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Area swaps offer gear galore to locals

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

With snow already flying, talk of the upcoming ski season is already on the lips of most Parkites. The local resorts opening in about a month, so Parkites have a few more weeks to get themselves all "geared" up for the season, with swaps in Summit County and the surrounding areas offering deals on new and gently used equipment. Area swaps and sales offer a little something for everybody, with different events offering gear for Alpine, Nordic, backcountry skiing, snowboarding and even snowshoeing. Extras like gloves, coats and boot warmers can also be found at most events.

According to Ski Utah Director of Communications Jessica Kunzer, utilizing equipment swaps is not only an economically-sound choice, but an environmental one as well.

"Perhaps one of the most exciting elements of skiing and snowboarding is getting new gear," Kunzer said. "Ski swaps are a great way to make that aspect more affordable, not to mention the environmental value of reusing equipment rather than throwing it away."

Rowmark Ski Swap, Oct. 26-27

The Rowmark Ski Swap offers quality racing gear and top-of-the-line equipment, because vendors also display at the sale. Check-in will be held Friday, Oct. 26 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Public check-in of items will be held Thursday Oct. 25 from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 970 East 800 South in Salt Lake. Public check-out will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to claim money and unsold items. Rowmark provides tags and labels for equipment and will have volunteers present to help price items. Sellers don’t need to be present during the sale of their items. There is a swap entry fee of $1 per item and Rowmark takes a 20 percent commission. Admission is $5 for adults on Friday from 7-11 p.m. or $3 on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Children age 12 and under are free. Rowmark charges a 25-percent commission, which goes toward scholarships and financial aid for students at Rowmark Ski Academy. The swap is located at 970 East 800 South in Salt Lake. For more information, call (801) 355-3943, visit http://www.rowmark.org, or contact Rowmark Ski Academy team manger Sarah Getzelman at sarahgetzelman@rowmark.org .

Park City Ski Swap and Sale, Nov. 2-4

This locals’ favorite is widely regarded as one of the largest swaps in the country. The proceeds benefit the Park City Ski Team (PCST), so it is a true community event. This year, the PCST will try something new, holding their annual swap on the indoor turf the Basin Recreation Field House at Newpark. Gear may be checked in at the Field House on Friday, Nov. 2 from 4-8 p.m. The swap will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The ski team will retain 30% of the profits made at the swap. Admission is $8 on Friday night and $5 on Saturday and $2 on Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Call 649-8749 or visit http://www.parkcityskiteam.org for more information. The Field House is located at 1388 New Main Street in Kimball Junction.

St. Lawrence Thrift Stores Annual Ski Sale, Nov. 2-4

The beloved thrift store in downtown Heber takes on a winter theme, selling donated ski equipment to bargain-loving locals. The sale will be held at the Heber City Parks and Recreation Building, located at 90 North and 100 West in Heber. Donations may be dropped off at the old St. Mary’s Church, located at 121 Park Avenue in Park City,

prior to the sale. Admission is free. For more information, call (435) 657-0209.

Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center Ski Swap, Nov. 3

A bit of swapping for the backcountry lover. Gear for backcountry, telemark and cross-country skiing will be offered. Item drop-off will be held Nov 1-2 from 5-8 p.m. at REI, located at 3300 South and 3000 East in Salt Lake. The cost to enter gear is $2. The swap will be held Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. The swap will be held at the Salt Lake REI location.

Soldier Hollow Pre Winter Ski Sale, Nov. 3-4

A Nordic skiing lover’s extravaganza the annual Soldier Hollow sale offers the area’s largest selection of affordable used cross-country ski packages. This year the event will be held a month earlier to ensure cross-country lovers will be prepared for the season. According to Solider Hollow general manager Howard Peterson, free trail passes and a wide selection of very affordable used cross country ski packages will be offered at the sale. Nordic ski packages, including skis, boots, poles and bindings start as $75 for juniors and $179 for adults. Snowshoes will also be available. All SWIX waxes, hats, gloves and accessories are 33% off. The proceeds benefit the Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation, which ensure that the 2002 Olympic venue and the sport of cross-country skiing remain viable. The sale will take place in the Main Lodge. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the sale continues until 5 p.m. each day. November 3 is the last day for discounted season passes. Adult, couple and family season passes are discounted up to 20% from the regular season rates. For more information, call (435) 654-2002, e-mail info@soldierhollow.com or visit http://www.soldierhollow.com .


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