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 7 and 8, 10 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 6 (4-9 p.m.), October 7 & 8 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), October 13 (4 – 9 p.m.), October 14 & 15 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), $2/per item checked in, $10 maximum charge per person, 20% commission, no accessories, new, I will Ski Program offers FREE Elan Skis & Multi-Week Lessons to first time adult skiers or turn-key re-entry back into the sport.
- Buck Hill Tent Sale, September 29 – October 1, $3/per item, 20% commission, proceeds benefit Buck Hill Ski Racing Team.
- Trollhaugen Ski Swap/Sale, September 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and October 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Fall Open House is October 1 (noon-4) with food, fun, chair lift rides, hayrides, rail jams and prizes.
- Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Swap & Sale, October 6, 4 – 9 p.m. and October 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Hyland Team Gilboa Ski Swap, Hyland Hills Chalet, October 14, 5-8 p.m., October 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., October 16, 1o a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Forest Lake High School Ski/Snowboard Sale/Swap, Forest Lake High School, October 29, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., check in for used equipment is Friday, October 28, 5-8 p.m., new and used downhill and XC skis, snowboards, boots, poles, proceeds benefit Forest Lake High School Skit Team.