It's that magic time of year again, the one skiers and snowboarders across the Treasure Valley mark on their calendars nearly a year in advance.
The Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation's 59th annual Ski Swap will fill Expo Idaho with tens of thousands of pieces of used ski and snowboard equipment and assorted winter gear for a three-day extravaganza of all things winter.
The sale is the foundation's largest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds go to support the ski training programs, making them more affordable for the young riders who participate.
Here's how it works: Those with gear they no longer want bring it to be sold, while those in need of gear at a great deal come to buy said gear. The seller gets 75 percent of the sale price, while the Ski Education Foundation takes a 25 percent commission.
The ski swap welcomes nearly everything snow-sport related, including Alpine, Nordic and snowboarding gear, clothing and assorted equipment. Sellers can drop off sale items Thursday, Nov. 5, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; or Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ensuring a fresh flow of merchandise throughout the event. The swap is open to the public from Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but lines start forming at roughly 3 p.m. on Friday. Organizers promise that the checkout lines at this year's event will be ramped up, thanks to the addition of an automated barcode system. For more details, check out bbsef.org, and happy hunting.