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2018 Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap set for Nov. 2 through 4

Skis are transported from the back of a truck to the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse floor prior to last year s Park City Ski Swap. (Park Record File Photo)

Park City Ski and Snowboard is hosting its 46th annual ski swap from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 2-4. The event serves both as a place for ski and snowboard enthusiasts to sell newer used equipment, and for buyers to find steeply discounted gear.

The best deals will go to the early birds, who wait in line hours before the doors open at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. Friday.

"It's a big party," said John Buchar, alpine program director at PCSS. "Some (customers) show up as early as we do to set up, and wait in line all day."

For sellers

Thousands of items are amassed over the previous week, with sellers dropping off their equipment during regular business hours from Monday to Thursday at the Jans and Colesport stores on Park Avenue. There is also day-of drop off at the Fieldhouse, running from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Those who bring equipment suitable for sale – skis, snowboards, helmets, boots and poles generally newer than five years – receive a ticket, like a coat check. However, small used items like goggles and gloves won't be accepted.

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Buchar added that people can sell related items like ice skates, but PCSS is not accepting ski racks or cargo boxes.

Ten vendors including Shred Optics are set to sell unused technical clothing and goggles.

"Pretty much, as a family, you will be able to pick up everything you need for skiing and snowboarding," Buchar said.

Those who brought items in for sale will be able to trade their tickets for either their earnings – of which 70 percent of sale price goes to the individual seller, 30 percent is collected to fund PCSS programs – or their unsold items, at the Fieldhouse on Sunday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

For buyers

On Friday evening, doors will open to the large line that typically grows for hours outside the Fieldhouse, ushering in a rush of deal-seekers. Doors will close for the night at 1 a.m.

No backpacks or coats are allowed inside, so there is an actual coat check. Buchar said it fills up quickly and advises people to leave such items in their cars if possible. The weather forecast for the night is predicted to be dry, with temperatures across the 30s.

"Friday night is the busiest," Buchar said. "That's when we have people waiting outside to come in early and maybe grab some of the bigger deals. So if you are looking for something specific, Friday night is your night."

PCSS volunteers will be available to help with fitting skis and boots and to answer general questions. Buchar said customer service will be best on Saturday and Sunday, when there are fewer shoppers, and said beginning skiers would be best served shopping on those days.

Saturday's sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. while Sunday's will run four fewer hours, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Friday's price of admission is $10 for customers 12 and older, while Saturday costs $5 and Sunday costs $2. Anyone under 11 will be admitted free.

All sales are final.

For more information, go to parkcityskiswap.com

2018 PCSS Ski Swap
Dates: Friday, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Basin Recreation Fieldhouse, 1388 Center Dr.
Costs: $10 Friday, $5 Saturday, $2 Sunday. Kids 11 and under free.