Remember when you used to be able to ski everywhere on Thanksgiving; and November’s America’s Opening in Park City, Utah, drew crowds in the thousands? Yeah, not anymore. Our winters are about 20 days shorter in case you haven’t noticed. Not everyone is super proactive about the environment but if you’re a skier or boarder you can’t help but be affected. So how do you get involved if you’re not a greenbean? Do things like bid on Leki’s one-of-kind eBay auction this week. You’ll help raise funds for Protect Our Winters, a non-profit organized to activate and unite the global snow community in the fight against climate change. You’ll also have a chance at taking home some really cool ski poles created by Leki’s athlete and Ski Utah postergirl Caroline Gleich.
“It was a labor of love,” said Gleich. “I had never done anything like this before and it was an opportunity to merge crafts, the environment and skiing- all things I’m passionate about.”
Gleich crafted six pairs of ‘art’ ski poles for the auction that would make perfect holiday gifts. “It took hours because I did them all by hand,” she explained. “I used super strong glue that’s intended to hold up over time and in harsh environmental conditions but these really are more meant to be art.”
Talk about your win-win. You get a new set of very cool poles, you get a tax write off for the end of the year and you just might be part of the movement that keeps our winters from getting any shorter.
The auction ends December 10 with all proceeds benefiting POW and the fight against climate change.
Founded in 2007 by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, Protect Our Winters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and mobilize the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change. The focus is on education initiatives, advocacy and support of community-based projects.