Golden’s ski swap is back after a brief hiatus, with the Golden Food Bank and Protect Our Winters (POW) Golden bringing back the tradition.
While the swap will look a little different this year due to COVID protocols, POW and the food bank say that they’re looking to promote sustainability within the ski industry and mountain culture.
“That’s where it fits in with environmentalism and the merging of those two goals of sustainability and community; that’s right where POW Golden wants to fill a gap,” said Emilie Grenier, one of the lead coordinators with POW Golden.
“I think a lot of people have shifted to selling a lot of gear online, and hopefully people will see the relevance of shifting to selling their gear at this kind of swap instead of online and keep that community.”
While it fits in well with POW’s mandate, BLAnk says they aren’t in need of much funding, which is where the food bank steps in.
All proceeds and funds will be going towards the food bank, who have been expanding their reach in the community over the last year.
“We asked around which organizations would like to partner on this and the Golden Food Bank stepped up and wanted to co-coordinate this with us,” said Grenier.
“They’ve taken the lead on a lot of the initiatives and organization of the event, and we’re providing support where it’s needed, with volunteers day of, helping with management and stuff on the back end,” said Eric Larocque, coordinator with the food bank.
“The food bank has a lot of connections within the community to help spread awareness and boost the event up.”
Those who are looking to participate will need to show proof of vaccination, in compliance with the provincial regulations.
Gear drop off will be on Nov. 5, with the sale taking place on Nov. 6, from 12 to 5 p.m., at the Rec Plex.
Organizers say it will look different than in years past, as only a certain amount of people will be allowed indoors at a time, so be prepared to wait.
It will also be a cash only event.
Entrance fee is a donation to the Golden Food Bank.
“Our goal is to make it as safe and fun as possible,” said Larocque.
“It’ll be a different kind of experience due to the nature of everything, and people’s patience is appreciated,” he added.
Questions about the event can be directed to email@example.com.
More information is available on the event website at protectourwinters.ca/goldenskiswap.