Since the value of our environment is priceless, Tremblant has endorsed theSustainable Slopescharter created by theNational Ski Areas Association. This effective tool ensures that the development of our skiable terrain and village is undertaken with the utmost respect for the environment. The charter outlines principles which act as guidelines for the sustainable use of our natural resources.
The areas covered by these principles include:
- Planning, design and construction
- Water management: quality and quantity, snowmaking, facilities, landscaping and summer activities
- Wastewater management
- Energy management: snowmaking, facilities, lifts and vehicle fleet
- Waste reduction, product reuse, recycling
- Hazardous waste management
- Fish and wildlife management
- Forest and vegetation management
- Wetlands and riparian area management
- Air quality
- Visual environment
- Education and outreach
Our goal is to ensure that future generations also experience nature at its very best. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy their favourite outdoor activities in Tremblant's beautiful and diverse natural environment. In order to continue to offer such a high quality experience, Tremblant reviews its activities and practices on an ongoing basis to constantly improve its sustainable development performance.
In order to respect these values, we observe the following principles:
- Respect environmental laws and regulations.
- Use the necessary measures to prevent pollution, conserve and make rational use of the natural resources that are essential to our operations, and put in place any required emergency plans.
- Evaluate and systematically document environmental performance in order to ensure that it complies with our continuous improvement principles.
- Put into action the Sustainable Slopes environmental charter for the use of our natural resources.
- Communicate our commitment to improving and upholding environmental performance to all of Tremblant's employees, contractors, suppliers, communities and guests.
NOMINEE FOR PHÉNIX ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD - 2014
The reputation of the Phénix Environmental Awards is firmly established. As the highest environmental distinction in Québec, it rewards excellence in sustainable development. Station Mont Tremblant entered its landfill waste reduction programme by which composting stations were introduced at the ski area’s assorted foodservices (Chalet des Voyageurs, Grand Manitou and Fourchette du Diable). The project was retained among this year’s finalists, and the team has been invited to the National Assembly’s ‘salon rouge’ in Quebec City as part of the September 18 Gala when winners will be announced. All finalists are also eligibleto win Hydro Québec's People’s Choice Award.
WINNER OF ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD - 2014
Since 2005, the selective waste sorting programme has become well rooted at Station Mont Tremblant. By implementing composting to the existing waste reduction strategy, the firm has won the 2014 Environment & Sustainable Development Award presented by Association des stations de ski du Québec (ASSQ). "Environmental issues are certainly a high priority for us, but this type of programme has an even broader scope because it educates our employees, visitors and children about environmentally friendly practices that extend well beyond our installations. These new ways of ensuring sustainability affect both our environment and our children, and this makes us very proud," says Patrice Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer at Station Mont Tremblant.
Reduction of waste, preservation of fish habitat and composting... Tremblant takes concrete and positive environmental actions.
Discover all varied actions in an easy-to-read format.
Erosion during mountain construction
An exceptional forest ecosystem
No salt in our pedestrian village
Preservation of deer corridors
Snow production and the environment
How snow is made?
To begin with, it is important to understand that snow production is essentially a mechanical process requiring no chemicals. The three ingredients for snow production are cold temperatures, water and compressed air.
In general, we produce snow when the outdoor temperature is -8°C or lower. This requires two different pipes; one carries untreated water drawn from a natural source and the other carries compressed air. These pipes are connected to snow guns set along various ski trails. The compressed air propels fine water droplets in the cold air where they turn into snow.
Where are our water sources?
Our two water sources are Lac Tremblant and the Rivière du Diable. We use an average of 1.3 million cubic metres (m3) of water per winter for snowmaking. This volume corresponds to slightly more than 430 Olympic-size swimming pools (1 pool = 3 000 m3). Roughly, 75% of this volume comes from Lac Tremblant and the other 25% is drawn from the Rivière du Diable. At peak production, our system utilizes 8,000 gallons of water per minute (i.e. 30 m3/minute).
Lac Tremblant has an area of more than 10 km2 and reaches 91 metre deep (300 feet) in some areas! The volume of water of Lac Tremblant is impressive: 231 million m3, the equivalent of 77,000 Olympic-size swimming pools! The amount of water pumped from the lake for snowmaking is far more less that the total quantities brought in by the different tributaries on a day to day basis.
The Rivière du Diable is the main tributary of the Rivière Rouge, itself tributary of the Rivière des Outaouais. From its source in Lac du Diable, located in the Parc National du Mont-Tremblant, the river extends 116 km and has a drainage basin of over 1,185 km2.
Do we need official approvals to collect this water?
