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Greener Ski Resorts

Ski resorts have a big impact on their local environment, and use a huge amount of resources. The first detailed environmental audit of 263 of the worlds ski resorts (excludes Asian resorts) found the following to be leading the way when it comes to minimising their environmental impact. Some great ski resorts here, and by choosing to go to greener ski resorts (near you ideally!) you are sending a clear message to the rest that they should follow suit.



Arosa, Switzerland

Flims, Switzerland

Laax, Switzerland

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Les Gets, France

Les Menuires, France

Megeve, France

La Tania, France

Avoriaz, France

Kaprun, Austria

Tux, Austria

Werfenweng, Austria

Zurs, Austria

 Lech, Austria


Oberstdorf, Germany

Tryvann, Norway


USA and Canada

Jackson Hole, USA

Jiminy Peak, USA

Moonlight Basin, USA

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, USA

Sunday River, USA

Winter Park, USA

Sun Peaks, Canada



Falls Creek.


The following resorts came out at the bottom of the survey.


Argentiere, France

Crest Voland Cohennoz, France

Les Orres, France

Risoul, France

Fieberbrunn, Austria

Filzmoos, Austria

Bansko, Bulgaria

Borovets, Bulgaria

Pamporovo, Bulgaria

Levi, Finland

Bormio, Italy

Clavière, Italy

Cortina, Italy

La Thuile, Italy

Livigno, Italy

Macugnaga, Italy

Passo Tonale, Italy

Pila, Italy

Santa Caterina, Italy



Sestriere, Italy

Poiana Brasov, Romania

Glencoe, Scotland

Glenshee, Scotland

Lecht, Scotland

Kopaonik, Serbia

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Sierra Nevada, Spain

Lenzerheide – Valbella, Switzerland


North America

Cannon Mountain, USA

Sun Valley, USA

Silver Star, Canada

Attitash, USA


South America

Valle Nevado, Chile




The resorts were all reviewed on the following criteria to create a 1-5* rating: Climate Policy, Building Policy, Use of Cleaner Fuel, Sewage reduction, Traffic Reduction, Recycling, % of renewable power generated, % of renewable power used, Heat Recycling, Accessible by rail, and whether they are working for or have obtained ISO14001 Environmental certification.


We would like to thank Patrick Thorne at saveoursnow.com for providing this information. For a full list of the 263 resorts reviewed, click here. (Opens in an Excel spreadsheet, which sometimes causes problems on Macs)

There is also an excellent visual review of every resort here on the Ski Club of Great Britain website


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