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Tourism - The Alpine Ski Industry

IB DP Geography
       
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Base Knowledge and Understanding

Base knowledge and understanding

 
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Data Visualization
   
Definition mass movements
aesthetic change
land degradation
avalanche
avalanche corridors
News Article
Words to be defined
 
Base Level

Context

 

The aims of this lesson:

  • To be able to examine the opportunities and challenges posed by the development of tourism and any associated settlement and communications in one type of extreme environment - focusing upon the alpine ski industry in high mountain, glacial environments.
  • Examine the impacts of tourism on the environment, such as mass movements and erosion, land degradation, vulnerability to hazards, aesthetic change, water usage and waste disposal.
 
What are the opportunities posed by the development of tourism in the Chamonix valley - a French town/valley in a high mountain environment?
 
 
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task One: Challenge task

You have five minutes to find a fact that reveals the value of the European ski industry.
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task Two: Opportunities and Challenges: Two Degrees from Meltdown - The Final Call

 
Chapter 1: Two Degrees from Meltdown - Chamonix, France - Pages 1-26
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task Three: Opportunities: Money and Development

 
Looking down on Chamonix from near the summit of Le Brévent (2525 metres).
 
  • The international arrivals in the Alps may add up to about 30 million, or a little less than 4% of world’s total number (806.8 million in 2005) and almost 7% of the European ones. [Source]
 
Hyperlink
  CIPRA - What Role Do the Alps Play within World Tourism? - Fabrizio Bartaletti, University of Genova - Institute of Geography
Hyperlink
  Ski Paradise - Size is important in the Ski Industry [24 February 2008]
Geography Resource
  Savills International - Mark snapshot - The Alps [Pages 2, 3, 5 and 6]
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task Four: Challenges: Mass Movements / Avalanche Hazard

 
Extreme Environments - memorial to the 12 people who died in the 1999 Montroc Avalanche, Chamonix Valley, France
 
Hyperlink
  PisteHors.com - Montroc Avalanche
 
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task Five: Challenges: Aesthetic Change

 
Can you spot the ski resort?
Aiguilles Rouges Panorama
 
Extreme Environments: the impact of the ski industry - Le Brévent, Chamonix Valley, France
 
Tourism and the Landscape
 
Extreme Environments: Sustainability? - Le Brévent, Chamonix Valley, France
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task Six: Challenges: Water Usage

 
Hyperlink
  Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research - Technical snow
 
Snow Cannon on the valley floor, Chamonix
 
Sustainability in Extreme Environments: Artificial reservoir for snow canons, La Flégère, Chamonix Valley, France
 
Sustainability in Extreme Environments - La Flégère High Altitude Reservoir, Chamonix Valley, France
 
Water
 
Geography Activities
Geography Activities

Task Seven: Challenges: Waste Disposal

Waste
 
Geography Review

Review

 

Discuss the main environmental problems caused by tourism in one extreme environment. [10 Marks]

The markbands can be found here - you need to look at Paper 2.

 
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