Many ski swaps across the nation begin in September and peak in November. Ski swaps can 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 might be held at mountain resorts, consumer ski shows, outdoor shows, retailers, or facilities run by organizations using the opportunity as a charity fundraiser.
Be sure to check the information before you head off as things can change at the last minute.
This is only a partial list of swaps for Sept. – Dec. 2012. Please let everyone know of other swaps by adding a comment to this story.
Sept. 27-30: Potter Brothers Ski Shop, 57 City View Terrace, Kingston, N.Y., (845) 338-5119
Sept. 28-30: Pico Ski Club Sale & Swap, Pico Mountain, Pico, Vt.; Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. (802) 236-0897
Oct. 5-7: Killington Ski Club Sale, Killington Ski Resort, Snowshed Base Lodge Ski Shop, 4763 Killington Road, Killington, VT, Fri., 5-9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., (802) 422-6894
Oct. 6-7: Annual Ski & Snowboard Sale, Bousquet Ski Area, 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, Mass., Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. New equipment up to 70 percent off; lightly used gear (four years or newer) for sale to benefit Bousquet Ski Club, (413-442-8316)
Oct. 6-7: Plattepalooza Festival, Plattekill Mountain, 469 Plattekill Mountain Road, Roxbury, N.Y. Begins 11 a.m. Festival includes ski and bike swap and sale of new and used offerings benefitting the mountain’s volunteer ski patrol, bands, food, foliage chair rides, and pumpkin painting. (607) 328-3500
Oct. 6-8: Ski Haus, 1890 A South Road, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (845) 298-9597
Oct. 12-14: Potter Brothers Ski Shop, 285 Rt. 211 East, Middletown, N.Y., (845) 344-2680
Oct. 26-28: Potter Brothers Ski Shop, 19 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., (845) 454-3880
Nov. 2-4: Albany Ski & Snowboard Expo, Empire State Plaza, Madison Street & South Street, Albany, N.Y.; Fri., 4-9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $7 online, $8 at door adults; children 9 and under free with paid adult. (518) 383-6183
Nov. 11: Auburn Ski Association, Auburn Middle School, Falcon Drive, Auburn, Maine. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (207) 786-3783
Nov. 16-18: Okemo Mountain School Annual Ski Swap, Main Base Lodge, Okemo Mountain, Okemo, Vt. Fri., 3-4 p.m. Preview Hour, $5 admission, free for Okemo employees; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (802) 228-1513
Nov. 17: Annual Sunapee Ski Swap, Spruce Lodge – both floors, Mt. Sunapee, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. Sat., 9 a.m.-Noon. (603) 763-3500
Nov. 17-18: Ski Big Bear Annual Ski Swap, Ski Big Bear, Lower Commons, Masthope Lodge, Karl Hope Boulevard, Lackawaxen, Pa. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.
Nov. 19-20: Ski & Ride Swap, Cambridge Elementary School, 186 School Street, Jeffersonville, Vt., Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Adam Howard (802) 644-6606, Sam Lotto (802) 793-5509
Nov. 23–24: Stratton Mountain School, Burtscher Fieldhouse, 7 World Cup Circle, Stratton Mountain. Fri., 3–7 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 23-25 & Dec. 1-2: Ski Haus, 162 Danbury Road, New Milford, Ct., Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (860) 355-2001
Nov. 23-25 & Dec. 1-2: Ski Haus, 1611 Route 22, Brewster, N.Y., Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (845) 279-3100
Dec. 1: Sparta Ski Swap, Mohawk Avenue School, Route 181, Sparta, N.J., Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. (973) 975-6159
Nov. 3: Truckee Ski Swap, Truckee Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Dr., Truckee, Calif.; Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (530) 582-7720
Nov. 3-4: Sonoma County Winter Ski Fest; Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa, Calif., across from fairgrounds; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $4 persons over 16. Free lift ticket Sugar Mountain (not valid holidays/weekends) to first 500 (707) 578-4754
Nov. 9-11: SnowJam/The San Diego Ski & Snowboard Expo, Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA, Fri., 4-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $15 adults (includes free Mountain High lift ticket); children under 13 free with paid adult. (951) 587-6266
Nov. 9-11: UNR Ski Swap, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 So. Virginia Street, Reno, Nev., Fri., 6 -10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission Fri. $12 adult/$6 children 6-12, Sat. & Sun. $7 adult/$4 children 6-12. Sun. only: Free admission for students, armed services, police, fire fighters, ambulance personnel, and WSCD teachers. (775) 825-6555
