Once skis have kicked the bucket, they’re often doomed to collect dust in the garage. But there’s another way––recycled ski furniture. For those of us who shouldn’t be trusted with power tools, companies like Green Mountain Ski Furniture of Waterbury, Vermont, Ski-Tec of Denver, Colorado, SnowSource General Store of Rangeley, Maine, and Reeski of Aspen, Colorado take the work out of it.
“Due to the unique nature of our products, our focus has been on working with our individual customers to create one-of-a-kind designs to suit their needs and tastes,” says Green Mountain Ski Furniture.
From the classic Adirondack chair, to wind chimes, coffee tables, and toilet seat covers, these companies take old ski and snowboard gear and turn it into conversation-sparking furniture for your home, using supplies from their storehouse of donations or from your personal collection.
But these one-of-a-kind pieces come at a steep price. The lowest marked Adirondack chair in the bunch runs for $300 from Ski-Tec, while the lowest priced item in general is the toilet paper holder from Reeski at $25.
Despite the price, ski furniture makes great gift. If you want your friends or family to pick a style all their own, Green Mountain Ski Furniture offers gift certificates.
For the do-it-yourself person, both Green Mountain Ski Furniture and SnowSource General Store offer plans and wood kits to help get you started on building your own ski chair.
These companies also provide a helpful service for the environment. Each company recycles between 3 and 6 tons of gear each year, cutting down on ski waste that is put into landfills. If you have no interest in furniture, but don’t want to send your skis to the dump, donate them to any of these ski furniture companies.