DANVILLE -- Skiers and snowboarders can raise cash for San Ramon Valley High School by gearing up for the ski season at the 34th annual San Ramon Valley High School Ski and Snowboard Swap.

The swap returns to San Ramon Valley High School, 501 Danville Blvd., on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is the largest ski and snowboard swap in the East Bay, with more than $1 million in inventory brought by retailers and local residents.

"It's become quite a tradition," San Ramon Valley PTSA member Christy Christoffersen said. "It's all run by volunteers. Students help out. People bring in their old stuff, and there are some great deals."

New and used snowboards, skis, boots, helmets and clothing will fill the San Ramon High School cafeteria and gym. Experts will be on hand to assist customers, and representatives from local ski clubs will be there to answer questions about their clubs and the sport.

Attendance has averaged about 2,500 people over the past few years, Christoffersen said. The event has brought in $27,000 per year over the past two years.

The money raised at the last two swaps has funded grants for about 20 teachers each year to purchase iPads, cameras, microscopes, recording equipment and microphones, LCD projectors and computers. Grants were also awarded to support the library, the culinary arts program, the robotics program, the Renaissance program, Ethos magazine and the astronomy club.


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Retailers at the swap this year include Hughes Ski Hut, Nor-Ski Sports, Milosport, Sports Cove, Demo Sport, Uli Seiler Ski Shop, Four Seasons and Cascade Sports.

Community members who want to sell their own ski and snowboard equipment and clothing at the event must register. For more information about the event, instructions for bringing merchandise for sale, and to register your equipment for sale, visit http://skiandsnowboardswap-shrvhs.com.

Contact Jason Sweeney at 925-847-2123. Follow him at Twitter.com/Jason_Sweeney.