Ski Sale boasts something old, new

Organizers: Loads of new gear arriving at swap for first time

Posted: Friday, November 06, 2009

Juneau residents will have an opportunity to purchase new and used outdoor gear Saturday at the 56th annual Ski Sale happening at Centennial Hall.

Organizer Mike Satre, with the Juneau Ski Club, said this year's sale boasts something old and something new.

"What's interesting this year is that in addition to the gear that the public will bring in as they do normally, we're actually going to have a large selection of brand new gear. It's going to be available at heavily discounted prices so our selection of skis and ski boots, bindings and poles will actually be larger than it's ever been," he said.

Satre said that not only is this a first for Juneau's only consignment gear event, but it's also a great opportunity for local outdoor enthusiasts.

"I think that anybody involved in skiing and snowboarding here in Juneau knows that it can be tough to get new gear (in Juneau)," he said. "Especially when it comes to boots, where sizing is so important. This is a chance to come in, find some new ones, find the boots you need and pick up some new or used gear to accompany them."

Sean Edwards with the Juneau Ski Patrol has worked as an organizer for the Ski Sale since 1983. He said the event reminds community members that ski season is approaching and said the Ski Sale is a great place to find kids' gear at discounted prices.

"The Ski Sale is when everyone comes back together and gets excited about skiing. It's pretty much the kickoff event for the ski season," he said. "(And) we've been bringing in a lot of kids gear, because they grow so fast."

When the bills are paid in December, Edwards said each club takes home between $5,000 to $8,000. For the Juneau Ski Patrol, that money funds training for members and helps to purchase training equipment. The Juneau Ski Club uses proceeds from the event for everything from timing equipment and racing gates, to coaching fees and travel expenses.

But the event is not just about ski and snowboard gear. Satre has seen kayaks, parachutes and scuba gear all on sale at the swap. He said just about anything goes.

"We're open to all outdoor equipment," Satre said. "As long as the gear is in good condition, in safe condition, and it's clean, we'll take it."

He said those straight skis in the back of the garage that are pushing the 15-year mark probably won't sell, and won't be accepted. But if there's any doubt, Satre said to bring it in.

"We'll have people at the check-in tables to help assess if gear is too old or unsafe or even unhygienic."

Edwards said volunteers began setting up and accepting gear for consignment Thursday and will continue to do so today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gear will also be accepted Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The sale opens to the public at 10 a.m. Cost is $2 at the door. Only cash or checks are accepted as payment for purchases. At the conclusion of the sale, a drawing will be held for the door prize: A season pass to Eaglecrest.

And if this year's event is anything like past years, the good gear goes fast. Satre said it is a good idea to show up early.

"Every year when the volunteers show up to prep things we have people in sleeping bags at the door," he said. "I would encourage people to get there early if they have some specific shopping goals in mind. The stuff moves very quickly. Just know that there will be a long line. We do our best to accommodate everybody and get them inside as quickly as possible. But bring a cup of coffee and be prepared."

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