After a two-year, COVID-induced absence, the greatest ski and snowboard show in the East returns to Boston’s Haynes Convention Center for a three-day mid-November run with a different name — Snowbound Expo — and a beefed-up lineup of attractions and exhibits.
“Snowbound Expo is the new name for the returning Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo,” says Chloe Hyland, senior marketing manager for Raccoon Media Group, which is organizing the event under the auspices of new owner Snowsports Industry America (SIA). “And we have new improvements. … (with) many interactive features designed to keep visitors entertained all day. …We’ve invested to make this a really fun and valuable day out for skiers/snowboarders.”
And that’s not just simply marketing hoopla.
Speaking of Winter
First off, there is the impressive lineup of speakers, who will be dispensing skills advice and sharing inspiration from two main stages.
- On Friday, Nov. 18, Bode Miller, the six-time Winter Olympic medalist and the most proficient male Alpine ski racer in U.S. history, will take the main stage 3:30 p.m for a half-hour Fireside Chat. On Saturday, No. 19, Kelly Clark, the five-time Olympian who is the winningest athlete in snowboarding history, and Chris Davenport, the two-time World Extreme Ski champ, will host Fireside Chats, at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
- And on Sunday, Nov. 20, Conrad Anker, big-mountain alpinist and North Face Athlete Team captain, and Donna Weinbrecht, Olympic gold medalist and seven-time U.S. national freestyle ski champion, will conduct Fireside Chats at 10:30 a.m. and noon, respectively.
- Other speakers include extreme-skiing pioneer Dan Egan, “ninjasticker” Vasu Sojitra, outdoor educator Phil Henderson, professional snowboarder Dani Reyes Acosta and 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Mirna (The Mirnavator) Valerio.
Then there are the exhibitors, more than 100 in all, who will provide visitors with the latest information on hardware, outerwear, resorts and other facets of winter sports recreation.
- Check out the Peak Skis booth, where you might get a chance to speak with founder/chief designer Bode Miller and/or director of skiing Chris Davenport and could perhaps win a product package worth $4,000.
- Other raffles and giveaways can be found at booths manned by representatives from Head/Tyrolia Wintersports, Helly Hansen, Protempo, Phunkshun Wear, Terracea and Sun & Ski Sports.
- And the folks at the Icon pass booth with be handing out free beer to pass-holders.
All Hands on Deck … and Elsewhere
And finally, there are the interactive and hands-on exhibits that should get you really stoked for the coming ski and snowboard season.
- Check out the indoor slope, where newbie skiers and snowboarders can get a chance to up their game on a faux snow deck.
- Or mosey over to the cross-country and snowshoe experience, where you can learn to roller ski or try out dry-land Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
- Or grab a beer and head over to the street curling exhibit, where you can participate in the Olympic sport on synthetic ice.
Complete information — including ticket prices and show hours — can be found at snowboundexpo.com.