Alpine Quest Sports to host AT, tele gear swap this weekend
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What: Backcountry ski swap.
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9; Saturday, Oct 10; and Sunday, Oct. 11; equipment drop-off is Friday, Oct. 9.
Where: Alpine Quest Sports, 4510 U.S. Highway 6, Edwards.
Cost: Admission is free.
More information: Call 970-926-3867.
EDWARDS — Alpine Quest Sports is hosting its inaugural backcountry ski swap this weekend, Friday through Sunday. The swap will include skis, boots and bindings for alpine touring, telemark and splitboarding, as well as last year’s new gear at closeout pricing.
“We have seen a huge increase in demand for this equipment in the used market and wanted to give customers an outlet to buy and sell used AT and tele gear that isn’t currently available locally,” said Sean Glackin, owner of Alpine Quest.
Consigned gear will be accepted Friday during business hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your used gear to the store, check it in and employees will hawk the goods throughout the weekend, so swappers don’t have to stick around to make the sales.
“If we don’t sell it, they pick it up on Sunday,” Glackin said. “If we do sell it, they have two options: If they want store credit, we do not take a commission at all; they are going to keep it in house and buy some skis or buy a kayak next summer. If they want cash, we take 30 percent.”
The swap is limited to strictly alpine touring, telemark and splitboarding skis, boots and bindings. Downhill equipment and other accessories will not be accepted. Glackin said other events, such as the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Ski Swap at Dobson in a few weeks, handle most of the alpine stuff, so there’s no need to include it.
“The gear that we specialize in is AT, tele and splitboarding; we don’t do any straight downhill skis, so we’re staying focused on what our area of expertise is,” he said. “We’re kind of sticking with what we know best and where we feel the feedback from customers has come over the past few years. There isn’t a good way to get a bunch of that specific gear together in one spot.”
Glackin will have extra staff on hand for the swap, and though it’s not the store’s gear, the employees have a good handle on most of what comes around in the market.
“We’ll have people here to guide you through the process,” he said. “You can expect the same service buying used equipment as you would if you were in there buying new stuff. That’ll be another plus to a swap like this. You aren’t walking into somewhere purchasing something blind, not sure if you’re getting the right thing.
“We can tell you the pros and cons of the equipment in front of you, and you’ll walk out with the stuff that’s best suited for you.”
Alpine Quest has been hosting spring and fall swaps for paddling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for 15-plus years, and Glackin said they figured it was a good time to get into the winter side of things. He said buying used gear is a great way for people to get into a sport, and having the swap at the store allows them a resource for advice to make sure they are getting the right equipment.
“People are excited,” he said. “The phone has been ringing off the hook saying people have heard about it, and everyone that we’ve been hearing from is saying it’s such a great idea and they think it’ll be huge and it’s great that we’re doing it.
“We’re focusing on getting people geared up and psyched for the season.”
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