Last week at the International Festival of Mountain Professions in Chambéry, the environmental organisation Mountain Riders confirmed that six more ski resorts have been awarded the ‘Flocon Vert’ sustainability label.
The new resorts to receive the accreditation are:
- Font-Romeu (Pyrenees-Orientales)
- Val d’Isère (Savoie)
- Tignes (Savoie)
- Valloire (Savoie)
- Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc (Haute-Savoie)
- Cordon (Haute-Savoie)
In addition, two resorts which have already been given the ‘Flocon Vert’ moved up from the initial to the second level. These were Les Rousses in the Jura (first level awarded in April 2013) and Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley in the Haute-Savoie (October 2013).
There are now 20 accredited stations, of which six have reached the two snowflake level, including Valberg, Les Arcs, Châtel and Les Rousses.
Measures taken by Tignes that have led to their accreditation include:
- Buses, vehicles and slope groomers switched to HVO fuel
- Purchased its first electric bus
- Mov’Ici car-pooling app rolled out
- Mountains no longer floodlit at night
- Snow-clearing work optimised
- Public lighting changed to LEDs.
Measures taken in Val d’Isère:
- Two new electric shuttles
- 39 snow groomers running on HVO biofuel
- Local primary school aiming for the Eco Ecole label
- Optimised public lighting
- Water treatment plant renovated to become organic by 2027