‘Tis the season for swapping
With ski season just a month away, the time to start swapping officially begins this weekend with Snowbird’s 27th annual Ski and Sport Shop.
Other swaps are slated around the area, including the local Park City Ski Swap and Sale and the Soldier Hollow Used Ski Sale. According to Ski Utah Director of Communications Hilary Reiter, swaps are an excellent way for Utahns to obtain quality gear at a reasonable price.
"Utah ski swaps are a fantastic way to get inexpensive gear for the season," Reiter said. "Because there are so many skiers and riders here who continually upgrade their equipment, top notch gear can be found very inexpensively. Often, brand new skis and snowboards from last season can be found at the swaps, as well, for a fraction of retail costs." Snowbird Ski and Sport Swap, Friday, Oct. 6-8
According to a press release provided by Snowbird, the swap features new and used snowboards, skis, boots, poles, accessories, clothing, climbing equipment, mountain bikes and much more at significantly reduced prices. Twenty percent of all sales are donated to the Snowbird Sports Education Foundation The swap is located on Level 2 of the Snowbird Center in the Cottonwood, Rendezvous and Alpine rooms of the Snowbird Center, is open noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family Friday. Saturday and Sunday admission is free.
Sports Den Ski and Snowboard Swap, Oct 12-14
Reported to be Utah’s oldest and first swap. Ski Utah says that this is a good place for high-end gear. Gear may be dropped off Oct. 9-11 but contributors must call the store before coming. Swap times are Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. No per item fees. Sports Den takes 25 percent of the sale of a contributor’s items or gives 100 percent in-store credit. The Sports Den is located at 350 Foothill Drive in the Foothill Shopping Center in Salt Lake. For more information, call 1 (8660 582-5611.
Semi Annual Black Diamond Gear Swap, Oct. 21-22 According to Ski Utah, the Black Diamond semi-annual swap is like a gigantic garage sale –locals park in the back parking lot, throw open their trunks and the sale begins. Swap gear includes everything from teleboots to kayaks. The sale will be held both days from 8 a.m. to noon. There are no fees, no admission and contributors keep 100 percent of sales. The Black Diamond swap is located at 2092 East 3900 South, east parking lot in Salt Lake. Call 278-0233 for more information.
Rowmark Ski Swap, Oct. 27-29 The Rowmark swap offers quality racing gear and top-of-the-line equipment, because dealers and wholesalers are also invited to sell. Proceeds support athletes who want to attend Rowmark. Check-in will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 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. The swap is located at 970 East 800 South in Salt Lake. For more information, call (801) 355-3943, or visit http://www.rowmark.org.
Park City Ski Swap and Sale, Nov. 3-5 Ski Utah calls the Park City swap one of the largest swaps in the country, the proceeds benefit the Park City Ski Team (PCST). Gear may be checked in at Cole Sport or Jans on Park Avenue on Friday, Nov. 3 from 4-8 p.m. The swap will be held on Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location to be announced. There is no fee per item and 25 percent commission goes to the PCST. Admission is $5 on Friday night and $2 on Saturday and Sunday. Call 649-8749 for more information.
Soldier Hollow Pre Winter Ski Sale, Dec 3-4
The area’s largest selection of affordable used cross-country ski packages. Nordic ski packages, including skis, boots, poles and bindings start as $75 for juniors and $165 for adults. The sale will take place in the Main Lodge. For more information, call (435) 654-2002 or visit http://www.soldierhollow.com .
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