Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France

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Responsible tourism: Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France

Environment

Our company has sustainable travel at its heart. We were one of the first companies to offer sustainable holidays in the Alps.

On this trip we are staying in an Green Outdoor Centre. This concept of 'Centre De Vacances Verte' is little known outside of France. 'Green Vacation Centres' offer French schools and adults access to and an appreciation of the Great Outdoors. They offer Nature Discovery weeks and try to give people new Outdoor experiences. Our Outdoor Centre is run by a well respected Mountain Guide.

New Year is a busy time in the Alps, but we try to minimise our impact by staying in a simple Outdoor Centre that is very aware of its carbon footprint, that sources much of its food locally, that recycles and is generally very aware of having the least possible impact on nature.

We often have guests who are strong ecological activists, and work in areas of sustainability. On this trip, if our guests are willing, we set up an evening where guests can offer bite-size talks on Sustainable Topics.

We encourage our guests to travel to the Alps in the most sustainable way possible. Train is our preferred option and a new train route from London to Geneva has just opened up on Saturdays. We organise a discounted group transfer from the train station to the resort.

Community

Well this trip is entirely supported by locals, from our accommodation to our chefs, to the ski instructors and guides. This small community who we have got to know well over the 10 years we have visited this valley, love us bringing them our lovely guests and welcome us with open arms. They appreciate our philosophy of working as much as possible in harmony with nature.

Next door to the Outdoor Centre is a lovely and very lively pub and restaurant which has been owned by the same family for 5 generations. The sisters who run it are hilarious and it is much like a French Faulty Towers. We are based in a tiny little hamlet, but it gets a lot of action as just behind it is a very famous ski tour and the guides and their clients all stop off in the bar after their long day in the mountains.

We will work with the lovely local ski school and hire our equipment locally. The Outdoor Centre will provide us with meals and we encourage them to source as much as possible locally and organically.

We partner with Respect the Mountain a charity that promotes conscious travel in the mountains. We ask and expect our guests to act with deep Respect not only for the environment but for the local community, and for our own community. We draw our community from alternative schools around Europe - schools that promote environmental awareness and an appreciation of nature and the seasons, and of course Responsible Travel.

Reviews of Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We loved the location of Skiroc next to the beginners slopes and a short ride on the local train to a bigger area. Lovely people, ample and wholesome food and just a great weeks skiing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack light - other than warm clothes ski equipment and our pillows, everything is taken care of. Take advantage is the free trips offered as the kids loved the ice cave and the view from Mont Blanc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It was all in-house and small-scale, so that money spent returned to the local community. Lots of shared resources and travel too.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fabulous!

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There are some many memorable times from this holiday: Skiing together as a family on gorgeous sun-soaked slopes, having so much fun at the end of week circus and disco party, meeting and sharing the holiday with so many new and fun people, and having such a warm welcome by Saskia and her staff.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect a 5 star hotel! Its a basic hotel but has everything you need. Saskia and her team are excellent at turning this place into a great holiday. Be aware that if you have a family with a range of ski abilities then be prepared for quite a bit of travelling between different ski resorts. The train makes it easy (and free) but you are restricted by train times.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Skiing is not really an environmentally friendly holiday. However, there is a strong sense of helping each other throughout the holiday.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fantastic holiday. The kids had a blast with all the other children and after-ski activities leaving the adults free to relax and chat in front of the fire.

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing our eight year old, first time skier, getting to grips with the slopes and enjoying sliding down them!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


- Bring slippers/indoor shoes - the floors are very cold!
- Come expecting 'basic'! This isn't a hotel, so don't expect hotel luxuries and you won't be disappointed!
- Bring an open mind and a willingness to get involved and get to know the group.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely benefited local people (the result of us spending on their products and services).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We all had a super time and really hope to be back next year!

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