How to Shop the 2017 Snow Sports Swap
1. If you don’t need it, sell it
Sign up to sell gear at cbsnowsports.org. Then, come to one of our drop-off days in Crested Butte or Gunnison this Thursday before the Swap.
2. Do your homework
Whether you are shopping nordic or skimo, make sure you know what size gear you need before coming in. You can do this online by looking up size charts and using them to convert your shoe size to European and Mondopoint sizes. Nordic boots use European sizing while Skimo and Backcountry boots often use Mondo sizing. Your weight is the most important factor when figuring out your ski size. Boulder Nordic sport has some great sizing information on Fisher skis (which would work for other nordic skis as well). Your classic pole height can range from your armpit to the top of your shoulder, while your skate poles should hit somewhere between your chin and your nose. The less experienced you are, the shorter your poles can be.
3. Be compatible
There ares still two binding systems haunting the nordic world. If you are looking for nordic gear, you need to know which boots or bindings you have: NNN or SNS. Backcountry nordic bindings are a whole other story. They are bigger than normal nordic bindings and only work with BC boots. If you’re not sure what you have, just bring your skis or boots in to be sure that your new gear will be compatible.
4. Become a Member
People with a $35 Snowsports Foundation membership are welcomed into the Swap on Friday night a half hour before everybody else (at 5:30 p.m.). You can support a good cause and beat the crowds at the same time by getting a membership. If you don’t have a membership, you can chose to pay $10 for early bird shopping at 6 p.m. on Friday night.
5. Get help
The Nordic Center has staff on hand at the swap to help people find gear that will work for them.
6. Come hungry
As usual, there will be pizza available for purchase.
7. Don’t forget your wallet
There will be all kinds of sales going on: CBMR season passes, CB Nordic Season Passes, Alley Loop registration, and more. It’s all going to be discounted too!
About the 2017 Snow Sports Swap
The 2017 Snow Sports Swap is the place to buy and sell gear for all of your snowsports needs: Alpine, Snowboard, Backcountry, Nordic, and Skimo. Many local shops will also be selling gear.
The Lodge At Mountaineer Square
CBSF Members Very Early Bird Shopping
Friday, November 3rd from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Early Bird Shopping
Friday, November 3rd, from 6 to 9 pm
Saturday, November 4th from 9 am to 1 pm
The Swap benefits the Crested Butte Snow Sports Foundation whose mission is to support the youth of the Gunnison Valley in their pursuit of sportsmanship, passion, and discipline through snow sport experiences. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the scholarship program at the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation.
Sign up to sell gear online at cbsnowsports.org and then come and drop it off at one of our designated drop off locations before the Swap:
Thursday, November 2nd from 9 am to 6 pm
WSCU Field House in Gunnison
4 Way Stop in Crested Butte
Friday, November 3rd from 9 am to 2 pm
The Lodge at Mountaineer Square