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Swap your old skis for new ones Saturday

The Kimberley Volunteer Ski Patrol is having its annual Ski and Gear swap this Saturday, Nov. 15 in Cranbrook.
Just in time for a new ski season the Kimberley Volunteer Ski Patrol group has received their new uniform jackets and patrol vests.

The Kimberley Volunteer Ski Patrol is having its annual Ski and Gear swap this Saturday, Nov. 15.

The swap is the ski patrol's biggest fundraiser of the year.

"This helps us pay for training and gear to keep us operating at a high training level with proper gear to provide the best patient care on the mountain as well as at other events where we provide volunteer first aid services," said Mike Daigle from the Kimberley Volunteer Ski Patrol.

"This year we have secured the use of the old Denim Ford location on the Cranbrook strip and we encourage everyone to check it out for new and used gear at great prices."

You can bring old gear down on Friday, Nov. 14 from 5-8 p.m. or Saturday from 8-9 a.m.

The swap itself runs from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Last year was their biggest ski swap, so they're hoping to get even more people out this year.

Daigle said the 21 member ski patrol is also excited to start the season with new uniforms.

He said the new gear purchase was in large part thanks to a Community Initiatives Grant provided by the Regional District, Columbia Basin Trust and local communities.

"The new uniforms will match the colours already worn by the paid patrol staff at the Kimberley Alpine Resort," he said. "We would like to say thanks for the major contribution by the CBT and also those who support the KVSP at our various fund raising events."

The Kimberley Volunteer Ski Patrol has been around for over 50 years in which time it's providing quality care for those injured at the resort. The patrol also works to ensure the hill is as safe as possible for skiers and riders.