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Recycle Your Gear: What To Do With Old Junk

You may not get new skis every year, but you probably have some old junkers clogging up the garage. Check out the best ways to recycle all your old gear, including boots, poles, and everything else that’s probably too scary to ski on now.

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Skis and snowboards are a natural for shelving items, and for creating entertaining DIY projects for those long summertime weekends.  Turn them into…

Skis and snowboards are a natural for shelving items, and for creating entertaining DIY projects for those long summertime weekends. Turn them into a bike rack, wine rack, bookshelf, coat rack, key rack, mail holder, and any other useful device you can think of.

If you don’t want the hassle of driving over to the hardware store and dealing with throngs of BBQ-grill-seeking sunbathers while you lug around a…

If you don’t want the hassle of driving over to the hardware store and dealing with throngs of BBQ-grill-seeking sunbathers while you lug around a bunch of flower pots and potting soil, consider making a little home for those tiny seeds in your old Rossis from ’89. Drill a few small holes in the bottom to drain excess water, and plant away. Awww, pretty and functional!

If you’re gonna take a shot, make your friends do it too with a homemade shot-ski.  Get a few shot glasses together, superglue them to an old ski,…

If you’re gonna take a shot, make your friends do it too with a homemade shot-ski. Get a few shot glasses together, superglue them to an old ski, and line ‘em up!

Planting a tomato garden?  You’ll need stakes.  Don’t have stakes?  You guessed it: Use your old ski poles to guide the little guys as they grow.

Planting a tomato garden? You’ll need stakes. Don’t have stakes? You guessed it: Use your old ski poles to guide the little guys as they grow.

Create a new spot for summertime R&R on your front porch or in the shade of the big tree in your yard by converting your old skis or snowboards into…

Create a new spot for summertime R&R on your front porch or in the shade of the big tree in your yard by converting your old skis or snowboards into furniture. Several companies offer to take your skis and make it into custom furniture using their templates; here are a few of them: reeski.com, www.recycledskis.com, and www.skifurniture.com.

Recycling centers can salvage skis, boots, and more, but only if you take it to the right place.  Find out where your local recycling center is…

Recycling centers can salvage skis, boots, and more, but only if you take it to the right place. Find out where your local recycling center is located by visiting recyclingcenters.org and check before you go to see if they’re capable of recycling ski equipment. If not, head to the nearest ski swap event or consider joining your local Freecycle community, where you can trade your trash for your neighbor’s treasure. Better yet, help out a good cause and donate your skis to your favorite charity. You can also visit your local ski shop and ask if they take old equipment.

Ok, so you’ve stocked up so many skis that you’ve used them for every other tip in this gallery and yet you still have leftovers (ski much?).  Stack…

Ok, so you’ve stocked up so many skis that you’ve used them for every other tip in this gallery and yet you still have leftovers (ski much?). Stack them next to each other and make a colorful fence around your yard. Bonus: Your pesky neighbors will be in such awe over the beauty of your fence, they might actually stop bothering you.