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Vancouver Extreme Winter Ski and Board Swap

The Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap is an annual event at the PNE Forum in October. It’s a fundraising event for the Canadian Ski Patrol.

The event happened in Vancouver on the weekend of October 14th and 15th, 2023. It also happened in Abbotsford on November 18th and 19th.

For the event’s official website visit skipatrol.ca/winterextreme.


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Vancouver & Abbotsford Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swaps

One of the best places to buy used ski equipment is at the Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap. It’s one of a couple of massive ski swap events put on by the Canadian Ski Patrol (which is the organization with volunteers who rescue skiers when they tumble hard on the slopes).

Ski swaps are wonderful events for those looking to sell or buy winter sports equipment. Although most products available at the events are lightly used, there are often brand new products for sale at discounted rates as well. Individuals looking to sell their equipment at the swap receive a cheque in the mail if their item is sold. Otherwise, they can simply pick their equipment back up at the end of the weekend.

For folks looking to buy equipment at the swap, the earlier you arrive, the better the selection you’ll have. However, there are also further price reductions on the second day of the sale. On the Sunday of the Vancouver swap, for example, there is usually a Red Tag Sale where all items with red tags are 25% off.

The Vancouver edition of the ski swap at the PNE Forum is the second largest event of its kind in British Columbia. An even larger event happens at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford.


For the event’s official website visit skipatrol.ca/winterextreme.


Big White Ski Resort Booth


2023 Vancouver Ski Swap

In 2023, the Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap happened from Saturday, October 14th to Sunday, October 15th. The event took place at the PNE Forum, as usual. The venue’s address is 2901 East Hastings Street.

On Friday, October 13th, folks looking to sell their equipment were able to check in and drop off their items between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Saturday was when the sale actually began, and the hours of operation were from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The sale continued on the Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Unsold gear was available for pickup on that same day by its owners between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Admission cost $5 for adults, $2 for kids between 6 and 12 years old, and $10 for families. Children aged 5 and under were admitted for free. Everyone who purchased a ticket received a wrist band which granted them access to the sale on both days.


Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap


Prizes at the Ski Swap

A small number of BC ski resorts often participate in the ski swap events. They set up booths and tell people how awesome their ski hills are. Big White, Manning Park Resort and Silver Star are at the event in 2023. Big White and Silver Star are Okanagan ski hills located between five and six hours from Vancouver. Manning Park Resort is about a two-and-a-half hours drive from Vancouver. All three are great resorts with reputations for exceptional snow. Big White is in Kelowna and Silver Star in Vernon. Manning Park Resort is near Hope.

At the Big White booth in 2021, if you filled out an entry form, you had a chance to win a two-night getaway at the resort! For booths represented at the 2023 event, visit the skipatrol.ca/winterextreme website.

Also at the Vancouver event there is usually a 50-50 draw with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Ski Patrol.


For the event’s official website, visit skipatrol.ca.


Vancouver Ski Swap Video

To give you an idea of what to expect at the ski swap at the PNE Forum, check out the video below. As you’ll see, it’s a massive event. There are hundreds if not thousands of skis and snowboards for sale. There are also tables and tables of boots, all organized according to size.



2023 Abbotsford Ski Swap

The Abbotsford Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap is held at the Ag-Rec Centre in Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park. The place is located at 32470 Haida Drive.

After not happening for the past three years, the event returned in 2023. This past year, equipment check-in day was on Friday, November 17th, from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The sale took place on the weekend of November 18th and 19th. Hours on the Saturday were from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sunday hours were from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Admission to this event cost $2.50 for adults and $1 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children ages 5 and under were admitted free of charge. Family passes were also available for $5.


For the event’s official website, visit skipatrol.ca.


Ski Boots for Sale at the Ski Swap
Tables of Boots for Sale


Other Information

To learn more about the Vancouver and Abbotsford events, see the Canadian Ski Patrol website.

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