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Missed the swap? No need to feel down

Adia Waldburger of the Record staff

For anyone who missed out on all of the deals of the Park City Ski Swap and the Soldier Hollow Ski Sale due to busy schedules or prior obligations fear not. Local ski retailers have options for children and adults that offer affordable prices on quality merchandise. Jans Mountain Outfitters Jans features two budget-relieving options for purchasing skis the trade-back program and used merchandise. Any youth skis at Jans will receive 30 percent off of the total package, including boots skis and bindings. When they return them the next year, they will receive 40 percent of the original price in in-store credit to be used toward the purchase of their next pair of skis. Not only does this program create a cost-effective way for parents to keep their growing kids in suitable skis, but it also creates a large inventory of used skis. The used skis are often only slightly worn and create another relatively inexpensive option for parents. "The whole system makes it a great deal for kids to get into equipment at affordable prices," said Jans sales associate Matt Terwillegar. The process is also beneficial for Jans. Terwillegar explains that they are able to establish customer loyalty early and help kids have the opportunity to ski more often. "We want the kids to be learning the games we promote," Terwillegar said. He also hopes that as more people use the trade-back system, it will become better known that there are affordable options available for ski gear. "It’s nice, because then people become aware of the options to get equipment," Terwillegar said. "It’s one of the misnomers. It’s very affordable." He estimates that parents can get a used ski package for about $150. New equipment packages may be as low as $250, and qualify for the trade-back option. He recommends shopping at the end of November and the beginning of December for used equipment when most of the trade-back equipment has been returned following the first snowfall. For more information, call 649-4949. Jans Mountain Outfitters is located at 1600 Park Avenue. Cole Sport While not participating in any formal buyback or used program, Cole Sport still offers lightly-used merchandise at affordable prices through their demo sales. Right now, they are clearing out the remaining stock from last year’s skis, boots and bindings. According to rental manger J.P. Peck, some merchandise was entered in the Park City Ski Swap, but some should still be in the store. Peck recommends shopping at Cole Sport’s tent sales in the summer to get the best selection of demo skis. For more information, call 649-4600. Cole Sport has four locations at 1615 Park Avenue, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley at Silver Lake Village and Bazooka’s Board Shop at Park City Mountain Resort. Destination Sports Perhaps the best deal at Destination Sports, currently, is the early season sale the store is holding until the end of November. The sale is on skis, snowboards and other gear and clothing. According to sales representative Kyle Buchholz, they are selling all of last year’s merchandise with discounts of 50 percent or more. He added that last year’s demo skis are $350 or less. For those interested in more current skis, Destination Sports also offers customers the chance to demo skis as rentals to see how they like them. If they decide to purchase the skis, the rental price is deducted from the total price of the ski, so youth and adults can try skis before buying them without spending extra money. For more information, call 1-800-247-6197. Destination Sports is located at 738 Main Street. White Pine Touring- Specializing in cross-country and Nordic skiing, White Pine is the perfect solution for those who missed the Soldier Hollow Ski Sale. According to Minister of Outdoor Satisfaction, Charlie Sturgis, cross-country in general is a more affordable sport than alpine skiing. "Most people are surprised to see how inexpensive it is to get into cross-country skiing," Sturgis said. "The price is determined by the level of participation. It’s one of the least expensive forms of entertainment in town, especially on the recreation level." A ski package at White Pine includes skis, boots, bindings, poles, mounting and wax. With the Rossignol brand package, a two-for-one coupon for a lesson and a day pass to White Pine, Soldier Hollow or Sundance is included. "We do a fairly aggressive package of equipment that will price higher than our competitors in Salt Lake, but the quality is higher," Sturgis said. They also have a trade-back program for youth. With the purchase of children’s skis, White Pine offers the opportunity to trade out-grown equipment for a larger size from the White Pine rental stock. White Pine also has a fall ski swap, which took place last weekend. Sturgis says that the advantage of a purely Nordic swap is the ability to find skis without the chaos of wading through people and alpine gear. They also have trained professionals to help with selection. "It makes it a lot simpler and we’re here to help. We find stuff that will work for everyone. It makes it a lot easier," Sturgis said. White Pine Touring is located at 1695 Bonanza Drive. For more information, call 649-8710. The White Pine Ski Area located the Park City Golf Course is expected to open with the first snowfall. Precision Ski- At Precision Ski, the deal is in the rental. For $159, youth can rent a brand-new ski package for the entire season, which is far less than the cost of buying it. That’s not all of the rental deals Precision Ski offers. Youth and adults can receive 20 percent off of their rental rates if they make reservations ahead of time. They also include free tuning on the rental throughout the season. According to operations manger Todd Anderson, the shop also offers seasonal tuning packages for youth and adults, which allows includes a series of tunings at half-price. Precision Ski is located at 580 Main Street, as well as at Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons. For more information, call 649-8863. The Click- While most of The Click’s merchandise from last season was entered into the Park City Ski Swap, there may still be a few unsold last-year items remaining in the store for the next few weeks. Another option is affordably priced current gear. According to sales associate Kyle Burress many snowboard companies are now including models that are specifically geared for a low price point, and the Click carries most of them. Burress also said that the The Click has just updated the entire rental department with new equipment this year. They also have a lot of demo options, where riders can test out a board before purchasing and take the cost of the rental off of the final purchase price. The Click is located at 1890 Bonanza Drive. For more information, call 940-9004.


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