This weekend, there are two gear swaps in the area. First, October 19-21, is the OVST Ski Swap at Legacy Event Center in Farmington, UT, and then a smaller Gear Swap at 2nd Tracks in Ogden on October 22. These are an excellent way to gear up your growing kids for the up and coming season!
However, sometimes ski swaps are stressful for parents! Here are our quick tips and things to know, before you hit the swap with your family:
This sounds basic, but I have shown up at a ski swap just looking for skis, only to get home and realize my youngest needed new boots as well! Have your kids try on their old boots, check their ski length, put on helmets and any clothing from past seasons before you head to the swap! Then make a list of what you need.
Also, write down the past season’s size and/or length so that you have information to work with when you are digging through piles of gear.
A quick rules of thumb is that the tips of your child’s skis should be between their chin and nose. However, really young children or beginners can have skis as short as chest height.
Shorter skis will be easier to maneuver and control. While longer skis should be reserved for more aggressive skiers or people who are heavier than normal for their height.
For children, I don’t worry about them being too short but don’t get them too long thinking they will last longer! Anything over their forehead could lead to a lot of frustration this winter!
When it comes to sizing a child’s ski boot, it is super tricky to know what fits correctly. Before I head to a swap, I pull up a general size guide, measure my child’s foot (generally in cm), and get a baseline for what sizes I am looking for. Here is a chart I’ve used: https://www.levelninesports.com/ski-boot-sizing
A kid’s ski boot shouldn’t be too small, which can lead to painful, cold feet. On the other hand, boots that are too large can also limits their control of the ski.
Here is my process: (via KidProject.org)
At home, take a soft measuring tape and wrap it around your/their head about 1 inch above the eyebrows and ears. Measure in centimeters! For example, if you measure and it is 56 cm, you will likely wear a Medium (55-58cm) depending on the helmet’s size scale.
Don’t have a soft tape measure? Take a piece of string and wrap it around your head and then measure the string.
When you find a helmet, try it on. It should fit snugly, without much extra room, but not so tight it is squeezing the head. Do a shake test to make sure it does not move around on the head. Wear the helmet for a little bit to make sure it remains comfortable as it will likely be worn all day while skiing.
Thursday, Oct 19 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission $10 (16 and under Free)
Friday, Oct 20 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission $5 (16 and under free)
Saturday, Oct 21 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission $2 (16 and under free)
Equipment Check-In and Pickup
Sell your equipment at the Ski Swap!*
Check-in Thursday 11AM-9PM
AT LEGACY EVENT CENTER
Check-In Friday 10:00AM to 4:00PM
AT LEGACY EVENT CENTER
3:00-6:30 pm at LEGACY EVENT CENTER