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Skiers and snowboarders are thrilled to see all the fresh powder on the ground, and many are getting all their gear ready at the 31st UNR Ski and Board Swap -- 30 to 70 percent off all new and used equipment... It's hard to beat that.

"Normally, I'm looking at a $5,000 year, I'm getting away with a couple thousand dollars," says Curtis Potts, buying equipment for him and his daughters. "And, good, quality equipment."

For more than three decades, this event has raised money for the Nevada men and women winter sports teams. Unfortunately, Friday night saw smaller crowds than usual.

"Last night was a little slow, there was a lot of snow on the ground and pretty dark outside," says August Teague with the UNR Winter Sports Club. "But, the good news is, that means there's plenty of deals on the floor right now."

Expert skiers and snowboarders were snatching up equipment, and so were the beginners. Lisa Jonkey says the ski swap is ideal for people who are still learning.

"Figure out if we like it, before we invest a lot of money into it," she says. "And, it's a great place. People are really supportive here. All the people that are helping us pick out stuff."

Friday may have been slow, but Teague anticipates big crowds the rest of the weekend.

"Snowy day out there. Come in here, get the ski stuff, so the next weekend, you can get up there and slide around," he says.

If you already have some equipment, there's no need to wait. As of Saturday, the slopes at Boreal Mountain Resort are open.

"Facebook and Twitter have been lighting up with everybody talking about how they're going to get up here for the first turns of the year, and all our guests are just really excited to hit the slopes again," says Jon Slaughter with Boreal Mountain Resort.

Late last month, Boreal opened for six days. But, with 14 inches of snow falling the last 48 hours and the snow machines working hard, this time, they're open for the rest of the season.

"We love the snow because we don't see it much in Sacramento," says Alex Kulinich, who drove up for the day with his family. "So, we come here and it's definitely exciting."

After last year's dry winter, it seems many skiers and snowboarders will welcome snow with open arms this winter because Boreal has sold a record number of season passes this year.

"It's mainly because we were able to open," says Slaughter. "Once we get open, everybody wants to come skiing and snowboarding."

General admission for the Ski Swap is $7. It continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Written by Adam Rasmussen 

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