(Toronto Ski & Snowboard Swap. Photo credit: Richard Roth)

We all know that ski gear ain’t cheap. If you have to have the latest and greatest, then sure, there’s no denying that this is true. But there are definitely ways to save, and one of the best is buying second-hand at ski swaps. Swaps are a great way to enjoy new-to-you gear without doing too much damage to your wallet.

You can find ski swaps just about everywhere: ski resorts, ski clubs, high schools, and colleges. Swap season usually starts in the fall, so keep your eyes open; chances are there’s one near you.

To make your search a bit easier, here’s a list of some of the swaps you’ll find in the months ahead. Know of any that aren’t listed? Post ’em in the comments section or contact me at wendy@theskidiva.com, and I’ll put them in.

NORTHEAST:

Sept 30-Oct 2: Pico Ski Swap, Killington, VT
Oct 6-10: Wachusett Mountain Ski Swap, Wachusett, MA
Oct 8-9: Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Swap, St. Michael’s College, VT
Oct 7-9: Killington Ski Club Ski Swap, Killington, VT
Oct 8: Greek Peak Ski Swap, Cortland, NY
Oct 8-9: Waterville Valley Ski Swap, Waterville Valley, NH
Oct 9-11: McAfee Ski Swap, Vernon, NJ
Oct 9-11: Happy Tunes Ski Swap, Sugarloaf, ME
Oct 16: Waitsfield School PTO Ski Swap, Mad River Glen, VT
Nov 4: Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap, New Hartford, CT
Nov 4-5: Gunstock Ski Club Swap, Gilford, NH
Nov 6: Brunswick Parks & Rec Ski Swap, Brunswick, ME
Nov 13: Auburn Ski Association Ski Swap, Lost Valley, Auburn, ME
Nov 13: Sunapee Ski Club Swap, Mount Sunapee, NH
Nov 18-20: Okemo Mountain School Ski Swap, Ludlow, VT
Nov 26: Down East Ski Club Ski Swap, Portland, ME

MID ATLANTIC:

Oct 8-9: Mountainside Ski & Sports Swap, Mechanicsburg, PA
Oct 12-15: Buckman’s Tent & Ski Swap, All stores, PA
Oct 15-16: Frederick Ski & Board Swap, Frederick, MD
Oct 30: Liberty Ski Patrol Ski Swap, Gaithersburg, MD
Nov 5: Baltimore Ski & Board Swap, Baltimore, MD

SOUTHEAST:

Oct 15-24: Appalachian Ski Mountain Swap, Blowing Rock, NC

MIDWEST:

Sept 23-25: Buck Hills Ski Swap, Burnsville, MN
Sept 30-Oct 2: Windy City Ski & Snowboard Swap, Shaumburg, IL
Oct 1: Granite Peak Ski Swap, Wausau, WI
Oct 1-2: Wild Mountain Open House & Swap, Wild Mountain, MN
Oct 7-8: Team Afton Ski Swap, Afton, MN
Oct 15: Little Switzerland Ski Swap, Slinger, WI
Oct 28-30: Team Duluth Ski Swap, Duluth, MN
Oct 29: Forest Lake Ski Swap, Forest Lake, MN
Oct 29: Madison Nordic Ski Club Swap, Madison, WI
Oct 29-30: Pine Knob Ski Swap, Clarkston,  MI
Nov 13-14: Pioneer Midwest Ski Swap, Osseo, MN

WEST:

Sept 23-24: Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Ski & Snowboard Swap, Snowbird, UT
Oct 1-2: Kallispell Ski Swap,  Kallispell, MT
Oct 7: Weber State Gear Sale & Swap, Ogden, UT
Oct 7-9: Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap, Vail, CO
Oct 7-8: Lone Pine Gear Exchange and Ski Swap, Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 13-15: Casper Mountain Racers Ski Swap, Casper, WY
Oct 14: Jackson Hole Ski Club Swap, Jackson, WY
Oct 21-23: University of Nevada Ski Swap, Reno, NV
Oct 22-23: New Mexico Ski Swap, Albuquerque, NM
Nov 5: Truckee Donner Ski Swap, Truckee, CA
Nov 5-6: Bridger Foundation Ski Swap, Bozeman, MT
Nov 10-12: Beaver Mountain Ski Swap, Logan, UT
Nov 12-13 and Nov 20-21: Helm of Sun Valley’s Ski Swap, San Mateo, CA
Nov 18-19:  Santa Fe Ski Team Ski Swap, Santa Fe, NM

PACIFIC NORTHWEST:

Oct 7-8: Skyliners Winter Sports Swap, Bend, OR
Oct 9: Lake Oswego Ski Swap, Lake Oswego, OR
Oc 15: Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage Swap, Anchorage, AK
Oct 14-15: Komo Kulshan Ski Club, Bellingham, WA
Oct 21-22: Sammamish Ski Swap, Sammamish, WA
Oct 20-23: Coravallis Ski Swap,  Coravallis, OR
Oct 27-30: Eugene Ski Swap, Eugene, OR
Nov 4-6: Bogus Basin Ski Swap, Boise, ID
Nov 4-5: Pocatello Ski Swap, Pocatello, ID
Nov 11-12: Newport Ski Swap, Bellevue, WA
Nov 11-12: Schweitzer Alpine Racing Ski Swap, Sand Point, ID

CANADA

Oct 21-23: Calgary Ski Swap and Sale, Calgary, AB
Oct 20-23: Collingwood Ski & Snowboard Swap, Collingwood, ON
Oct 28-30: Canada’s Largest Ski & Snowboard Swap, Toronto, ON