Annual Ski Swap is next weekend in Great Falls

The Great Falls Ski and Board Club is hosting the annual Ski and Board Swap Oct. 18-19 at the Trades and Industries Building at Montana Expo Park.

“There’s no better place to get everything you need for the ski and snowboard season and take in your used gear that’s stashed in the garage,” according to Andy Ferrin, club president.

You can bring in your equipment between noon and 9 p.m. on Friday or between 9-10 a.m. on Saturday.

The sale to the public is Friday 5-9 p.m. and Saturday 9-3 p.m.

Admission is free.

Goods at the swap include consigned equipment such as skis, boards, boots, poles and clothing.

The swap also includes new and used equipment from out-of-state vendors; cross county gear; helmets, gloves, goggles, bindings, ski boots at more.

The swap is a major fundraiser for the Ski and Board Club.

For questions call Bill at 406-899-6825, visit greatfallsskiclub.com or find the club on Facebook at Great Falls Ski and Board Club.

The ski club dates back to 1936 when a few skiers pioneered up Kings Hill Pass and established a small ski area on Porphry Peak, now the top of Showdown, an effort that resulted in the King’s Hill Pass Ski Area.

From that point, they established the Great Falls Ski Club and took ownership of the ski area until George Willett purchased it from the club in 1973 and renamed it Showdown Ski Area.

Anyone can join the club at any point during the year, but the club encourages people to join in September, which is when they have the first general membership meeting of the year. Membership must be purchased by December to maximize the clubs benefits.

Dues are $25, which gives you two free drink tickets at meetings, a light dinner at every other meeting, an annual Christmas dinner and other benefits. The club also hosts an annual semi-formal “Snow Ball” dance.

The club participates in the Highway Cleanup program, donates toward improvements at Showdown and supports skier education.

The club also volunteers to work the famous “Mannequin Jump” contest at Showdown, in which you build a mannequin to launch off a gigantic jump and the mannequin is judged.