There’s nowhere to hide from climate change in the mountains. For decades now, snow levels have been rising, glaciers receding and winter seasons shrinking in length – these are just some of the issues that will be brought to light on Earth Day 2021 (April 22). It’s got to the point where we can no longer shirk the issue – a trip to the slopes impacts the environment at every turn. In fact, the carbon footprint of a ski holiday is dominated (60 per cent) by transport and accommodation (35 per cent) followed by ski lifts (2 per cent), according to Alexandre Maulin, president of Domaines Skiables de France. Thankfully, it’s never been easier to make more sustainable choices with our ski holidays, from our travel plans to the places we stay, food we eat and kit we wear. A ski trip doesn’t need to come at a cost to the planet as well as your wallet. Here are a few tips that will help you make a different to our planet’s future on your next escape to the slopes. Ditch flying and stay for longer We use the most carbon getting to our destination. Taking a flight instead of a train to the Alps is the equivalent of leaving your television on standby for 22 years, according to website snowcarbon.co.uk, which in July 2020 compared the actual carbon cost of a one-way journey from London to the ski resort of Tignes by plane and by train. A flight from London to Geneva and taxi from Geneva to Tignes created 103.43kg of CO2 per person whereas the journey by Eurostar Ski Train from London to Bourg St Maurice, and then a taxi to Tignes, created 18.47kg per person. If taking the train is unrealistic, consider driving instead. With the loss of many flights post-coronavirus, driving to the Alps might be a necessity – to find the least impactful way to travel use an easy online carbon comparison calculator.