Park City Ski Team Swap set for next weekend
The Park City Ski Team (PCST) is taking its annual Ski Swap and Sale from the snow to the turf Nov 2-4.
This year, renovations to Park City High School forced the team from its usual location to the Basin Recreation Field House. The set-up will be different, but PCST director Dave Galusha welcomes the change.
"We’ll see how this experience works, but I’m optimistic we’ve found a home for the swap," Galusha said.
The new locale means more space, longer operating hours and all of the equipment displayed in one area. Galusha says that it may be overwhelming when shoppers first walk in, but he also thinks that, this way, nobody will miss anything.
It also means an easier set-up. The team will do its usual collection at Jans and Cole Sport next week, but when but when the time comes to set up the sale, there will be no classes or students to work around.
"We have the whole facility," said Galusha. "It was a logical choice."
Because the sale is the only event in the field house that weekend, it also means that they can open their doors at 8 p.m. on Friday, instead of the usual 9 p.m., and stay open Saturday night until 6 p.m.
"We’re trying to draw the ‘go out to dinner’ crowd," Galusha said.
He is likely to get plenty of that crowd, as the Field House sits at the edge of the Redstone Shopping Center and can offer swap-goers the opportunity to do some shopping and then head to a restaurant or movie. Redstone also offers an increased number of parking spots within a mile of the Field House. Galusha warns that the county will be ticketing and towing anyone parked on the street, but anyone in a parking place will be safe. The Field House is also located directly off I-80, so Salt Lakers can easily access the swap.
The Park City Ski Swap is one of the largest swaps in the country, offering more than 50,000 items. The sale will fall on the same weekend as other swaps, but Galusha says he isn’t worried about a little competition. In fact, he welcomes their existence. All-day shoppers can stop in Park City and then head to the annual Soldier Hollow Pre Winter Ski Sale and the St. Lawrence Thrift Stores Annual Ski Sale in Wasatch County and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center Ski Swap in Salt Lake.
Galusha says they will accept a little bit of everything. They plan to sell equipment for all types of snow lovers Alpine, Nordic, and snowboarders. He said that many of the vendors will be bringing more Nordic gear this year. All gear must be less than five years old.
The swap and sale is the Park City Ski Team’s largest fundraiser of the year, with money going towards scholarships and operating costs. He says that ski team members pay tuition that covers about 70-percent of the cost it takes to run the ski program. The team relies on fundraisers such as the Ski Swap to raise the other 30 percent. For each swap item sold, the team will retain a 30-percent commission, although Galusha says that items may be donated as a tax write-off.
Galusha warns that buyers and sellers must be realistic at the swap. Sellers should be aware that their four-year-old skis will not likely sell at $500. And buyers should probably not arrive at the swap thinking that brand new, top-of-the line skis will suddenly appear among the other used pairs.
"It should be looked as this is a bargain basement," Galusha said. "Otherwise, it disappoints everybody."
Volunteers will be on hand to help sellers price their items and buyers navigate the mountain of new and used equipment for sale. Galusha recommends coming on different days for different needs. Those looking for a cutting-edge product will have the best luck on Friday, but the bargain-lover looking to outfit a family may have a better opportunity on Saturday. Sunday will have the best prices as prices are slashed at the end of the sale.
Gear may be checked in Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at Cole Sport or Jans at Park Avenue or at the Field House on Friday, Nov. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. The swap will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unsold gear and checks may be picked up on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Field House. The ski team will retain 30 percent of the profits made at the swap. Admission is $8 on Friday night, $5 on Saturday and $2 on Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Buyers with a receipt may return to the swap anytime throughout the weekend for free. Call 649-8749 or visit http://www.parkcityskiteam.org for more information. The Field House is located at 1388 New Main in Kimball Junction.
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