Most people ski and snowboard to relax and get away from stress, so some may see being environmentally friendly while on the mountain as a roadblock to enjoying their trip. Skiing and snowboarding green does not have to be stressful though!
For example, as one of the premiere locations for renting and buying ski and snowboard gear ASO Mammoth doesn’t need anything to slow us down during our busy season. However, by using these recycled paper shopping bags throughout the shop we are making small changes that will make a big difference over time without any skin off our back. You can do the same by following these eco-friendly ski tips!
Carpool and Ski Local
It can be hard to find extra room in the car when you’re packing for a long ski trip, but by filling an empty seat with a few or even just one passenger you can reduce the footprint of your trip. If you’re travelling with family or friends, then bring only what you need so those empty seats can turn your caravan into road trip. You can also find online carpool groups through social media and forums to either find or give a ride to the mountain.
Along the same lines, skiing at your local mountain instead of driving further away will also help you reduce your footprint. We get it, when a storm hits across the state and you have a chance to ride it, you have to drive there. However, if there’s no significant reason to drive further then you should support your local mountain and save yourself some gas money. It may feel like you’re not making a difference at first, but a few shorter trips will make a difference!
Leave No Trace
You can also be green while on the mountain. While riding at environmentally friendly mountains will help you reduce your footprint, no matter where you’re riding you can leave no trace behind.
Ski mountains are developed, but they’re still natural areas with plants and wildlife that will be affected by any waste you leave behind. While each of the seven principles of Leave No Trace may not apply to skiing and snowboarding, the ones that do can have a huge impact on the environment. Check them out below!
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Cross-Country Ski or Splitboard in the Backcountry
While some ski resorts are eco-friendlier than others, none are as good for the environment as the backcountry.
Most backcountry trips involve helicopters, snowcats, or snowmobiles, but you can do yourself and the environment a favor by cross country skiing or splitboarding and only using the energy in your legs. Not only does cross-country skiing or splitboarding reduce your footprint and give you an incredible workout, but by travelling into the wilderness step by step without loud engines you’re given the opportunity to enjoy the mountains more than ever.
Buy Green Ski and Snowboard Products
You may only think of recycled ski and snowboard materials as boards that have been converted into benches, but the reality is that there are several manufactures offering everything from eco-friendly wax to beanies made from recycled plastic.
The cost of buying green ski and snowboard gear is typically only a little extra research and a few higher prices, but the impact your purchase has on the environment over time is so much bigger.
By following these eco-friendly tips, you’re ensuring many more unforgettable winters, incredible runs, and unbelievable views for yourself and those to follow.