How to Make Skiing and Snowboarding Environmentally Friendly

The natural beauty that surrounds us in Mammoth Lakes is enough reason to protect the environment at every chance we get, but there’s an even more immediate reason people who love to ski and snowboard should want to protect the environment.

Without a healthy environment, there is no skiing and snowboarding.

That’s not a world we want to live in, so we’ve put together a list of a few easy ways to make skiing and snowboarding environmentally friendly. Check it out before your next ski trip, and then use Mammoth Bound to find the best deals on ski and snowboard rentals in Mammoth Lakes!

Choose Sustainably Focused Brands and Resorts

We know that where you ski and snowboard is most often chosen based on proximity, but if you have the choice of where to take a trip then try to find one that is committed to sustainability.

It’s actually easier than you may think, and the simple steps these resorts are taking can make a huge difference down the line by not only protecting their local environment but also paving a path for other resorts to follow in the future.

The same can be said of ski and snowboard brands. Manufacturing ski and snowboard gear may only contribute a fraction of the world’s pollution, but it’s also a fraction that you can control by buying from sustainably focused ski and snowboard brands.

Carpool to the Mountain

One of the largest forms of pollution that skiers and snowboarders can control is car pollution from driving to the mountain.

For most people driving to a ski mountain means travelling for hours, so if you take a car or two off the road by carpooling with your group then you can drastically cut down the carbon footprint of your trip.

Take Public Transit in Town

Most ski towns have public transit like free busses or even gondolas to serve the huge number of people who travel there in the winter.

Taking advantage of public transit will not only save you the hassle of busy resort parking, but it also reduces the footprint of your time in town!

Get into the Backcountry

We love ski resorts like Mammoth Mountain, but backcountry skiing and snowboarding is a great way to get on the snow while leaving a much smaller impact on the environment.

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding require specialized gear and knowledge to be done safely, but if you have those things then you can completely bypass the footprint left behind by lifts and lodges at resorts.

Plus, you’ll get an incredible workout by earning your turns!

Recycle Your Gear

Once your gear reaches the end of its lifetime, you can give it a new purpose by recycling it or reselling it to a new owner who can enjoy it.

Leave No Trace 

The easiest way to make skiing and snowboarding environmentally friendly is by leaving no trace of your visit! Pick up your trash and avoid damaging natural features like trees while riding!

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