We’ll say this about downhill skiing: The equipment, like the mountains, can get pretty steep. Relief from those high costs comes from RAMP Sports, an innovative equipment manufacturer that offers direct-to-consumer pricing on state-of-the-art skis and snowboards. Based in Park City, Utah, RAMP makes its products domestically using a groundbreaking approach. Unlike many traditional ski makers, who rely on large, expensive molds to shape their products, RAMP uses a highly efficient vacuum-molding system — the same technology used to make composite helicopter blades. This method allows RAMP to create more innovative shapes so it can customize its products. It also means that less material gets wasted in the process, making production more eco-friendly. To continue the theme, RAMP ships its skis in reusable bags, buys 300 pounds of carbon offsets with every sale and offers a buyback program to recycle or donate used skis to youth programs. It’s very green and very lean, with skis starting at $139.