Coach Ian Chernencoff (from left)

Coach Ian Chernencoff (from left)

Ski swap all set

The 44th annual Vernon Ski & Snowboard Swap, hosted by the Vernon Ski Club takes place Saturday

An annual tradition gearing North Okanagan residents up for winter is set for Saturday.

The 44th annual Vernon Ski and Snowboard Swap, hosted by the Vernon Ski Club takes place Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

“The Vernon Ski Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year,” said Troy Assaly,  club volunteer. “Helping kids and families enjoy recreational ski racing at Silver Star.”

But before anyone hits the slopes or snowy trails, many are in search of the appropriate gear.

“Contrary to what one might think, there are inexpensive options out there if you know where to shop,” said Assaly. “If you are looking for great deals on alpine ski, snowboard or cross country gear, the annual swap is the place to find it. Boots, clothing and equipment, new and recycled, all at great prices.”

The swap will be overflowing with hundreds of new and used skis, boards, boots, clothing, helmets, poles and bindings for all ages.

Every year the swap brings together up to 15 retailers from throughout the Okanagan, Kootenays and Lower Mainland. They can be expected to bring great deals on new and used gear and clothing.

“If it’s time to retire some of your own clothing or equipment, the Vernon Ski Swap takes your consignment items and sells them for you,” said Assaly.

If you have equipment to sell, bring it to the Vernon Rec Complex on Friday, Oct. 12 between 3:30 and 7 p.m.  Consignment tickets are $2 per item.

Information booths for the Vernon Ski Club, Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports and the Canadian Ski Patrollers will also be on site.

For more information go to www.VernonSkiClub.ca.