Ski Club To Hold Ski Swap Event

From left are Les Johnson, Hollyloft owner, and Tina Nelson and Bill Scherman of the Boutwell Hill Ski Club.

The Boutwell Hill Ski Club will hold a ski swap Saturday at Hollyloft Ski & Bike, 600 Fairmount Ave., West Ellicott, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The ski swap will be an opportunity for owners of used cross-country ski equipment to sell their gear and for new skiers and young families to purchase equipment at reasonable prices.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the Boutwell Hill Ski Club. Now in its third year, the club is a non-profit organization that maintains and grooms cross-country skiing trails in the Boutwell Hill State Forest in Charlotte that are free and open to the public.

Individuals wishing to sell equipment may drop it off the week before the swap at Hollyloft. Only cross-country skiing equipment will be accepted. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the club. Only cash or checks will be accepted for purchases.

“We’re grateful to Les Johnson for offering his retail location for this fundraiser,” said Bill Scherman, Boutwell Hill Ski Club vice president. “He is a long-time supporter of cross-country skiing. And his store is an ideal location to make this a successful event.”

In addition to buying and selling equipment, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the club, view trail maps, consult with skiers and learn about the activity. A wax clinic will be held at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

“Besides raising money, we hope to recruit new skiers to the sport,” said Andy Dickson, ski club president. “This is a great opportunity to get good, used equipment into the hands of new skiers at very reasonable prices.”

The Boutwell Hill Ski Club enjoys a stewardship agreement with the state DEC that allows it to develop the cross-country skiing trail system in the Boutwell Hill State Forest. The five miles of trails that the club has developed and grooms are complimented by additional multi-use roads and back-country skiing trails. Located on the Chautauqua Ridge, the trails receive more snow than any other location in Western New York.

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