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ski swaps and demo days [Inland Northwest]

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hi guys and gals



I'm looking forward to a great 2014-15 ski season. We already have season passes at Silver; would like to get to the other nearby areas at least once this year. I know about the Mt. Spokane swap and the Silver/Lookout swap in Cda. Does any one know the dates for a Schweitzer or 49 degree swap? I'd also like to know if there are any demo days at nearby resorts. Thanks. I hope we get to meet some of you this season.

post #2 of 19
Are we near? Our demo day will be, STRICTLY GUESSING BASED ON PAST YEARS, December 13. It is not posted yet.
post #3 of 19

49's swap: http://www.ski49n.com/calendar.php?id=2620

SARS' swap: http://sars.net/event/annual-ski-swap/

 

Demo days usually start in mid/late December.

post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by pookaspirit View Post
 

Hi guys and gals

 

I'm looking forward to a great 2014-15 ski season. We already have season passes at Silver; would like to get to the other nearby areas at least once this year. I know about the Mt. Spokane swap and the Silver/Lookout swap in Cda. Does any one know the dates for a Schweitzer or 49 degree swap? I'd also like to know if there are any demo days at nearby resorts. Thanks. I hope we get to meet some of you this season.

 

 

pookaspirit,  Schweitzer has a good demo rental program in the base lodge shop and you can take out several ski's.  Watch here for info when this site will come more alive.  Lookout Ski shop (in Kellog) will have some demo days.  The best thing is to call marketing at Silver and Lookout for demo days and/or Schweitzer.

 

Welcome to No. Idaho, glad you made it and let me know when you are going to be up at Silver and we can ski together.  

 

I am sending you a pm with more specific info. that the whole world doesn't need to know.   Pete

post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Are we near? Our demo day will be, STRICTLY GUESSING BASED ON PAST YEARS, December 13. It is not posted yet.


SIB,

"Near" is a relative term. Even though I love spring and fall in the mountains I never get very far from skiing. Also, in case my reference to "demo days" was not taken the way I meant it, I'm talking about when major ski, snowboard and boot companies come to a ski are on a weekend and give us a chance to try their products, usually in the early ski season. I also might be more of a swap junkie than a lot of you and I know that in North ID. and eastern Wash. the swaps are in Oct and Nov. Thanks.

post #6 of 19
Not sure of your point. I know what a demo day is. What am I missing? I don't have swap dates as I never go to them. There are usually three, Kalispell being the biggest I believe. You are about four hours from here. Some would consider that close, some would not. This is the west. I'd never drive that far for a demo day, but my brother has driven that far for a dinner.

The demo day is free, most of the local stores participate. Sometimes there are manufacturers' tents, but last I looked nothing was posted yet. Until they do that, won't have the specifics as every year is different. Looks like last year there was serious fog.

I've never seen boots, however. But then again, would never buy boots that way. I don't even remember boots at demo days when I lived in the east. Not saying some places don't have them, but not the ones I've gone to.
Edited by sibhusky - 9/24/14 at 11:22pm
post #7 of 19
Found another swap on Facebook
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Big Mountain Ski Club
Sep 18 at 1:33pm ·
It's technically still summer, but we have started gearing up for the Ski Swap. This years swap is going to be November 8th opening at 8:30 for members and 9 for non-members. Drop offs are November 7th, 1pm-6pm. Location is The Wave in Whitefish. As always we need volunteers!


The swap for the ski team is in three days, a bit short notice for that one. Doubt if it would be anything you wanted, anyway.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 


Sib,

Thanks for the video. I enjoyed it. If it came with audio I didn't get it, so I don't know who that person is who appears in the beginning. Should I know? My point/s in most of my original post were not directed at you but at others who had responded to my initial post. Sorry; you probably didn't miss anything. As I said, I'm a swap junkie. I think it starts to get me in the right mood. I also find some good stuff once in a while that I "can't live without"????  BUT, 4 hrs is not close for me not even for dinner. For 20 years I lived within 10 to 30 minutes of a number of swaps, including Vail, which is the biggest that I've experienced. I've travelled up to 1 hour to get to a swap. My only past experience with demo days has been in Colorado. They are always done by the big eqpt. manufacturers there, with the help of local shops. They sometimes even have tele demo days. Here's what I get from demo days: If I experience some really good skis or boots. I make a note of it and down the road when I have a need to change equipment I buy used or demo eqpt. based in that experience. I also get a chance to try out supposed "new technology" to determine whether or not it is worth my trouble to change. Feel and frugality are always more important to me than scientific analysis. All the demo days I've ever gone to are NOT free but usually include a way to get your money back. Once you pay up front the actual demos are free.  Thanks.

post #9 of 19
Demos are free here, as many skis as you want to try. That day only. Beyond that, they have demos at the shops, but those you pay for, usually allowing three days credit against a purchase, not really that good a deal, because I wait for them to become new old stock.

I can hear the volume. Maybe you've got your mute button on?
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 


Thanks. You were right; IT'S DEBBIE!  I also missed the name tag the 1st time. I don't like shop demos either. International womens' day looks interesting. If you think I, or my wife, need to know more let me know.

post #11 of 19
I'll let you know if they post details. Took a look at how long you've been retired, you may qualify for our free Super Senior rates with that date. Free skiing, free demos. 😁
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I'll let you know if they post details. Took a look at how long you've been retired, you may qualify for our free Super Senior rates with that date. Free skiing, free demos. 😁

 

 

Over 70 ski free - a great deal

post #13 of 19
Personally, I'd be happier if it was over sixty...😁
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 

I assume Sib and Pete's posts refer to Whitefish. That's a long haul but knowing it is free gives me extra incentive. I have had free skiing for over 70 somewhere in Colorado but I don't remember where.

post #15 of 19
Yes, we're referring to Whitefish. I'll let you know if it's worth the trip to demo. Last year started with a bang, but not so sure this year. Otherwise, late January is normally the best.
post #16 of 19
Update. It was canceled. Snow conditions, I'm sure.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I got to the Spokane and cda swap; didn't buy skis; not sure I need them but, you never know. I appreciate you remembering.

post #18 of 19
Our demo day has been rescheduled for this Saturday.
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

It was extremely nice of you to hang in there this long. At this point it takes a lot of energy for me to drive from CDA to Silver Mtn to ski so going to Whitefish to demo skis is not in the cards. I might get there someday when I can stay a couple of nights. Since my earlier posts on this site I realize that my enthusiasm for such things has bowed to reality. I still want to ski as much as possible but am not able to put as much effort into it as I used to. Things have been looking good at Silver. I hope that Whitefish is doing well also. Thanks.

Pooka 

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