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Protection of the Black Grouse

The resort and municipality of Les Gets are actively involved in the Biodiversity Observatory set up by 7 French ski resorts in the Portes du Soleil. The objective is to reconcile the practice of tourism with the preservation of our natural heritage.

As part of this initiative, the ski area and municipality in Les Gets are jointly committed to protecting the Black Grouse, one of the Alps iconic bird species.

Keep the disturbance to a minimum

The black grouse’s winter survival depends on it saving energy, which is vital at this time of year due to the freezing cold and limited resources available to it: tree needles, buds and sprouts. The black grouse is particularly affected when disturbed because it cannot make up for the energy lost when it leaves its igloo in a hurry when an off-piste skier or snow-shoe hiker goes by.

A host of initiatives have been implemented on Mont-Chéry and in the Ranfoilly area to protect this bird species.

  • The black grouse’s wintering areas are now indicated along with information boards in order to reduce the disturbance that can be caused by off-piste skiers and can be fatal for the black grouse.
  • During the summer, certain mountain pasture areas will be cleared and maintained (31.60 hectares in 2018 and 2019, the equivalent of  45 football pitches) to make these areas accessible to black grouse for their reproduction (egg-laying and feeding of the young).
  • The visibility of the cables of the Ranfoilly chairlift  has been improved by installing bird diverters and avoid collisions that can be deadly for some birds. In 2019, further cables will be equipped with floats.