EUGENE, Ore. -- As snow is starting to accumulate on the local peaks, many snow sport enthusiasts are itching to hit the slopes. For many, gearing up for the season wouldn't be complete without a visit to Eugene's annual Ski Swap.
Hundreds of people filled the Lane events center for the 43rd annual Ski Swap on Saturday to paw through the racks of skis and snowboards and tables filled with hats, gloves and goggles.
Patrons could pick up new and used equipment from local retailers and people around the area.
Ski Swap organizers said that this year's sales have been much better than previous years. Manager Rick Maris said that the swap gives parents a chance to pick up inexpensive gear that their children will outgrow by next season.
" Kids grow out of things quickly so it's always an opportunity to save a little bit of money, buy something as the kids grow older and then you can buy it again." Maris said.
All of the proceeds from the sale go to support the Ski Patrol. Officials with the Ski Patrol often have to purchase their own equipment, which can be expensive.
For more information on the event visit the Ski Swap's website.