Park City Ski Swap returns Nov. 6
For the 43rd year in a row, the Park City Ski Swap returns to town. Held Nov. 6-8 in Basin Recreation’s Fieldhouse, the swap features used skis and snowboards, as well as equipment, clothing and accessories for sale.
The Park City Ski Swap benefits the Park City Ski Team and serves as the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. PCST Director Jesse Hunt said the fundraiser is crucial for the team’s success.
"We’ve been doing this event for 43 years now to support the program and it’s been a major fundraiser for us," he said. "The money goes toward our operating expenses and it’s critical for us to be able to keep prices down and provide a great service. Without it, we couldn’t do what we do."
To pull off such a large event, Hunt said the team relies heavily on volunteers.
"We have more than 1,000 hours of volunteer support through the weekend," he said. "Right now, we have over 150 families and ask those families to support the event. It’s a big deal. That starts with the check-in and of course the setup and tear down, in addition to the actual sale itself."
Equipment check-in begins on Monday, Nov. 2, Hunt said. Early check-in goes until Nov. 5, with day-of check-in available at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse from 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 6.
"We’ll do our early check-ins at Jans and Cole Sport on Park Ave.," he said. "We’ll have people at those sites that are able to help people with their gear and give them some guidance on pricing."
Though the ski and snowboard equipment at the swap is used, Hunt said everything will be in good shape.
"We want to have some great stuff on the floor," he said. "We want equipment to be no older than five years, because people just don’t want it after that point. We’ll help people with recycling [older equipment] if that’s something they need. We’re looking at skis, boots, bindings and poles. We want bindings to be on the skis because they get lost in the shuffle when they’re on their own."
Hunt said they will be accepting soft goods like ski jackets and snow pants, but ask that donors leave the smaller accessories out. Things like gloves, hats and goggles will be sold at the swap but they’ll be provided by vendors, he said.
Friday night’s sale starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. Though it begins and ends late, Hunt said that will be the eager shopper’s best chance to score the best gear.
"The greatest deals are really on Friday," he said. "There’s amazing stuff on the floor with great pricing. That’s something special. When it comes to the shopper that wants to spend a little more time with someone who can help them with sizing, Saturday and Sunday are the better days to go. We still have a lot of great deals on Sunday even."
Saturday’s sale runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the swap will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
With the snow guns blowing and wintry weather in the forecast, Hunt said now is the time to start getting excited about the upcoming ski season.
"It’s time to get rid of the old and get into the new," he said.
For more information on this year’s Park City Ski Swap, visit http://www.parkcityskiswap.com .
Park City Ski Swap Hours
Friday, Nov. 6 — 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 8 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Admission is $10 Friday, $5 Saturday and $2 Sunday
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