Eco Actions

ACTIONS IN THE VILLAGE AND ON THE SKI AREA





To increase our clients’ awareness concerning our mountain environment, many different things have been put in place over the past few years.



Wood-fired central-heating

Since 2000, a wood-fired heating system using re-claimed wood has heated 12 municipal buildings via a heating network over a kilometer long.


Pocket ashtrays

Provision of pocket ashtrays at all lift kiosks.


Environmental charters

An environmental charter for accommodation providers, highlighting the most ecologically responsible has been introduced. A hotel charter is currently being drawn up.


Involvement of local services and businesses

Local services and businesses helps in preserving the environment : geothermal systems, heat pumps, organic wines, local produce, organic products used for ski maintenance.


ISO 14001 Certifications

The 18-Hole Golf Course(first in France to obtain this certification), the Tourist Office and Les Gets ski area are certified IS0 14001.


Recyclable Lift-passes

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.


Speed regulation of some lifts

To reduce energy consumption and avoid frequent stops, certain lifts now move very slowly.


Solar panels

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.



 Eco –Friendly Transport


  • Semi-pedestrianized area : closure of the rue du centre on certain days, resort mini bus service, Balad’Aulps Bus’ Line serving the valley, little trains to get around in winter and visit the tourist attractions in summer. Evening mini-bus service direct to your accommodation from 6.30pm to 11.00pm, every day during the season for only 2€/person (free for children -12yrs accompanied by an adult).
  • Biodegradable oil for piste bashers
  • An annual rubbish-collection day over the ski area
  • Rigorous water controls, reservoirs for drinking water, new generation snow canons (more energy efficient), additive-free snow manufacture.
  • Participation in European and environmental initiatives in conjunction with partners such as l’Ademe, Priorieterre, Mountain Riders, Clim’Alp Tour, The University of Savoie Mont Blanc …
  • Creation of eco-events during which environmental considerations are taken into account in various areas : location of the reception area, catering and food provision by local suppliers, use of recycled paper or PEFC, sorting and recycling of waste and the services of a ‘green ‘team’ to keep the site clean. In addition, there will be shows and events on environmental themes as was demonstrated during French Mountain Bike Championships 2012 and by the themed weeks during summer 2012 (The Four Elements, The Environment)….
  • Ensuring visitors understand the different types of accommodation on offer and are kept informed of events and activities throughout the season
  • Purchase of guaranteed ‘eco-cups’ for events.
  • Environmentally-friendly purchasing policy at SaGets, the Golf Club and the Tourist Office.
  • A ‘Spectacular nature’ vegetable garden created in the summer.
  • Presence detectors to economize on light and heating in new premises and in detachable lift stations.
  • New garage construction conforming to all current environmental regulations.
  • Inventories and preservation action plans for the natural wet lands in the ski area.
  • Lift cabins washed with a biodegrabable product.
  • Developing and increasing use of new technology for communication (web, e-mail, smartphone).



Nature


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.