The tomatoes are freezing on the vine, the colors are quickly turning on the slopes, and the deals keep on coming. Garage sale season may be over, but ski swap season awaits. Put these dates on your calendar, circle them with a red Sharpie and don't let the day for your favorite annual ski swap slip by you.
Howl Fest Ski Swap at Wolf Creek, Ogden
Sept. 26, 2010
The event includes Diamond Peak ski swap, season pass deals, contests and more. (801-745-3511)
2nd Tracks Sports Ski Swap
Oct. 1-3, 2010
Salt Lake City's only true second-head outdoor gear store just opened at 2921 East 3300 South. Use the Oct. 1 Ski Swap as an excuse to check them out. Free admission, raffles to benefit local Wasatch Adaptive Sports program and loads of gear for selling and buying. Bring your stuff in starting Sept. 15. Whatever doesn't sell can stay in the shop for the winter. (801- 466-9880)
Sports Den Ski Swap
Oct. 8-11, 10 a.m to 8 p.m.
Black Diamond's Parking Lot Swap
Oct. 23, 2010, 8 a.m. to noon
Get up early to grab your spot in BD's parking lot. Throw open your hatch and have at it. This is the place to find steals on backcountry and tele-gear. You might even find a kayak or mountain bike throw in. Bring gear, sell your gear, and keep the money. 2092 East 3900 South, (801- 278-0233)
Oct. 21-23, 2010
Those ski racers need a place to unload, too. You can find everything you need for bashing gates for you and junior at deep discounts. Friday $5 per person and Saturday free (children under 12 free). Proceeds go to the Rowmark Academy. (801- 355-3943, www.rowmark.org)
Park City Snowboard Team Snowboard Swap
Oct. 23-24, 2010
The PCST takes 15 percent on all sold items.
(435- 659-1175, www.pcsbt.org)
Nov. 5-7, 2010
This is one of the oldest and largest ski swaps in the West with a huge selection of new and used gear thanks to the significant number of ski shops and skibums living in the area. The fun starts on Friday night at the Basin Recreation Field House at Kimball Junction in Park City. Expect a massive line-up for when the doors open at 8 p.m. Early check-in for gear is Nov. 1- 4 at Jans Mt. Outfitters & Cole Sport Park Ave. The ski team takes 30 percent of the profit. Admission is $8 Friday, $5 Saturday, and $2 Sunday. Children under 12, free. (435- 649-8749)
St. Lawrence Thrift Stores Annual Ski Sale Park and Recreation Building
Nov. 6-8, 2010
Drop your donations off at the old St. Mary's Church at 121 Park Avenue, Park City
No fees, free admission. (435-657-0209)