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Ski Swap in Socal

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Saw that Start Haus is having one, so thought I'd ask. Tahoe is a tad long to commute. Anyone know of any ski swaps/swatmeet in Socal? I used to unload stuff at Newport Ski back in the day, but obviously they've been gone for a while. Not sure if Peter Glenn carried on with the tradition, but they are gone too. Just sick of trying to unload stuff on ebay, craigslist, forums etc.  The shipping sucks. I know ski dazzle had them, not sure if they still do, but lugging stuff to the convention center isn't ideal either.

 

Where did all the ski shops go?

post #2 of 11

I'm not familiar with that area, but I wonder if you could get in touch with a high school ski coach and see if they're having something, or if they know of something.  

 

Good luck.  I know the ski swap at Start Haus is a hit.  Surely there must be something down your way. 

post #3 of 11
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Thanks for the feedback, but unfortunatley there are no ski coaches in the area. Only surf coaches.
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Must be climate change causing all the ski resorts in San Diego to shut down.  I'm only about 40 minutes away from the nearest ski shop and don't bother with selling or swapping anymore.  I'll keep it until I'm pretty sure I'll never ski it again because I've replaced that quiver spot.. When that is pretty certain I just retire the boards to the fence out back to look at over the summer and remember the fun.

 

 

 

If I knew someone to give them to that would use them I'd give them away.  Can't send these to Goodwill in good conscience though.  If I won't ski them they aren't safe for the average folks.  I just don't have the space indoors  to store them without getting rid of something more recent/better.  So, it is back yard fence or trash can out front for something older when I get a new pair.

post #5 of 11

Salvation Army Opportunity Stores/Thrift Shops might be worth a look.

post #6 of 11

Ski Dazzle is the only ski swap I'm aware in Los Angeles. Goodwill doesn't accept skis or ski boots. I like the fence idea.

post #7 of 11
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The stuff I sell is a year or 2 old so that would be a pretty expensive fence. The quiver gets refreshed often.

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Originally Posted by CookieDecali View Post

Ski Dazzle is the only ski swap I'm aware in Los Angeles. Goodwill doesn't accept skis or ski boots. I like the fence idea.

Jeff, This is a member who knows the area.  

post #9 of 11

Sport Chalet La Canada used to have a fall ski swap. I don't know if they do any more because I patronized it in mainly in the 80's and 90's for kid's equipment. SkiDazzle is the other option.  I think ski swaps have become less common due to the ease of buying/selling gear online. 

 

SoCal has seen a tremendous contraction in specialty ski shops, IMHO due to 3/4 of the youth market here being snowboarders.  There are a ton of surf/skate/snowboard combination shops.  My son Adam worked at Ranchcraft, San Diego's last specialty ski shop, during its last season in 2008-09.

 

The specialty ski shops I know about are Doc's Ski Haus in Santa Monica http://shop.elevation-sports.com/ and Sports LTD in Woodland Hills https://www.skidealer.com/ .  Neither are particularly convenient to me, so I can't give much advice about them.

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Sorry to hijack a bit but does anyone know anything about Skinet sports on Ventura blvd. I think they are the only place in so cal for boot custom fitting with a guy named Claude. Seems pretty specialized so maybe they do swappings?

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Sorry to hijack a bit but does anyone know anything about Skinet sports on Ventura blvd. I think they are the only place in so cal for boot custom fitting with a guy named Claude. Seems pretty specialized so maybe they do swappings?

 

I don't think so. The shop is very small and the minimall it is located in always has a parking problem. This is the high rent district in the Valley, so space is at a premium.

Skinetsports, like most of the specialty shops in SoCal, has limited hours until the first of October. It is by appointment only for boot fittings. I like Claude, though he is a bit eccentric. I think he likes boots and feet more than he likes some people to which they are attached.

If you want a good ski swap, go to Starthaus in Truckee and enjoy the upcoming three day weekend! I may do that myself...
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