Vail, CO Colorado
Knowing what do with your old snowsports gear can be a challenge. Selling it through Craigslist, eBay or a consignment shop might yield you a percentage of what you paid for it, but often, there’s more supply than demand for old skis and snowboards. If reselling your gear doesn’t work, there are ways to reuse, or “up-cycle” as it’s often called now, equipment instead of throwing it in the trash. We scoured the Web and found some easy do-it-yourself projects to help you turn that trash into treasure. The latest models of skis and snowboards often look cool, but making something out of skis and snowboards is even cooler.
Michigan resident Jeff Potter and his brother Tim made this ski sled using a few basic materials. Adding skis to the sled bottom increases the speed and creates a softer ride.
“The (ski) sled is the smoothest by far,” Jeff said. “Our sled goes the fastest and the farthest.”
Jeff said cross-country skis work best for packed snow and alpine skis work best for powder snow.
1 pair cross-country or alpine skis, roughly 6 feet long
1 plastic sled, roughly 4 feet long and 1 foot wide
2 strips of wood, roughly 1 or 3⁄4 inch by 3 feet by 5 inches in length
Drywall screws and washers
Align the sled so there’s one foot of ski in front and one foot of ski in back. One can also set up the sled so there’s more ski length in front. Screw from the sled into the ski, but don’t screw all the way through. To keep the sled lightweight, only use as many screws as you need to keep the skis and sled together. Glue foam padding onto the bottom of sled when finished to help absorb shocks and provide a comfy seat.
• Snowsports Industries America has a recycling program where one can donate equipment to be resold or recycled. Currently, one can drop off equipment at Colorado Ski and Golf and Boulder Ski Deals locations. Recycled equipment gets shredded and turned into composite lumber, which is used for things such as decks, furniture and store fixtures. The program is in the process of adding more locations and is planning to launch a website this month. Visit http://www.snowsrp.org later in December for more information.
• Locally, the Thrifty Shoppes in both Edwards and Eagle take used equipment. Some of the skis donated to the Thrifty Shop are eventually handed over to Bill Mounsey II, owner of Vail Ski Art. Mounsey designs chairs made out of skis, many of which are displayed around town. Mounsey estimates he’s recycled more than 30,000 pairs of skis since starting Vail Ski Art in the early ’90s.
For more information about Vail Ski Art or to donate your skis to Mounsey, visit www. vailskiart.org.