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Pocatello Ski Swap is back to raise money for local ski groups

The Pocatello Ski Swap is back. This year, the swap will run one less day. It will run from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29.

Thursday was set up for early bird check-in, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Pocatello Ski Swap is where people can buy or sell equipment at bargain prices.

As long as the equipment is not out-dated or in bad shape, people can bring it to the ski swap. It has everything from helmets and clothing to skis and boots, and even cross country equipment.

Those that sell gear give 20% to the Ski Swap as part of its fundraiser. The fundraiser is for the Pocatello Ski Association, Pebble Ski Patrol, Pebble Creek Junior Race Team and the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW-HOG.)

The C-W HOG group offers those with disabilities the chance to ski. It helps provide them with equipment and training. One of the ski swap directors said it’s a lot of work, but it’s all for a good cause.

“Sometimes the fundraising that goes along with this, and putting it together, is kind of a difficult time, but when we get up to the mountain and we get to ski with kids and adults who think that they couldn’t ever go skiing in their life, yeah it’s absolutely worth it,” said Bob Ellis, one of the Ski Swap directors.

Ellis said each year, on average, the ski swap raises about $3,000 for each of those groups. The cost to get in is $10 Thursday night and $2 on Friday and Saturday.

The Ski Swap runs Thursday from 5-6 p.m., Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ISU’s Ballroom at the Pond Student Union Building.

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