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Top 10 French Green Ski Resorts [INFOGRAPHIC]

Eco friendly way of livingPlanning a ski vacation in the middle of the summer doesn’t sound very intuitive. It pays off though to stay one step ahead of the crowd and look for available accommodation options without a last-minute rush.

How about going “green” for your next ski trip by choosing one of the most eco-friendly ski resorts in France?

French skiing is world-renowned. The premier ski resorts cater for all levels of skiing and snowboarding from breathtaking black runs or off piste for advanced skiers and boarders, to resorts where the whole family can enjoy the slopes at a more relaxed pace.

We are all becoming more aware of the impact we have on the environment and ski resorts are now implementing measures to help reduce their carbon footprint. However, some resorts are more aware than others.

Let’s look at the top 10 French Ski Resorts for “Green Skiing”

Top 10 french green skiing resorts infographic

The Infographic above is showing the top 10 Eco ski resorts that are situated in and around Europe. All the Information is neatly contained in 10 cable cars each one has a bespoke graphic and description showing the most popular activity the resort is known/specialises in for example Meribel is great for partying as has amazing bars and great nightlife making it not as child friendly as say Les Gets which caters for familys and is better if you want a more relaxing break, along with that each cable car has a ‘green rating’ in a percent neatly wrapped up with a graphic surrounding it. The Infographic goes up from 1 (the most un eco) cable car to the 10th (which is the most eco 100%) – The last graphic showing that it is the most eco friendly resort in Europe by a large green crown. Which has been realised by recycling, traffic reduction and green building policy to name just a few projects that has helped the resort become green king!

How I long to go to Bob and Bab’s Waterfall House

Bob & Bab’s living room window looks out to the creek

I, like everything else in New York City, am a transplant. I arrived in March of 2011, from Mexico via California where I was born and raised. I have called Brooklyn my home for over a year and a half now. It still feels exciting being here, still vibrant. In many ways I feel more at home here than anywhere in the world.

The waterfall in Autumn

But living in the Big Apple, it’s apparent that many people want to leave. I tell a local I’m from California and a gleam of light flashes across their eyes, followed by the question, “Why New York?” The more fortunate city-folk enjoy regular getaways where they escape the bright lights, go somewhere they can spot a star or two in the night sky, where the air is less tinged by exhaust. It is not enough that I listen to music while zigzagging through city traffic on my bicycle or wear earplugs when sleeping at night. The city noise will cut through.

That’s why when I want to get away, somewhere more exotic, I’ll look at travel photos, paintings, motion pictures, or allow myself to be transported through literature. While I enjoy looking at all kinds of images, I especially like looking at calm scenes of nature. To borrow the words of New York Times columnist David Brooks, I enjoy “lush open grasses, with thickets of trees and bushes, a water source, diversity of vegetation including flowering and fruiting plants and an unimpeded view of the horizon in at least one direction.” I guess we all do.

Waterfall house in Autumn

Working at Rentini, I view photos of vacation properties and their environments on a daily basis. I am often filled with awe at what I imagine life is like where these homes reside. That was how I felt when I saw Bob and Bab’s Waterfall House.

Located in the Catskill Mountains, tucked next to Woodstock in the town of Palentine NY, the Waterfall House is beautiful on the inside while surrounded by majestic nature on the outside. There is a waterfall, of course, but also a swimming hole and lush greenery and flowers at every turn. The environs have been the source of poetry, paintings, and pilgrimages by well-to-do seeking out it’s beauty.

Bob & Babs together outside their Woodstock home.

The owners of Waterfall House, Bob Malkan and Barbara (“Babs”) Kostas, have decorated their home in the charming style of a Dutch cottage – with fine art, antiques, and cool light painted walls. For them, as important as aesthetic earthiness and charm is comfort. Since they spend time there on occasion, they have cultivated a home that –if their guest book is any indication– has been the context of so many beautiful memories not only for each other, but for families, couples, and groups of friends.

Bob entered the vacation rental space to justify purchasing a charming second home on a whim. As a businessman, he wanted it not just because he liked it, but because it would be a good investment, for the pocket book but also for the life of the home.

Regular household items – jumbo sized!

Before entering into vacation rentals, Bob co-founded Think Big! stores, which specialized in “whimsical giant objects taken from everyday life”. Think BIG crayons, BIG toothbrushes, BIG pacifiers…BIG everything. To the surprise of many, Bob’s quirky vision was a success. One of his products was even featured in the blockbuster film Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks.

Bob and Bab’s penned a poem one day, inspired by their comfort of their waterfall home:

“Perched on the Edge of Time.

The Beauty and Serenity of a

Legendary Waterfall.

Breathe Deeply, Freely.

Immerse Yourself in the Cool

Waters of Swimming Holes Etched

in Ancient Rock.

 Relax, Refresh and Renew in this

Sunny and Bright, Charming

Victorian Home at the End of a

Quiet Country Road.”

What better way to get away than to visit Waterfall House?

Waterfall house, behind a picket fence.

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