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Winter Park: Gear swap a chance to clear garage, make some cash

Autumn Phillips
Sky-Hi Daily News
Winter Park, Colorado

When you live in a ski town, your world-view shifts. Your priorities alter. Your “needs” begin to include an ever-expanding list of gear.

There’s always another sport to pick up, another set of bindings to buy or a bike shop clearance sale you can’t pass up.

After awhile, you can geologically date your years in a ski town by the strata of gear stored in your garage.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, the First Ever Fraser Valley Community Gear Swap will help you unload a few layers of outdoor enthusiasm.

The gear swap will be hosted by Epic Mountain Sports, next to the Silver Screen Cinema in Winter Park.

The store opened in Nov. 1. The swap is both a way for the business to raise awareness about their location and a chance to help locals empty their garages and make some money.

To participate in the swap, bring gear by Epic Mountain Sports between 7 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 1. Fill out a form and name your price, said Epic Mountain Sports owner Katherine Mowrey. “You don’t need to stay here and sell your stuff unless you want to.

“We’ll have tables and if your stuff sells, we’ll put the money in an envelope with your name on it.”

Gear owners will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their equipment.

“If they don’t want (the money), we’ll donate it to Headwaters Trails Alliance.

The gear swap will be set up in the parking lot of the Park Place Shopping Center.

The Divide Snowboard Shop, Rise and Shine Bakery and Mirasol will help to staff the gear swap. Those stores will also donate 5 percent of sales that day to Headwaters Trails Alliance.

The swap will be held open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gear owners must return to the store at 5 p.m. to pick up any unsold gear and collect their earnings. Any unclaimed cash will be donated to Headwaters Trails Alliance.

Swap participants are welcome to bring any outdoor gear that will sell – skis, bikes, golf clubs, ice skates.

No clothing or toys, Mowrey said. “And long skis don’t sell. Bring stuff other people will want that’s in good condition.”

Mowrey opened her store in November, but has been living in the community for 10 years. For the past eight years, she worked as the general manager of Ski Broker in Fraser.

“This past year, I decided to open my own store,” she said. “Winter was pretty good to us. We had a lot of local customers. I have a good following that supported me.”

She brought former employees Ryan Fey and Troy Meyeraan with her to Epic. Fey is the story manager and does all the store’s ski tuning and repair. Meyeraan is the store’s bike mechanic.

The Aug. 1 gear swap is the first time Mowrey has hosted such an event, she said. “I don’t think anyone’s done it in the Valley before. We’ll see how it goes.”

For more information about the swap, call Mowrey at (970) 726-2868.

– To reach Autumn Phillips call 887-3334 ext. 19600 or e-mail

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