There are few holidays more reliant on the weather than ski holidays. If there is no snow, you can’t ski, game – or in this case – holiday over. With the effects of climate change being felt everywhere from the Alps to the city streets of London we need to act now to ensure we can ski well into the future.
This winter the Alps were in the news mostly because of their lack of snow. Only the high or glacial resorts managed to stay open, with snow, for a full season. Others had to close many lifts early, severely limiting their ski areas. Of course it wasn’t bad news everywhere. The US, Canada and northern Scandinavia did particularly well, especially in March. But this points out the unpredictable weather changes associated with climate change and we should all be aware of ways we can help.
There are several things you can do on a personal level to help protect our winters for future generations of skiers and snowboarders. Firstly, always pick up your litter. You’ll be surprised just how many beer bottles, soft drink cans and cigarette butts are left on the ground for all to see once the purifying white snow has melted away. If you do smoke, you can now buy portable ashtrays to dispose of your used cigarettes. If you are really keen for the cause, take part in a post-melt clean-up carried out at increasing numbers of resorts.
Secondly, when you are travelling to a resort, wherever possible use public transport. The snow train now runs from St Pancras via Paris to numerous destinations in the Alps and the train system on the continent is generally fast, efficient and clean. If you have to fly, offset your emissions and use public transport to get to and from the airport on arrival and departure
Thirdly, look for resorts that are eco friendly. There are now several guides out there classifying resorts on the eco credentials, plus the best ones like to brag about it – and rightly so – so there website are awash with green news and details of what they are doing for the environment. Check to see if the resort is ISO approved. This is an international standard in commitment towards sustainable and eco-friendly development.
Finally, when you are in the resort, make sure you recycle your waste, turn off lights, use the free ski buses, where applicable and take park in après-ski instead of watching the TV.
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Story posted by stephen on 2011-05-06 10:25:16.
Veggie Snow is a bunch of people who want to make it easier for you to cater for all the dairy-intolerant people, vegetarians and vegans who stay with you. People with special diets tend to be loyal customers who bring their friends. Giving them tasty dishes should serve you well and give you experience of making dairy-free dishes that are widely required and enjoyed.
Our tips and recipes will seriously help you if you have dairy-free or egg-free guests as well, as well as halal, kosher and other religious customers. Your eyes will be opened to a whole new tasty suite of dishes suitable for everyone.
There are no two ways about it, global warming is set to severely impact skiing in Europe and the rest of the world. So even if you are no environmentalist, if you want to be skiing in your later life, it's time to do something now!
We've found traveling by train to be the most restful and enjoyable way to the Alps. It is often the fastest, with short transfers, and can give you an extra couple of days skiing if you take a sleeper. We find that by taking a sleeper there is no better way to get there ready to ski. You'll also be helping the snow to last for many more years to come.
However, it is just not immediately obvious how easy it is to get to so many resorts in this way. So we're here to help.