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5 Green Finds from the 2015 SIA Snow Show

by Feifei Sun

It’s been a big month for snow and snow sports: After SnowSports Industries America hosted its annual Snow Show in Denver at the start of the month, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships concluded in Vail and Beaver Creek last week. If those two events have you ready to hit the slopes, these five eco-friendly finds from SIA’s Snow Show will let you do just that in sustainable style.

Soul Poles Ski Poles


Bryon Friedman founded Soul Poles in 2011 after witnessing the effects of climate change first hand as a former U.S. National Team skier. The company, which operates on a zero-waste production model, makes ski poles by hand with renewable bamboo and recycled materials. $99-$175; soulpoles.com

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel


A super light, portable solar panel that lets you charge phones, cameras and other gadgets—which are known to die quickly in cold temperatures—on the slopes. Let the sun power your tech items during the day so you can use them without worry at night. $79.99; goalzero.com

Dakine Backpack


This spring, the sportswear company is partnering with socially conscious fashion company Piece + Co. on a number of bags that help provide sustainable employment for female artisans in the developing world. The colorful bags, which are handcrafted from custom Indian Ikat 2 fabric, are pretty enough for everyday wear but durable enough to withstand brutal mountain conditions. $36; dakine.com

Smith Evolve Sunglasses


Smith, a brand celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is famous for its Evolve collection. Lightweight and chic, the durable frames are made from a 53 percent bio-based material derived from non-GMO castor plants, making Evolve the largest eco-friendly sunglass collection in the world. $119-$209; smithoptics.com

Big Wood Skis


Skis by nature aren’t the most eco-friendly of gear. But that hasn’t stopped Big Wood Ski from making a valiant effort. The Idaho-based company handcrafts custom skis that are laminated and sealed together with plant-based resins, as opposed to the petroleum-based materials found in traditional skis. The company is also run on green power, with 100 percent wind power offsets. $750; bigwoodski.com

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