An annual volunteer-run event is swinging back into town.
The Barrie Ski Swap begins Friday afternoon, with public receiving starting at 1:00.
“Skiing can be relatively expensive to get into,” says Barrie Ski Swap’s Vesa Heino, “so if you can get your equipment at sort of a swap rate, then if you really do like it then, of course, you can invest in bigger, better equipment later on. You’re not emptying your wallet.”
New to this year’s Swap, a program called Let It Ride. Bring your gear to the swap on Friday or Saturday, pay a registration fee per item, and the equipment will travel to up to five swaps until it sells. You’ll get a cheque mailed to you, minus commission.
This marks more than 25 years that the swap has been on the go, while Heino attributes the success to the volunteer ski patrollers behind the event. “It’s absolutely run by volunteer ski patrollers within the Barrie district area,” added Heino, “The patrollers have all contributed so much to the area, that we get so much support back from the area.
The Swap runs until Sunday afternoon at the Bradford Greenhouse Garden Gallery on Highway 90 just outside of Barrie.