Green Eco Holidays

If you love skiing but don't want your sporting holiday to harm the environment check out how you can ski whilst keeping your green credentials.

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This is the millennium of sustainable living. What began as an exploration of alternative energy sources and greener living techniques has spawned a new sector of tourism. The acute awareness and socially conscious approach to the environment has created a futuristic trend in global travel.

The popularity of eco-tourism has rippled across the market. Whether you are visiting a rainforest in South America, staying at a sustainable beach bungalow on the island of St. John, or planning a ski trip at an eco-lodge in Europe, being environmentally conscious is as important now as relaxing. These days the market is so big that many resorts offer all inclusive ski holiday deals so if you are looking to hit the slopes this winter, then do so without leaving a carbon footprint and enjoy one of these popular eco-friendly destinations.

Alta Terra, France

Alta Terra, in Lavigerie, France is a refurbished 1920s hotel. It has been renovated with local materials, mixing traditional French architecture with cool eco-flare. The restored B&B is located in the Auvergne region of France, an area that is known for its quiet and undiscovered slopes. Alta Terra is outfitted with a sauna and an outdoor hot tub. In true locavore fashion, the breakfast menu at Alta Terra is made up of cheese, yoghurt and ham from the neighbouring farm. Refuel in organic style before you carve it up on the beautiful slopes.

Zermatt, Switzerland

For something completely different you can book a trip at the Rosa Mountain Refuge, in Zermatt, Switzerland. This Futurist, eco-friendly building looks like it was transplanted from outer space, but its sharp, metallic architecture mixes beautifully with the stark mountain landscape. The lodge holds 120 guests. It is specifically designed to obtain 90% of its power from the sun’s energy. However, having been built just below the famed Matterhorn, this vacation retreat is for hardened skiers only. The Monte Rosa Mountain lodge can only be reached by a three hour hike from Rotenboden.

Grandvalira, Andorra

Inglu-Dorf, in Grandvalira, Andorra offers an original eco-experience. This Pyrenean resort is actually a cluster of snow domes. However, a stay at this resort is hardly roughing it. Each igloo is outfitted with blankets, candles and an air mattress. Couples staying at Inglu-Dorf can enjoy the benefits of a private hot tub. The resort features two bars, a Jacuzzi and a sauna. Skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular activities in the area. The Iglu-Dorf might not be for everybody, but it offers an alternative to the typical tourist experience.


By Will Smith



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