A graphic outline the breakdown of the carbon footprint of a week skiing by sector

This graphic shows the results of a study conducted on behalf of the French Government by La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Tignes ski resorts, translated and updated for the UK ski market by Protect Our Winters UK (POW). The full study – available in French – is available here.

Protect Our Winters (POW) UK

Ski Club Approved Sustainability Programme

Flocon Vert

The Flocon Vert programme – French for “Green Snowflake” – highlights French resorts that have met 20 criteria to be considered “sustainable”. Alongside targets relating to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, resorts must also consider:

  • Economic factors, such as ensuring a local tourist economy in case climate change eradicates the viability of snowsports
  • Social factors including paying minimum wage
  •  Environmental measures to protect and conserve the local ecosystem

Full details on the scheme can be found – in French only – on the Flocon Vert website

Ski Club Approved Sustainability Programme

B-Corp Certified

B-Corp certification is available for any business, not just those in the outdoor industry. In fact, it is one of the world’s foremost programmes for companies to follow to become more environmentally sustainable. In order to reach B-Corp certification, a company must …

meet high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials.

B-Corp Website

This includes environmental performance across all areas of the business, as well as demonstrating commitments to social change by changing their corporate structure.


Ski Club Approved Sustainability Programme

NSAA Golden Eagle Awards

The US National Ski Area Association awards the Golden Eagle award to sustainable ski resorts at the NSAA awards. Whilst criteria vary year-to-year, winning resorts have demonstrated a universal commitment to reducing their environmental impact with demonstrable results. The Ski Club indicates those resorts who have won the Golden Eagle award in the previous three years.


When planning where to go, consider the following:

  • The Ski Club highlights resorts that are independently certified as “sustainable”
  • Up to 1/3 of the greenhouse gases produced during one day’s skiing are generated by the resort itself
  • To earn one of the three awards or certificates highlighted above, resorts must demonstrate sustainable policies across several areas, including meeting environmental, economic and social criteria
  • You can find  resorts with Ski Club-certified sustainability credentials in our resort pages

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