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10 Green Skis

Want to show the environment a little love while you’re slayin’ the slopes? These environmentally-friendly skis and the companies behind them are making a statement with their green practices and hard-charging rides. Check ‘em out.

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175/146/159  $1,203 Handmade in New Zealand, Kingswood skis were some of the first to initiate use of a bamboo wood core (pictured above).  Not only…

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Handmade in New Zealand, Kingswood skis were some of the first to initiate use of a bamboo wood core (pictured above). Not only is bamboo stronger and lighter than other woods typically used for cores (like maple), it regenerates quickly, making it highly sustainable. And it adds energy and pop to the ski. No wonder earth-friendly ski companies like it so much. The MegaFat is one of their burliest powder skis, but can also perform well on-piste and in the park. To learn more, visitkingswoodskis.com.

113/80/105 $625 Swiss freeski company Movement's wood cores come only from forests that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the…

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Swiss freeski company Movement’s wood cores come only from forests that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification – both of which participate in sustainable forest management. Translation: your skis won’t be a product of illegal clear-cutting. The Joystick is a freestyle ski, perfect for big air and tight rails. For more information, check out movementskis.com.

When half of a ski company's mission statement is dedicated to eco-efficiency, they better deliver.  And up-and-coming Grown does.  From the limited…

When half of a ski company’s mission statement is dedicated to eco-efficiency, they better deliver. And up-and-coming Grown does. From the limited use of artificial materials (like varnishes and plastic top sheets) to energy-saving pneumatic presses and wood scraps used as workshop insulation, Grown has significantly reduced their energy usage through their innovative practices. They’ll even recycle your old Grown skis in-house by building furniture. Grown skis will be available in Fall 2008. For more information, go to grownskis.com.

134/103/122 $525 Bred in Salt Lake City, UT, this indie ski company uses bamboo in their Stabilite composite core - in support of both…

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Bred in Salt Lake City, UT, this indie ski company uses bamboo in their Stabilite composite core – in support of both sustainably-grown materials and extra pop when hitting the park or the backcountry. The District is a great ski for floating on soft snow. Check it out atbluehouseskis.com.

134-106-124 $1,600 Lokomotiv's current company evolution includes a series of environmental initiatives.  Among them, this Swedish company is looking…

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Lokomotiv’s current company evolution includes a series of environmental initiatives. Among them, this Swedish company is looking into discontinuing use of North American-supplied maple, reducing raw material waste in their workshops, using bamboo cores, and planting a tree for every pair of skis made. Check out the first limited release of their custom made-to-order 2008 line, including the FreeBird above, by going to lokomotivskis.com.

134-100-125 $549 This year, Karhu introduced their Greenlight¿ Core, made mostly from native Chinese Paulownia wood.  Because Paulownia is locally…

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This year, Karhu introduced their Greenlight¿ Core, made mostly from native Chinese Paulownia wood. Because Paulownia is locally sourced, transportation costs are reduced. And because it has lots of big leaves, it sucks up carbon dioxide, one of the main culprits behind global warming. The Paulownia core can be found in the powder-destined BC 100 (above), Jak BC, Bertha, Jil, Betty, XCD Guide, XCD 10th Mountain, XCD GT and XCD Pinnacle skis. Learn more atkarhu.com.

115/85/110 $580 All Liberty skis feature a laminated, environmentally-friendly bamboo core.  For most of their skis, you can take it one step further…

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All Liberty skis feature a laminated, environmentally-friendly bamboo core. For most of their skis, you can take it one step further by purchasing a limited edition, which features full bamboo sidewalls in addition to the core. Plus, Liberty is 100-percent wind-powered. We can respect that. The new women-specific Jinx 164 is made for any terrain – from park and pipe to powerhouse steeps. To see more, visitlibertyskis.com.

130/102/118 Just across the water from New Zealand's Kingswood Skis, the Australian manufacturer, Obsidian, uses a bamboo core in all its ski models,…

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Just across the water from New Zealand’s Kingswood Skis, the Australian manufacturer, Obsidian, uses a bamboo core in all its ski models, as well as waterproof bamboo sidewalls. The core strength is especially fitting for its Fifthen, a big mountain freeride ski made for big drops, deep powder, and tight, straight lines. Learn more at obsidianskis.com.

120/92/104 $470 Located in Nelson, B.C., Boomtown Sports Inc. is a small Canadian sports retailer who also manufactures skis and boards.  Their new…

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Located in Nelson, B.C., Boomtown Sports Inc. is a small Canadian sports retailer who also manufactures skis and boards. Their new line of Valhallas, which come in a variety of sizes, are made with bamboo cores and come from the same mold as Boomtown’s popular Kootenay Powdersticks. The 173 is great for all-mountain speed. The coolest part, though, might just be the see-through top and bottom sheets – just in case you were wondering what a bamboo core really looks like. Find out more at boomtownsports.com.

119-81-107 $550 High Society Freeride Company, based out of Aspen, CO, is a small company currently offering just two ski models, but is already…

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High Society Freeride Company, based out of Aspen, CO, is a small company currently offering just two ski models, but is already going green with the Classic, a park and pipe ride which benefits from the bamboo core’s strength and pop. Find out more at highsocietyfreeride.com.