Seaweed Skis?! WNDR Alpine Shows Off New Winter Tech

Tread light, charge hard, and do it on these weird renewable algae skis.

Award-winning ski brand WNDR Alpine makes some pretty unique gear — namely, its skis made from algae. Skeptical? Check out the skis’ performance in the brand’s latest video, “Vitality.”

While you can’t experience how they handle firsthand, the short does a pretty good job of showcasing just how well these snow sticks can shred. “We must look to the future,” says the narrator in the film. Cut to a shot of a high-tech, low-lit ski laboratory, then a skier zipping through trees.

The star of this film isn’t the athlete or the location — it’s the skis themselves. WNDR Alpine uses bio-manufacturing and its proprietary AlgalTech platform to create high-performance backcountry skis built with materials derived from microalgae.

The core of the skis is an algal core laminated against sustainably sourced aspen wood, with algal sidewalls and bio-based sap to replace petroleum resins. Not only are these skis fully renewable and remove petroleum from the manufacturing process, but they’re also designed specifically for skiing in the backcountry.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee. She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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