With winter just around the corner, it’s a good time for skiers and boarders to start thinking about what equipment they are ready to part with, and which items they’ll need for the upcoming season.
Snow enthusiasts who take part in the Team Summit Colorado Ski and Snowboard Swap can support young athletes in Summit County. The swap will be held next weekend alongside Breckenridge Oktoberfest celebrations.
“The ski swap is the kickoff to the new season and the opportunity for people to turn over used equipment by consigning or donating it,” said Team Summit Colorado’s executive director Jerry Karl.
The extensive list of inventory slated for the swap includes new and used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, jackets, pants, layering clothes, race suits and helmets and gloves for men, women and children.
The equipment exchange doubles as a major fundraising event for Team Summit Colorado. Revenue from the event will help pay for coaches and training supplies and will help fund scholarships that help young athletes in pursuit of their athletic winter sports dream.
The nonprofit’s programs help promote both physical and personal development in athletes, Karl said. “We try to teach kids to be independent and grow to be successful later in life.”
Rather than always telling children what to do, Team Summit Colorado isn’t afraid to “relax the rules a tad,” he said. “A little bit of personal freedom and responsibility can go a long way. If you don’t put limits on kids they will surprise you with what they are able to do.”
Team Summit Colorado will start accepting gently used winter equipment for consignment or donation at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Team Summit Colorado charges a 5 percent merchandise fee for displaying items and keeps 20 percent of the sales price on items sold.
The group is having early-bird VIP hours for the first time on Friday, Sept. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. Organizers said this will be the best time to buy equipment by being one of the first to peruse the goods for sale. The VIP entry will cost $10 per family. VIP shoppers will be entered into a drawing for a Phat Cycles Cruiser Bike.
Staff will be available to answer questions about equipment during the swap.
People who provide or buy equipment at the swap will help keep Team Summit programs affordable for up-and-coming snow lovers, Karl said. Some of the best and brightest young athletes on the mountains wouldn’t be able to join in the mountain fun without support from the community, he said.
“We have to solve those problems so they can get out there and do what they love to do.”