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Skiers swap gear before hitting the slopes

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Winter weather gear can be expensive, especially if you buy it new every year. But you could save some green by swapping your stuff instead.

The annual ski swap is a fundraiser for some local groups. And whether you're in the market for new gear or just looking to get rid of some that's gathering dust, the swap is the place for you.

"I'm an old man now, don't worry about it," said Jim Adams, "but I still do a bit of skiing."

Jim's skis are safe at his house so on Friday night, he was swapping skis as a favor for one of his friends.

"Rather than throw them in the garbage or burn them up, they want them to use them," said Adams.

People lined up with their gear, hoping that by tomorrow, they'd be taking home a check instead of their old equipment.

"This is a good opportunity to get something, try it and if you like it and you know you want to upgrade then you know exactly what you want," said Jeanne Alexejun of the Nordic Ski Club.

The event organizers said it's good for all ages, but especially for people who have kids.

"We're selling these because we have to buy bigger ones and all that stuff," said Tyler Lemke. "They were getting too small for me."

"Children are expensive because they're constantly growing and sizes change," said Rib Mountain Ski Club President, Andy Schmidt. "You bring in last years equipment and get some new equipment for this year. Next year you bring it back, sell, and get some upgraded equipment."

And there are many options to choose from. People brought all kinds of gear, from boots and jackets to snowboards and skis. And you can decide whether you want something new or just new to you.

"Good skis are very expensive and these are good skis," said Adams. "They can get them very reasonable, very cheap."

The organizers have a few rules: no straight skis, no boots that are more than 12 years old and no 3-pin bindings. You can still drop off equipment at Marathon Park on Saturday starting at 7:30 AM. The sale starts at 11 AM and goes until 4:30 PM.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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