With ski season in full swing, it reminds me that our summers are lasting longer, our winters are growing shorter, and snow is becoming an ever more precious resource. But not to worry, you can still enjoy the slopes without having a meltdown. Whether you’re hitting the half-pipe or sipping apres-ski cocktails, green skiing is always an option. Here’s our favorite ways to do it:
A Green Ski Resort.
From shuttles fueled by biodiesel, to offsetting CO2 with wind power and an award-winning waste-reduction program, Northstar at Tahoe sets the bar high with its sustainability initiatives. Their newly built post-ski hangout reminds me of Aspen, and just so happens to be LEED-certified.
Sustainable Snow Fashion.
I traded in my old polyester ski uniform for this rich REI down Davos jacket made from water-resistant recycled materials. It’s lightweight but toasty, with shaped elbows and seamless armpits ideal for fast runs. Coolest feature: a secret compartment for my ipod.
We all have to clean up after ourselves–and carbon’s no exception. Carbonfund.org will offset carbon from your activities, including driving, air travel, and home energy use. Choose your offsetting method: renewable energy, energy efficiency, or our favorite, reforestation.
Now get out there and have some eco-friendly fun–or to watch our green skiiing episode click here