Winter Park Resort gears up for season with ski and board swap Oct. 14-15 | SkyHiNews.com

Winter Park Resort gears up for season with ski and board swap Oct. 14-15

Byron Hetzler/Sky Hi Daily News

WINTER PARK – In preparation for the Nov. 16 opening day, the Winter Park Competition Center will host its 27th Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct.14, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The location remains in West Portal Station at the base of Winter Park Resort. This 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 deals on ex-rental and demo Kona Minxy, Stinky, and Garbanzo Stab downhill bikes.

The event is open to the public and costs $3 per person or $8 per family on Friday, and is free on Saturday. However, the equipment selection is sure to be better for the early birds on Friday night. The swap will feature skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets, apparel (outerwear jackets and pants, hats, gloves, base layers, socks, neck-warmers, etc.) This event features clothing and equipment for both children and adults.

“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,” said Lauren Stokes, marketing coordinator at the Competition Center.

In addition to being able to purchase new equipment, individuals may also sell their gently used equipment and apparel. All brands are welcome; from Burton, Marmot, and Volkl to local Rocky Mountain region shops and vendors. Individual items must be dropped off at West Portal Station between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. Of individual sales, 20 percent is retained by the Competition Center. Individual sale forms can be downloaded online at http://www.wpcompcenter.com.

“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,” Stokes said. “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 2011-12 programs.”

The Winter Park Competition Center will offer information sessions for new, prospective, and returning members on Saturday, Oct.15.

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For more information on the 27th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap at Winter Park Resort, contact ccenter@winterparkresort.com or call 970.726.1590 for more information.

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