Canada's Largest Ski & Board Swap 2015
The Canadian Ski Patrol System will once again hold their largest ski and Snowboard swap at the 2015 show! Held annually in conjunction with the Toronto Snow Show, there will once again be over 2,000 brand new non-current & pre-owned skis, boards, boots & accessories available for purchase. It's the biggest DEAL of the year and it was an excellent opportunity to upgrade your old equipment and save money. Every purchase made at the Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap helped support Canadian Ski Patrol training programs and volunteer first aid services at resorts across the country.
Proceeds from the Canadian Ski Patrol's Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swaps held in various locations across the country are used to further the efforts of the Canadian Ski Patrol in funding and upgrading their many First Aid, Safety and Rescue programs. These skills are used daily by their 5,000+ members in assisting the skiing and snowboarding public at resorts across the country.
For more information on the Canadian Ski Patrol and its efforts, visit our volunteers at the Ski Patrol Booth during the Toronto Snow Show. Skiing and boarding are healthy outdoor winter activities enjoyed by millions of Canadians. Remember to always ride responsibly and look out for others. Think snow and have a great winter
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The Canadian Ski Patrol Wants Your Old Stuff!
What is the Canadian Ski Patrol Winter Clothing Drive?
The Canadian Ski Patrol Winter Clothing Drive (CSP-WCD) is a new fundraising initiative for the 2015-2016 ski season. The CSP is partnering with an Ottawa company, Used Clothing Drive (UCD), which oversees an innovative fundraising program supporting local communities through thecollection and sale of used clothing. Partner organizations collect the used clothing and UCD purchases the donated goods by the pound. The Canadian Ski Patrol will accept any used clothing, however the priority will be on gathering winter clothing. Unlike traditional fundraising, this initiative does NOT involve asking anyone for money! It is a guilt-free fundraiser that everyone can feel good about supporting, knowing that donations of used goods are getting a second life, either through recycling or reuse, while at the same time raising money for the Canadian Ski Patrol.
Where will the events be held?
• At 7-8 new and used ski sales in 2015 and the Toronto Snow Show.
• At local ski areas across Canada on Canadian Ski Patrol Day (February 6, 2016). This will be an optional event for local patrols, so the number of events in 2016 is unknown. However, we anticipate strong interest given the chance to collect much-needed winter clothing, raise funds and build the CSP brand.
Why a winter clothing drive?
• There is a chronic shortage of affordable winter clothing in Canada, and an unacceptable number of Canadians don’t have suitable winter clothing. At the same time, most skiers and boarders have old ski clothing they don’t need.
• The CSP needs to raise funds to help offset the cost of running a national charitable
organization representing 4,500 members in 10 provinces and the Yukon.
• Used clothing drives are a proven source of local fundraising.
• The CSP program will focus on winter clothing because winter is our season. Winter is
something we can own!
What are the benefits of a winter clothing drive?
• Nothing to buy or sell, and no money to collect.
• 50/50 split in revenue between CSP headquarters and the local CSP group.
• Significant brand building opportunity for CSP.
• Strong environmental component – keeping product out of landfills.
• UCD partnership with Salvation Army – local work supports local community programs.
How does it work?
• The CSP, with the support of UCD, will promote events in the local community to encourage people to donate the things they no longer want or need.
• Members of the public will bring in garbage bags of used clothing, boots, shoes, etc.
• The focus is on winter clothing, however non-winter clothing is also acceptable. There is a full list of acceptable items including linens, textiles, pots and other household goods.
• UCD provides all the tools and promotional resources needed to organize, promote, and execute a successful fundraiser.
How much can CSP raise?
• Canadians generate nearly 70 lbs of clothing and other textile waste per household each year. The average Used Clothing Drive donation bag weighs approximately 17 lbs. So every
participating household has the potential to contribute a minimum of four bags.
• At a recent UCD event in Ottawa, a school of 425 students was able to collect over 30,000 lbs
of goods raising over $5,000. This was successful in part due to: (a) a strong organizing
committee and plan; (b) well organized and executed marketing including social media and
traditional press; and (c) consistent messaging and encouragement to the school
population and local community.
