People give Starbucks a hard time for offering Pumpkin Spice flavored drinks in August, but once the temps start dropping, I begin dreaming of snow days and ski swaps.

Curious about opportunities to buy and sell snow sport equipment in Maine, I did a quick search and came across a blog written by a Maine family who is full of die-hard ski fans.

Aptly named, the blog is entitled "A Family Skiing in Maine" and offers tips, insider knowledge,  stories, and snow reports. It seems like a great resource for anyone looking for ski-related news and updates in Maine.

Among their entries is a collection of ski swaps in Maine. If you find that any are missing, Michael Salisbury (or self-proclaimed "old man" of the family) asks for help completing the list.

Be sure to follow the actual blog for recent additions to the list.

In the mean time, here's what Michael has so far - grab your calendar and start saving, new and used ski gear is just around the corner.

10/19 - The Penobscot Valley Ski Club: 8 am-2pm Saturday, October 19 at the Bangor Parks and Rec building. Check their Facebook Page for more information.

10/25 - 10/26 - The Bethel Outing Club6-9am Friday, October 25, and 9a-noon Saturday, October 26, at the Gould Academy Field House. Check their website for more information.
10/26 - The Central Maine Ski Club: 9am-3pm Saturday, October 26, in Waterville's George J. Mitchell School. Equipment drop-off 4pm-7pm Friday, October 25. Check their website for more information.
11/2 - The Freeport Ski Swap & Sale: 9:30am - 12:30pm Saturday, November 2, at the Freeport High School gym. Check their website for more information.
11/2 - Allspeed Cyclery & Snow: 10am-6pm Saturday, November 2 in their Portland Marginal Way location. Check their Facebook page for more information.
11/3 - The Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department: 1pm-4pm Sunday, November 3, at the Brunswick Recreation Center. Check their website for more information.
11/9 - The Agamenticus Ski Club: 9am-3pm Saturday, November 9, at the York Middle School Cafeteria. Check their website for more information.

11/9 - Gorham Bike and Ski: 9am-1pm Saturday, November 9, tent sale on Congress Street in Portland. Includes a swap to buy and sell your used gear. Check out their website for more information.

11/10 - The Auburn Ski Association:  9am-2pm Sunday, November 10, at the Auburn Middle School. Gear drop-off is 1-4pm on Saturday. Check their Facebook event page for more information.
11/23 - 11/24 - The Annual Camden Hills Regional High School Ski Sale: 9am-1pm Saturday, November 23 and 10am-1:30pm Sunday, November 24, at the Camden Hills Regional High School. Check their website for more information.
11/24 - The Falmouth Ski Swap/Sale: 9am-12pm November 24, at the Falmouth Middle School. Contact Mary DeSilva at for more information.

11/30 - Downeast Ski Club: Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Portland Expo. Check here for More information.

12/7 - The Greely Ski Swap: 9am-1pm Saturday, December 7, at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine.

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