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Copenhagen’s New Ski Resort is Also a Sustainable Heat and Power Plant?

All the right elements for a classic, European winter vacation—winter sports, sustainable practices, and Danish coziness—came together to create a fascinating new travel destination which opened to the public in early October.

Amager Bakke, or CopenHill, is the name of the new destination. Though you might be surprised to learn it is a heat and waste-to-energy power plant in Copenhagen. But it is also a man-made ski and snowboard slope.

The building itself burns waste instead of fossil fuels and is part of Copenhagen’s initiative to be the first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. The plant works by burning waste and then using the heat for, well, heat–and also uses some of that energy to create electricity. These two resources support tens of thousands of homes in Copenhagen.

As for the ski area, it is 400 meters long and includes four slopes of varied skill level. There is also a freestyle park and slalom course. The slopes do not rely on either natural or man-made snow, thus promoting green tourism all year in Denmark.

The park also includes running trails, climbing walls, and a café.

Denmark winters are cold, but there are no mountains, so this facility adds some diversity to what the country has to offer tourists.

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Jody Climbs the Matterhorn

Well, not really! If you like scenery and unsurpassed mountain views, the mountain village of Zermatt, Switzerland is the place for you. It is one of the great ski and climbing centers of the world. Even if you don’t ski or climb there is much to do in this little village nestled in a deep valley enclosed between steeply scarped mountains. And, of course, the mountains are dominated by the huge and gracefully curved pyramid of the Matterhorn.

In Zermatt there are no cars. So, from the moment you step off the Swiss-red train, catch sight of the cobbled streets and horses with sleighs patiently waiting for their rides, and glimpse the Matterhorn, you will know you are in a special place. The silence and fresh alpine air creates a welcoming atmosphere, amid the pedestrians – locals and visitors alike.

Even though Zermatt is a quaint little village they are equipped with comprehensive emergency service, doctors, dentist, pharmacies and 4 helicopters at their heliport. There are many sports shops with ski, snowboard, mountain bike & climbing equipment sales and rentals. And for those of us only there for the spectacular views there are many restaurants, jewelers, souvenir shops, boutiques and more. The language is German but English is spoken throughout the village too. Have a great trip!