Yes. Since May 1993, Tremblant is authorized to collect water from Lac Tremblant at a rate of 6,000 gallons per minute (gpm), the equivalent of approximately 30,000 m3 per day or, if you prefer, 10 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Tremblant also received authorization in September 2001 to collect water from the Rivière du Diable provided that it has sufficient flow. This value is based on what is called the "minimum ecological flow". If the flow of the river is less than this value, we must stop pumping from this source. We are currently collecting up to 2,000 gpm, the equivalent of 10 900 m3 per day or, if you prefer, 3.6 Olympic-size pools. The results are monitored on a daily basis by Ville de Mont-Tremblant and yearly by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MDDELCC).
Tree and Shrub Planting
In 2010, we planted hundreds of trees and shrubs around Lac Lumière and around the body of water at Hole No. 2 on Le Géant golf course. The purpose of this work was two-fold: to enrich the site’s biodiversity and to enhance the visual appearance of the banks previously occupied by grass.
In 2012, 60 trees and 380 shrubs were planted in the newly paved VIP parking area. The parking now drains toward "green" ditches connected to water gardens. Planting vegetation in ditches helps absorb rain water and therefore protects the marsh located along the parking area.
Nature reserve of the Rivière-du-Diable
What is a private nature reserve?
In an effort to support landowners in their desire to protect ecosystems, species and landscapes on their properties, the Government of Québec adopted on December 18, 2002, the Natural Heritage Conservation Act. This Act allows the Minister of Sustainable Development Environment and the Fight against Climate Change to recognize the involvement of owners by giving reserve status to their properties.
Thresholds to improve fish habitat
Golf pesticide and fertilizer monitoring
Lac Lumière at Versant Soleil
The construction of Lac Lumière at Versant Soleil was a real technical challenge. A 150-metre-long and 10-metre-high dam had to be built without affecting the spawning area populated by brook charr downstream. This challenge has been successfully accomplished and regular monitoring shows the fishes have continue to spawn in the area every year since.
Temperature and water flow management
Lac Lumière at Versant Soleil is equipped with temperature and flow sensors. These sensors monitor in real time changes in the temperature and water flow of the lake and brook located downstream of the lake. During hot summer days, an automated system opens a valve that draws cold water from the bottom of the lake to refresh the brook. Without this system, the brook would become too hot for fish activity during the summer. Tests done over a five-year period have confirmed that the system is adequate.
What is idling?
Idling is leaving the engine of your vehicle run when the vehicle is immobilized.
Why should we turn off our engine?
Engine idling produces harmful fumes that are highly responsible for climate changes: carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrogen oxide (NOx). Generated by fuel combustion, these molecules are called greenhouse gas (GHG). GHG emissions contribute to global warming and can be reduced simply by turning off your engine.
How can I contribute to this program?
Very simple: turn off your engine when your vehicle is immobilized for more than three minutes. Look for the Here we turn off our engine posters in P1, P2 and VIP parking lots, at Chalet des Voyageurs, and at Guest Services.
How does Tremblant contribute to this program?
By training employees and shuttle drivers to turn off their engine when their vehicles are not in motion.
Spies in our snow groomers!
Car-free access to the casino
Committee of strategic actions and public transit
Eco-friendly golf carts
The advantages of high density development
Reduction of light pollution
New efficient snow guns
Renovation of La Fourchette du Diable
Watering plants on the South Side
Our Recycling Program
Old Uniforms Reused in Nepal
A Comprehensive Environmental Program for Hotels
• Each room is equipped with recycling bins
• The cleaning products are phosphate-free and safe for the environment
• The remnants of toilet paper rolls are used in employees' bathrooms
• Room temperature when unoccupied is set at 18 °C (65 F) during the winter season. Gas fireplaces are controlled with a timer and all lights turned off
• Towel cleaning is managed in ways to reduce water, detergents and chlorine consumption.
Green supply policy
Partner with AGIR pour la Diable
Study on the Impacts of a ski season
Ellio, a sustainable development consulting firm specializing in life-cycle assessment, helped us through this process.
The first phase of the study required a large amount of data collection, i.e.:
• visitor profile (number, place of origin and duration of stay)
• mountain maintenance (snow, grooming and lift operations)
• transport (visitor, employee and shuttle movements)
• food services
• waste management
• water consumption
Using the data collected, Ellio analyzed our impacts and identified the activities generating the strongest impacts. Together we then determined which actions could be implemented in order to minimize these impacts. Finally, we quantified the reduction potentials and set realistic targets to reduce our ecological footprint.