Used ski equipment and clothing swap this weekend
By Sam Kaas
Many intrepid locals will find it hard to feel discouraged by the (all too rapid) return of winter weather – after all, cold means snow, and we have some of the most beautiful mountains in the world right in our backyard. For the skiers and snowboarders of Whatcom County, the perfect season is just beginning.
Just in time to welcome the season of snow comes the Komo Kulshan Ski Swap, happening this coming weekend, October 24 and 25, in the gym at Bloedel Donavon Park in Bellingham. This long-running annual event is put on by the Komo Kulshan Ski Club, which supports the Mt. Baker Race Team, ski instruction, and many youth scholarships.
What is the Komo Kulshan Ski Swap? “It’s ski gear, for sale by the public to the public,” says Steve Work, this year’s organizer. “It’s used gear … it’s gear that has been on retail floors and didn’t sell.”
The ski swap is filled with high quality ski and snowboard equipment – including coats and other soft goods.
The sale will open to the public at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 24 and run into the evening. It will also be open on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For those who have some unused equipment of their own floating around in their garages, the ski swap will be accepting old gear to sell at the Bloedel Donovan gym from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 23.
This gear will be marked and priced, and offered for sale starting on Friday. If it is purchased, the seller will receive 80 percent of the sale price, while 20 percent goes to support KKSC. If it doesn’t sell, it will be available for pick-up starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, at the gym.
The ski swap will also accept donated gear. However, it can’t accept all equipment. Skis that are more than 10 years old, for example, can’t be taken. “About 10 years ago, skis went through a major redesign,” Work says.
Part of this redesign included a switch from straight skis to those with deeper grooves in the sides.
“Without the modern side-cuts,” explains Work, “they’re just not worth trying to sell.”
Other items that the swap cannot accept include rear-entry boots.
he Komo Kulshan Ski Club is a non-profit public charity, and the ski swap is the club’s primary source of income.
The money earned this year will be used to support ski activities and education on Mt. Baker in the coming season.
The ski swap supports many events in the skiing community, and it also harbors a whole county’s worth of used gear.
“It’s a great big community garage sale for ski equipment,” says Work.
More information on the Komo Kulshan Ski Club and the ski swap can be found by visiting www.komokulshanskiclub.org.