• Jillian McKoy

    Senior Writer and Editor

    Jillian McKoy is the senior writer and editor at the School of Public Health. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Skiers and Snowboarders Face High Risk of Exposure to PFAS

  1. Does anyone look at the amount of grease and oil deposited on the ground from cars, ski lifts, and groomers? How about boat wax with PFTE? Let’s target areas that really make a difference to our environment. I agree that burning ski waxes with an iron and sucking in the fumes can’t be good for you. Most ski shops are not properly ventilated. Also, scraping 70-80% of wax product of hot waxes skis and boards and throwing it in our landfills can’t be good.

  2. What was wax composition for skis in 1950s? Swix was popular then. Was that safe by today’s standards? Because I’m still here doesn’t mean we can ignore facts…jp.. me jaguar paw

    1. It was about 1988 when SkiGo introduced a XC ski glider wax we used at a regional college race in Truckee in the rain. Ski Go pink. It was amazing, but the downside was kept out of the news for another 15 years. No mention of the DuPont PFAS in its ingredients, mixed into the traditional paraffins used for many years before. Swix was introducing Cera F, a powder that had to smoke to be applied correctly. No warnings, just marketed as fast and even then cost about $20 per wax job on skinny Nordic skis. We banned waxes with PFAS 4 years ago at our ski area in British Columbia, Valhalla Hills Nordic. No other ski areas in BC have taken that step yet. It is baffling how resistant people are to an obvious hazard. I am waiting for the first class action lawsuits!

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