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Plenty Of Equipment Deals And More At Fall Swaps

Bousquet Mountain Ski Swap (bousquets.com)

Swaps across the nation begin in early fall. Ski swaps offer 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. 

Swaps are held at mountain resorts, consumer ski shows, outdoor shows, retail shops, or facilities run by organizations using the opportunity as a charity fundraiser. There are often activities and events surrounding them.

The majority of swaps in September and October are in the Northeast and Midwest, while a few are in the Rocky Mountains. West and Pacific NW swaps are in November and December. SnoCountry.com will continually update this list of 2014 swaps. 

Here are September and October swap dates. Be sure to check back in late October for November and December listings.  Please let everyone know of additional swaps by adding a comment to this story.

NORTHEAST: 

Sept. 19-21: Potter Brothers Ski Shop, 1083 Route 9, Lawrence Farms Plaza, Fishkill, N.Y. Fri., 2-8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (845) 297-2941

Sept. 26-28: Potter Brothers Ski Shop, 57 City View Terrace, Kingston, N.Y. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (845) 338-5119

Oct. 3-5: Pico Ski Club Sale & Swap, Pico Base Lodge, Mountain, Pico, Vt.; Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Pico Ski Club racing programs.   

Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-13: Ski Haus,1890 A South Road, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Columbus Day Mon., Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (845) 298-9597 

Oct. 9-13: Wachusett Mountain Ski & Snowboard Sale & Swap, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, Mass., Thurs. & Fri., Noon-8 p.m., Sat., Sun., & Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (978) 464-2300

Oct. 11: Plattepalooza Festival, Plattekill Mountain, 469 Plattekill Mountain Road, Roxbury, N.Y., 11 a.m. Ski and bike swap, new and used equipment, benefits mountain’s volunteer ski patrol. (607) 328-3500

Oct. 11-13: Ski Butternut, 380 State Rd., Rt. 23, Great Barrington, Mass., Sat., Sun., & Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (413) 528-2000-x160. Proceeds benefit Butternut’s adaptive ski program.

Oct. 18-19: Bousquet Mountain, Bousquet Lodge, 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, Mass. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Discounts of up to 75 percent on gear and clothing. Used gear four years or newer also will be available; 20 percent of the sale benefits the Bousquet Ski Club. (413) 442-8316

MIDWEST: 

Sept. 26-28: Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Sale & Swap, Buck Hill Resort, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, Minn. Fri., 2-9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Proceeds benefit the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club. 

Oct. 4: Skitoberfest, Boyne Mountain Resort, Civic Center, 1 Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI, benefit Boyne City High ski teams, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (231) 758-7600 Bob Simpson

Oct. 4 -5: Wild Mountain Open House & Swap, Wild Mountain, Taylors Falls, Minn., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (651) 465-6365

Oct. 5: Sunburst Ski Area, 8355 Prospect Drive, Kewaskum, Wis., Main Lodge area, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (262) 626-8404

Oct. 17-19: Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort Patrol Ski Swap, Boston Mills, Ski Patrol Swap Tent, Peninsula, Ohio; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 20 percent proceeds benefit Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Patrol.

Oct. 24-25: Welch Village Fall Ski Swap & Sale, Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area, 26685 County Road 7 Blvd, Welch, Minn. Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. New and used equipment and gear. (651) 258-4567

Oct. 24-26: Windy City Ski & Snowboard Show,  Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg, Ill. Fri., 3-10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Show admission: adults $12; kids under 12 are free. Sale is run by the Southern Region Ski Patrol, INC. as an independent fund raising event. (847) 972-6521 

Oct. 25: Ski Swap at Crystal Mountain, 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, lower level of Crystal Center, Thompsonville, Mich.; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds benefit local high school ski teams. (231) 378-2998

Oct. 25-26: Chestnut Mountain's Open House and Ski Swap, 8700 W. Chestnut Mountain R., Galena, Ill., Sat., Noon-5 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. New and used equipment. (800) 798-0098 

ROCKIES:

Sept. 26-28: Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Ski and Board Swap, Snowbird Ski Resort, Park City, Utah, Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, 25 percent of all sales benefit the Foundation. (801) 933-2222

Oct. 10: Weber State’s Outdoor Program Gear Sale and Swap, Weber State University. Lower Bell Tower Plaza (north entrance of Student Union) Fri., 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (801) 626-6373, Daniel Turner 

Oct. 10-11: Winter Park Resort Ski & Snowboard Swap, Winter Park Resort, West Portal Station at base of resort. Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Entry fee Friday only: $5 per person or $10 family. (970) 726-1590 or (303) 316-1564

Photo: Bousquet Mountain Ski Swap (bousquets.com)

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