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Any big gear swaps in Colorado soon

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anyone know of any big gear swaps in Colorado soon ?
post #2 of 23
Veloswap... oh, that's bikes.
REI members garage sale this saturday Sept 30... you just missed the members parking lot gear swap.
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Any big gear swaps in Colorado soon

In Summit County, Breckenridge had there annual ski swap a couple of weeks ago. They have wised up and held this on the same weekend as Octoberfest like last year to get better attendance.

Keystone ski swap is a bit smaller but still a good place for deals. The same concept of having it when something else is going on seems to apply for Keystone as well. Last winter it was held on opening weekend Nov.11th or so. I would expect this year's swap to be on Nov.10-12 at the Keystone Tennis Center next to the Keystone Lodge parking lot.

The Vail Ski/Snowboard Swap is coming up! I have been to it a couple of times and it was a bit of a madhouse. I have heard that it can sometimes be a haven for racing gear. It is scheduled for Fri-Sat Oct.27th,28th at the Dobson Ice Arena.

On the Front Range, I wouldn't know - haven't lived there for many years.
Anyone know of upcoming ski swaps on the Front Range?
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Originally Posted by trouble View Post
Veloswap... oh, that's bikes.
REI members garage sale this saturday Sept 30... you just missed the members parking lot gear swap.
Do you know if there are specific hours to the garage sale?
post #5 of 23
I know the Aspen Valley Ski Swap (AVSC) in El Jebel is Sunday Oct 22nd.. It's OK, it's not nearly anything like the Aspen Ski swap which much like Vail is an absolute Zoo mobbed with people. I will keep track and update when the Aspen swap is.. Last year it was Sat Nov 5th, so it's got to be sometime around then.. It's a great ski swap with excellent selection that attracts people from all over the Western Slope, but be ready to wait in line.
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Do you know if there are specific hours to the garage sale?
Yeah, numbers are handed out at 9, the doors open at 10. Last time the numbers were given randomly, so a person at the end of the line might end up getting in first. Never know. After they've reached capacity inside, it follows the "one in, one out" rule.

This is the flagship store only, at 15th & platte. And you have to be a member to buy the sale stuff. This is the fall sale so it'll probably be tents and a whole lot of boots. Sometimes ski stuff does appear though, and it's generally a great deal.
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Thanks trouble. My wife is loking for new hiking shoes, and she is an REI member. We may be able to find some deals. The problem is that we will be out of town until noon or so. Do the deals usually clear out pretty quickly?
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The stuff gets picked over pretty well in the first hour or two as far one or two-of-a-kind items and particularly the hardware. I wouldn't expect you'd have a problem finding a pair of shoes or boots though, unless you have a particular brand you're looking for - which they might not have anyway. There are hundreds of boots and shoes there, mostly returns / exchanges. I'm going for the same thing - she better not wear an 8 1/2 just kidding
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I'm going for the same thing - she better not wear an 8 1/2
Actually, I think she does wear and 8 or 8 1/2. You have my permission to take her out if she gets in your way! I will be in the winter section and will not notice.
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There was a pair of 05/06 Atomic Metron MEX (175) there for $199, no bindings, "skied once". A girl ended up with them, but they looked a little big for her. A lot big for her, actually.

I got my hiking boots - $175 Montrails for $50. And some bike gloves for a few bucks. What a zoo, not a lot left by 1pm when I left. What did you end up with?
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There was absolutely no parking in the immediate area at around 11:30 when we arrived. I was parked about three blocks away, and we were getting out, when the wife says "it is probably going to be brutal in there." We got back in the car and drive down to the sports castle and fought "tens" of of people! She found a great pair of hiking shoes on clearance and I bought a helmet for my son!
post #12 of 23
I don't know how big it is, but "The Ski Shop" in Colorado Springs is having a swap this weekend.

I'm thinking of parting with a few skis.
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There was absolutely no parking in the immediate area at around 11:30 when we arrived. I was parked about three blocks away, and we were getting out, when the wife says "it is probably going to be brutal in there." We got back in the car and drive down to the sports castle and fought "tens" of of people! She found a great pair of hiking shoes on clearance and I bought a helmet for my son!
Nice!
Actually, I was there around the same time, parked far away, but inside wasn't that bad. REI is always full on Saturdays anyway, and the sale only exacerbated the situation. I'm glad you guys found what you were looking for elsewhere though!

The BEWI Snowsports Expo is November 3-6, 2006 at the convention center. Admission is $10, but in case anyone actually wants to pay to attend there's a $3 off coupon here. Has anyone been to this one to offer a report?

Also in boulder there's the BNC Ski Swap & Nordic Expo November 8. Of course, this is of little interest to most of us I would think, except perhaps Skilom_141......
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FYI the Vail ski club swap is:
Friday & Saturday Oct 27 & 28 at the ice arena.
Early bird & regular admissions.
Are any Summit / eagle bears going? If someone could keep an eye out for something for me....
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Ridgway

There is a swap and sale in Ridgway, Colorado this weekend. Ridgway is about 25 miles south of Montrose.

I went by one of the ski stores today (Bootdoctors) and they were loading a lot of demo's from last year.They had them priced very nicely (Two year old 180cm Fischer RX-8, in nice shape, for $200).

KenE
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are they still having the big swap at the tride library?
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are they still having the big swap at the tride library?
They did last year. I haven't heard definitively about this year, but am under the assumption that they will. I'll check it out and let you know.

Ken
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They did last year. I haven't heard definitively about this year, but am under the assumption that they will. I'll check it out and let you know.

Ken
The swap is November 11 at the Telluride, Library.

Ken
post #19 of 23
The annual Hesperus swap is this weekend in Durango.
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The swap is November 11 at the Telluride, Library.

Ken
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The annual Hesperus swap is this weekend in Durango.
Both great swaps! Bought my share of stuff at both when I lived in LaPlata county. For those who don't know, the swap in Durango supports the Hesperus Ski Patrol, which teaches avalanche courses in the four corners.
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As an aside.... the Sports Authority in Denver (off Broadway) is still having their Sniagrab sale. I dropped in yesterday, and though I didn't pick anything up, it looks like there were some pretty nice prices on things.
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Vail Ski Club Swap

It was this last weekend. I didn't get there until Saturday. Went looking for a pair of pow skis and wound up with a mint set of 161 cm 6* for 150.00.

These looked like the only had about 5 days on them. I really like my AllStars so I figure I should be pretty happy cruising on the 6 *. Contrary to popular belief we get our share of hard snow days in CO
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As an aside.... the Sports Authority in Denver (off Broadway) is still having their Sniagrab sale. I dropped in yesterday, and though I didn't pick anything up, it looks like there were some pretty nice prices on things.
How long does that typically last? I remember it being much shorter, and not quite as large as the current one. Maybe it is different now that Sports Authority is in charge.
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