Ski Safari & Sustainable Tourism
We recognise that travelling to our destinations and partaking in skiing, snowboarding and other mountain activities all have an impact on the environment and local communities.
We are mindful of the need to minimise our own impact, both at home and whilst on our trips, and aim to promote destinations and suppliers that have similar goals.
Here's what we're doing:
We aim to help you make well-informed decisions about the resorts you visit and the properties you stay in.
We ask resorts and hotels how they limit their environmental impact, whether they promote sustainable tourism and whether they are involved with any socially beneficial projects.
We then use this information to grade the resorts and hotels for their sustainable tourism activity.
So, if you are interested in going to a resort that is really making an effort, you can incorporate sustainable tourism into your search criteria.
Where a resort is exemplary, you can find out more through the “How Green?” link on the resort page (see Whistler).
Where a hotel is doing a great job, we have added details on the “How Green?” tab of the hotel’s page (see the Westin Riverfront in Beaver Creek).
75% of our staff cycle or walk to work and we recycle all waste paper, glass and cans.
Our marketing materials:
We aim to have all paper that we use for marketing materials sourced from responsibly managed forests and certified in accordance with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). This means that it is made from 10% recovered fibre and is manufactured under strict environmental management systems, the international ISO 14001 standard, EMAS (Eco-Management & Audit Scheme) and the IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) regulations.
Here's what you can do:
Choosing a holiday destination:
You can use our search facility to find out which resorts and hotels are best for their environmental and social policies.
Non flight travel options:
Take a look at our train and self drive holidays to our Swiss resorts.
Once in resort we ask our customers to be aware of the following:
Vegetation damage – Above 1500m it can take between 30 and 50 years for a tree to grow to a height of 4m. Ski and board edges can seriously damage vegetation. Please avoid areas where young trees are growing.
Wildlife – Please be sensitive to mountain wildlife. Many species survive by conserving energy when conditions are harsh. If birds and animals are disturbed by skiers they can expend 10 times as much energy trying to escape as they would at rest.
Litter – Vast amounts of litter are left by skiers. It can be damaging to wildlife and food scraps attract predators. Disturbance to the mountain ecology impacts down the flora and food chain. Please take your rubbish off the mountain with you. If you smoke on the ski lifts, please take something to dispose your cigarette butts in rather than discard them on the mountain
Traffic – Most of the resorts we offer provide excellent shuttle buses. Please make use of them to cut down on the number of car journeys.
Accommodation – Please respect hotel policies regarding re-use of towels and energy. Turn off lights and TVs when you are not using them, regulate your room heating system efficiently and sort your rubbish so that it can be recycled by the property.
People – Please respect the local population and the fact that they are not on holiday, but living and working in the same way as you do at home. Respect local customs such as tipping.
Restaurants - Support locally owned establishments that use local produce.
If you have any comments about our sustainable tourism practices and those in resort, whether good or bad, we would love to hear from you.