Buy and sell skis, boots, and other winter recreational items Nov. 3-4 at the 51st annual Bridger Ski Foundation Ski Swap, billed as the best ski swap around.
Items are accepted for consignment from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 ($1 per item, cash only). The sale is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman. To get first dibs on sale items, join Bridger Ski Foundation; members get in free and early at 9 a.m. Saturday (annual membership costs just $25 for an individual, $35 for partners, and $50 for a family).
If an item sells, a 20% consignment fee goes to Bridger Ski Foundation. Collect unsold items 2-5 p.m. Sunday; unclaimed items are retained by BSF.
Ski waxing is available for both Nordic and Alpine skis on Saturday, Nov. 3. For a small fee, the BSF Nordic Elite Team will wax skis, which may be collected that evening at 406 Brewery. Not buying skis at the swap but still want a wax? Just drop them off at 406 Brewery between 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
All waxing proceeds benefit the Nordic Elite Team, which gives talented, committed skiers the opportunity to reach their athletic potential and achieve success in national and international competitions.
Tips for sellers:
- Clean up your items. They will sell better.
- Note the size, color, and brand.
- Know what price to list.
- Take your time filling out your paperwork at drop-off.
- Take advantage of the option to lower the item’s price on the second day of the sale.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get through check-in (and thank the volunteers).
Red Chair Raffle
Tickets are on sale during the ski swap for a drawing to win a red chair, hailing from Bridger Bowl’s old Deer Park Chairlift. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100, and the winner’s name will be drawn Jan. 20 during the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (need not be present to win).
Also on the horizon
Hyalite Tour, 10 a.m. Jan. 1: Participants start at the Hyalite Reservoir parking lot, and have various route options (maps are available). The distance and route is up to you: ski a mile, three, five, or ten. (Ski as much as you want, and then head to the Pavilion at the edge of the parking lot.)
About Bridger Ski Foundation
The nonprofit community ski organization based in Bozeman provides and funds educational and competitive programs for all ages, year round, in Nordic, Alpine, and freestyle/freeskiing. Members also groom a large network of community Nordic ski trails for the public in Bozeman.