Winter is just around the corner! Are you also looking forward to the glittering snowy landscape, winter fun and cozy atmosphere in the house? Even all summer lovers fall in love with this beautiful season, snuggled up with a hot tea or cocoa after a long day on the ski slopes or the sledding hill. To make sure that you can experience a magical winter this year with a clear conscience, find out some great tips for your sustainable winter vacation and get to know the most beautiful eco-friendly ski hotels in the Alps.
Sustainable travel tips – how to best enjoy the winter vacation
Travel to your destination by bus and train
What many people don’t know is that ski resorts are very well connected by public transport. For example, travel by train and take the ski transfer bus from your hotel to the ski resort. Trains and buses are also specially equipped to make it easy to stow ski gear and luggage, so they don’t get in the way.
Avoid artificially snowed slopes
When planning your ski vacation, choose a month when snow is absolutely guaranteed. Since artificial snowing on the slopes consumes enormous energy and water resources, you should choose a month with absolute snow reliability. Also, the higher the destination, the more likely it is that no artificial snow will be used.
Try different winter sports activities
Skiing and snowboarding on the slopes is not the only activity you can do in the white mountains. If you are already in a snowy destination, you can also try other winter sports. Winter hiking, sledding, or snowshoeing are great alternatives to experience picturesque nature.
Book a sustainable hotel
Surely, a skiing vacation is not completely eco-friendly. Therefore, you should try to minimize your environmental footprint both in terms of travel and accommodation. For example, choose a sustainable hotel and try to make your stay as long as possible.
In this blog article, we will introduce you to 3 very special sustainable ski hotels where you can experience a great combination of winter fun and wellness.
For more tips and more information about an eco-friendly winter vacation, check out our past blog article.
The three most beautiful ski resorts in the Alps
Experience unforgettable days in these beautiful sustainable ski hotels, nestled between mountains, winter landscapes and a cozy atmosphere.
The beautiful Valsana Hotel Arosa is surrounded by mountains and lakes in Arosa in Switzerland. Oak parquet floors, hand-painted botanical artwork, and spacious windows and balconies overlooking the Bündner landscape are bringing nature indoors. Relax after a long day of snow fun in the 800sqm wellness area with a relaxation pool, saunas, and special treatments. In the restaurant “Twist” you will be spoiled with classic delicacies made from fresh and regional products with a special modern touch. In the bar and lounge, guests can expect a cozy atmosphere with a 14th-century French fireplace and live music, DJ, and delicious snacks or drinks.
In winter, the Arosa-Lenzerheide ski resort is ideal for skiers and snowboarders with 225 kilometers of slopes. Guests can reach the valley station within a 7-minute walk. Other winter activities such as Snurfen, snowshoeing, and ice bathing can also be booked directly at the hotel. You can also look forward to a tennis match on the hotel’s own indoor tennis court or a great yoga program.
Arrive by train. On request, the hotel organizes a free shuttle service from the train station to the hotel.
In the summer of 2022, the hotel Silena in South Tyrol was expanded to an oasis of tranquility. Since the unique wellness hotel is located only 300m from the valley station to the ski area Glitschberg-Jochtal, it offers the perfect combination of ski and wellness vacation.
The hotel has a 1550sqm spa area with a wellness area on the first floor and a roof terrace spa. You can expect amazing massages and treatments, an infinity pool, an onsen pool, and much more. Enjoy delicious meals at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, sip tea, and try South Tyrolean cheeses and wines.
The activity program at the Silena is rich. Guests can access the 55-kilometer-long Glitschberg-Jochtal Ski World in just a 4-minute walk and experience unforgettable moments skiing or snowboarding. In addition, cycling in the snow with the fatbike which is provided free of charge, personal training during snow tours, snowshoe hiking, or Qi Gong are offered by the hotel.
When arriving by train, guests can book a free train station transfer for arrival and departure.
In the Dolomites, in the heart of South Tyrol, lies the beautiful Sensoria Dolomites. Winter on the Seiser Alm is a moment of a special kind. You can experience nature up close with a panoramic view from the Dolomites to the Zillertal and Ötztal Alps. After a day in the snow-covered nature, enjoy relaxing wellness hours in the bathhouse, in the sauna area, special treatments, and much more. Everything is in contact with nature. Look forward to the all-day-inclusive arrangement with Alpine-Mediterranean delicacies made from sustainable and seasonal ingredients.
500m and only 5 minutes on foot away lies the valley station Seiser Alm Bahn which brings you to the ski area Seiser Alm. The area welcomes you with a unique mountain panorama, 181 kilometers of slopes, an 80-kilometer network of cross-country ski trails, and 11 sled trails – ensuring that not only skiers and snowboarders will have a great time.
All Select Green Hotel guests get the guest card “Südtirol Alto Adige Guest Pass” for the free use of all public transport in South Tyrol.