Great Ski and Sports Swap this Saturday |

Great Ski and Sports Swap this Saturday

Carrie Click

The ski season can’t be too far away if it’s time for the Great Ski and Sports Swap.The swap is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Sunlight volunteer ski patrolman Russ Arensman said it’s best to get to the Orrison Distributing Warehouse as early as you can.”There’s so much there, but it still pays to come early for the best deals and the best equipment and clothing,” Arensman said of the swap, which benefits the Sunlight Ski Team, the local Buddy Werner League, and the Sunlight Volunteer Ski Patrol.Danny Moss – “Mr. Ski Swap,” according to Arensman – was busy working on organizing the event Thursday. He’s the point man for coordinating the swap. There are two components to the sale. Vendors from as far away as Idaho are on hand selling new and slightly used equipment in the mammoth-sized warehouse. Locals are also encouraged to bring skis, snowboards and clothing to the swap Friday night from 6-9 p.m. Each item costs $1 to register, and the swap will take 20 percent of the price of the item if it sells.Now in its 36th year, Arensman said the swap provides needed funds for Sunlight’s team, and its volunteer ski patrol force.Sunlight’s professional ski patrol has between six and 10 staff, Arensman said. Each patrol member works a five-day week. The volunteer patrol, which has 40 to 50 members, fills in for the pros on the weekends, holidays and some weekdays, when needed. “This is our big fund-raiser for the year,” Arensman said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to operate.” Susan Riley, who helps out from the Sunlight Ski Team side, said she encourages people to bring their equipment and clothing to sell, as well as come by to buy. “You can get some great deals,” she said. “It makes skiing a little more affordable.” Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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