For what it's worth, here's some friendly advice.
In the first place, this event is where... Alabama...? The only Scottsdale I've ever flown in and out of is in Arizona, just north of Phoenix... Not that it matters - how much good ski equipment can you realistically expect to find there...? In order to ski at all, everyone there must travel.
As much as I regret sounding like a cynical curmudgeon, as an experienced transportation and logistics industry professional, my best advice to you is not to bother with this "sale". For that matter, when you travel somewhere to ski, if you're planning to take along equipment that you really like and value highly, and can't afford to replace it on the spot - especially custom boots - and would rather avoid having your trip ruined, hand cuff your boots as carry-on baggage. Ship your skis via UPS, FedEx, or Airborne Express.
One of the previous posts mentioned "lost on purpose" - frankly, couldn't have put it better myself. Any quality current high performance equipment - whether it's skiing, cycling, subterranean pottery throwing, or in my father's case scuba gear - will have already been well gleaned out by insiders. Most anything left there will probably be worthless junk.
Again, I'm trying not to sound too snooty here. But if your budget doesn't allow even the amazingly good deals on the internet and at the ski swaps, around here your statistical odds are probably better in pawn shops and neighborhood garage sales.
It's already snowed 3 to 4 feet in the mountains here... Enjoy the season everybody. You never know - might see you on the hill.
[ December 20, 2003, 08:32 AM: Message edited by: Pilot 3D ]