Time to clean old gear out of the garage because the 47th Annual [R286R, Mt. Spokane] Ski Patrol Ski Swap comes Oct. 28-30 to the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Inland Northwest skiers and riders have a chance to sell off old gear at the annual ski swap, and the event is also one of the best places to buy new or used gear to outfit entire families.

About 30 percent of the gear at the swap comes from individuals. But more than 20 retail shops from the region also participate, bringing new and used gear that comprises about 70 percent of the items for sale. More than 22,000 items are sold at the swap.

Individuals who want to sell used gear can register on Friday. The swap accepts equipment, clothing and accessories for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, telemark and snowboarding to sell. Things must be clean and in good condition. Ski bindings must be made after 1990 or removed from the skis.

The ski patrol charges 50 cents for each item registered to sell and keeps 20 percent of the price when sold. Items can be registered for the swap between 3 and 8 p.m., Oct. 28. Unsold equipment and payment from consignment can be picked up between 2 and 4 p.m., Oct. 30.

Mt Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap

The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol swap includes clothing, equipment and accessories. Photo Courtesy of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

About 6,000 people usually show up at the swap. Parents trying to outfit children should plan to shop Saturday as the kids' gear is the first to go. On Sunday, the swap discounts some items by 25 percent. Members of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol and personnel from retail shops can help fitting boots and aid with advice.

Those looking to buy gear can shop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 29 and 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 30. Entrance to the swap costs $5 per person, but kids 12 and younger can get in free.

The swap takes place at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center in Bays one, two and three. The center, also known as the fairgrounds, is located at 404 N Havana Street in Spokane.

ski patroller eric edwards

More than 130 volunteers, such as Eric Edwards above, are members of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol. Photo Courtesy of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

The Swap funds operations of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol, a non-profit organization founded in 1938 and comprised of more than 130 volunteers. Funds help purchase medical supplies, rescue equipment and training materials.

At the swap, Mt. Spokane will be selling season passes and taking pass photos. For more information on the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap, click here.