A harbinger of the season

With skis and helmets selected, brother and sister Ashton and Ashlee Ecklund wait for help with ski boots during last year's Ski Swap in Centennial Hall.

Sharpen up your elbows, folks, it’s time for one of the biggest local shopping days of the year: the ski swap. This year’s sale runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Centennial Hall.

Now in its 59th season, this fundraising event for the Juneau Ski Club and Juneau Ski Patrol offers locals a chance to gear up for the snow season, and is particularly helpful for swapping out kids’ equipment that is in good condition but no longer fits. Locals can sell or purchase a wide variety of snow sports items, including coats, hats, skis, snowboards, poles, helmets and boots, as well as a range of non-snow-related sporting equipment.

As with the Public Market scheduled for later this month, this event always generates a long line prior to the 10 a.m. start time; it pays to get there early. Admission is $2, with those 12 and under getting in free. All transactions are by cash or check only.

Those interested in selling their gear still have two opportunities to do so: Check in times began Thursday and continue between 4 and 8 p.m. today and from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday. Items are sold on a consignment basis, with a 20 percent going to the Juneau Ski Club and Juneau Ski Patrol. Items presented for sale should have a minimum value of $5. All unsold items must be claimed between 4 and 5 p.m. the day of the sale; unclaimed items left after 5 p.m. will be subject to a $5 fee. To view the consignment form, visit www.juneauskisale.org.

This year’s doorprize, awarded by raffle, is a season’s ski pass donated by Eaglecrest.

For more information, visit www.juneauskisale.org.

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