Nov. 10-11: Snow Bomb Ski & Board Festival - 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.; $20 adults (997) 497-4977 x68
Nov. 10-11 & Nov. 17-18: Helm of Sun Valley (San Mateo) Ski & Snowboard Swap & Parking Lot Sale, 333 N. Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, Calif.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., Noon-4 p.m. (650) 344-2711
Nov. 15-18: Ski Dazzle – Los Angeles Ski Show & Snowboard Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Calif., Thurs. & Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., Noon-6 p.m. adult and child 13 and older $20 regular admission, kids 6-12 $5, under 6 free
Nov. 16-18: Snow Bomb Silicon Valley Ski & Snowboard Festival, Santa Clara Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose, Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $20 general entry. (530) 581-0553
Dec. 1-2: SnowJam/The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Expo, Cashman Center, Hall A, 850 North Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nev.; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $15 adults (includes free Brian Head lift ticket); children under 13 free with paid adult. (951) 587-6266
Dec. 7-10: Ski Pro Avalanche Sale; Phoenix Convention Center - South Bldg, Phoenix, Ariz.; Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. (888) 754-7761
Oct. 26-28: Seattle SkiFever & Snowboard Show, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA, Fri., 1-10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $12 adults, $3 Juniors (6-12), under 6 free. (503) 249-7733
Nov 2-3: Tacoma Ski Swap, University Puget Sound, the Pavlovian, 1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma, Wash. Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.
Nov. 2-4: 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. 2-4: Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Ore.; Fri., 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $13 adults/$3 juniors 6-12/children under 6 free. (503) 249-777-7733
Nov. 3: Lookout Pass & Silver Mountain Ski Patrols, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4060 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID, Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 admission; children under 12 free.
Sept. 28-30: Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Ski and Board Swap; Snowbird Center, Level 2, Park City, Utah, Fri., noon-7 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. free admission. (801) 943-5628
Oct. 12: Weber State’s Outdoor Gear Sale and Swap, Weber State University, Waterfall Plaza (northern entrance Student ), Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., (801) 626-6373)
Oct. 12-13: Winter Park Resort Ski & Snowboard Swap, West Portal Station at base of resort, Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $3 per person or $8 per family; Sat. free admission, (303) 316-1564
Nov. 2-3: St. Lawrence Thrift Stores Annual Ski Sale; Zermatt Resort, 784 W Resort Drive, Midway, Utah. Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop off donations at the old St. Mary's Church, 121 Park Ave., Park City, Utah. Free admission. (435) 657-0209
Nov. 2-4: Park City Ski Swap & Sale; Basin Recreation Field House at New Park, 1388 E. Center St, Kimball Junction, Utah; Fri., 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission Fri $10/Sat $5/Sun. $2/children under 12 free. (435) 649-8749
Sept. 28-30: Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Sale & Swap, Buck Hill, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, Minn., Fri., 2-8 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-noon
Sept. 30: Sunburst Ski Area, 8355 Prospect Drive, Kewaskum, Wis., Main Lodge area, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., (262) 626-8404
Oct. 6: Ski and Winter Gear Swap, Boyne Mountain Resort, Civic Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission, (231) 758-7600 (Bob Simpson)
Oct. 12-14: Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort Patrol Ski Swap, Boston Mills, Peninsula, Ohio, Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission, 800-U-SKI-241 (800-8-754-241)
Oct. 27: Ski Swap at Crystal Mountain, 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, lower level of Crystal Center, Thompsonville, Mich., 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., free admission, (231) 378-2000
Oct. 28: 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. 10: Pioneer Midwest Ski & Board Swap, 415 County Road 81, Osseo, Minn., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. (763) 420-8981
Nov. 11: Sundown Mountain Resort Ski/Board Swap, South Lodge, 16991 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., (563) 556-6676
Photo: SkiFever & Snowboard Show, Portland, Ore.