Vail’s ski equipment recycling drive could turn your old skis into something completely different

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 15, 2010 5:39 am

If you have an old pair of skis you were just planning on throwing out, or selling on craigslist for way too much dough, why not instead bring them to Vail’s ski equipment recycling drive happening today through Sunday in Vail?

Specialty Sports Venture, which owns many ski stores in the area as well being partially owned by Vail Resorts, is hosting the drive, along with Snowsports Industries America. If you bring in your old equipment, they’ll grind it up into tiny tiny little bits of plastic, metal and wood. Then, the bits will be re-formed to create new structures, like decks, chairs, parking blocks etc. Newer equipment in good condition will be donated to nonprofit groups such as SOS Outreach to help people learn to ski and snowboard.

Chris Hildreth is the project manager for Specialty Sports Venture, and he said 150 tons of equipment have been collected since 2008. “It’s keeping a significant amount of ski equipment out of landfills,” Hildreth said. “One-hundred fifty tons is roughly 75 cars. That’s quite a bit of material that isn’t ending up in landfills and is being reused. Several ski manufacturers are interested in making inside cores of new skis” with the material.