Brrrrrrrr, Winter is just over the horizon.  We may have had our last warm day of the year last week with Thursday's high of 79 setting a new record.

So, it's time to think cold...and...SNOW!

Okay, not everybody if fond of the snow we typically get here in West Michigan.  However, a lot of folks are and there are lots of 'winter-type' activities to do outdoors.  So, you need the right gear, correct?  Here's a great deal.

West Michigan Ski Patrols is setting up the largest ski swap fundraiser in the state of Michigan. The 42nd annual ski/snowboard swap and equipment sale is November 9, 10, & 11 at Cannonsburg Ski area located at 6800 Cannonsburg Road.

It's a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit ski patrols of West Michigan including the Cannonsburg Ski patrol, Pando Ski Patrol, and the West Michigan Nordic Ski Patrol. Commissions earned from the sale go to purchase first aid supplies and life-saving equipment used to evacuate injured guests in the event of an accident or emergency. Ski Patrols are strictly volunteers, and do not receive funding from county or community.

They'll have thousands of pieces of new and gently used equipment at bargain prices. Clothes, downhill skis, snowboards, cross country skis, boots, coats, hats, gloves, and accessories for all winter activities will be available on a first come first serve basis.

The  doors will open to the public Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10 from 10:00a.m.-9:00 p.m. and on Sunday November 11 from 11:00 am.-2:00 p.m.

Check in for items to be entered in this year’s swap will take place at Cannonsburg Ski Area November 5, 6, & 7 from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. The cost to enter items in the sale is $2 per 10 items with a 25% commission going to the ski patrol for each item sold. The ski swap does not accept straight skis, older bindings or damaged equipment..

For more information about the swap, contact Kevin Barrons at (616) 293 5717 or by e-mail