Snowstar Winter Sports to host ski swap next weekend

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 28, 2009 12:18 pm

Snowstar Winter Sports Park,9500 126th St. W., Andalusia, and the Snowstar Ski Patrol bring you the annual Ski and Snowboard Swap from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 7. Shops have promised to fill the lodge with equipment selection and great deals. This will truly be the biggest selection ever. For those that have never been to a swap, picture it as a large Ski & Snowboard Tag Sale. The event will be held this year as a fund raiser for the non-profit Ski Patrol group that operates in cooperation with Snowstar. Funds are used to support the on going education of the Snowstar Ski Patrol.

The event gives skiers and snowboarders a chance to buy, or sell, new or gently used equipment. The event is free and open to the public. The cost to the seller is one dollar per item with 10% of the sale price going to the Snowstar Ski Patrol. For the best selection, sellers and shoppers should arrive early.

The Snowstar Ski Patrol consists of over 40 dedicated volunteers providing on-hill safety and off-hill education at Snowstar. They are members of the National Ski Patrol system. The National Ski Patrol (NSP) was founded in 1938, and has evolved into one of the largest outdoor-winter rescue organizations in the world. The NSP membership provided countless years of service and devotion to the skiing community by providing safety education, emergency care, and rescue services.

Snowstar Winter Sports Park has been serving Illinois since 1981. There are six lifts serving 14 runs, including numerous terrain features, and a snow tubing park on 28 acres. The ski season runs December through March, weather and skier traffic permitting. The resort is nestled in Coal Creek Valley above the Mississippi River, only ten minutes from the Quad Cities just off IL RT 92 in Andalusia.