Here’s another great reason to head for the mountains in between the summer season and the ski season… The Winter Park Competition Center is hosting the 27th Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap on Friday, Oct. 14 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in West Portal Station at the base of Winter Park Resort.
The annual event will offer all snow sport fanatics a chance to save on goods provided by individuals and vendors liquidating last year’s stock at up to 75 percent off. Plus, buyers holding onto summer can find the best deals of the season on ex-rental and demo Kona Minxy, Stinky, and Garbanzo Stab downhill bikes.
One of the most frequent objections I hear to becoming a regular skier/boarder is that it’s expensive, but then said objector will plop down as much cash on a Bronco’s game as I do during an entire ski season. If you play your cards right, it really isn’t expensive, and ski swaps like the one coming up at Winter Park can get you outfitted at a reasonable cost for this season and many seasons to come. It’s all about the amortization, baby.
The Winter Park Ski and Snowboard Swap is open to the public and is $3 per person or $8 per family on Friday, and it’s free on Saturday. However, Winter Park says the equipment selection is sure to be better for the early birds on Friday night. And what’s three bucks anyway? Just don’t buy that multi-mocha latte or whatever.
The swap will feature skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets, apparel (jackets, pants, hats, gloves, base layers, socks, neck-warmers, etc.) for kids and adults. Basically, it’s everything needed to get equipped for the season.
“The Ski and Snowboard Swap offers deep discounts on gear and apparel from nearly a dozen vendors and numerous individuals. This is also a terrific opportunity for individuals to consign gently used equipment to make room in the closet for the new toys they pick up at Swap,” says Lauren Stokes, marketing coordinator at the Competition Center.
In addition to being able to purchase new equipment, you can sell your so-called “gently-used” equipment and apparel (guess that counts me out; there’s nothing “gently used” about my stuff). All brands are welcome.
Individual items must be dropped off at West Portal Station between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. Twenty percent of individual sales are retained by the Competition Center. Individual sale forms can be downloaded online at www.wpcompcenter.com.
The Competition Center offers season-long competitive youth and adult programs in Alpine Racing, Freestyle Moguls, Big Mountain Freeski, Freeski Park & Pipe, Snowboard-All Mountain, Snowboard-Park & Pipe, and All-Terrain Ski Programs.
“This event is an important annual fundraiser for the Winter Park Competition Center, serving as a benefit for the youth competitors enrolled in our ski and snowboard programs. Swap weekend provides a great opportunity to get coach input before buying new equipment, learn about our ski and snowboard programs, meet our coaches, and register for our 2011/12 programs,” says Stokes.
The Winter Park Competition Center will offer information sessions for new, prospective, and returning members on Saturday, Oct. 15. Here’s the schedule of information sessions:
12:30 p.m., ATP and Telemark
1 p.m., ATP Devo (formerly Park Sharks)
1:30 p.m., General Competition Center orientation for new families
2 p.m., Snowboard programs – park and pipe and all-mountain
2:30 p.m., Freestyle programs
3 p.m., Freeski programs (park and pipe)
3:30 p.m., Freeski programs (big mountain)
4 p.m., Alpine programs
5:15 p.m., Tuning clinic
For those die hard downhill mountain bikers looking for the best deals of the season, West Portal Outfitters will also be open and hosting a season kick-off clearance sale of remaining bike items and ex-rental bikes from Trestle Bike Park Shop. Ski Swap attendees will find deals on 2010 Kona Minxy, Stinky, and Garbanzo Stab bikes and more.
Plus, buyers will receive a 2012 Trestle Bike Park Season Pass, helmet and body protection, $400 worth of value, when they purchase a DH bike. Also on sale will be winter apparel, bike helmets, pads and other gear. Stop by for 50-70 percent off last year’s outerwear, select gloves, goggles and beanies, Trestle Bike Park hoodies, t-shirts and bike clothing.
For more information on the 27th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap at Winter Park Resort, contact [email protected] or call 970-726-1590 for more information.