Ski wax takeback program raises environmental awareness
When the snow melts on ski slopes and nordic trails this time of year, it can leave behind a toxic legacy.
What's happening: The wax you applied to skis and snowboards all winter is often made with flurocarbons that can include PFAS, a forever chemical that leaches into waterways and poses a health risk when the snow melts, according to an Environmental Protection Agency alert from January.
Yes, but: Colorado Mesa University students and Carbondale-based Mountainflow, a company that makes biodegradable, plant-based wax, are working to end the use of fluorinated waxes.
- This month, the two organized a takeback program for people to responsibly ditch their old wax.
- Evo Denver, Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder and Powder 7 in Golden are among the local dropoff locations. There's also a mail-in option.
Of note: Before you put your skis and snowboards away for next winter, John — a longtime ski tech — wants to remind you to get them a summer wax to preserve the bases and prevent edge rust.
- John uses Mountainflow and Golden-based Saucer Wax, which also is fluro-free.
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