Ski swaps can provide a convenient and inexpensive way to fill in your current ski and snowboarding equipment or accessories. It's also a great place to try to sell some items you no longer need or want.
You'll find swaps at mountain resorts, consumer ski shows, outdoor shows, retailers, or facilities run by organizations using the opportunity as a charity fundraiser. Most swaps take place during the fall months, all across North America.
You also may be interested in: The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of Ski Swaps by OnTheSnow's Allen Smith on how to make the most of a buying trip to a swap.
This list that follows is a compilation of many sources: Web sites, personal knowledge, friends' suggestions, and more. Be sure to check the information before you head off as things can change at the last minute.
There are literally hundreds of swaps and this is only a partial list. Please let us know via your comments of other swaps or schedule changes.
Oct. 15-17: Sky Tavern Benefit Ski Swap, Plumb Lane (next to Costco), Reno, NV. Fri 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m.-Noon. Contact Tom Henderson (775) 530-6266; or email@example.com. Fri."Early bird Admission" $5 per person; $10 family. Free admission Sat. & Sun.
Oct. 23-24: Marin Ski & Snowboard Swap; Demo Sport, 1101 Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, Calif.; Sat.-Sun 9 a.m.-4p.m., free admission. (415) 454-3500
Oct. 24: Sacramento State Ski Swap; CSUS (California State University Sacramento) Student Union Ballroom, 6000 J St., Sacramento, Calif.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; $20 early bird admission at 9 a.m., $10 adults at 10 a.m,, $5 high school and college students,10 and under free.
Oct. 24: China Peak Fresno Sports Shop, 6650 N. Blackstone, Fresno. Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (559) 449-7535
Nov. 5-7: Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr, Portland, OR; Fri. 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat.10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $12 adults/$3 juniors 6-12/children under 6 free.(503) 249-7733
Nov. 6-7: SnowBomb San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival; Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 99 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, Calif.; Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $15 general entry. (530) 581-0553
Nov. 12-14: UNR Ski Swap, Reno-Sparks Live Stock Events Center Exhibit Hall, Washoe County Fairgrounds, 1350 North Wells Ave, Reno, Nev.; Fri. 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fri. $12 adult/$6 children 6-12, Sat. & Sun. $7 adult/$4 children 6-12. Greg Mason, (775) 825-6555 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 13-14: SnowBomb Silicon Valley Ski & Snowboard Festival; Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, Calif. Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $15 general entry. (530) 581-0553
Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 20-21: Helm of Sun Valley (San Mateo) Ski & Snowboard Swap & Parking Lot Sale, 333 N. Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, Calif.; Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su Noon-4 p.m. (650) 344-2711
Nov. 19: Las Vegas SnowJam/The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Expo, Cashman Center - Hall A, 850 North Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV; Fri. 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $15 adults/children under 13 free with paid adult. (951) 587-6266
Nov. 19-20: Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation's Swap, Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa, Lake Tahoe, Nev., Fri. 6-11 p.m., $5 admission adults, children 12 and under free; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission. (530) 541-7354
Nov. 20-21: Ski Dazzle - Sacramento Ski Show & Snowboard Expo; California Exposition & State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Hall A & B, Sacramento, Calif. Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 adults (997) 497-4977
Dec. 2-5: Ski Dazzle - Los Angeles Ski Show & Snowboard Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, 12-1 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, Calif. Thurs. & Fri. 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. Noon-6 p.m. (213) 741-1151
Oct. 15-17: Seattle SkiFever & Snowboard Show; Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, Wash.; Fr 1 p.m.-10 p.m, Sat. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $12 adults/$3 juniors 6-12. Children under 6 free. (206) 694-5106
Nov 5-6: Tacoma Ski Swap, University Puget Sound, Warner Gym, 1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma, Wash. Fri 5-9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free admission.
Nov. 5-7: Bogus Basin Ski & Snowboard Swap; Expo Idaho/Western Idaho Fairgrounds Center & North Expo, 5610 N Glenwood St, Boise, Idaho; Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $3 adults (208) 336-5295.
