La Montagne Verte
Committed to minimising its impact on the environment, Téléverbier has introduced a number of measures over the years, aimed at reducing its energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Take a look at what we’ve already achieved. Thanks to these actions, Téléverbier has obtained the ACT (Agence Cleantech Suisse) label.
Most of the electricity Téléverbier SA consumes is from local hydraulic production.
Changing electric controls and engines
Téléverbier is progressively replacing the electric controls and engines on the lifts with more environmentally-friendly class IE4 asynchronous motors.
What does IE4 mean? From March 2014, the new classification defines how energy-efficient a motor is. Class E4 is the highest level (super premium).
The lifts can be operated at varying speeds, depending on how many people are using them, thus economising over 10% of energy and reducing wear and tear on the machinery.
The heating system in all of our buildings is monitored and can be remotely regulated according to when the building is in use.
Most of the buildings on the slopes and all of our offices have triple-glazed windows.
Thermal solar panels
The Savoleyres building has thermal solar panels which heat the water for the restaurant.
Photovoltaic solar panels
Some of the buildings have been equipped with photovoltaic solar panels, for example the lower Jumbo, Le Châble and La Tzoumaz stations. The energy produced is injected into the network.
Using renewable energy
Téléverbier is working on replacing the use of fossil fuels for heating. Currently, the following buildings are heated using renewable sources of energy:
- Le Châble station and the Mont-Fort Swiss Lodge
- Médran station
- Restaurant des Gentianes
- Restaurant 1936
- Les Ruinettes station (summer 2021)
Heat recovery from machinery (air/water heat pumps:
- Les Mayens de Bruson station
The cable car machinery on the Le Châble-Verbier and Le Châble-Bruson lines has a heat recovery system which is used for heating the adjacent buildings.
Optimization of the diesel engines of our snow-grooming machines
In collaboration with the company Alp Evolution, the diesel engines of our grooming machines have been tuned to maximise efficiency, thus reducing fuel consumption by 8% per hectare.
In addition, the machines are modern and most of them have engines which meet the Euro Tier 5 and Tier 4F environmental norms. These norms impose a limit on the emission of nitrogen oxides and microparticles.
Measuring the snow depth
All of our snow groomers are equipped to measure the depth of the snow underneath. This enables us to calculate precisely how much snow needs to be produced and to distribute it appropriately on the slopes.
Our entire snow-making system is equipped with ultra-modern snow-makers. These produce high- quality snow, and use less water and energy than older models.
In collaboration with the Swiss Federal Railways (CFF/SBB), Téléverbier SA introduced the “Verbier-Express” in 2019. This double-decker “snow train” runs from Geneva airport to Le Châble every Saturday and Sunday during the winter season (there is no need to change in Martigny!). It leaves Geneva in the morning and returns in the evening, transporting skiers from the whole Lake Geneva region to the brand new station in Le Châble . From there, they can take the lifts to Verbier and Bruson.
A ski + train package is available.
Free shuttle service + parking
Téléverbier SA and the commune de Bagnes subsidise the free shuttle bus service in Verbier. This helps reduce the number of cars, and therefore pollution, in the resort. To facilitate this, there is a free car park at the cable car station in Le Châble.
Collaboration with RegionAlps
In addition to the Verbier Express line, Téléverbier collaborates with the regional railway company RegionAlps, in Martigny, to provide the St-Bernard Express train service, which runs every 30 minutes between Martigny and Le Châble.
Recyclable and compostable packaging
For all take-away food, the restaurants use recyclable and compostable food boxes, wooden cutlery and cardboard coffee cups.
For events, a system of reusable glasses (with a deposit) has been put in place.
The objective for 2021 is to obtain the ISO 50001 energy management certification.
la Montagne Verte initiatives
Our eco-friendly initiatives at a glance