Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap
Check http://www.skipatrolskiswap.com for more information or to volunteer!
The 50th Annual Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap is the region’s largest winter sports equipment and clothing event featuring thousands of new and used winter sports items being sold by both individuals and area sports stores. Equipment, clothing and accessories for all winter sports are available, including Nordic and alpine skiing & snowboarding.
Registration - Friday, Oct. 24th - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SWAP Open - Saturday, Oct. 25th - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27th - 9 a.m. to Noon.
Pickup Checks and Unsold Equip - Oct 26th – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds, Havana Street, Spokane.
For the best selection and buys on winter sports equipment. The annual event has come to symbolize the kick-off of the winter season in the Inland Empire. The “Swap” is the primary source of funding for the MSSP for operations, purchase of medical and first aid supplies, rescue equipment and training materials.
Register items on Friday. A fifty-cent fee will be charged for each item registered for sale at the swap. Show up Saturday or Sunday to purchase. Cash, credit cards and personal checks are accepted. Note: come early Saturday morning to beat the crowd. Come back on Sunday to take advantage of 25% discount on market items. Pick-up payment, or unsold equipment Sunday, 2-4 pm.
Purchase lift tickets online for $12 and receive a FREE Mt. Spokane Thursday-only Lift Ticket and a $10 Liftopia voucher. Admission at the door is $5, with a $10 option to purchase the Mt. Spokane Thursday-only Lift TIcket. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE. Brought to you by the over 125 volunteers that make-up the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol, a volunteer, non-profit educational organization.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How many items are available?
It is anticipated that over 18,000 items will trade hands at this year’s SWAP.
What kind of equipment is available?
About half of the equipment is alpine (downhill) ski related - including boots, poles, bindings, skis, gloves, clothing and accessories. The selection of cross country and telemark equipment is expected to increase again this year. The amount of boarding equipment continues to grow as boarding popularity has increased - with thousands of new and used boards and boots available. Equipment and clothing is available for all sizes and ages. Children’s gear and clothing is the fastest to go, for best selection, early arrival on Saturday is recommended.
Where does the equipment come from?
Approximately 30% of the gear is brought to the SWAP by individuals. 70% is from approximately 20 retail shops in the region that bring both used and new equipment.
What else is available?
Area winter sports organizations, ski areas and businesses set-up booths at the SWAP. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park will be at the SWAP selling season passes and taking pass photos.
How many people will attend?
Organizers expect attendance to exceed 6,000 in 2013.
Are there experts there to help educate? What if I’m a beginner?
In addition to over 125 experienced skiers from the Ski Patrol, representatives from retail shops will be at the SWAP to answer questions, help fit boots, and provide advice and recommendation. See list of participating shops attached.
How do I price my equipment for sale?
Representatives from the Ski Patrol will be on hand as you register you equipment and will provide you with valuation guidance based on past swap events.
What % of the sale price is returned to the seller? How do I collect my money?
20% is retained by the SWAP. The balance is returned to the seller. Checks are issued and available for pick-up Sunday afternoon after 2:00pm.
How many years has this been going on?
This is the 49th Annual Ski Swap – a tradition that was started and is managed by the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol organization.
Where does the money go?
Money generated by the SWAP is used to offset costs for operation of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol - including facilities overhead, first aid and medical supplies, training costs, and administrative functions. The MSSP is a non-profit, volunteer organization.
Can I volunteer to help?
Yes. We'd love to have your help! Volunteers are needed in all areas. With 8 hours of donated time, you get to pre-shop the swap.
To Sell Items
Friday, October 25th, 3-8 PM
Bring your items to the Fairgrounds, N side entrance, clean and in good condition. All ski bindings must be DIN approved (made after 1990) or they need to be removed. All winter sports items are welcome: skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, etc.
Fees: 50¢ per item to register each item, plus 20% of the sale price when it sells. Thank you for supporting the Mount Spokane Ski Patrol, a nonprofit organization.
How do I participate as a business?
We are continuing to have exhibits from interested companies participate in the Ski Swap. The Ski Swap is the traditional “kick off” weekend for ski season in the Inland Northwest and generates extensive publicity throughout the region on television, radio in the newspapers and on the web. Thousands of items of winter sporting goods and clothing are offered for sale to the public and on average the swap brings in over 5,000 shoppers during the three-day sales at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds. Companies or individuals interested in exhibiting their product or services at the annual Mt. Spokane Ski Swap should send a brief description via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the MSSP:
The Mount Spokane Ski Patrol is committed to skier safety and education, and to providing the finest first aid care to the guests of Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park. Look for one of the red jackets wherever you slide. Mount Spokane Ski Patrol is one of the largest all-volunteer ski patrols in the county and also one of the first, being formed in 1938. Our patrollers are trained to the highest standards set by the National Ski Patrol System. Each patroller must undergo over 120 hours of classroom, hands-on, and on-the-hill training for initial certification, plus annual update training sessions, and hands-on training all season long. The Mount Spokane Ski Patrol has alpine and telemark skiers, snowboarders, student patrollers and non-skiers (auxiliary), plus a Nordic Patrol for the State Park Nordic Area.
The Mount Spokane Ski Patrol is an all-volunteer group, and a 501-C tax deductible organization. It is funded fully by your donations and fundraising though the annual Mount Spokane Ski Swap. Would you like to make a donation – visit www.mssp.org for more info.
Are season passes available at the SWAP?
Yes, passes will be available at the SWAP and other locations in Spokane.
For more information: Contact Dan Edwards, Swap Director, MSSP at (509) 535-0102 or via email at email@example.com