Fancy a guilty-conscience-free trip to the slopes? Green Rides have just opened Chalet Montperron, the first green chalet set in the Alps. It has all the trappings of a cosy villa whilst being sympathetic to the local environment and the bigger green picture.
The Chalet houses five large bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Facilities include a boot warmer, ski rack and workshop for all your equipment, as well as a sauna and spa area, large log fire, full bar and terrace with fab views. On top of this they serve up big portions of scrumptious grub and full-on après ski fun.
But setting Green Rides aside form the rest is a well thought out environmental policy, where green tourism isn’t simply a strap line tagged on to the product, rather it is part of the experience. In all that they do, the company offers guests a ‘green tourism’ experience with first class services, set amidst stunning surroundings.
So what exactly do they do? Well for starters they cook up top notch meals from local produce, so you’ll never go hungry. If you do leave some of your delicious meal it will be composted, along with all other waste that can be. Anything that can be recycled is and the chalet’s energy intake has been modified to be as efficient as possible, with electricity bought from wind and solar. The furniture is made with FSC timber and all light bulbs are energy efficient. The company also make monthly donations to offset carbon emissions. And if that wasn’t incentive enough, Green Rides also offer reductions for clients who take the snow train rather than fly.
But the gang aren’t just into leading green and ethical lives, they are also into high octane adventure and they offer an adrenaline-fuelled ski safari trip, taking in three of the best mountains in the French Alps. On a seven night stay you will start in La Rosiere, spending the first two days skiing between France and Italy in the stunning scenery of the St Bernard pass. Next is two days in Les Arc, where you’ll take in the massive para de ski area with fabulous sheltered high altitude action. The final two days are spent at St Foye Tarantaise, where some of the best off piste in the world can be found.
What’s more they currently slashed 20% off their prices so there are total bargains to be had – so get booking now before you miss out.
Words: Amy Clarke