Climate change has many skiers and snowboarders sweating in their boots over the prospect of warmer winters and melting ice caps. Fortunately, there’s a great crop of winter gear purveyors working hard to preserve the environment by offering eco skis, snowboards, and accessories made from sustainable materials. Whether you prefer storming straight downhill on skis or carving up powder on a snowboard, read on for our top picks for eco-friendly winter outdoor gear!
Jones Snowboards are built to last from the best eco-friendly materials around. All of their boards feature FSC-certified wood cores, natural linseed fiber and basalt components (instead of toxic fiberglass and resins), recycled base materials, and sustainable wood sidewalls. The boards are also beautiful works of art that showcase the raw wood they’re made from, and Jones Snowboards donates 1 percent of all sales to the 1% for the planet initiative.
Liberty Skis has a history of blazing trails – both on the slopes and across the field of sustainability. They were the first company to feature bamboo cores throughout their entire line – this rapidly renewable material gives their high-performing skis light weight, exceptional strength, and a lively pop. Liberty Skis is also an independent Colorado company that runs its facilities on 100% wind power.
Soul Poles‘ line of beautiful trekking and ski poles are handcrafted in Utah from strong, sustainable, and light bamboo. They’re available in an array of colors ranging from natural finishes to brilliant sunbursts, and Soul Poles partnered up with Recycle Utah to educate and spread awareness for the recycling of old poles and ski products.
After a season of heavy winter riding your snowboard or skis are sure to need a tune-up and a fresh coat of wax – however most waxes contain nasty chemicals like perfluorocarbons and teflon. Enter Beaver Wax – a Vancouver-based company that creates high-quality natural waxes from environmentally friendly ingredients. Each bar of wax is hand poured and easy to apply – so you’ll be sliding down the slopes in no time.