Winter is quickly approaching and within a few weeks many of the area's resorts will be open for business. Nothing beats hitting the slopes with shiny new equipment, but for most of us, especially if you have growing children, this just isn't an option. Luckily in this mecca of skiing and snowboarding, there's plenty of perfectly good used equipment to go around. If you haven't geared up for winter yet, now is one of the best times of the year to grab some bargains. Here's our round-up of ski and snowboard swaps you still have a chance to visit to get some great deals.
Oct. 27, 28, 29 - Snowbasin Ski Swap
- Thursday, Oct. 27: 5 to 9 p.m.; $10 admission (16 and under free)
- Friday, Oct. 28: 2 to 9 p.m.; $5 admission (16 and under free)
- Saturday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $2 admission (16 and under free)
Sponsored by the Ogden Valley Winter Sports Association, the Snowbasin Ski Swap will be held at the Legacy Event Center in Farmington. Expect a huge assortment and amazing deals of brand name gear. Anyone wishing to sell equipment, take note, there's a 30 percent commission that goes to benefit the Ogden Valley Ski Team. No equipment older than 5 years (unless it's a collectible) or used hats, goggles, gloves, sunglasses, or other accessory items are allowed. Any items not sold will be donated to charity.
Nov. 4, 5, 6 - Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap
- Friday, Nov. 4: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $10 admission (12 and under free)
- Saturday, Nov. 5: 1.0 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $5 admission (12 and under free)
- Sunday, Nov. 6: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $2 admission (12 and under free)
Hailed as one of the best in the country by SKI Magazine, the 43rd Annual Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap is also one of the largest and oldest in the country. Run by the Park City Ski Team, you can expect to find amazing deals on a vast array of equipment. Again, please no ski equipment over 5 years old and no used hats, gloves, goggles, sunglasses or other accessory items.
If you are planning on selling your own equipment at the swap you can check-in early at JANS & Cole Sport on Park Ave. between Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd or at the Basin Recreation Field House on Nov. 2 through 5 from 3 to 7 pm. The 30 percent sales commission goes to benefit the Park City Ski Team.
Nov. 11 & 12 - St. Lawrence Ski and Snowboard Sale
- Friday, Nov. 11: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; no entry fee
- Saturday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; no entry fee
If you want to have a look around for gear, but don't feel like paying an admission fee, you can check out the St. Lawrence Thrift Shop's Ski and Snowboard Sale at Zermatt Resort in Midway. Featuring a daily re-stock of items, lift ticket raffles, and a complimentary ski wax from Adventure Haus with any purchase of skis, this one is worth checking out.
Nov. 12 - Nordic Ski Alliance Ski Swap
- Saturday, Dec. 3: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; no entry fee
Held at the McGillis School in Salt Lake City (668 S 1300 East), the TUNA Nordic Ski Swap is used to benefit the Utah Nordic Alliance's junior ski programs. If you're buying or selling at this event, make sure you take advantage of the experts available to help decide what equipment is right for you and your family. While you browse equipment, you can also take advantage of the coffee bar and baked goods available as well as entering the raffle ($5) for two Mountain Dell Season Passes. Gear drop-off is from 8:15 to 9 a.m. Bring plenty of cash as no credit card transactions are allowed (though checks will be accepted).
Dec. 3 - ACE (Alta Community Enrichment) Gear Swap
- Saturday, Dec. 3: 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.; no entry fee
Procrastinators get one last chance with the ACE Gear Swap up at Our Lady of the Snows Center at Alta Ski Resort. Sellers, drop off your gear anytime Friday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. of Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7:30 to 8:30a.m. There's a $1 charge per item entered into the shop and a 20 percent sales commission (paid by buyer) to benefit the Alta Community Enrichment Center.