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Ski-Swap Season 

Published September 24, 2015 at 1:34 p.m.

click to enlarge South Burlington High School's Ski Swap
  • South Burlington High School's Ski Swap
The ski-swap season kicks off this weekend with the South Burlington High School Ski Swap from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. Below, SBHS Alpine Ski Coach Al Dworshak offers tips to help families get the most out of the swaps.

  • Get out all of last year's equipment and try it on. What still fits? What can be handed down to siblings? What is in poor condition? Make a list of things you need before visiting a swap. 

  • Arrive at the sale early for the best selection. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, the afternoon is a great time to come.

  • When looking for skis, check them over from top to bottom. If the bases or edges have minor scratches, they can easily be repaired. If there are any gouges, or the core of the ski is showing (it's usually a different color than the base), they can still be repaired but it will be more costly. Make sure there is no delamination along the sides of the skis where the layers of metal, fiberglass and wood come together. Next, hold the skis together and look down at them from the tip, then look at them from the tail, to make sure they are symmetrical. Is the binding solidly attached to the skis? Make sure there is no rattling.            

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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