Idaho's mountains are now bathed in the first coating of snow, a big sign of the coming season on the slopes in Idaho. However, snowfall also presages another winter milestone: Boise's annual Ski and Snowboard Swap.
Now in its 62nd year, the annual winter recreationists barterama at Expo Idaho assembles some 20,000 items and is one of the largest in the Northwest, according to organizers.
During the course of three days, shoppers can browse the huge stock of wares, while sales commissions benefit the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, the nonprofit organization that uses the funds to help young skiers train and compete.
But for visitors, it's a chance to score new and used skis, snowboards, cross-country gear, clothing and accessories on the cheap. Tables chock full of boots and bindings, and racks of lightly used boards and skis greet visitors each year.
For skiers and boarders, the swap is a chance to avoid buying new. Many a novice snowboarder or skier has found all the swag necessary to rock the slopes come opening day--which, fingers crossed, will be sooner than later.
Thursday, Nov. 1, sellers can bring items for check-in at the fairgrounds from 3-9 p.m. and again Friday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The published is unleashed to shop starting Friday, 5-10 p.m. and the sale continues through the weekend. Admission Friday is $5, but drops to $3 or FREE with a canned food donation Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. Visit bbsef.org for more info.