Having become the largest linked ski area to have been awarded the Green Globe label in 2016, Val d’Isère is committed to a comprehensive approach for sustainable development, shared by all resort stakeholders.

 

Flocon vert

Val d’Isère is currently being supported by the Mountain Riders association to obtain the Flocon Vert label. This label is based on best practices in environmental, social and economic transition. It is awarded on the basis of 20 criteria linked to sustainable development, including, for example, support for local initiatives, soft mobility, recycling, energy conservation and respect for biodiversity. An audit and analysis of existing environmental actions is currently under way to obtain the famous Flocon, renewable every three years.

 

Lose yourself in the forest with the Village Perdu

Inaugurated in December 2021, the “Village Perdu” is a free outdoor play and relaxation area located at an altitude of 2,000 m, in the heart of the larch forests of the Forêt des Etroits. In winter or summer, make your way through the trees on suspended walkways, leading from hut to hut and towards the so-called “eagle’s nests”. This space has been sustainably designed, in agreement with and supported by the National Forests Office and the Régie des Pistes, without clearing or digging, and using larch as its only material (Alpine origin, ensuring the installations’ sustainability).

Village perdu

 

Involving skiers in the eco-responsible approach

The towers of the Marmottes chairlift in the Bellvarde area are used to raise awareness about eco-responsibility. 10 posters follow one after the other, presenting a quiz which invites visitors to reflect on their own impact on the environment. Through these, we learn that it takes two years for a cigarette butt to decompose in nature, while a tin can will take 200 to 500 years and a glass bottle can take some 4,000 years.

The artificial-snow network

With one of the most efficient snow workshops in Europe, a substantial investment has been made in the Val d’Isère snow network. The OK slope was completely replaced in autumn 2019, with a budget of 1.5 million euros. Our goal is to reduce the amount of air/water required, to allow new snow guns to produce more in less time. State-of-the-art snow guns now use half as much water to produce twice as much snow, compared to 20 years ago.

Green energy

Since 2012, Val d’Isère Téléphériques has held a green-electricity contract with its energy supplier, to power the ski lifts and snow guns. In 2021, solar panels were installed on the facade of the Olympique cable-car arrival station. In 2022, additional panels will be installed on the roof.

La Daille gondola lift

This lift optimises the flow of skiers in the sector: thanks to a final flow rate of 2,800 people per hour for the gondola alone, the former chairlifts and platter lifts serving this part of the ski area have been removed. As a result, 40 fewer pylons are required, offering the La Daille sector a more natural appearance.

HVO-powered slope groomers

The 39 slope groomers owned by the Régie des Pistes will be powered by HVO fuel this winter, in accordance with the Compagnie des Alpes’ commitments. 100% renewable and made from waste fat and used vegetable oil, with no palm oil, this diesel substitute reduces CO2 emissions by 90% and fine particle emissions by 65%.

Urban transport continues its evolution: electric & HVO

The arrival of two electric IVECO shuttle buses, which are made in France, represents the first phase in the renewal of the fleet of ValBuses, following a test carried out in Val d’Isère in December 2021. This evolution will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the free shuttle bus service by 90%. It ties in with the commitment made by the Compagnie des Alpes, after a first milestone was reached back in 2019 when the ValBus fleet moved to GTL (Gas-To-Liquid), reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%. This winter, the rest of the buses will change over to synthetic HVO biofuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil from waste that allows for a 90% reduction in CO2 and 65% reduction in fine particle emissions). By 2025, 15 electric buses will run between the village and its hamlets.

The Environment Observatory

Since 2014, Val d’Isère Téléphériques has deployed a wildlife-observation programme on the ski area. Ecologists patrol the area to identify all species present and the areas to be preserved. Since 2016, together with the Vanoise National Park, the Régie des Pistes and the Val d’Isère Town Hall, Val d’Isère Téléphériques has been contributing to black-grouse conservation by continuing to set up protected areas in off-piste areas such as the Carin forest, the Cognon woods or the Les Gardes bend.

 

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