Those old skis you have sitting around the garage might just be worth a pair of new skis.
In a search for the best old ski equipment to go into the Alf Engen ski museum, which will be built at the Winter Sports Park, the Deseret News is offering a grand prize of a pair of new skis for the best pair of old skis.People are being asked to search their attics, in the back corners of their garages and in those hide-away storage rooms for ski equipment dating to 1940 or earlier.
And they are being asked to donate the old equipment to the museum. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Among them the best overall item, be it skis, boots, bindings, ski clothing or whatever, along with prizes for the best skis, binding/boots and poles.
Among the prizes are Elan skis, Salomon skis, K2 skis, Marker bindings, Scott poles and goggles and Smith goggles.
This year's group of students will also receive several gifts, including a T-shirt and a pin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Deseret News Ski School. Smith's will also be giving away a small gift to each student.
Steve Handy, marketing director for the Deseret News, says several students in this year's class will also win prizes. Among them free ski passes from Alta and Brighton, along with ski lessons from the Alta Ski School.
Alan Engen, director of this year's school, said the site for the museum has been approved and that design plans are under way. The museum will tell the story of skiing in Utah, both past and future.
Those with old equipment are being asked to bring it to Sugarhouse Park on Saturday during ski-school hours - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Special parking has been arranged for those delivering equipment.
At the conclusion of the ski school, a panel of judges will grade the equipment and then announce winners. The new skis have a retail value of nearly $500.
Handy also announced that there will be a special reception following the Saturday class for all past and present Deseret News Ski School instructors. The reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The Deseret News held its first ski class in 1948. It is currently recognized as the longest continuously running ski program in the country.
Registration deadline this year is Thursday at 5 p.m. Students can register at the Deseret News offices, 30 E. 100 South, or at one of the two Canyon Sports locations, 1844 E. 7000 South or 514 S. 200 West. Registration fee for four 2-hour classes is $15. The age limit is 8 years old and older.
Canyon Sports will be offering a special rental package to all Deseret News students. For $27, students can pick up their equipment prior to the first class on Saturday and return it five weeks later, after the last class on Dec. 13. A one-day rental will be $6.
"What we don't want," says John Bartlett, a co-owner in Canyon Sports, "is for people to ski on unsafe or outdated equipment. We also want to make it convenient for people without skis to take the program."
This year's class will be limited to the first 1,000 students. For information, call 942-3100 or 237-2135.