To: Ski and Snowboard Stores
Subject: Newport Ski Swap

Thank you for participation in the Newport High School PTSA Ski Swap. We were a bit down last year but prospects are looking good to get back to our norm of $400,000+ total sales with tax and with a stretch goal of $450k. I have changed and stepped up our advertising to help with that.  Our customer survey showed that we had a good cross-section of zip codes again.  Over the years, we gone from 90% of customers from Bellevue to now a bit over 60% from all of the east side. We are getting customers from all over the state (Bellingham to Olympia and the Islands to Cle Elum), even some folk from BC, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Note: We will have the same set of shops again this year and are not accepting any new requests to join the Newport Ski Swap.

Big change this year - Opening Friday at 1:00 pm... We will shoot for shop gear check-in completion by Friday noon.  On Friday and Saturday, I like to open 30-45 minutes before the stated time to avoid the mad rush.  Actual closing time is generally 30-45 minutes after the stated closing time.

We will make our very best effort to get checks to Ski/Snowboard Shops by the Thursday following the swap. As always, it will be a challenge.

The goals of the Ski Swap are:

  1. To provide income for the Newport High School Parent Teacher Student Association. This money is used for textbooks and other learning aids. The Newport Ski Swap has earned over $650,000 for the PTSA and school over the years. Last year the swap earned over $60,000 for Newport High education.
  2. To reduce the cost of the riding/skiing experience for the students (and parents) of the community surrounding Newport High School.
  3. Get more people in the mountains and keep this industry growing.
  4. To provide an opportunity for students (and parents and neighbors) to sell skis, snowboards or accessories which they have grown out of physically or through increased skill level.
  5. To provide interested students an opportunity to learn about setting up and running a small business.

The Newport PTSA has a long tradition of providing a needed service to our snow sports community and of providing the teachers with additional funds for items which are beyond the state provided budget.

Related information:

  1. Registration - This is a long running swap.  We prefer local ski and snowboard shops that provide service after the swap.
    We have a good variety of shops already, some that have been with us for 26 years.
    Filling out the registration does not guarantee entry into the swap.

    This must be filled out and returned at least 3 weeks prior to the swap to participate in the Swap.
  2. Directions for preparing your inventory for the swap.

Thank you in advance for your participation. It is a great service to our community and critical to getting people started in a fabulous sport. We are looking forward to a positive and profitable relationship with you and your business.

PS. I also am a snowboard instructor and an instructor trainer. It is hard to fully describe what we see in first year students when they begin to understand the exhilaration and the balance of the "in control/out of control" feeling which exemplifies our sport. Many of students have also never really been in the mountains which for me is such a big part of living in the Puget Sound region.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Email at: don@skiswap.info

Thank you,
Don Meyer,
Newport PTA Swap Chair