To increase our clients’ awareness concerning our mountain environment, many different things have been put in place over the past few years.
Since 2000, a wood-fired heating system using re-claimed wood has heated 12 municipal buildings via a heating network over a kilometer long.
Provision of pocket ashtrays at all lift kiosks.
An environmental charter for accommodation providers, highlighting the most ecologically responsible has been introduced. A hotel charter is currently being drawn up.
Local services and businesses helps in preserving the environment : geothermal systems, heat pumps, organic wines, local produce, organic products used for ski maintenance.
The 18-Hole Golf Course(first in France to obtain this certification), the Tourist Office and Les Gets ski area are certified IS0 14001.
All 3-days passes or more are sold in a rechargeable hands-free format, so can be reused. The disposable 1-3 day lift-pass are replaced by a flexible hands-free card that clients can put in special collection bins after use. They are recycled to provide new lift passes.
To reduce energy consumption and avoid frequent stops, certain lifts now move very slowly.
Are used to operate the Chery Nord radio repeater.
- Excavation works over the summer months to create gentler slopes and so preserve the snow. The objective is to reduce the piste-bashers’ work and limit snow canon use.
- Re-turfing of the summer activity area. This protects the ground from erosion, integrates the pistes with the natural countryside, helps stabilise the snow cover and encourages biodiversity.
- A protection zone for Black Grouse has been established with signposting explaining the protected species.
The Chablais region has joined the European Geopark programme, a UNESCO initiative. The Geopark is an area with a rich geological heritage and a site of ecological, historical and cultural interest. Holiday makers and locals alike can come to the site to learn about the local geology.
The Georoute circuit is an important part of the Geopark. It is a walking route linking 20 of the most interesting geological sites where visitors can learn about the geology specific to the region, as they walk. Les Gets is a site with a rich geological identity.
The Tourbieres educational circuit is located close to the wet lands by the Lac des Ecoles. Guided by information panels installed along the walking path, the whole family can enjoy this activity free of charge and learn about the geology specific to this interesting area.