Winter sports: Little snow, lots of worries: Five ideas on how you can still save your skiing holiday

Times are tough for passionate winter sports enthusiasts.

Winter sports: Little snow, lots of worries: Five ideas on how you can still save your skiing holiday

Times are tough for passionate winter sports enthusiasts. Where white powder snow used to reliably cover the slopes in winter, today flowers sometimes still bloom even in the depths of winter. More and more ski areas across Europe are suffering from a real lack of snow. And where there is enough money for a snow machine, the ecological footprint of operators and skiers sometimes increases. Because artificially produced snow is expensive - it not only costs money, but above all resources. In many places there is increasing concern that the beloved ski holiday will soon come to an end. Each of us can do something to save skiing from extinction.

Idea 1: Travel by public transportSki holidays are not necessarily beneficial for the ecological footprint. However, the biggest or most climate-damaging factor here is not the fun on the slopes, but rather the arrival and departure. Because most people travel by car, followed by plane. The train is rarely used. A complete switch to public transport would save up to 70 percent of the emissions caused during a ski holiday.

Idea 2: Choose your travel destination consciously. Admittedly, you should always do that. But in this case, the main thing is to find out beforehand how the ski area is dealing with the current challenges, whether there is real snow or how the artificial snow is made. Particularly sustainable regions and accommodations are awarded certain seals, such as the “eco seal”.

Idea 3: Actively support local residents When we travel, we temporarily immerse ourselves in the reality of other people's lives. So this doesn't just apply to ski holidays, but it can also help to keep the local infrastructure intact in the long term: shop at local retailers, eat in a family-run restaurant instead of driving to the next chain restaurant. This not only strengthens the local economy, but can also provide an opportunity for great conversations.

Idea 4: Focus on quality instead of quantityA ski holiday is usually a costly undertaking - and should therefore remain something special. Anyone who takes a winter holiday once every two years, but in a special ski area and for a longer period of time, is doing something good for the environment and learning to appreciate the fun on the slopes all over again.

Idea 5: Learn to perceive winter holidays differently. For many people, winter holidays mean guaranteed snow and skiing fun. But many destinations show that a relaxing and enriching holiday in the cold season can also look different. If nature doesn't give us snow, then we can try to make the best of it. For example, by trudging through the mountains with an alpaca on a leash, exploring the many wellness oases with mountain views or slipping into hiking boots instead of strapping on skis.

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