Maybe you’ve decided that this is the year you finally learn to ski. Or maybe you’ve been skiing for years and your old equipment could use an upgrade. Whatever your skiing experience or budget, local ski sales and swaps are a chance to sell your used gear and/or buy some new-to-you skis, poles, helmets and whatever else you might need for a price that won’t totally wreck you.
There will also be knowledgeable folks on hand at many of the sales and swaps to help you pick out the right gear for you, which is nice, because all that gear can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the slopes.
So hit a swap, acquire some gear and get ready to have the best winter ever.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 18, Bangor Parks and Recreation Building, 647 Main St., Bangor. pvskiclub.org
New and used alpine skis, Nordic skis, snowboards, boots, poles, apparel and more. Free admission. To sell: Bring in used equipment between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday night.
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 30 and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October31, Gould Academy Field House, Church Street, Bethel. www.bethelouting.org and on Facebook
This sale benefits the local ski club. Equipment bargains abound, but prices are even better on Saturday when ticket prices drop another 50% from the night before.
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 31, Cape Elizabeth Middle School, 14 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. mainehighschoolskiing.com
A mix of new and used ski gear. New gear is provided by Rodger’s Ski and Sport. They’ll have food and drinks. To sell: Drop off gear 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday (October 30).
10 a.m. Saturday, November 7, Allspeed Cyclery & snow, 127 Marginal Way, Portland. On Facebook.com
Second annual Allspeed ski sale, this time at the shop’s new location on Marginal Way. To sell: Bring in your gear, if it sells you get a choice of 100% in-store credit or a check, with a commission going to Allspeed).
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 7, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11A, Gilford, NH. gunstockskiclub.com
Over a million dollars in new inventory inventory and lots of used equipment and apparel, too. Locals ski shops will have staff on hand to answer questions. To sell: Complete the consignment form and drop off equipment Friday night (November 6). http://www.gunstockskiclub.com/skisale
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 7, Mount Blue High School, 129 Seamon Road, Farmington |titcombmountain.com
New and used equipment on sale. Also used FAT bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes. To sell: Drop off equipment from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (November 6). 15% of sale goes to Titcomb.
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 8, Brunswick Recreation Center, 220 Neptune Drive. brunswickme.org
Hundreds of pairs of new and used skis, skates, boot, and recreation equipment. Benefits the Brunswick Recreation Department’s youth programs. To sell: Drop off equipment from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday (November 6) or 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday (November 7).
Saturday, November 15, Gorham Bike and Ski, 693 Congress St., Portland | gorhambike.com
Used and new equipment. To sell: Drop off equipment before sale (check gorhambike.com
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 15, Auburn Middle School, Auburn Middle School, 619 Court St., Auburn. auburnskiassociation.com
You’ll find the basics: skis, boots, poles, snowboards, helmets, some clothing. A portion of the profits go to the ski association, which supports youth skiing programs and adaptive skiing programs. To sell: Drop off equipment from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday (November 14). 50 cent per item charge and ASA keeps 18% of sale proceeds.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 21, Pinnacle Ski Club, 271 Waverly St., Pittsfield | pinnacleskiclub.wordpress.com
To sell: Drop off equipment from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (November 20).
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 21, Yarmouth Elementary School, 121 McCartney St., Yarmouth. mainehighschoolskiing.com
This one is a mix of new and used gear, plus clothing and accessories. According to their flyer, Sporthaus, Rodger’s Ski & Sport, Carter’s XC and Gorham Bike and Ski will be there. To sell: Drop off equipment from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (November 20).
In addition to the basics, find jackets, gear bags, gloves, goggle, cross-country skis and staff from local ski mountains and skiing organizations to answer questions. To sell: Drop off equipment 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (November 27). $1 registration fee per item, 20% commission fee if item is sold.