Whitepod re-opens for 09/10 season
Whitepod - the low impact, high-altitude camp in the Swiss Alps has re-opened for this coming winter season.
Tucked beneath the Dents du Midi above the Swiss alpine town of Les Cerniers, the futuristic camp consists of domed "pods" made out of canvas and steel resembling roughly made igloos on wooden platforms. Each of the pods has a double bed, thick duvet, washbasin, oil lamp, a wood-burning stove and a panoramic view of the alpine peaks.
The camp was closed last winter for renovations. The new site (just a few hundred yards along from where the old site was positioned) is now open for both winter and summer, and has a total of 15 pods that are a short walk from the Chalet des Cerniers where there's a restaurant and spa.
The camp also has access to a 600m private run (with two drag lifts) else you can strap on a pair of snow shoes and explore off-piste woodland trails.
Whitepod camp, Swiss Alps Photo: Richard Hammond
Guests can also stay The Alpage de Chindonne - a large lodge (that caters for up to 72 people) towards the top of the private ski run at 1600m.
Getting there: Train from London to Aigle (change Paris and Geneva) from £142 rtn. At Aigle, you can be transferred to the camp, by arrangement, else catch the AOMC (bus) to Monthey then the Postal bus to Cerniers. The bus stop is 500 from the Chalet des Cerniers (Whitepod's reception). See greentraveller's detailed guide to train travel: Train from London to Geneva.
Pod prices start from 234 Euros per pod per night. The Alpage de Chindonne costs from 47 Euros per person for a two bed room, 20 Euros per person for a bed in a dormitory.
See also greentraveller's article on visiting Whitepod in its first season in 2005: Whitepod Eco Camp, Swiss Alps.
Whitepod is also featured on pages 70-71 of the book I co-wrote with Jeremy Smith (the former editor of the Ecologist Magazine): Clean Breaks - 500 new way to see the world (published by Rough Guides).