The annual Nordic Ski Swap begins at 9 a.m. today at the Frisco Nordic Center with new and used ski, snowshoe, telemark and backcountry gear and accessories available at low prices.The swap, benefiting local Nordic teams, extends through 4 p.m. Sunday.The swap is also paying cash for consignment on Nordic gear. Those looking to trade-up or get rid of equipment will get 80 percent cash back of the value of the equipment with 20 percent benefiting the Summit Nordic Ski Club and high school Nordic team. Participants can also opt to receive 100 percent of the sale price for in-store credit at the Frisco Nordic Center.Most of the inventory for the swap is lightly used last season Nordic gear encompassing everything for Nordic, cross-country, telemark and backcountry skiing."Our staff is very knowledgeable on determining the value of equipment," said Lacey Vonriedel, assistant manager of the center. "We have a wide range of combined knowledge about all of the gear we're expecting to see come in."The swap will accept consignments throughout the swap."Our inventory will be growing all weekend," Vonriedel said. "It's great to come in on the first day to see all of the first batch of deals but we'll be getting new equipment through Sunday."The swap is a great opportunity for a wide range of athletic abilities to get into the sport for the first time, according to event organizers."Our staff is really happy to help anyone who wants to get into the sport get the more appropriate gear for them," Vonriedel said. "We can work with what they want to do whether it be more backcountry or at Nordic centers, to find what would work best."Year-round, the Frisco Nordic Center offers buy-backs of equipment for athletes wanting to upgrade or simply growing out of their equipment year to year."It's great for little kids who need bigger boots, clothing or equipment," Vonriedel said. "We just ask them to pay the difference - it's cheap and easy way to get kids into Nordic sports."June Cvelbar, moved to Wildernest near Silverthorne last December and said the Frisco Nordic Center helped her re-immerse into winter sports after having knee replacements. "Last year I purchased a pair of Nordic skis, being new to the sport, I appreciated the help from staff," Cvelber said. "I had fallen away from winter recreation, had never gone skate skiing or track season before - I urge other beginners to get involved and take a lesson. It's good exercise in a nice, safe environment."Thanks to snowmaking efforts at the center, a lesson area will be open during this weekend's ski swap allowing skiers to test out gear on site."There is an area that people can test out equipment after they buy it or if they're just itching to get on snow," Vonriedel said.
Despite early reports of opening this weekend in conjunction with the swap, with early season dry conditions, the Nordic center staff anticipates kicking off operations as soon as weather permits, according to staff."We are hoping to open this weekend but its too dry and warm," Vonriedel said. "The temperatures are not worth it at this point."The Nordic center needs five inches of natural to achieve target base depth for the start of the season, Vonriedel said.