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The Best European Eco-Lodges: Whitepod, Switzerland

I’d like to take an outdoorsy and earth-friendly vacation in Europe. What are the top eco-lodges there?

Whitepods

Whitepods     Photo: LeBenLeBen/Flickr

A:Open only in winter, Whitepod takes a little of the guilt out of the high impact of lift-served alpine skiing. The lodge consists of 15 geodesic-dome-shaped white canvas tents atop wooden platforms clustered around a two-century-old farmhouse on a mountain slope at roughly 5,000 feet of elevation in the Swiss Alps. Each lantern-lit dome is heated comfortably with a wood stove, and the interiors are the ultimate in backwoods luxe, down to the high thread count linens. The resort is less than a half hour from Les Portes du Soleil ski area, but it also boasts its own private ski runs with three lifts. You can also go dogsledding, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing from the property. Rates start at $250 a night.

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