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Green Skis: Rossignol Attraxion Echo

Boots and ski equipment made in environmentally-friendly ways are easier to find than ever before. Like a new women's ski from Rossignol, the Attraxion Echo, which is made from as many sustainable, low-impact materials as possible. All that, and it's as smooth a ride as any you'll find.
By Megan Michelson
posted: 12/11/2009
Rossignol Attraxion Echo

Sure, most skiers care about the environment. But it’s hard to purchase hardgoods—ski equipment and boots—that are made with any kind of nod to Mother Earth. Until now. We’ve told you about Scarpa’s ski boots made with Pebax Rnew, a natural renewable plastic. And we’ve told you about Atomic’s Renu ski boots, which are constructed with recycled materials like plant and bamboo fibers. And now, we’re going to tell you about Rossignol’s Attraxion Echo skis, an all-mountain women’s ski made from low-impact products.

The Rossignol Attraxion Echo ski, which is 75 millimeters underfoot, has a poplar wood core from sustainably managed forests in Spain (where the ski is produced—so it’s using local goods). Twenty percent of the Echo skis’ fibers are natural linen fibers and the base is made from 25 percent recycled materials. The Rossignol Attraxion Echo ski also uses 50 percent less ink than other skis and utilizes less petroleum-based products.

“This is the ‘greenest’ ski that we’ve ever produced,” says Rossignol product manager Thor Verdonk. “The Echo is ahead of the rest of the products in the market, and it’s a great example of the environmental sensitivity we’re incorporating in every aspect of our business.”

But we don’t buy skis entirely for their earthly footprint, right? It has to perform, and perform well. I had a chance to test next year’s version of the Rossignol Attraxion Echo last week at Vail and I was impressed. On groomers, it railed GS turns like a race ski, but also handled off-piste terrain with ease. It’s a strong, stiff ladies’ ski that doesn’t fold under pressure or high speeds (read: no chatter whatsoever) but is still plenty forgiving for intermediate women looking to improve.

Rossignol-sponsored big-mountain skier Lynsey Dyer agrees. “I’d put this ski up against any other ski in the market for looks and ski ability,” Dyer says. “Everywhere I go the ski gets rave reviews. It’s just a beautiful ski in every way.”

[lengths: 154 and 162 centimeter; $950; rossignol.com]

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