Environmentally-friendly winter sports
Switzerland will need to put more of a focus on winter activities that are far less-damaging to the environment, snowshoeing and winter walking
among them. These don’t require groomed pistes that crush vegetation, they don’t use up vast reservoirs of water every season, and they leave little evidence you’ve been there besides tracks in the snow.
Guides on trips of this kind aren’t there simply to lead the way. Often living in the local area themselves, they ensure you don’t accidentally stray into sensitive habitat, and explain how these landscapes are being permanently reshaped by a warming climate. Plus, you see beautiful parts of the Swiss Alps that skiers miss completely.
What you can do
Ultimately, the most effective thing any of us can do when it comes to fighting climate change and biodiversity loss is use our voices, and our time, wisely. Vote for politicians that take these issues seriously
. And get involved with activism and campaigning, locally and nationally, whenever you can.
Stop downhill skiing and snowboarding
. Instead, enjoy these beautiful wintery landscapes in a more responsible and satisfying way. Winter activity vacations avoid glitzy big resorts in favour of smaller communities where you can walk, snowshoe and cross-country ski to your heart’s content.
The climate crisis is caused by burning fossil fuels. Flying, especially short haul, is the most carbon-intensive form of public transport. The bottom line is that we need to fly less
. Happily, it’s easy enough to get to Switzerland by train – it’s just eight hours from Zurich to London which, when you factor in check-in times and security at airports, is not much slower than flying, and is also city center to city center. Driving is the next best option, and takes only a few more hours than going by train.