Ski lift seats are made of fabric?
Yes – they are, and pretty nasty fabric that you cannot recycle.
But when Idaho Sewing for Sports (IDSFS) approached Renegade about co-developing a fabric for the ski industry, we were all in (being based in Colorado helped for market research and product development).
IDSFS sought out polypropylene webbing and thread so that the whole ski lift seat could be recycled with as little effort as possible. The last piece was the foam, which is where Tintoria Piana U.S. stepped in.
IDSFS launched the recyclable ski lift seat in May 2022 at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho. We expect the first ski seats made with Renegade fabrics to be in commercial use for the 2022/2023 ski season across North America. When the time comes to retire some lift seats, Tintoria Piana USA will be able to recycle them as part of their national foam recycling program.
The Idaho Skiing for Sports team showcased ski lift seats made from Renegade fabrics at the Intermountain Ski Area Association conference in Sun Valley, ID.