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Cleaning up the Mer de Glace Glacier in Chamonix – 2016

It should come as no surprise that here at Crystal Ski Holidays we love skiing, and by extension that we love snow and the climate and the environments that produces it. We believe that as much joy in a winter holiday comes from being out in nature, looking around of the gorgeous scenery as it does from flying down a mountain.

With that in mind, we recently joined forces with the British Consulate in Marseille to run our second annual clean-up operation on France’s longest glacier – the Mer de Glace in the Mont Blanc Massif.


The British Consulate and Crystal have worked together for a number of years to help British travellers stay safe on the ski slopes (#skisafe), and remain very keen to collaborate on this important project, which requires a large number of volunteers. The project is both necessary and ongoing – when rubbish finds its way onto the glacier, it is often absorbed into the shifting ice, only to re-emerge decades later as the ice melts again. To date, the project has cleared around eighteen (18) tons of rubbish from the glacier including waste from abandoned bivouacs, cables and ski lifts.


Michèle Solari, Vice Consul at the British Consulate in Marseille said: “The British Consulate in Marseille works closely with Crystal Holidays and other partners, as well as the French authorities, to ensure that our many British visitors to the Alps remain safe through our #skisafe campaign. It is also a perfect way of raising awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.”


Nial Mclean, General Manager for Crystal Ski Holidays France, Switzerland and Andorra, said of the project: “We work hard to provide high quality holidays that cause minimal environmental impact, respect the culture and people of the destinations and offer real economic benefit to local communities. For us, sustainable tourism is not just an idea, it’s fundamental. “

So to sum up: the Mer de Glace is really pretty, great for skiing and important to the environment, so please try and refrain from dropping rubbish on it.

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