The Lake Oswego Ski and Snowboard Swap and Sale began in 1973, and this weekend marked the 47th annual swap, a fundraiser cooperatively run by the high school ski racing teams at both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School. Proceeds from the sale benefit these two teams, helping to offset the cost of buses, coaches, and gear necessary for the high school athletes to competitively race during the ski race season as part of the Three Rivers High School league.
Lake Oswego community members donate gently used and new ski and snowboard supplies to be sold, bolstered by donations of new gear from companies Wee-Dog and Tru, locally-based ski and snowboard vendors.
Parent Natalie Mount is considered the "team mom" for the Lakeridge team, and was involved in organizing the sale held Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Lakeridge High School cafeteria.
"It was fantastic," Mount said of the sale. "Probably the nicest part of it is the kids getting together and working together. Kids from both teams know each other because they're constantly on the mountain racing together, so many of them are friends. It was nice to see them working together in this capacity."
While the total money raised is yet to be determined, Mount said that each school's team raised the amount of money they were hoping for. At Lakeridge, this allowed the team to hire a fifth mountain coach. "The teams in Lake Oswego are unique, because they are sponsored by the schools instead of being strictly club teams," Mount said. "However, they only provide us enough to hire one mountain coach, which with about 29 kids is hardly safe."
As a result, team members pay to cover the costs of the additional coaches. "The ski and snowboard swap profits will allow us to hire an additional coach at no cost to the team members," Mount said. "We split the money between both teams, and each team has what they hoped they'd make. We definitely exceeded our goal."
Mount said that out of all of the gear that was donated, about 70% of it was sold, while the rest will be donated to charity. "For the community, it's a great way to buy affordable gear, especially if a family is just starting out. They don't need brand new gear, so this is a great opportunity," she said. "It's a good way for people to try out the sport in an affordable way."
In addition to selling ski and snowboard gear, season passes to Mt. Hood Meadows were also for sale through a partnership with the ski resort.
Registration for both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School ski and snowboard teams are now open. Contact the schools for more information.
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