Bigger and better than ever in its 32d year
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming season, and for a lot of people, that means upgrading gear, whether it’s the big stuff, like boards or boots, or just a few new accessories.
In any case, the Team Summit Ski Swap in Breckenridge, now in its 32d year, is always one of the best places to start. The swap is on again this weekend at the Riverwalk Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, offering some of the sweetest deals of the year on ski and snowboard gear.
And it’s all for a good cause. Proceeds help support Team Summit, which fosters some of the area’s best young snowsport athletes. Last year, the swap generated $25,000 for the team, which was used for scholarships, equipment (video cameras last year), and coaches education.
The money comes from a 5 percent fee based on the total value of merchandise to be sold, as well as a 20 percent cut of the revenue.
The town is helping out this year with a grant that provides three days free use of the Riverwalk Center. Last year the swap paid out $18,000 in consignment sales to the local community members who sold their product, so the whole deal is a two-way street.
Gear includes new and used skis, snowboards, ski and snowboard boots, ski and snowboard bindings, outerwear and layering pieces for men, women, and children. Kids equipment is always a big focus, and this year, the swap will even include some Nordic gear.