GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Though warmish weather still persists in the Grand Valley, ski season is truly upon us. Snow's flyin' in the high country, plus both Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area are open for business. Even better, folks are gearing up for a white winter (at least at higher elevations) with Powderhorn National Ski Patrol's annual ski and snowboard swap fundraiser Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. Whether you ride one plank or two, organizers say there's something on sale for you.Skis, snowboards and all related gear - both old and new - will be available for purchase Friday, Nov. 2, from 6-10 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. Friday's "early bird special" event costs $10 at the door, and it also boasts of free beer with admission for all attendees ages 21 and over. The Saturday, Nov. 3, sales event is set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $2. Consignments are currently being accepted for the ski patrol's main fundraising event of the season. Cash or credit is accepted at the swap both days, said Pat Trimm, event organizer and local ski patroller.Already have your gear, but want to get stoked on big-mountain views and lots of powder shots? Saturday's movie night at the Avalon Theatre will release your inner snow geek from 7-10 p.m. Two movies will be shown - "Superheroes of Stoke" and "2112." Tickets are $15, and lots of swag giveaways will be available for everyone in attendance. Raffles will also include big-ticket items, like a Powderhorn ski pass, for example.Trimm said this year's fundraising goal for the swap and ski films is $35,000, and money collected will go toward ski patrol training and all supply purchases for this year's ski season at Powderhorn Mountain resort, which sits atop the Grand Mesa."This year, we've already spent about $18,000 on equipment so far," Trimm said. "First-aid stuff costs a lot of money and training costs a lot, too."To purchase movie tickets ahead of time, call Trimm at 970-270-6703. You may additionally purchase movie tickets at the ski swap or at the Avalon before the films start.For more information about Powderhorn National Ski Patrol and the annual ski and snowboard swap, visit www.powderhornnationalskipatrol.org.
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