Andorra’s Family of  Eco-Friendly Ski Resorts

Andorra has come a long way in 50 years. Once a small farming principality, today Andorra is a thriving 21st century tourism destination and home to one of the planet’s 50 biggest ski resorts, attracting a world-class 2.5 million skiers annually.

However many people are unaware of the changes that have taken place in Andorra over the past decade. The consolidation of once rival ski area operators so that there are now two major resort groups and the huge investment in modern infrastructure that has brought far higher service standards and quality of product than the “cheap and cheerful” budget destination image that still lingers on.

So whilst still always cheerful, the onus in Andorra today is on high quality and professional, efficient management rather than the cheap and basic product of the 1970s and ‘80s with which the principality’s ski areas are still, now largely incorrectly, associated by many people.

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Austrian Ski Resorts – Naturally Green

In the current era of concern about climate change, an increasing number of major ski resorts and ski nations around the world have been highlighting how much they are doing in response to this problem that concerns us all. Austrian ski resorts have not been at the forefront of this publicity campaign, but it’s a mistake to think that this under stated Austrian response is due to a lack of action.

In fact Austrian ski resorts are traditional communities, mostly centuries old, that have put the effort of preserving their local evironment and issues such as energy efficiency at the forefront of their plans for generations. So it is not so much that Austria is inactive on the things that matter in the fight against climate change, more that ski resorts in other countries are coming round to doing the things Austria always has done.

Of course there is always more that can be done and Austrian resorts do not rest on their laurels, instead they continue to pioneer communal renewable energy powered heating systems, energy efficient lifts and any other ideas that help their community and help the planet, just as they always have done.

This report details some of the key areas where Austrian ski resorts are working hard to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with examples of separate initiatives 20 Austrian ski businesses including lift manufacturers and many of the resorts you will find in the ski holiday brochures.

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Environmental Protection Initiatives At Canada’s Ski Areas

Ski areas right around the world are doing their bit to help the environment and fight climate change. Whilst some media reports portray ski resorts as wantonly destroying the areas in which they are located, the reality is that in most countries the ski industry is leading environmental initiatives and management. With ski areas wholly reliant on keeping winter cool enough to stay in business, often sustaining small isolated communities, it should be no surprise that this is the case.

Canada’s ski areas have long been pioneers of environmental management , with most larger resorts employing staff solely concerned with making their operation as eco friendly as possible. Canada’s ski areas are also largely powered by renewable energy, and always have been, thanks to the country’s huge hydro-power plants.

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The C02 Costs of Ski Travel From The UK

Over the past decade interest in the environmental aspect of ski holidays has moved from being predominantly the concern of environmental campaigning groups, often to the irritation of ski resort developers, to a more mainstream concern of the ski industry in general, and to recreational skiers and snowboarders.

The key driving force of this (for most people) comparatively ‘new’ concern is the fear of climate change caused by global warming, with the ski industry seen as being one of those at the forefront of the planet’s signals that climate change is taking effect or, for sceptics, taking place at all.

Initial attempts by global media to locate ski areas that had gone bust due to climate change during the height of general ‘climate change paranoia’ were largely fruitless, with resorts labelled as being victims of climate change in reality failing due to a more complex combination of factors – rising insurance, staffing and energy costs set against changing consumer demands being the usual reasons.

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