys Lift Company which operates lifts in the world’s largest ski area the 3 Valleys including the skiing of Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, has been using 100% green electricity for more than 10 years.
Here are some travel option suggestions and how they can minimise your carbon footprint:
We don’t book flights for guests we only arrange transport to and from stations and airports with AE Transfers.
This allows guests to choose the best travel option to suit them and minimise their carbon footprint.
Train is the most environmentally friendly way to travel.
The Eurostar trains over the winter ski season start at London St Pancras, make a stop in Ashford and then arrive into Moutiers, a mere 20 minutes to La Tania or 30 minutes to Courchevel Moriond. AE Transfers, our sister company, operates transfers to and from Moutiers.
Although air travel is the least environmentally friendly way to travel some airlines are cutting down CO2 per passenger
EasyJet is on course for lowest carbon emissions in 2020 France is a relatively short flight too compared to choosing other European alpine resorts further afield or the USA and Canada.
Sustainable ski holidays and the increasing movement towards being more environmentally aware and reducing our carbon footprint means we have to and want to adapt. We like to think it is still possible to enjoy life’s luxuries whilst remaining eco-friendly.