Summit Nordic swap at the Breckenridge Nordic Center November 11-13; at the Frisco Nordic Center November 18-20; Breckenridge Nordic Center opens with limited trails Nov. 3! Visit the Breckenridge Nordic Center online for details.
By Bob Berwyn
Early November is an in-between time in the high country, and along with snow-covered pumpkins, many ski town residents enjoy visiting ski swaps. Far from simply being fundraisers for local junior ski teams and other worthy causes, these swaps are a hallowed autumn ritual and a chance to find that ever-elusive ski treasure that you never even knew you needed.
Just think — you can add to an almost endless collection of ski-related items that fills multiple bins and threatens to avalanche out of the closet at the end of the hall every time you open the door. Hey, you never know when you might need that miscellaneous single ski pole basket or an old-school CB windbreaker with a busted zipper. Sure, you could go high-tech to an online swap, but shopping live is also a fascinating exercise in people-watching.
The first customers are the “specialists.” They line up at the door hours before opening and they’ll be looking for a spare lens to replace the cracked one in their 1980s-era Uvex bubble goggles, for tiny springs to repair their vintage 1969 Look Nevadas or Marker explo-da-mats and for that padded Spyder racing sweater they always wanted in high school but couldn’t afford. Continue reading “Skiing: Get your swap groove on this weekend”