As the Putnam County hillsides change color and leaves cover summer hiking trails, local outdoor enthusiasts’ attention will turn to the winter sport season.  

To kick the season off and support cross-country ski and snowshoe fans, Fahnestock Winter Park’s 4th Annual Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Swap Fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Fahnestock State Park’s Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC).

Do you have cross country ski gear or snowshoes that have not been used lately? Consider selling them on consignment.

Interested in upgrading equipment? Used or new XC skis, poles and boots will be available for purchase from previous seasons at discounted prices.

For those not familiar with a swap – if you have XC ski equipment, snowshoes or other Nordic accessories gathering dust, consider selling. We will help you tag and price consignment items.

At the swap, ski bindings can be mounted while you wait. If time allows, consider taking a hike on trails and check out the Stillwater Lake Loop.

New for 2014 is the total renovation of Winter Park bathrooms. Next to be upgraded will be a newly designed Acorn Café, and rental building. The Stillwater Lake loop is also being upgraded with resources provided by a recreational trail grant.

If you have questions, need to make arrangements to drop items off before the swap or receive a swap equipment form, call 845-265-3773 or email [email protected]. Gear will also be accepted the morning of the event from 8 to 9 a.m. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

TOEC is located in Fahnestock State Park at 75 Mountain Laurel Lane, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Click for directions.

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