Fair History

SnowBowl and Marshall ski patrols realized that young-sters would be learning to ski each year with ill-fitting, hand-me-down equipment. 

They held the first ski swap in 1968 in the basement of a bank. The swap grew and moved to the fairgrounds, moved to Adams Center and now is held at Big Sky High School and due to Covid-19 is back at the fairgrounds.

2018 marked the 50th annniversary sale. Our mission is promoting family outside recreation of skiing, boarding and other outdoor winter sports.



​​​​​Fair Location

Missoula Fairgrounds, Commercial Building

Interested in a Booth?

Thank you thank you thank you

The 2022 SOS Fair was a great event, we want to thank, Snowbowl, Trailhead, Lookout, Lost Trail, Gull Ski, Bob Wards and the Snowbowl Ski Patrol for the booths. We would like to thank Buff Reynolds with BuffNetworks.com for the IT help and all the volunteers and patrollers that made the event happen. Thankyou Pyramid Lumber for the new ski racks!
Go to the website, www.sosfairmissoula.org , for SOS fair details.
Checks are heading to the mail this week, Next years fair is scheduled for October 28-29th, 2023, at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.

Brought to you by:

The SOS Fair Board 



  • 1. Every item must have a tag. (each boot, pole, outfit in case one gets separated from the item)(That means print two labels for skits, boots, poles, two piece outfits, etc.)
  • 2. Print your tags on sturdy material, not printer paper unless backed by duct or packing tape.
  • 3. Securely attach the tags using safety pins, zip ties, wire, etc.
  • 4. Think about the tag location. Might some use it as a zipper pull and tear it off, is it in a location that is hard to find? Suggestions:
    • ​​a. pocket zippers.​
      b. brand or size label

  • 5. Attach the tag to the item itself, not to wrappers or boxes. New items like skis that are wrapped will be opened up by buyers to have a look and your tag will be lost.
  • ​6. Small items should be placed in a heavy duty zip lock so the items are visible but not a temptation to be opened. Tape the bag shut, put one tag inside and attach one to the outside.
October 28-29, 2023

Consigning Portal 


Gear Check-in SATURDAY 10 - 4

Pre-tagged items 18% fee Tag at the sale 25% fee.

Sale SUNDAY 10 - 2

Unsold equipment return SUNDAY 4-5

no exceptions assign pickup to another person


 There will be


tagging Saturday at the fair​. All items must come pre-registered and tagged due to space constraints.

Your responsibility!!!

There will not be a binding removal station this year. Click on the link to review current bindings that are supported by shops and remove those that aren't.

Current Binding Chart



  • PRE-tagged items.​​

  • Only clean winter specific  recreational clothing, and items in good condition will be accepted. 


  • All clothing will be on hangers prior to check-in. There will be hangers in the entry for your convenience.

  • Equipment should be current and usable. Damaged, cracked, broken non appropriate or out of date equipment won't be accepted.

  • This is a winter sporting goods sale not a rummage sale. Please be respectful.