Skiers set to suit up at Ski Swap

The Red Mountain Racers jump out of the starting gates in anticipation of ski season this weekend with their annual Ski Swap.

The Red Mountain Racers jump out of the starting gates in anticipation of ski season this weekend with their annual Ski Swap.

The Ski Swap goes on Saturday at the Willi Krause Field House in Trail and this year local skiers and ski shops will be selling everything at bargain prices from  gently used gear to brand new equipment, in what is the Racers biggest fundraiser.

Gear check in starts at 8:30 a.m. and experienced volunteers will be on hand to help price the equipment.

Organizer Trish Dyer will also be there accepting registration for the Nancy Greene Ski League.

The league is open to kids ages five to 12 years old who are able to ride Red Chair. The league teaches fundamentals with “fun” being the operative syllable.

“We’ve really ramped up our program,” said Dyer. “Kids will really get a sense of progress over the 10-week program.”

Skiers will be introduced to the basics of skiing, developing agility, balance, coordination, strength and speed in as many different types of snow and terrain as possible. The children also participate in team and individual competition.

“With the introduction of Ski Cross elements to all programs, there will be new challenges and rewards at all levels,” said Phil Patterson head coach for Red Mountain Racers.

For the upcoming season a ski-cross option is also available for skiers over the age of 10.  The program goes Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For those ready to strap on the skis for the Red Moutain Racers, sandhill training goes every Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A fun work out that entails climbing the sandy slope then running downhill through a simulated slalom course.

More information is available at the Ski Swap or contact Dyer at gsl@redmountainracers.com.

The Ski Swap opens its doors to the public at 11 a.m.