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
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