In search of a luxury ski break that won’t completely ruin your eco-credentials? The pioneering Whitepod village in Switzerland, could be the answer you’re looking for.
The retreat, which lies close to the picturesque village of Les Cerniers, has been built to blend into the natural landscape, with minimal impact on the environment. Overlooking Lake Geneva, with miles of pristine skiing terrain right on the doorstep, this is the perfect retreat in which to relax with lungs full of fresh alpine air and a clear conscience.
The 15 minimalist eco-pods, whisper Camping Chic, with cowhide throws and wooden stoves, yet every comfort has been considered, with fully-loaded iPods, a spa on the doorstep and the sort of nothing-is-too-much-to-ask-for service you’d expect from a top boutique hotel. Don’t expect to bump into one of your members’ club playmates as Whitepod is so remote (access is by ski or snowshoe only) and only a select few seem to know about this Swiss secret. www.whitepod.com
Nestled in the heart of Chamonix valley, the Isra Eco-chalet is aimed at warming your cockles and not the planet. Created to utilize the unique micro-climate, each feng-shui-inspired alpine lodge is made of renewable materials and comes with a sauna and solar-powered under-floor heating. Enjoy the fruits of the biodynamic garden from the comfort of the sustainably-insulated bar and loft. Founder, Adam Firth explains that it’s a wi-fi and TV-free zone to encourage deep relaxation and to make sure guests truly switch-off.
If you are as committed to improving your parallel turns as you are to saving the planet the Amaruq Eco could be for you. The touring ski has received an avalanche of praise since winning this year’s Eco Responsibility Award. www.voelkl.com
To ensure your wardrobe doesn’t drag you down, head to Patagonia where you’ll find timeless garments with an inspirational story behind them www.patagonia.com
And for serious piste panache you can rely on the queen of cruelty-free fashion Stella McCartney and her skiwear range for Adidas: www.adidas.com