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Environment

Let's protect our environment together, let's preserve the mountain!

Preservation of the natural heritage, species, environmental impact and energy sobriety… Val Cenis has been committed to sustainable development for many years and has taken several actions to protect and preserve its natural environment.

News

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In Val Cenis, children clean up after skiers
During the shooting of an episode of Chroniques d'en Haut, Laurent Guillaume went to meet the guardian angels of the Vanoise. During his Savoyard walk, he met the children of the Val Cenis Sports Club who are taking part in a clean-up day after the resort closes. Source: Chroniques d'en Haut © France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Birdmarks to help birds see the lifts
During the filming of an episode of Chroniques d'en Haut, Laurent Guillaume went to meet the guardian angels of the Vanoise. He went to meet the teams of the Val Cenis ski lifts and the agents of the Vanoise National Park, who take care of the birds. They install birdmarks, orange dots, on the cables of the ski lifts to make them visible to the birds and avoid their accidental impact. Source: Chroniques d'en Haut © France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Protecting biodiversity: the wetlands of Termignon
Every year, improvements are made in order to protect biodiversity. Here is the example of the Termignon wetland, which has been restored and developed to raise public awareness of its functioning. Wetlands are indeed environments that have key roles for biodiversity. In addition, they act as a sponge in the event of heavy storms or renew springs in the event of drought. Source: Objectif nature pour tous #3 of 23/07/2021 (www.savoie.fr) © Département de la Savoie

100% electric snow groomer: Val Cenis a pioneer in France

Val Cenis is the first French resort to equip itself with an electric snow groomer. A long-awaited step by the resorts to reduce the use of fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and fine particles in the mountains.

In 2019, Val Cenis was already the first resort in France to test HVO for its damage machines, a very low-polluting fuel. In 2022, Val Cenis is going further with a new 100% electric groomer.

The ski area’s teams are indeed operating the new “Husky E-motion” from the manufacturer Prinoth, a groomer adapted to the preparation of cross-country ski and luge trails, play areas, pedestrian paths and the foot of the slopes. All in silence! Appreciable for use on the snow front, near tourist residences.

Here are the 4 areas of work to which Val Cenis is committed:

Local economy: the destination supports and strengthens local economic initiatives that respect people and nature.
Social & Cultural: the destination promotes local heritage and sustainable development for its visitors and residents alike.
Governance & Destination: the destination has an active and shared policy to guide and monitor its development towards sustainable development, year round.
Environment & natural resources: soft mobility, recycling, water management, energy control and respect for biodiversity are positive actions carried out by the destination.

Energy Sobriety

on the ski area

The Val Cenis ski area, and the resort as a whole, has been committed for many years to a rational use of energy and resources as part of the sustainable development of leisure activities. In order to preserve resources, the Val Cenis ski area has implemented daily actions to prepare the slopes, transport skiers on the lifts or produce the right amount of artificial snow.

The currently equipped lifts

TC de Val Cenis le Haut (2019)
TSD de l’Arcelle (2020)
TSD de la Ramasse (2020)

The hors-sac room at the top of the Vieux Moulin gondola is also heated by recovering the heat produced by the lift.

Damage optimization

– Groomers are equipped with GPS to optimize grooming based on snow depths

– Groomers are trained in eco-driving

Optimizing Snowmaking

Observatory of

the environment

In order to protect and preserve its natural environment, dsince 2014, the Val Cenis ski area has been equipped with a Environmental Observatory.
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Its goal is to better understand, and thus better preserve the exceptional natural heritage of the resort.
This observatory is piloted by the Karum study office, which takes an annual census of local biodiversity in terms of fauna, flora and landscapes.

The objectives of the observatory are:
– To have a global vision of the environmental sensitivities of the ski area.
– Locate the issues in the ski area.
– Anticipate the environmental impacts of future developments in the ski area (avoid, reduce, compensate).
– Monitor the effectiveness of environmental actions implemented by the ski area.

The wildlife
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& Flora

As part of a partnership linking the Val Cenis ski area to the Vanoise National Park, Val Cenis is committed to the management and protection of the fauna and the flora in Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

Val Cenis is for example one of the 3 pilot areas of the European project POIA Birdski which aims at monitoring the blue grouse, and this by:

– Creating quiet zones for the Black Grouse.
– Equipping certain ski lift cables to avoid bird strikes.
– Evaluating the effectiveness of these actions for the protection of the environment.

At the end of the 3-year project, all ski areas in the French Alpine arc will benefit from the feedback of the actions carried out with the Val Cenis ski area.

Diagnostics of black grouse habitats

Better knowledge of black grouse-friendly habitats to better protect them…

The black grouse, a beautiful bird whose male displays red wattles and a lyre-shaped tail, is a vulnerable species. Present in Vanoise, its numbers are tending to decline overall. Listed in the European Birds Directive, the black grouse is the subject of particular attention. [Read more]

Source: Vanoise National Park.

Régénération et entretien des espaces forestiers

 
• Le domaine skiable travaille avec l’ONF pour la régénération et l’entretien des espaces forestiers. L’ONF est l’organisme qui assure la gestion durable des forêts.

Entretien des terres agricoles

 
• Un travail est mené avec les agriculteurs pour entretenir les terres agricoles situées sur le domaine skiable : reverdissement, entretien des près de fauche.

