Get in Gear

SavvyMom December 21, 2016

That white dust has hit those hills to the west, and our little snow bunnies are keen to carve up the slopes sooner than you think. What do you need? Gear, of course.
Before dropping some serious coin on purchasing new stuff for the kids (that will be outgrown in one season), we’€™ve got some alternative options that are friendlier on the wallet, and can keep up with the kids’€™ improving skill levels.

Swap It
Several ski clubs come together for the annual Calgary New & Used Ski Sale, which runs October 21 to 23, at the Max Bell Arena on Barlow Trail. For a $5 entry fee, you can purchase new and used clothing, and all kinds of equipment for snow sports. With skilled volunteers from the ski clubs to help you make the right selections, you won’€™t leave empty handed. For the best selection, get there on opening day, but be prepared for long wait times as 4000 people attend this sale every year. If you’€™re prepared for a little short-term pain, the payoffs can be handsome. Good to Know: This ski show has strict appraisal policies and will not accept anything that is unsafe, or over a certain vintage. You’€™ll often find demo models and last year’€™s skis from retail stores, ex-rental boots from stores upgrading their stocks and kids’€™ race clubs. Bargain seekers should go on Sunday, as selected items are half-price.

Looking to trade in your old gear? You still have time. Experts will assess and price your items for you starting October 19 at 5:30 pm, then you simply collect your cheque after the show has finished on Sunday.

The first ever Calgary Snow Show is taking place at Calgary Olympic Park November 4 to 6. It will feature the Southern Alberta Ski and Board Swap, and one-stop shopping for all your ski passes from 50 exhibitors. Sunday, November 6, is Family Day with a free pancake breakfast, family skate at the new ice facility, face painting and a jumping castle. Entry is free for children under 11, and $10 for adults. Good to Know: The best bargains are always first to go, so shop on Friday and return for the fun on Sunday. Your pass is valid all weekend.

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