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The environment at the centre of our efforts.

Aware of its impact on the environment, the Morzine ski area has been investing for many years to limit its ecological impact.

Environmental observatory

Our ski area has set up an "environmental observatory".

The goal of this observatory is to limit the negative effects of the ski area's development and operation on the environment

Our observatory is marked by a variety of natural environments: forests, pastures, high altitude minerals, wetlands... These characteristics lead to regular interactions between the management of ski areas, the local population and other activities such as agriculture, forestry, hunting, hiking...

In order to provide appropriate responses, we have set up :

  • a reliable data measurement tool that allows us to evaluate the long-term evolution of environmental indicators, in order to assess the impact of the domain's development and use.
  • a tool to assist in the definition of integrated projects to avoid negative effects on the environment, from the initial design phases.
  • a tool to help with regulation procedures, ensuring the availability of up-to-date and evolving field data to justify the success of the environmental measures implemented.
  • a tool for consultation with local players, administrations, ski area employees and customers.

An example of a project:

Two protected areas for mountain galliformes such as the Black Grouse were identified in the ski area following the environmental diagnosis. They have received work to make the environment more favourable to the development of this species.

Why are we particularly interested in the black grouse?

Because it is recognised for its high biodiversity value. It is an "umbrella species": if the grouse habitat is protected, many other animals and plants in the same environment will also be protected.

In addition, a plan to visualise dangerous aerial cables has been signed with the Observatoire des Galliformes de Montagnes. We are therefore equipping these cables with visual devices that are easily visible to birds, which considerably reduces collisions.

 

Tree planting

In collaboration with the national forestry office, each cut of wood carried out in the ski area is accounted for. Compensatory measures are put in place and trees are replanted in areas requiring them, using local species such as spruces, firs and larches.

Re-vegetation

All our work on the slopes is re-vegetated with grasses adapted to the mountain environment, which is perfectly suited to the fauna and cattle that graze on the area.

Example of a project:

For better integration into the landscape and to increase the surface area of the alpine grassland, we transported 5500 m3 of vegetal earth to the Aigle rouge slope, which was essentially on stony ground. We then seeded this track for a rapid return of the mountain flora.

Awareness campaign

In collaboration with the Summit association, an information campaign concerning the problem of abandoned waste in the mountains is in place in the form of visuals on the ski area.

Find all the information on www.vtt-morzine.com in the environment section

The environment at the heart of our concerns
The environment at the heart of our concerns

Aware of its impact on the environment, the Morzine ski area has been investing for many years to limit its environmental impact.

Re-vegetalization
Re-vegetalization

All our earthwork on the slopes is replanted with grasses adapted to the mountain environment, which is perfectly suited to the wildlife and the cattle that graze on the domain.

Biotope observatory
Biotope observatory

Two protected areas for mountain galliformes such as the black grouse have been identified in the ski area. They have benefited from work to make the environment more favourable to the development of these species. In addition, a plan for the visualisation of dangerous cables has been signed with the Mountain Galliformes Observatory. We are therefore equipping these cables with visual devices to avoid collisions with birds.

Tree planting
Tree planting

In collaboration with the National Forestry Office, every cut of wood made on the ski area is accounted for. Compensatory measures are put in place and trees are replanted on areas with local species such as spruces, firs and larches.

Awareness campaign
Awareness campaign

In collaboration with the Summit association, an awareness campaign concerning the problem of waste in the mountains is in place in the ski area.

Reduction of energy consumption
Reduction of energy consumption

Our snow groomers are now equipped with an ultra-precise GPS system that allows us to know the amount of snow to the millimetre. This innovative system allows us to limit the movement of snow and to adapt the production of snomaking. The result is a significant reduction in our energy consumption. In addition, this winter our machines are running on eco-polar GTL fuel, which is biodegradable and non-toxic and limits pollutant emissions.