With its freezing temperatures, winter has arrived on many of our doorsteps..
Which means, time to start planning our winter holidays right?
Well, after years of not going to the mountains (but drooling behind great snowboarding videos instead), I decided to go for it this time! So flight and 'mountain view' accommodation booked for the dolomites.. BUT, I wanted to investigate all the way my holiday may not be as sustainable and how to ensure it can be!
So I came out with a list of not-so-environmentally-friendly facts and some ideas on how to ameliorate them when the mountains call..
As promised, after the problems- some ways to avoid them
Firstly, I'd recommend to research your place quite well beforehand. Some resorts have switched to mostly renewable sources of energy, and have found ideas to combine the problem of sewage with the problem of finding water for snow making when snow runs low - which is using treated sewage for making snow! Pretty clever if you ask me (okay, provided is treated properly!).
Also, I'd say to avoid big villages and big companies providing packaged offers, this is one of those small cases in which "go small or stay home" applies :)
Also, if you are not addicted to the downhill, why not enjoy other aspects of the mountains as well/instead? You may find it as appealing and less damaging.. Try a nice walk in the woodlands, maybe horse riding? Or what about some cross-country skiing?
Plenty to explore and plenty to do! Enjoy the mountains and remember to be safe :D
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