- What is the Ski Swap?
The annual Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap is the region’s largest winter sports equipment and clothing event featuring thousands of new and used winter sports items being sold by individuals and area sports stores. Equipment, clothing, & accessories for all winter sports are available, including nordic & alpine skiing and snowboarding.
- When is it?
Public Gear Registration Friday, October 29th – 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Shop Swap Saturday, October 30th – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Shop Swap Sunday, October 31st – 9:00am to Noon
Pickup Checks & Unsold Equipment Sunday, October 31st – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Where does the Swap take place?
The Spokane Fair & Expo Center (Fairgrounds), at 404 N Havana St, Spokane WA
- Why should I come to the Swap?
For the best selection and buys on winter sports equipment. The annual event is legendary and has come to symbolize the kick-off to the winter season in the Inland Northwest. The Swap is the primary source of funding for the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol for operations, purchase of medical and first aid supplies, rescue equipment, and training materials. The Swap is an annual tradition now 56 years running.
- How can I sell my equipment at the Swap?
Register items for sale on Friday, 3pm to 8pm. A 50 cent fee will be charged for each item registered, plus 20% of the sale price when it sells. Bring your items to the Fairgrounds, north side entrance, clean and in good condition. All ski bindings must abide by current DIN requirements (made after 1990) or they must be removed. All winter sports items are welcome. Pick up payment or unsold equipment Sunday, 2pm to 4pm.
- Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, the Swap accepts cash, checks, and credit & debit cards.
- Can I get any discounts?
Shop on Sunday to receive 25% off specially marked items.
- Is there an admission fee?
Admission is $5 at the door. Children 12 & under are admitted FREE, brought to you by the over 130 volunteers that make up the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol, a volunteer, non-profit organization. We accept cash and credit or debit cards at the door.
- How can I contact you for more information?
You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 535-0102. Visit us on Facebook to stay connected to the latest info and you can also send us a message on Facebook.
- How many items are available at the Swap?
It is anticipated that over 22,000 items will change hands at this year’s Swap.
- What kind of equipment is available?
About half of the equipment is alpine (downhill) ski related – including boots, poles, bindings, skis, gloves, clothing, and accessories. The selection of cross country and telemark equipment is expected to increase again this year. The amount of snowboarding equipment continues to grow as boarding popularity has increased – with thousands of new and used boards and boots available. Equipment and clothing is available for all sizes and ages. Children’s gear and clothing is the fastest to go, so for best selection, arrive early on Saturday.
- Where does the equipment come from?
Approximately 30% of the gear is brought to the Swap by individuals. 70% is from over 20 retail shops in the region that bring both new and used equipment.
- What else is available?
Area winter sports organizations, ski areas and businesses set up booths at the Swap. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park will be at the Swap selling season passes and taking pass photos.
- How many people will attend?
Organizers expect attendance to exceed 6,000.
- Are there experts to help educate? What if I’m a beginner?
In addition to over 150 experienced members of the Ski Patrol, representatives from retail shops will be on hand to answer questions, help fit boots, and provide advice and recommendations.
- How do I price my equipment for sale?
Representatives from the Ski Patrol will be on hand as you register your equipment and will provide you with valuation guidance based on past swap events.
- What percentage of the sale price is returned to the seller? How do I collect my money?
20% commission of each sale is retained by the Swap. The balance is returned to the seller. Checks are issued and available for pick up on Sunday afternoon after 2:00pm.
- What if I forget to pick up my unsold gear or check?
If checks or items are not picked up on Sunday by 4:00pm, they will be considered a donation to the MSSP.
- How can I help out at the Swap?
The Swap relies on many volunteers to run smoothly and efficiently. If you are interested in donating your time, in return for early shopping on Friday night, please register for shifts here.
- How many years has this been going on?
This is the 56th Annual Ski Patrol Ski Swap, a tradition that was started and is managed by the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol.
- Where does the money go?
Money generated by the Swap is used to offset costs for operation of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol – including facilities overhead, first aid and medical supplies, training costs, and administrative functions. The MSSP is a non-profit volunteer organization.
- How can I get my business involved with the Swap?
For sponsorship options, please contact us at email@example.com.
- I’d like to have a booth at the Swap.
We continue to welcome booths & exhibits from businesses interested in participating in the Ski Swap. The Swap is the traditional kick-off weekend for ski season in the Inland Northwest and generates extensive publicity throughout the region on television, radio, in print, and on the web. On average the Swap brings in more than 6,000 shoppers during the three-day sales event. Booth space is priced at $500 per booth and companies or individuals interested in exhibiting their products or services should send a brief description via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tell me more about the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol.
The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol is committed to skier safety and education, and to providing the finest first aid care to the guests of Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park. Look for one of the red jackets wherever you slide. MSSP is one of the largest all-volunteer ski patrols in the country and also one of the first, being formed in 1938. Our patrollers are trained to the highest standards set by the National Ski Patrol System. Each patroller must undergo over 120 hours of classroom, hands-on, and on-the-hill training all season long. The MSSP has alpine and telemark skiers, snowboarders, student patrollers, and non-skiers, plus a nordic patrol for the State Park nordic area. The MSSP is an all-volunteer group, and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is fully funded by the funds raised through the annual Ski Swap, and your donations. See more About Us or visit http://www.mssp.org.
- How long has MSSP been around?
The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol was founded in 1938. Today it consists of more than 150 volunteer patrollers that are present on the mountain each day and night during the season.
- Is it part of the NSP? How long have these patrollers been patrolling?
Yes, the MSSP is an affiliated member of the National Ski Patrol. A number of patrollers have been at Mt. Spokane for over 25 years.
- How can I become a patroller?
Candidate patrollers undergo a 12-week, 90 hour class in Outdoor Emergency Care and an additional 6-weekend “on-the-hill” training program in the early fall and winter. All patrol members undergo an annual 16-hour refresher program each fall. The certification program follows the National Ski Patrol standards. Potential candidates are recruited in the early spring, starting with an on-snow ski/ride evaluation. Training has already begun for the coming season. Contact us for more information, or look for the flyers on the mountain in February announcing the next round of recruitment.
- Where do I find the MSSP at the mountain?
The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol can be located in the peaked building due east of the main lodge at Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park. Learn more about the MSSP or visit the website at www.mssp.org.
- Where can I get information about Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park?
Visit Mt. Spokane’s website at www.mtspokane.com, or call the business line at (509) 238-2220.
- Are season passes available at the Swap?
Yes, you can get your photo taken and pick up your pass at the Swap to completely avoid lines on the mountain all together. Please bring photo ID. Season pass prices increase November 1, so if you haven’t purchased, be sure to do so at the Swap. Mt. Spokane will also be at REI on weekends in October processing season passes.
- Is there a terrain park at Mt. Spokane?
Yes, and it’s consistently voted one of the Best Terrain Parks in the Inland Northwest, including Best Place To Ski and Best Place To Snowboard by readers of The Inlander.
- What about cross-country skiing?
Yes. Mt. Spokane State Park includes more than 60km of groomed nordic trails. Learn more about the Nordic area, or view the nordic snow report.
- How much is a lift ticket?
Click here for full information on daily lift tickets, ticket packages, and discounts & deals.
- Is there a ski school so I can learn to use the new equipment I plan on buying?
Yes, see Lesson Information or call (509) 238-2220 x215.
- Is it snowing on the mountain yet?
Check the webcams and snow report for current weather conditions on the mountain.