Coeur d’Alene plays host to the combined ski swap efforts of the Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain volunteer ski patrols on Saturday, November 1 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 16th annual Winter Swap is an excellent place to pick up new and used ski gear and clothing for the coming season at a serious discount. Items for sale at the swap include skiing equipment, snowboard gear, as well as all types of clothing from jackets and ski pants to gloves, goggles and hats. Winter Swap’s vendor fair will include booths from area ski shops and outdoor retailers and area ski resorts that will be selling passes and taking photos for season passes.

Looking to pick up a little cash for gear from seasons gone by or all that stuff your kids have grown out of? Bring items you want to sell at the swap, from skis, boots, poles, snowboards, and other gear and clothing, to the fairgrounds on Friday, October 31 from 3-8 p.m. All items need to be clean and in good condition. Merchandise is accepted on consignment only, with 25% of the selling price withheld at the time of sale. Tags and registration forms will be available prior to the swap at the Ski Shack in Hayden and Sport’s Creel in the Spokane Valley starting October 14. Only “shaped” alpine skis can be sold at the swap, so you’ll need to find another use for those ancient, old-school skis.

Each paid admission comes with a raffle entry for the grand prize drawing of a season pass to both Lookout and Silver. Admission is $5 and children under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free. Proceeds help fund the all-volunteer ski patrols at both Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain, including patroller training to improve rescue and first aid capabilities on the mountains. More info: Winterswap.org.