1. CVA Columbus Day Ski Swap
Carrabassett Valley, ME, October 5—7
When I'm looking for a pair of carvin' sticks, I head up to CVA when all the race kids dump last year's goods. Then I go moose huntin'.
2. Ski and Snowboard Expo
Albany, NY, November 2—4
If you snoozed through all the others, hit this one. They're showin' Warren Miller's Off the Grid, too, so you can make a weekend of it.
3. Bethel Outing Club Ski Sale
Bethel, ME, October 26—27
Bethel's a little too white-picket-fence for my tastes, but this is a wicked decent swap right about when the leaves are turning pretty. Don't forget your instamatic.
4. Eastern Slope Ski Club Swap
North Conway, NH, November 9—10
Just like Tuck's, this swap's got some history. It's been going for 40-odd years, which means that when it started, I was…ah, never mind.
5. Killington Ski Swap
Killington, VT, October 5—7
Killington's one a Vermont's best swaps, but some friggin' Einstein moved the brew fest to the weekend before. Guess I'll just show up a week early and crash in the Duster.