Harriet Bols

Ville Fleurie

The ski tracks left imprinted upon the snow are not the only marks left behind by tourists. The rising popularity of snow sports in the Alps has created a large social, and environmental, impact on resorts. This project documents the effect of tourism on a small French Alpine village called Samoëns. A traditional resort situated in the heart of the Giffre Valley, in the Grand Massif area, Samoëns is labelled as a “Ville Fleurie”, declaring it as one of the most beautiful in the whole of France. Samoëns is rapidly transforming into a resort that can take on an increasing number of tourists, however with this comes inevitable environmental implications due to the increasing real-estate development, change in infrastructure and the desire and demand for bigger, better and more efficient ski-lifts and services on the mountains. These photographs have been taken from ‘Ville Fleurie’, my photo book that explores the narrative of the environmental and economic growth of an up and coming ski resort. The foreword of the book has been written by environmental journalist and founder of Snowcarbon, Daniel Elkan.


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