Ski resorts exist in some of the most environmentally sensitive places on earth so it seems only natural that they would strive to protect the land from which they prosper. From recycling wastewater to generating solar power to protecting the paths of migrating elk, resorts from the Sierras of California to the Green Mountains of Vermont are doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint and find a balance that lets skiers and riders enjoy the pristine alpine environment without destroying it. Each year the Ski Area Citizens Coalition grades western U.S. ski resorts on their environmental policies and practices. A criterion from four categories (habitat protection, protecting watershed, addressing global climate change, and environmental practices and policies) is tallied and each resort receives a grade. Regular “A” students on the SACC list include Squaw Valley, Park City, Deer Valley and Smugglers Notch. Perhaps the greenest of them all, however, is Aspen—a … [Read more...] about Aspen Snowmass: This Great Colorado Ski Resort Is Also The Greenest
France offers ski resorts with chocolate-box charm and severe modernism in equal measure, and values both highly. This perhaps says a lot about our nearest and dearest neighbours: if it is French, and in France, it can only be good, whatever the material, modern concrete or traditional wood and stone. But this is no mere chauvinism: the avant garde does look delightful in the Alps. Consider high-rise, purpose-built Les Arcs, the heart of the giant Paradiski area. Prince Charles might dismiss it as a high-altitude slum - the Windsors favour picturesque Klosters, in Switzerland, and it can’t be for the slopes, which are average at best. But the French Ministry of Culture crowned Les Arcs a 20th Century landmark in 2006. This was quite a coup; usually the award only applies to individual buildings, but the villages of Arcs 1600, 1800, and the lift stations of the Aiguille Rouge cable-car up to Arc 2000 share the honour jointly. For those preferring a smaller, more traditional base, … [Read more...] about Modern vs medieval: two types of French ski resort, but which is better?
Half-term week on the slopes is one of the busiest of the season, especially in big name European ski resorts – the key week when most UK pupils will be on holiday in 2019 is from the weekend of February 16. Unlike in many other years, only a small minority of schools will start their break the following week, putting even more holiday-booking pressure on the peak week than usual. UK half-term dates notoriously coincide with the French holidays, taken at different times over a four-week period depending on country zone. The key zone, because it normally leads to the highest number of French people on the slopes, is zone C, covering Paris. Luckily, in 2019 the peak February 16 week does not coincide with zone C holidays, however UK families will be sharing ski resorts with zones A (south-west and central France) and B (northern France). To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only … [Read more...] about How to avoid the crowds: 10 of the best ski resorts for February half term
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Associated Press January 28, 2019 STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont ski resort says more than 150 skiers and snowboarders were evacuated off of a chairlift that got stuck.Stowe Mountain Resort spokesman Jeff Wise says the Lookout Double lift stopped operating about 10:30 a.m. Sunday due to an electrical issue. Mychampaignvalley.com reports Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol started evacuating shortly afterward. All were safely off the lift by 1 p.m.The patrol used rope to rappel people down, one-by-one. Advertisement Some were stranded for hours. Keri Crafts, of Burlington, and her two daughters were about halfway up when the lift stopped. She told WCAX-TV they sat there for about 2 ½ hours, and at one point, she saw people start to jump from chairs to the ground. She said they were ‘‘so frozen.’’ Loading comments... … [Read more...] about More than 150 evacuated from stuck chairlift at ski resort
STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont ski resort says more than 150 skiers and snowboarders were evacuated off of a chairlift that got stuck. Stowe Mountain Resort spokesman Jeff Wise says the Lookout Double lift stopped operating about 10:30 a.m. Sunday due to an electrical issue. Mychamplainvalley.com reports Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol started evacuating shortly afterward. All were safely off the lift by 1 p.m. The patrol used rope to rappel people down, one-by-one. Some were stranded for hours. Keri Crafts, of Burlington, and her two daughters were about halfway up when the lift stopped. She told WCAX-TV they sat there for about 2 ½ hours, and at one point, she saw people start to jump from chairs to the ground. She said they were “so frozen.” Close The biggest headlines, delivered to your inbox Get news as it happens. Sign up for Boston.com's email news alerts. Thanks for signing up! … [Read more...] about More than 150 people were evacuated from a stuck chairlift at a Vermont ski resort