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