Rec News, March 18, 2009 


If you're an environmentally conscious skier, there's good news. Atomic Skis has unveiled the Renu boot, the first ski boot to be made of 80 percent recyclable materials. It also means it's the first carbon-negative ski boot out there.

The shell and cuff are made from a plastic derived from castor plants, called Pebax Renew, while the footbed is made from cork and the lining of bamboo. Even the coloring of the boots is made from all natural materials.

And not only are they Earth-friendly materials, but the components of the boots are also 100 percent recyclable.

Better yet, it's actually a wearable boot. According to early reviews, Renu is "aggressive" as well as highly responsive on the slopes. See, you can have style and substance.

The Renu joins a growing list of eco-friendly ski products, including bamboo-core skis and snowboards made by several companies.

No word yet on a price, but watch for the boot to hit markets next season.

Season's End

Speaking of skiing, there are still a precious few weeks to hit the slopes.

Sun Valley Resort will continue operations through Easter on Sunday, April 12, while Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area's final day of the season will be Saturday, April 11.

Bogus will end things on a high note with an annual end-of-the-season celebration on the mountain, which usually involves live music, giveaways and assorted merriment. Details are yet to be finalized, so stay tuned.

Brundage Mountain in McCall has yet to announce a closing date. Tamarack Resort? Well, it's already closed.

—Deanna Darr

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