Antrim Ski Academy Brings Back The Ski Swap

From equipment to clothing, the Antrim Ski Academy provided skiers and snowboarders with everything this morning to prepare for the season.Mtm Vo00 00 00 00still001

The annual “Ski Swap” returned for the 26th year, after taking last year off.

Shanty Creek Resort Director of Snow Sports Steve Kershner says not having the event makes a big difference.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser for the Antrim Ski Academy, which is a non-profit that gives the youth in the Antrim-Kalkaska area the ability to ski, and to learn to ski and snowboard,” Kershner said.

The fundraiser also benefits local high school ski teams.

“Fifty-percent of the proceeds go to GNA, which is a co-op, high school ski team with primarily Traverse City, St. Francis, Elk Rapids Schools, Central Lake and Grand Traverse Academy,” Kershner said.

Antrim Ski Academy alumni Jason Jansen always takes advantage of the swap.

“This year, I bought shin guards and I think I bought boots here last year—and we’ve definitely bought skis here,” Jansen said.

He says this event is a great opportunity for skiers to trade in their old equipment and find new things.

“You get all kinds of stuff, all kinds of people, all kinds of gear, relatively priced, it’s all good,” Jansen said.

If you weren’t able to make it out today and are still looking for new gear, Kershner says to check out Shanty Creek Resort’s rental department.

With all of the incoming snow, they hope to be open by December 4th.