Ski Swap Tommorow
The family and I have decided to give cross country skiing a shot this year and I noticed that there is a swap tomorrow. Is it worth going to, to buy gear for the family or am I better off buying new as I really don't know what I'm looking for? Here is the add below.
The Alaska Anchorage ski team and the Alyeska Ski & Snowboard club will host the annual Ski Swap & Expo Oct. 18-19 at West High School.
Alaska's oldest and largest winter sports event, the swap will begin at 9 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 18 with the equipment check-in, and end at 5 p.m. Gear sales will commence at noon and run until 5 p.m. Check-in will resume Sunday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Gear sales Sunday are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
never been , but have heard good things. go early if you can. i hear it can be a zoo. good luck.
There may be some people there to help you figure out what you need, but often the best gear and best deals are scooped up fast by those who know what they're looking for. Generally the line starts forming at this particular swap at least an hour ahead of time, and by the opening bell there are usually well over 100 people in line. There are great deals to be had, but it's a mad rush at first.
It wouldn't hurt to go a little later and see what is left if you can find someone to point you in the right direction. More important than a good deal, though, is finding the correct gear. That can be the difference between you enjoying the sport and hating it. Better to get good advice before you lay your money down.
If you don't go or don't find what you want, think about 2nd hand sports (or Brian what is that name of that place? Near chilchoots.) I got my first pair there and was very satisfied and liked them. My only mistake was not getting better boots. For beginners Skis are skis, but good boots are GREAT!!
Also don't be scared away from wax skis. I thought they were complicated and hard to deal with. While I might be doing things wrong I find they are a lot easier than I would have expected. Here are my two cents on the difference between waxless and wax.
Wasless are very easy, and climb hills like mad. They also don't get snow clumps if you have the wrong wax.
Wax skis are not as good at climbing unless you have the right wax for the temp, but the seem to glide better and go downhill faster.
Enjoy getting out and having fun in the snow!!!