Vail’s annual Ski Swap ‘a huge deal’
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Maybe it’s all the jackets and snow pants hanging everywhere, or maybe it’s just a feeling that winter is just around the corner, but something about Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s annual Swap makes 12-year-old Paul Cuthbertson feel warm inside.
The upcoming season at Vail is going to be “epic,” Paul said.
“They’re blowing tons of snow at Golden Peak and we’re going to be skiing there next week,” he said, referring to Ski Club Vail’s training sessions that begin Tuesday.
The Club is hosting its 41st annual Ski and Snowboard Swap today and Saturday at the Dobson Ice Arena, where new and gently used clothing and gear will be on sale to raise money for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. There will be more than 20,000 different items to choose from during the two-day event.
Volunteer and Ski Club Vail parent Mindy Brill-Mauro said the event has become a tradition around the valley.
“I think it’s an amazing way to get everyone excited for the upcoming season,” she said. “It’s a great kickoff.”
Volunteers were working hard Thursday afternoon as people brought in items to sell at the swap.
While many of the items are new, members of the public bring in everything from skis to boots to clothing to sell. Some people donate their items to the swap and allow the Ski Club Vail to keep all of the proceeds, while others pay a fee to the Ski Club Vail in order to sell their gear and keep a portion of the proceeds.
Euginnia Manseau, a Ski and Snowboard Club Vail staff member and the swap’s six-year manager, said the event is one of the most important fundraisers the club hosts all year.
“We try to keep the costs down for our athletes,” Manseau said.
Nigel Cooper, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s program development director, gives a lot of credit to more than 300 volunteers who help put the event on each year.
“Their volunteer efforts really allow us to make the money,” Cooper said.
Volunteers were accepting gear Thursday and organizing the floor at the Dobson Ice Arena, which was only about a quarter of the way full by about 5:30 p.m.
Brill-Mauro said by Friday afternoon, everything will be organized and ready to sell.
“There are people volunteering who have no ties to ski racing,” Brill-Mauro said. “It’s so impressive how everyone comes together to create this event.”
Cooper said the event helps offer subsidies to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail families who need financial assistance. It also helps pay for a lot of important costs the club incurs each season.
“It’s really part of a dream,” Cooper said. “It’s a huge deal for us.”
Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.