Participating in Ski Swaps are one way to save big money on ski equipment. When you have kids that like to ski, buying used equipment is the best way to keep costs affordable. Kids outgrow everything. If you are like me, it’s hard for me to invest in brand new equipment when I know it will be outgrown the following year. If you’re new as skiing or just don’t want to pay the expensive rental fees, buying used at a ski swamp becomes a big plus to the pocket book. Plus then you can turn around and resell your items to other people in the same situation. Below is your guide to this season’s ski swaps in the Twin Cities area.
- Wild Mountain Equipment Swap, October 6 and 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $5/ per person to put items in the swap, 15% commission on items sold, proceeds go to the Wild Mountain Ski Patrol.
- Afton Alps Fall Fair – Ski and Snowboard Swap and Sale, October 5 (4-9 p.m.), October 6 & 7 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), October 12 (4 – 9 p.m.), October 13 & 14 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), $2/per item checked in, $10 maximum charge per person, 23% commission, no accessories.
- Buck Hill Tent Sale, September 28 – 30, proceeds benefit Buck Hill Ski Racing Team.
- Welch Village Fall Ski and Snowboard Sale, October 26, 4 – 9 p.m. and October 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Hyland Ski & Snowboard Swap, Hyland Hills Chalet, October 26, 5-8 p.m., October 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., October 28, 1o a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Forest Lake High School Ski/Snowboard Sale/Swap, Forest Lake High School, October 27, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., check in for used equipment is Friday, October 26, 5-8 p.m., new and used downhill and XC skis, snowboards, boots, poles, proceeds benefit Forest Lake High School Ski Team.