We are delighted to report that French resort Les Arcs has been awarded the Flocon Vert label.
Iain Martin, founder of the Ski Flight Free campaign, travelled to the resort in December 2019 to review its sustainability credentials. You can read his article, which was published by InTheSnow.com earlier this year.
First ‘Flocon Vert’ resort in Savoie
Les Arcs becomes the first resort in Savoie and the 8th in France (after Châtel, Megève, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Chamrousse, Station des Rousses and Valberg) to attain this highly-valued indicator of commitment to sustainable development.
Les Arcs had already started its application for the ‘Flocon Vert’ when Iain visited a year ago. In that time the Mountain Riders accreditation team have regularly met with local figures and businesses and made multiple visits to the resort.
Originally the final judgement was to have been made in the spring, but after a Covid-related delay Mountain Riders finally ruled on Monday 07 December 2020 that Les Arcs would be awarded the label.
Flocon Vert created to help resorts become more eco-responsible
The ‘Flocon Vert’ was created in 2011 by the ‘Mountain Riders’ organisation to encourage mountain resorts to be more eco-responsible.
Achieving the accreditation relies on compliance with twenty criteria covering four categories: local economy, social and cultural, governance & destination and environment & natural resources.
You can read more about Les Arcs projects for a more sustainable future in Iain’s article, ‘Going Green In Les Arcs’, including their solar power projects. You can listen to his thoughts in Episode 45 of The Ski Podcast
The resort has also committed this winter to equip itself with a fleet of electric vehicles for the Les Arcs team. You can find out more about Electric Vehicles in Ski Resorts in this Ski Podcast Special: