Eco-Friendly International Ski Destinations

Saas-Fee and the Saas Valley

Saas-Fee Switzerland

We are knee deep in ski-season and there is snow across the globe to prove it. We told you last month about a few great eco-ski resorts in the US but for those of you who want to cross an ocean or a border; here are some eco-friendly international ski destinations!

Zell am See: Kaprun, Austria
Skiing in Austria sounds like dream come true for any ski fan. At Zell am See-Kaprun, be prepared to ski on the wondrous Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Not ready to hop a flight to Austria just yet? Don’t know if there’ll be snow? Have a cup of cheer because it is covered by snow ten months out of the year!

If your whole family is not as keen on the slopes, don’t fret, there are plenty of other things to do like mountain biking, tennis, mountain climbing, tobogganing, and spa treatments. Besides all that, this eco-friendly resort runs its chairlift by means of renewable solar energy.

Whistler Blackcomb: Whistler Canada
At Whistler Canada, you will be greeted by a world-class skiing facility that provides skiers and snowboarders with over 200 trails throughout an 8171-acre terrain separated by two mountains-Whistler and Blackcomb. It is the largest (and according to many) best skiing destination in North America. It can be quite pricey, but many say the experience is worth it.38104083_9a19d1ab69

Besides all the great skiing, Whistler has plenty more to offer such as biking and hiking in the off months, 17 mountain restaurants and a plethora more in the village, spa treatments, salons, a nursery and more.
Whistler Blackcomb has made a mission to be a friend to the environment and has the honors to prove it. Over the years they have been decorated with several prestigious awards like the BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards Winner in the Power Smart Leader category for their efforts in strategic energy management and commitment to energy conservation.

Saas-Fee: Switzerland
If it is a dramatic backdrop you crave for your skiing adventure, there is nowhere else quite like Saas-Fee with their stunning 4000 meter peaks. The altitude and aspect make for some of the best snow in the Alps.

This car-free mountain village is filled with quaint chalets as well as plenty of charming shops, bars, and restaurants to explore.

Besides being car-free, the resort has recycling programs, waste management programs, and they are a member of Alliance in the Alps-to add to their sustainable resume.

If you decide to head off to any of these destinations, send us a postcard from the top of the slopes!

-Monica Bologna

Photo Credit: Flickr/Nouhailler, globalreset