For an easy way to score a lift ticket to one of four Utah resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, or Brighton), scrounge up your old gear and give it away on Snowlist.com. The online resource for mountain enthusiasts living in and visiting Utah is making it easier to try skiing for the first time-or to hit the slopes with some updated gear (hopefully).
Go to the site's Mountain Market Place to post or find free classified ads and an ever-changing list of free gear. "The Free Stuff listing gives news skiers a chance to test out the sport by minimizing their investment in ski gear," said Snowlist.com founder Sarah Langridge. "And it's a great way to clean out your closet and get rid of equipment you no longer need."
Carter Gregory, a former ski racer and Snowbird Alpine Team coach, grew up on the slopes of Park City, where his dad Tom taught him to ski. Last year, Carter was able to return the favor by replacing his dad's outdated skis-for free. He found his dad a more ‘new school' set of Völkl Cross Rangers for free on Snowlist.com.
Because free stuff listed in the classified ads of Snowlist.com tends to move quickly, sign up for an RSS feed on the site, which will alert you by email when new listings for free equipment are posted. But why would you want to give your stuff away free? Because for every 10 postings, you get one free ski pass to Alta, Snowbird, Solitude or Brighton. Post goggles, gloves, skis, boots, snowboards, bindings, ski clothing or anything else that is related to playing in the mountains.