Purpose of the Swap:

1. Newport PTA Income - The Newport High School Parent Teacher Association supports teacher grants for textbooks, special learning opportunities, and other learning aids. The profits are a significant portion of the Newport PTSA's budget.

2. Reduced cost - Provide lower priced new and used gear. We feel it is important to lower the costs for families and those just trying the sport for the first time. The industry will slowly die without new skiers or snowboarders.

3. Recycle gear - Provide an opportunity for students (and parents) to sell skis, snowboards and accessories which they have grown out of, either physically or through increased skill level, again reducing the cost of the skiing or snowboarding experience. Trading gear is important for growing children.

4. Learning opportunity - Provide interested students an opportunity to learn about setting up and running a small business. We have over 200 volunteers, with up to 125 working at one time. They all need to be placed in jobs, trained and supervised. We have a huge job advertising in school papers, local newspapers, road signs, local businesses, Internet, etc. We set up a 15,000+ square foot store, filling an empty high school facility with borrowed tables, chairs, clothes racks and other props to display skis, snowboards, clothes, boots, poles, underwear, socks, bindings, etc.

In about 6 hours, we acquire around 3,000 inventory items from individuals which all need to be tagged plus over 7,500 pre-tagged items from shops. All gear must be arranged for the sale. We also help customers find the what they need and manage the sale of the inventory. After the sale, we close down the swap, calculate the sales, write checks and help the customers find and remove unsold inventory.

5. Have Fun - The swap is a massively big, fast, and a great time. Talking and working with friends, some of whom you only see at the yearly ski swap or out on the slopes. It is also super fun helping people get great gear at a great price so they can have fabulous time on the mountain slopes.

Thank you for checking out the swap. The swap enhances the Newport High School educational experience in many ways.

Don Meyer,
Newport PTSA Swap Chair

PS.  In 2004, Sherry Grindeland, Seattle Times staff columnist wrote an article about the swap and me.
Ski-swap stop turns into annual task