Nov. 5-7: Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr, Portland, Ore.; Fri. 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $12 adults/$3 juniors 6-12/children under 6 free. (503) 249-7733
Nov. 6: Lookout Pass & Silver Mountain Ski Patrols, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4060 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID, Buildings 1, 2, 3, 7, & 19, Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $4 admission. email@example.com
Oct. 8-11: Sports Den Ski Swap,10 a.m.- 8 p.m. (801) 582-5611
Oct. 15-16: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski Swap, Steamboat Springs Middle School, 39610 Amethyst Drive, Steamboat Springs, Colo. Fri. Early Bird 8 p.m. - $5 adult, under 18 free. Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission. (970) 879-0695, ext. 100
Oct. 21-23: Rowmark Ski Swap, 843 Lincoln St., Lincoln Gymnasium, MS Commons, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friday $5 per person; Sat. free; kids 12 and under free. (801) 355-3943
Oct. 23: Black Diamond's Parking Lot Swap, 2092 E 3900 So., Salt Lake City, Utah. 8 a.m.-noon. (801) 278-0233
Oct. 29-30: Vail Ski & Snowboard Club Swap, Dobson Ice Arena, 321 E. Lionshead Circle, Vail, Colo. (970) 790-5121
Nov. 5-7: Park City Ski Team Swap, Basin Recreation Field House at Kimball Junction in Park City, Utah. Admission $8 Fri.,$5 Sat., $2 Sun., children under 12 free. (435) 649-8749
Nov. 5-7: Park City Ski Swap & Sale; Basin Recreation Field House (New Park), 1388 E. Center St, Park City, Utah; Fri. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat.10am-6pm, Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fri. $8/Sat. $5/Sun. $2/children under 12 free. (435) 649-8749
Nov. 6-8: St. Lawrence Thrift Stores Annual Ski Sale; Park and Recreation Building. Drop off donations at the old St. Mary's Church, 121 Park Ave., Park City,Utah. Free admission. (435) 657-0209
Oct. 2-3: Wild Mountain Equipment Swap, Wild Mountain, Taylor Falls, Minn., Sa & Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission. (651) 465-6315, 800-447-4958
Oct. 8-10: Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show, Renaissance Schaumburg & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau, Schaumburg, Ill. Fri, 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; admission $12 (age 11 and under free). Mike Fetzer (815) 382-5903
Oct. 15-17: Boston Mills/Brandywine Open House, 1146 W Highland Road, Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Fri. Noon-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission.
Oct. 29-31: Swap & Zozo Fest, Snow Trails Ski Area, 3100 Possum Road, Mansfield. Ohio. Swap 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (800) OHIOSKI (644-6754).
Oct. 31: Tyrol Basin Open House & Ski Patrol Resale, 3487 Bohn road, Mt. Horeb, Wis., Su 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free admission. (608) 437-4135
Nov. 5-7: Ski Dazzle / The Chicago Ski Show & Snowboard Expo; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd, Rosemont, Ill.; Fri. 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; $12 adults/$3 children 6-12/children under 6 free. (847) 692-2222
Nov. 7: Chestnut Mountain's Open House and Ski Swap, 8700 W. Chestnut Mountain R., Galena, Ill.,11 a.m. - 4 p.m., free admission. (800) 798-0098
Nov. 7: Annual Ski Swap, Main Lodge, Mad River Ski Area, just off U.S. Rt. 33 at Valley Hi Road 292, Ohio. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (800) 231-7669.
Dec. 4: Walled Lake Northern Ski and Winter Sports Sale and Swap, Walled Lake Northern High School, 6000 Bogie Lake Road, Commerce, Mich. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 11-12: Sun & Snow Ski & Snowboard Swap, 388 S. Main Street, Plymouth, Mich. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. Noon- 5 p.m. (734) 663-9515 or email@example.com.
Potter Brothers Swap Sales:
Sept. 30-Oct. 3 Potter Brothers Ski Shop, 57 City View Terrace, Kingston. N.Y. 888-330-4941
Oct. 15-17 Potter Brothers Ski Shop, 285 Rt. 211 E., Middletown, N.Y. (845) 344-2680
Oct. 22-24 Potter Brothers Ski Shop,1083 Route 9 So., Fishkill, N.Y. (845) 297-2941
Nov. 11-14 Potter Brothers Ski Shop,19 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (845) 454-3880
Oct. 9-10: Waterville Valley Academy Ski Swap, Ice Arena, Town Square Complex, Waterville Valley, N.H. Sa & Su 9 a.m.-6 p.m.. Contact Lisa Lacasse or (781) 718-2546.
Nov. 5-7: Albany Ski & Snowboard Expo, Empire State Plaza, Madison St & South St, Albany, N.Y.; Fri. 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $8 adults/$4 children 4-12/children under 4 free. (518) 383-6183
Nov. 6: Gunstock Ski Club, Gunstock Mountain Base Lodge, 11-A, Guilford, N.H. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m..
Nov.14: Auburn Ski Association, Auburn Middle School Falcon Drive, Auburn, Maine. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (207) 786-3783
Nov. 19-21: Okemo Mountain Annual Ski Swap, Base Lodge, Okemo Mountain, Okemo, Vt. Fri. 4 to 7 p.m.; Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (802) 228-1512; Mariel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 20: Annual Sunapee Ski Swap, Spruce Lodge, Mt. Sunapee, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon. (603) 763-3500.
Dec. 3-4: Sparta Ski Swap, Mohawk Avenue School, Route 181, Sparta, N.J., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; free admission. (973) 975-6159
Oct. 9-10; Nov. 6-7; Wick's Ski and Sport Consignment Sale, 403 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton, Pa. (610) 363-1893
Oct. 9-10 & Nov. 6-7: Ski Swap at Alpine Ski Shop, Alpine Ski Shop, 21999 Shaw Rd., Sterling, Va. (703) 444-7844
Oct. 14-17: Toronto Ski, Snowboard & Travel Show; Exhibition Place - Better Living Centre, 195 Princes Blvd, Toronto, Ont.; Thurs. 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri. Noon-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m-6 p.m.; $17 adults. (905) 361-2677
Oct. 22-24: Ottawa Ski, Snowboard & Travel Show, Ottawa Civic Centre Salons, 1015 Bank St, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ont.; Fri. 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; free admission. (613) 829-6764
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