• Just imagine what could be accomplished at swap events and ski hills across the country!
About UCD’s national partnership with Salvation Army
• The Used Clothing Drive program supports Canada’s most vulnerable through a nationalpartnership with Salvation Army Thrift Stores.
• Donations are sent to Thrift Stores to generate the funding to support Salvation Army
programs and services for those in need.
• The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for the homeless and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to addiction.
• Donations are always needed and nothing is ever wasted.
• Where products are not suitable for the Salvation Army, they are exported for use off-shore.
What else do I need to know?
• Interest in this exciting initiative has been very positive from every direction. We would like to investigate a further partnership with a major retail property to collect clothing at
locations across the country.
• We are excited to announce that Big White Ski Resort has generously donated a week’s holiday for a family of four people to Big White including accommodation, lift tickets, lessons, rentals, airport transfers, tubing and skating for use before December 18, 2016. People who drop off a 30 lb bag of clothing will be eligible to win this awesome prize. The prize is non-transferable and has no cash value. Conditions apply.
Ski Patrol Clothing Drive Media Release
How to Register Your Used Equipment
Any used ski and snowboard equipment brought to the Swap must be in good to excellent condition to be accepted for sale. If the equipment is several years old we strongly suggest you bring it to the International Centre – Hall 5 in the North East corner of the building (look for the Ski Patrol Trailer) on Wednesday October 14th only, 6 – 9 p.m and have it looked at by our staff to see if it is suitable for resale.
We reserve the right to refuse any equipment that is deemed non-serviceable or un-saleable. Please note that on October 15th & 16th, you will have to pay show admission to drop off your equipment and entry may be gained at the main entrance. We only accept equipment Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the hours specified. Generally, older “straight skis” are no longer in demand, regardless of condition and are not accepted for resale. Only skis, boots and snowboards will be accepted for the swap. We do not accept clothing, poles or loose items (i.e.: bindings). The Ski Patrol reserves the right to refuse any equipment deemed unsuitable.
There is a $2.00 registration charge per item and a 20% selling commission (before taxes) on all sales. The selling price is set by the owner of the equipment and the price may not be changed once it has been set and accepted.
Wednesday October 14 – N.E. corner of Hall 5 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday October 15 – Via Main Entrance Hall 5 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Admission will be charged)
Friday October 16 – Via Main Entrance Hall 5 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Admission will be charged)
Saturday and Sunday we do not accept equipment!
Reclaiming of Unsold Equipment and/or Cheques
After the Swap: You may pick up your cheque and/or unsold equipment at the office of the Canadian Ski Patrol, 750 Oakdale Road, Unit 50, Downsview, M3N 2Z4. Cheques can be either picked up or mailed to you, however you must call and confirm sale of equipment and request mailing at that time. Information regarding the sale of your equipment will be available by phone 416-745-7511 on Wednesday October 21. Please do not call earlier as the information will not be available at this location until the date mentioned.
Reclaiming location and dates
Wednesday October 21 – 6 pm – 9:00 pm (Ski Patrol Office at Hwy. 400 and Finch)
Thursday October 22 – 6 pm – 9:00 pm (Ski Patrol Office at Hwy. 400 and Finch)
Goods unclaimed after October 22, 2015 become property of the Canadian Ski Patrol Central Zone.
Proceeds from the Canadian Ski Patrol’s Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swaps held in various locations across the country are used to further the efforts of the Canadian Ski Patrol in funding and upgrading their many Advanced First Aid, Safety and Rescue programs. These skills are used daily by their over 5,000 members in assisting the skiing and snowboarding public at resorts across the country.
For more information on the Canadian Ski Patrol and its efforts, visit our volunteers at the Ski Patrol Booth during the Toronto Snow Show. Skiing and boarding are healthy outdoor winter activities enjoyed by millions of Canadians. Remember to always ride responsibly and look out for others.