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by Natalie Sparacio
WAUSAU (PRESS RELEASE)-- Granite Peak Ski Team will host an alpine ski and snowboard Swap in the Sundance Chalet at Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain State Park on Saturday, September 19th to benefit Central Wisconsin youth ski racing.
The public is invited to drop off used alpine ski and snowboard equipment on September 19th from 8am-11:30am. The swap will be open for shopping from 12-4pm. Participants should return to the event at 5pm to collect payment and pick up un-sold gear.
The swap will feature alpine ski and snowboard equipment for all ages and abilities and will be staffed by Granite Peak Ski Team members, area coaches and racers. 100% of the funds collected will be donated to local race programs including Granite Peak Ski Team, East, West and DC Everest High School Alpine Race teams.
Granite Peak Ski Area offices will be open during the Swap for the purchase of season passes and preparation of pass photos. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
"This swap is a great opportunity to clean out your winter closest, get set for the ski season and support area youth," says Mark Gajewski, President of GPST. "The funds we raise will allow these athletes to train and compete at a level befitting a first class ski town."
Several hundred athletes ages 5 to 17 participate in alpine racing in Central Wisconsin each year. Three Wausau Area high schools currently support alpine teams, but funding for these teams is limited and in jeopardy each season.
"All three area high schools sent teams to the State High School Ski and Snowboard Championships last year. We want to make sure they have funds for the materials they need to meet State criteria and keep Wausau's winning tradition alive," says Gajewski. "The Swap is for everyone though, not just racers. If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, beginner or expert, there will be something here for you and your family."
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