Mise en valeur des produits locaux

 
• Des marchés artisanaux sont organisés dans les villages de la Commune afin de mettre en avant les savoir-faire et les produits locaux.
• Les structures de Val Cenis font appel aux entreprises et aux producteurs locaux en priorité pour se fournir (paniers de Noël des salariés, cadeaux commerciaux, organisation de repas, d’événements …).

Gestion des déchets

 
• Chaque année, une journée de ramassage des déchets est organisée par la Commune de Val Cenis. Les habitants et les acteurs locaux sont invités à y participer pour nettoyer la station à la fonte des neiges.
• Mise en place de pratiques éco-responsables sur les événements (Tous en piste, Nature et ski, …) grâce à l’aide d’une association (tri des déchets, sensibilisation au tri,…).

Participation à l’élaboration d’un nouveau modèle pour les stations de montagne

 
Val Cenis participe activement aux démarches permettant d’imaginer un nouveau modèle pour les stations de montagne :
• Bilan carbone Domaines Skiables de France : élaboration d’un outil de mesure de consommation énergétique afin de mettre en œuvre de nouveaux outils pour améliorer l’efficacité énergétique et réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans les stations de ski.
• Projet européen Smart Altitude : approche pour aider les exploitants de stations de ski et les décideurs politiques à planifier, optimiser et mettre en œuvre des stratégies d’adaptation et d’atténuation face au changement climatique.
• Chaire Tourisme Durable Université Savoie Mont Blanc : créer collectivement de nouveaux business model durables pour répondre aux enjeux du tourisme de montagne. Cette approche est à fort impact puisqu’elle permet d’imaginer un changement de paradigme, d’apporter un diagnostic approfondit, d’identifier les contributions des parties prenantes et de les associer à la démarche.
• États Généraux de la Transition du Tourisme en Montagne : rassembler l’ensemble des acteurs de l’écosystème montagnard autour des enjeux de transition du tourisme pour travailler ensemble à construire des solutions d’avenir pour les territoires de montagne.

Mobilité douce

 
• Existence d’un réseau de transport en commun pour relier les villages de la station.
• Le domaine skiable incite ses salariés à faire du covoiturage : prêt des véhicules de l’entreprise pour faire les trajets domicile/lieu de travail si ils covoiturent.
• Le domaine skiable affecte les postes du personnel en fonction de leur village de résidence pour limiter les déplacement domicile/lieu de travail.

Awareness

Visitors

– Organization of the Nature and Ski event in Val Cenis: Val Cenis organized the first edition of “Nature and Ski in Val Cenis” from April 1 to 3, 2022, an event combining skiing, leisure and environment. Two days to discover that tourism and preserved environment rhyme with sustainable development. This event, with a pedagogical, participatory and educational aim, was punctuated with highlights, group ski lessons, awareness workshops, in collaboration with the Agents of the Vanoise National Park, the ONF and other local actors involved in the ecological transition, film screenings, conference-debates and nature animations throughout the weekend.

→ I discover

– Animation “The life of the Black Grouse, an emblematic bird of the Alps”
An agent of the Vanoise National Park regularly welcomes visitors at the top of the Vieux Moulin gondola to tell them about the life of the Black Grouse in winter and the actions carried out on the ski area to preserve it.

– Annual organization of a workshop on the life of the Black Grouse.

– Annual organization of a conference-debate on different themes (“Fauna, flora and environment: the objectives of Val Cenis”, “Tourism and environment: essential issues for Val Cenis”) with the intervention of experts. These events are open to the public in order to raise awareness about the local environment.

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– Annual restitution of the synthesis of the Environmental Observatory by the Karum research firm, also open to the public.

Know-how to do
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& a knowhow!”

Identification of protected areas via:
– The display on the ski lift towers,
– The trail map,
– Resort screens,
and informing the public about the sensitivity of these areas and the need to protect them.

Val Cenis,

a protected commune

The protected areas on the commune consist of:
Core of the PNV (1): 18,385 Ha (source: decree of April 5, 2007 relating to the mode of calculation of the area of the heart of national parks – consolidated version of October 2, 2019);
APPB (2) of Mont-Cenis and Savine valley: 1,105 Ha (source: Observatoire des territoires de Savoie)
Natura 2000 areas: 1,207 Ha (3 areas – source: Observatoire des territoires de Savoie)
Registered sites: 2,199 Ha (3 sites – source: Observatoire des territoires de Savoie)
ZNIEF (3) 1: 14,629 Ha (20 areas – source: Observatoire des territoires de Savoie)
ZNIEF (3) 2: 8,292 Ha (3 zones – source: Observatoire des territoires de Savoie)
Protective forest: 616 Ha (2 zones – Bramans and Termignon – source: Observatoire des territoires de Savoie). Not counting peat bogs and wetlands.

Only counting the areas protected by the PNV (1), APPB (2) and Natura 2000, 20,697 Ha,that is nearly half of the communal territory is protected.

(1) PNV: Parc National de la Vanoise. (2) APPB: Arrêtés Préfectoraux de Protection Biotope. (3) ZNIEFF: Natural Areas of Ecological, Faunistic and Floristic Interest

2nd largest commune in metropolitan France, Val Cenis is made up of many protected areas.

More than 57% of its territory is located in preserved areas and only 4% is developed (3% for the inhabited part and 1% for the ski area).

Meetings

and know-how

Here, in the heart of Savoie, mountain and agriculture merge. Men and animals share the wide open spaces to give the best of themselves.

Listen to the sound of clarines, go on a discovery of landscapes and mountain pasture farms, taste exceptional products, get closer to nature…