Now 100% of its energy is renewable, it's even easier to keep carbon costs down by taking the train and staying in an eco-lodge. Here's how:
Green Energy: Paradiski will be one of the world's first ski areas to power its lifts by 100% renewable energy and is certified by the European label TUV-SUD www.tuev-sued.de. To reduce CO2 emissions, Paradiski's lift companies are also AlpEnergie 100 certified receiving all electricity through the power company. This renewable energy is also supplied to shops, hotels and restaurants in the ski area.
Green Transport: As well as getting to the ski area by plane - the nearest airport is 2.5 hours drive away in Chambery - you can get the train. Leave London St Pancras and head to either Bourg St Maurice or Aime la Plagne via Euro Star or TUV reducing your carbon spend from 98kg - from Gatwick - to 11kg per person (Source: Best Foot Forward 2010).
Green Bed: And, for the complete green package, head to one of these three ski lodges/igloos for an eco break. Both ski lodges have been certified as being eco friendly.
Les Arcs - Bourg-St-Maurice - Bergerie-du-Miravidi Certification: Clévacances 4 Keys with Environmental Qualification This Chambre d'hotes is situated in Bourg-St-Maurice - a stone's throw from the train station and a Funicular away from the slopes. Green ethos includes an ecological build using natural resources and is insulated using materials such as wood and hemp; its homemade breakfast uses 100% organic and or fair trade products. Internally the residence is decorated using natural materials and oil-free paints and the use of rainwater recovery is the norm. Visit: http://bergerie-du-miravidi.fr/english/; Telephone: +33 623 347 559; Price: from 190-215 Euro for a double room for two persons for two nights, high season.
Peisey Vallandry - Peisey - Maison Coutin Certification: Gîte Panda WWF (held since 2010) This gîte is a beautiful, ethical renovation of a house. Solar panels provide the residence with its energy whilst a wood granule boiler heats the water that satisfies the needs of 17 people – the gite’s full capacity - throughout the winter and summer seasons. Menus use organic ingredients, local fruits and vegetables, eggs and honey and they also have their own vegetable garden. Visit: www.maison-coutin.com/en/; Tel: +33 614 115 465; Price: From 58€ for a double room with breakfast; From 551€/6 days/2 adults/half-board; From 72€/6 days/child under 12/half-board.
La Plagne - Plagne Villages - Village Igloo La Plagne Igloo Village, Paradiski : After three winters, the Village Igloo has undergone a number of changes. For a start it’s increased its capacity and can now take 25 guests, thanks to the creation of 5 igloo dormitories and two igloo restaurants. Dinner and breakfasts are now created from local produce and the Village Igloo setting now features ice sculptures to give visitors a really surreal, outdoor experience. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm-8am. Meal 45 Euro. Meal and night in igloo (group) 80 Euro pp. Meal and night in private igloo 120 Euro pp. Further info: +33(0)4 78 72 4014 and +33(0)6 75 50 17 70 www.blacksheep-igloo.com.