Capital Ski & Outing Club scrambling to find a location for annual ski and skate sale

  • Concord’s annual Ski and Skate sale took place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at the Steeplegate Mall. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Customers browse used equipment at the Capital Ski and Outing Club’s annual ski and skate sale at Steeplegate Mall in Concord on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Customers browse used equipment at the Capital Ski and Outing Club’€™s annual ski and skate sale at Steeplegate Mall in 2017. Monitor file

  • Concord’s annual Ski and Skate sale took place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at the Steeplegate Mall. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • A line of people snakes around the corner before doors open at the start of Concord’s annual Ski and Skate sale at the Steeplegate Mall on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Monitor staff
Published: 11/22/2022 2:37:46 PM

On the cusp of Thanksgiving, Paul Maggiotto, the president of the Capital Ski and Outing Club, is scrambling to find a place to host Concord’s annual ski and skate sale on Dec. 3. 

After several locations fell through this year, including space at the mostly vacant Steeplegate Mall, the club is looking for 10,000 to 12,000 square feet of space to rent from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

The annual sale is the organization’s primary way to raise money for grooming the cross country skiing trails at White Farm, Memorial Field and Beaver Meadow Golf Course. They also use the proceeds to help fund the Concord High School and Rundlett Middle School Nordic teams if they need additional support.

Through the years, the sale has become a staple for Concord residents to buy inexpensive ski and hockey equipment. Residents can bring their own items to sell, and the club works with vendors who bring new and used inventory to sell for lower prices.

Time is of the essence because it’s a tedious process to establish a pop-up store, and it’s all done by volunteers. The Wednesday before the sale, club members and volunteers bring all of the staging equipment out of storage. By Thursday, the staging equipment is set up and vendors begin bringing their equipment to sell. Community members drop off their equipment on Friday, and then the sale takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

None of that can happen without a location, however.

As the president of the club, Maggiotto said he’s hoping to get younger people involved with their board of directors. Cross country skiing means a lot to the local community, and it’s important to continue to welcome in younger members to keep the tradition going strong, he said.

“To have cross country skiing available right in the city, not only at White Park and Memorial Field, but also the Beaver Meadow Golf Course where we were instrumental in raising money for a groomer out there, you just can’t beat that,” he said.

In addition to looking for a space to hold the sale, the Ski and Outing Club is also looking for volunteers to help with the event. Anyone who might have adequate space for the sale, or who is interested in volunteering during the sale or joining the club’s board of directors, can contact Maggiotto at pmaggiotto@usa.net.




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