The annual Ashwabay Ski + Board Swap is a great chance to get geared up for winter sports at great prices. The atmosphere is lively and fun as shoppers hunt through the equipment for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. A few helpful hints will help with the process:
Know your budget: The Ski + Board Swap offers great gear at great prices, and having some prices in your head will help narrow choices. Check out online sites like ebay.com or geartrade.com to find out what used equipment is going for.
Know your sizes: Read the info below to find what you should be looking for. Ski boots aren't always labeled with US sizes, so know your converted size. Ski and boards should be matched to users height, weight, and ability. Beginners might benefit from smaller sizing for easier maneuvering.
Know your gear: Most downhill ski bindings will fit most downhill boots. Snowboard bindings and boots are also easily interchangable, though a few unique systems exist. Cross-country bindings and boots need to match, and both come in various styles. Old-school "three pin" systems are still beloved by some enthusiasts. Newer styles often break into two choices (ala VHS vs Beta video cassettes); both SNS and NNN systems may look similar at first glance, but do need to match.
Know you're safe: Before stepping out into the snow, make sure your equipment is set properly. Downhill ski bindings must be adjusted to fit the boot length, and skier's size and ability. Snowboard bindings need to be spaced and rotated for the proper stance. On your first day out, remember to stop in the Rental Shop to have your bindings adjusted!
Downhill ski boots are usually measured in 'mondo point' sizing, and cross-country boots are usually measured in European sizing. Knowing your US boot size conversion will make the hunt easier.
Snowboard boots are generally measured in US sizing.
Skis, Snowboards, and Poles:
Shopping the Ski + Board Swap can be a daunting task if you're just starting out. The buffet of gear ensures something for everyone, but finding the right equipment flusters many. View the PDF files below to help with sizing:
If you're still unsure, don't fret. Ashwabay Staff & Volunteers are on hand to help
The First Annual Ashwabay Spring Gear was a great hit, with all sorts of great outdoor activities represented. From cycling to kayaking, to golfing to camping, and so much more! Given the great response, we'll certainly be bringing this event back again. Thanks to everyone who brought items to sell or donate, and to the great crowd who came to shop. We were able to raise over $1,000 for the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation.
Also, watch for details on the Annual Fall Ski & Snowboard Swap, coming up November 1st, 2014
Announcing the First Annual
Mt Ashwabay Spring Gear Swap!
May 10 & 11 * 10am ~ 4pm
Land~Water~Snow~All types of Gear!
Clean your garage and basement, sell the gear you don't use much. Or, shop for gear at great prices. Bargain deals for buyers, with 15% of the purchase price supporting the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation. It's a win/win/win for everyone: seller/buyer/AOEF
Drop off items May 5,6,7,8,9, from 10am-5pm
at Mt Ashwabay, 3 miles South of Bayfield on Ski Hill Rd.
Download the info flier HERE
Join the Facebook Event page HERE
What should you bring to the Swap? Here's a beginner idea list to get your gear-brain churning. If you think someone might want it for their fun outdoor adventures, contact us and ask for assistance.
Are you an area business interested in partnering with Mt Ashwabay for this event? Contact us HERE
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