Last year was a tough one for ski swaps. Many were canceled because of Covid-19. (Take a look at last year’s list and you’ll see what I mean; it was pretty short.) I don’t know about you, but I really missed them. I’d always enjoyed prowling the racks, searching for a hidden gem at a bargain price.

This year the news is better. Many of the swaps are coming back, so we can once again look forward to going on a pre-season treasure hunt. Does that mean things are returning to normal? Well…..sort of. The Delta variant is surging, so who knows. Things could change at a moment’s notice. In the meantime, you might want to do two things:

• First, check to make sure that the swap you’re going to is indeed taking place. You never know; if things get bad, it could be cancelled.

• And second, find out if there are any entry requirements, such as proof of vaccination or masks. This is becoming more and more common at public events, so it pays to be prepared.

So here we go: the list of ski swaps for ’21/’22. If you know of any that are planned and not on the list, post ’em in the comments section and I’ll work them in.

NORTHEAST:

Oct 1-3: Pico Ski Swap, Killington, VT
Oct 7-11: Wachusett Mountain Ski Swap, Wachusett, MA
Oct 8-9: Colchester Ski Swap, Colchester, VT
Oct 8-10: Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Swap, St. Michael’s College, VT
Oct 8-10: Killington Ski Club Ski Swap, Killington, VT
Oct 8-10: Greek Peak Ski Swap, Cortland, NY
Oct 9-10: Waterville Valley Ski Swap, Waterville Valley, NH
Oct 9-11: Happy Tunes Ski Swap, Sugarloaf, ME
Oct 9-11: Suburban Ski Swap, Berlin, CT
Oct 31: Burke Town School Ski Swap, Burke, VT
Oct 31-Nov 4: Cochrane’s Ski &Ride Sale, Richmond, VT
Nov 5-6: Gunstock Ski Club Swap, Gilford, NH
Nov 12-13: Eastern Slope Ski Club, North Conway, NH
Nov 12-14: Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap, New Hartford, CT
Nov 13: Sunapee Ski Club Swap, Mount Sunapee, NH
Nov 19-21: Okemo Mountain School Ski Swap, Ludlow, VT
Nov 27: Down East Ski Club Ski Swap, Portland, ME

MID ATLANTIC:

Oct 13-16: Buckman’s Tent & Ski Swap, All stores, PA
Oct 16-17: Frederick Ski Swap, Frederick, MD
Oct 16-17: Ski Tunes & Lancaster Ski Club Swap, Columbia, PA
Oct 24: Ski Center LTD Ski Swap, Gaithersburg, MD
Now through Nov 8: Pelican Ski Shops, various stores throughout NJ and PA
Nov 13: Baltimore Ski Swap, Baltimore, MD
Nov 13: Sparta Ski Team Swap, Sparta, NJ

SOUTHEAST:

Oct 15-24: Appalachian Ski Mountain Swap, Blowing Rock, NC
Nov 4-7: Freestyle Ski Swap, Charlottesville, VA

MIDWEST:

Sept 24-26: Buck Hills Ski Swap, Burnsville, MN
Sept 24-26: Windy City Ski & Snowboard Swap, Shaumburg, IL
Oct 2-3: Wild Mountain Open House & Swap, Wild Mountain, MN
Oct 16: Little Switzerland Ski Swap, Slinger, WI
Oct 28-29: Pine Knob Ski Swap, Clarkston, MI
Oct 29-30: Forest Lake Ski Swap, Forest Lake, MN
Nov 13-14: Pioneer Midwest Ski Swap, Osseo, MN

WEST:

Oct 1-3: University of Nevada Ski Swap, Reno, NV
Oct 2-3: Kallispell Ski Swap,  Kallispell, MT
Oct 2-3: Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Ski & Snowboard Swap, Snowbird, UT
Oct 8-10: Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap, Vail, CO
Oct 15-17: Casper Mountain Racers Ski Swap, Casper, WY
Oct 16: Jackson Hole Ski Club Swap, Jackson, WY
Oct 22-24: New Mexico Ski Swap, Albuquerque, NM
Nov 6: Truckee Donner Ski Swap, Truckee, CA
Nov 6-7: Bridger Foundation Ski Swap, Bozeman, MT
Nov 13-14 and Nov 20-21: Helm of Sun Valley’s Ski Swap, San Mateo, CA

PACIFIC NORTHWEST:

Oct 8-9: Skyliners Winter Sports Swap, Bend, OR
Oct 9: Lake Oswego Ski Swap, Lake Oswego, OR
Oct 14-17: Coravallis Ski Swap,  Coravallis, OR
Oct 21-24: Eugene Ski Swap, Eugene, OR
Oct 14-16: Komo Kulshan Ski Club, Bellingham, WA
Nov 5-7: Bogus Basin Ski Swap, Boise, ID
Nov 6: Idaho State Ski Swap, Pocatello, ID
Nov 6: Lookout Pass & Silver Mountain Ski Swap, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Nov 12-13: Newport Ski Swap, Bellevue, WA

CANADA

Oct 22-24: Canada’s Largest Ski & Snowboard Swap, Toronto, ON
Oct 22-24: Calgary Ski Swap and Sale, Calgary, AB