Ideal bite says that because of global warming, North American resorts may have to increase artificial snowmaking by up to 187% by the year 2070. So use green ski gear such as Arbor snowboards made from sustainable wood, ski socks made from recycled polyester and sustainable merino wool, and petroleum-free Terra Nova ski wax. Purchase Ski Green Tags at participating resorts. Through Sharing Warmth around the Globe (or SWAG), you can donate used snowpants as well.

Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition lists the top 10 environmentally-friendly ski resorts in the Western U.S. If you’re in the mid-west, Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota is working on wildlife habitat protection initiatives. Buck Hill, also in the land of 10,000 lakes, uses wind-based energy. Stowe in Vermont built an eco-education center to educate skiers.

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