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 is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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