Twin Cities snowboarders have already had the chance to shop at some ski/snowboard swaps, but if you’ve missed them, don’t worry. There’s still time to visit a few more.
Afton Alps will have a swap that runs from Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, and then again from Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. It will have free hayrides, and if you want to see one of the hills from a different vantage point, take a free ride on a chair lift and scout out the variations in the terrain.
Wild Mountain will have its 38th annual equipment swap on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6. The weekend will also feature a “log jam” if you’d like to warm up your freestyle skills. You can also drop onto an air bag similar to the ones that top competitors use for their training.
Trollhaugen, a few miles away from Wild Mountain, in Wisconsin, will have its swap Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7. Troll’s layout is a bit different from that of the other ski areas near the Twin Cities, so if you haven’t been there, it may be worth making a trip there just to check it out.
There will be swap at Hyland Hills on the weekend of Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. As is the case with many swaps, this one will benefit a youth league.
Welch Village will have a swap on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27.
Being at a swap is no substitute for securing your bindings and pointing your snowboard down the hill. Even so, milling around equipment along with people who share an interest in the sport is a good way to start the coming season.