A sprinkling of snow fell from the sky Saturday morning and while many dreaded the dreary weather, those lined up outside the Brainerd High School cafeteria at 9 a.m. would have been happy if the sky opened up and dropped a thick layer of fresh powder on the area right then. If it had, those attending the Annual Brainerd Lakes Area Ski Swap, could have tested their new equipment the moment after it was purchased.
Several hundred people eagerly searched for a bargain Saturday morning while attending the Annual Brainerd Lakes Area Ski Swap held at Brainerd High School. The public and vendors from the area were invited to bring new or used equipment to sell at the event. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey» Purchase reprints of this photo.
For about 25 years the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club has been sponsoring the ski swap, an event where the public and local ski shops can bring new or used ski equipment to sell. In the end, several hundred people would pass through during the three-hour event. Parts of the proceeds are donated to the BNSC, which maintains three trail systems in the lake country.
Luke Surma (right) checked the fit and suitability of a pair of Cross Country Skis with the help of Dan Cruser, one of the experts on hand to answer questions. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey» Purchase reprints of this photo.
But according to Jeff DeVaney, co-chair of the ski swap, it's less about fundraising as it is about promoting skiing in the area. Knowledgeable volunteers were on hand to give advice on picking out the proper equipment, sizing and care. "It's a tradition in the lakes area. The non-motorized winter enthusiasts use this as the first social gathering of the year," said DeVaney.
Sarah and Clint Baker (left) looked at cross country skis Saturday morning while Jim Jullum of Martin's Sport Shop helped during the Annual Brainerd Lakes Area Ski Swap held at Brainerd High School. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey» Purchase reprints of this photo.
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