Skiing is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors during the coldest months of the year. Unfortunately, it isn't a very environmentally friendly sport - it requires a lot of a equipment, natural habitats are destroyed as ski trails are created, and many drive a long way to partake in the activity. Therefore, it is important to make sustainable decisions once you are at the mountain in order to help curb your negative impact.
1. Pack your own (vegetarian) lunch in reusable packaging.
2. Buy carbon offsets for your trip.
3. Invest in quality gear that will last a long time. There are many eco gear companies too!
4. Bring your own reusable water bottle.
5. Pack light, check tires, drive efficiently in order to minimize gas consumption.
6. Share a trail map with the group instead of each getting your own copy.
7. When you need new equipment, buy used skis and donate your old gear.
BONUS: Plan to go to a green ski resort! (try Jiminy Peak or Jackson Hole)
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