North Tahoe Ski Swap a bevy of bargains supporting worthwhile programs at North Tahoe High and North Tahoe School |

North Tahoe Ski Swap a bevy of bargains supporting worthwhile programs at North Tahoe High and North Tahoe School

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Celebrating its 48th consecutive year the North Tahoe Ski Swap is slated for Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at North Tahoe High School gymnasium in Tahoe City. This beloved annual local event heralds the beginning of the much anticipated winter snow and snowboard season.

Offering a dizzying variety of snow sports equipment and clothing, this yearand#8217;s event will not disappoint the masses who enjoy getting a great deal, while supporting worthwhile programs at North Tahoe High School and North Tahoe School.

and#8220;We feel that we are still the best place to get your winter shopping done,and#8221; explains Dee Driller, event director. and#8220;However, this year we are also offering a venue for folks to get the best deals on all sorts of recreational items like water sports, in-line skates, bikes and more.and#8221;

The event began almost five decades ago as a glorified garage sale to benefit a Tahoe Community Nursery School. As interest grew, the sale later moved to more spacious digs including the high school gymnasium and Alpine Meadows. Now the swap is under the auspices of North Tahoeand#8217;s public high school and middle school and will again be held in the North Tahoe High School gymnasium.

and#8220;A percentage of each sale goes to the student fund accounts,and#8221; said Driller, adding proceeds from a fantastic raffle will also benefit the schools. and#8220;Many of the classes use the money for field trips like Catalina or school events and equipment.and#8221;

Mega-bargain shoppers who want to beat the crowds should consider signing up as a volunteer. Positions are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Best of all, volunteers get to pre-shop at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 before the swap opens.

Admission to the Saturday, Oct. 23 North Tahoe Ski Swap is $1. Additionally, students will be selling raffling tickets for awesome prizes including ski passes, dining gift certificates and much more.

Interested in selling some equipment at the swap? Friday, Oct. 22, public sellers are asked to register equipment at the middle school gymnasium entrance, 3- 9 p.m. Merchant sellers are asked to register equipment Friday, Oct. 22, 2-9 p.m. and check out after the event Saturday afternoon. Public payout and unsold item pickup is Sunday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Items left after 1 p.m. are considered donations.

For more information or to volunteer call 530-581-7050, ext. 4344.

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For those who have never been to a North Tahoe Ski Swap, here are some veteran swap shoppersand#8217; tips for novices:

and#8226; Volunteer for the event and youand#8217;ll get to pre-shop at 7 a.m. Saturday.

and#8226; Get there early for the best selection and while waiting in line buy raffle tickets from students.

and#8226; The night before figure out your equipment/clothing wish list. With more than 17,000 items (imagine racks upon racks of skis and bleachers stacked with ski boots) youand#8217;ll want to focus on your top priorities and then move on to the I-didnand#8217;t-know-I-needed-it-but-now-I-canand#8217;t-live-without-it items.

and#8226; Shop for great deals on items such as poles, helmets bindings and ski clothing for the entire family.

and#8226; Do your research ahead of time. Check out ski websites that rated last yearand#8217;s best equipment or ask knowledgeable ski/rider geeks who can offer tips. Once at the swap you can zero in on your dream equipment.

and#8226; Think stocking stuffers! Everyone needs more ski socks and there are hundreds of wonderful hats and gloves to score as well.

and#8226; For ease of shopping, leave your heavy coat in the car and tuck your wallet in your pocket.

and#8226; Take time to say hi to old friends and ski buddies, conjecture about the winter forecast and get psyched for the season ahead!

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