Year in Gear Swaps

Nine events to get you geared up for every season

click to enlarge Hundreds of bikes await at the Spokane Bike Swap.
Hundreds of bikes await at the Spokane Bike Swap.

49 Degrees North Ski Patrol Ski Swap

For more than 20 years, local ski fanatics have been swapping gear at this event, which benefits the resort’s volunteer ski patrol. Stop by to find deals on winter equipment and clothing for the whole family. Oct. 24. 9 am-3 pm Colville County Fairgrounds. Check in gear on Oct. 23 after 6 pm or Oct. 24 at 8 am. $2

Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap

Complete with an annual movie premiere and VIP night, this is the largest winter sports gear swap in the region. You’ll find new and used equipment, clothing and accessories for all winter sports, sold by individuals and sporting good stores. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. 9 am-5 pm, 9 am-noon. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Bring items on Oct. 29 between 3-8 pm. $5 to enter, under 12 free

Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain Ski Patrols Winter Swap

This will be the 18th year that these volunteer ski patrols have joined forces to host a swap. Proceeds from the event are primarily used for patrol training to improve rescue and first aid capabilities. Buy and sell used equipment, see new snow gear from local shops and chat with representatives from nearby ski resorts. Nov. 7. 9 am-3 pm Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Bring items to sell on Nov. 6 between 3-8 pm. $5 to enter, under 12 free

Schweitzer Alpine Racing School Ski Swap

SARS has been an active part of Schweitzer since the resort opened in 1963. This swap supports the various programs that the school offers for alpine skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Nov. 7. 9 am-2 pm Bonner County Fairgrounds. Bring items to the venue between noon-7 pm on Nov. 6. $2/person or $5/family

Fitness Fanatics Annual Nordic/Cross-Country Ski Sale and Swap

This swap provides an opportunity for skiers to shed their old stuff and pick up some sweet new gear, whether it’s simply new to them or brand-new from the shop. Check out special pricing on new Nordic gear during the swap. Nov. 7-8. 9 am-6 pm, 11 am-5 pm. Fitness Fanatics, 12425 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley. Bring items to sell between Sept. 15 and Nov. 6. Free

WSU Annual Ski and Gear Swap

This isn’t just for college kids trying to get a sweet deal on some snow gear — all are welcome to browse the new and used items. Vendors from around the Northwest also will be selling items at special discounted prices. Dec. 5-6. 6-9 pm, 9 am-noon. Hollingbery Fieldhouse, WSU. Bring items to the venue on Dec. 4 between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. $3 Saturday, $1 Sunday, under 12 free

Spokane Bike Swap and Expo

This swap goes beyond the buying and selling of bikes. Stop by and check out bicycle classes, an auction and lots of giveaways. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Centennial Trail to help with trail maintenance and improvements. April 9-10. 9 am-3 pm. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Bring items on April 8. $5 entry, free under 12

Spokane Nordic Ski Association Online Gear Swap

For an ongoing selection of local ski gear, head to the Internet. Buy, sell or post wanted ads on this (primarily nordic) ski equipment trading site. Ongoing. Online. Email your listing and a photo to Free

NRS Community Gear Swap

NRS is the place to look for all kinds of used paddlesports gear. Based in Moscow, Idaho, most of the items listed are located in Northwest. Ongoing. Online. Create an online account and post items. Free

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