Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The winter is now upon us, with our first winter guests staying in Lavachet Lodge, for an October half-term race camp, arriving last Saturday.

At the same time, The FIS World Cup season began in Solden, Austria.
Italian Federica Brignone won her first-ever World Cup victory in the Womens Giant Slalom on Saturday, ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin and Tina Weirathe.
On Sunday Ted Ligety came in first, making this his 25th World Cup win, and 50th podium finish, in a World Cup race, beating Thomas Fanara and the Austrian local Marcel Hirscher.
Solden is traditionally the venue for the first race of the Northern Hemisphere winter season, using the Rettenbach glacier. The course has a particularly steep icy section, which was unfortunately too much for this race official and his crampons!

The next World Cup race is in Levi, Finland on November 15th

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Tignes and STGM have been awarded a Green Globe Certificate


This makes them the first ski resort in the world to receive the award.

Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism. It is recognised as the highest level of sustainability certification by leaders in green travel and responsible & eco tourism.

STGM have been working hard for many years to comply with extensive criteria set by Green Globe. More than 100 lift towers have been dismantled and removed from the ski area. Every year grass is planted to better integrate the ski runs into the landscape, to provide a more stable base for the snowpack, and to restore local biodiversity. The resorts bus fleet is regularly renewed, offering an efficient and environmentally-friendly bus service to guests, who are encouraged to leave their cars in the parking lot when staying at the resort. In 2013, the STGM created an environmental monitoring committee to measure and evaluate the effect new projects will have on the local landscape and to inventory species of plants and animals within the ski area.

Local employment is also a key focus within the STGM organisation, as Nicolas Provendie, CEO of the STGM.Local explains.

"Our role as a major local stakeholder pushed us to initiate the Green Globe certification process. We are developing purchasing and hiring policies that favor the local economy and local employment. Our goal is to continue to pursue this commitment, which is beneficial both environmentally and socially,"

To find out more about green globe visit the website here: