It’s show time!
The ski and snowboard industry is traveling around the continent right now bringing consumers the latest beta on resorts, gear, fashion and whatnot on almost a weekly level.
These huge-hall exhibitions and expos also feature interactive entertainment (slack lines, climbing walls and such), huge gear swaps and sales and tons of swag.
It’s how many a skier and snowboarder gets pumped up for the coming season — at least psychologically.
The following are some of the premier shows:
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo
The Colorado Convention Center will host this annual extravaganza on Oct. 25-27 (hey, that’s this weekend!). Among the attractions are a fitness challenge, a kids’ snow sport learning area and an aerial show. Admission is $15 — kids 12 and under are free — and with the entry fee you get, among other swag, a $10 getskitickets.com gift card. Details at skisnowexpo.com.
Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo
For the 38th and final year, the largest snow sport-related exhibition in New England will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center on Nov. 14-17. Admission is $15 — kids 12 and under are free — and with the entry fee you get, among other swag, a $10 getskitickets.com gift card. Details at skisnowexpo.com.
Edmonton Ski & Snowboard Show
The delights of skiing and snowboarding Western Canada is the focal point of the Edmonton Ski & Snowboard Show on Oct. 26-27 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 6-12; there are also weekend and family passes for $20 and $40, respectively. Further details can be found at powderfest.com.
Snowbomb Ski and Snowboard Festival
There are three separate sites and dates for this large Northern California show: Pier 35 in San Francisco on Nov. 1-3; Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Nov. 8-10 and Cal Expo Center in Sacramento on Nov. 15-17. Each show features beer and wine tastings, and all three will give away lift passes at selected Sierra resorts. General admission is $5, but there’s also a Powder Pass ($20, which includes a lift ticket at three Sierra resorts) and a VIP Pass ($50, 3 lift tickets, a two-fer at a Sierra resort TBD and wine and beer tastings). Details at sfskifest.com.
Toronto Ski + Snowboard Show
The biggest such expo in Canada returns to the International Centre Hall in Mississauga, Ontario, on Nov. 7-10. Admission price is $20 for adults and $12 for seniors (65 and over) and juniors (ages 11-17; kids 10 and under are free) and a Family Pass (2 adults, 2 juniors) costs $48. Further show details can be found at torontoskishow.com.
Northeast Ski & Craft Beer Showcase
Regional breweries and wineries are among the enticements to be had at the Albany, N.Y., Capital Center on Nov. 1-3. Ticket prices are $10 in advance, $12 at the gate (kids 10 and under are free), and you can also purchase a three-day pass for $25. The first 500 attendees each day will receive a free lift ticket for selected I SKI NY resorts and two-fers for selected Vermont resorts. Details at northeastskishow.com.
Billed as the largest such show in the U.S. — it features four football fields worth of ski and snowboard gear for sale at deep discount — Ski Dazzle returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 56th time on Dec. 6-8. With the $22 admission fee — free for kids 12 and under — you also get a free lift ticket to Snow Valley or Mt. Baldy or two-fer offers at various Southern California resorts. Details at skidazzle.com.
The Portland, Ore., Expo Center is the site for this expo on Nov. 1-3. Along with the usual booths and displays there will be a winefest beerfest with free tastings. Ticket prices are $14 adults, $3 juniors (ages 6-12; 5 and under are free); there’s also a two-pay pass for $18. Details at portlandskifever.com.
SnowJam Ski and Snowboard Expo
The Del Mar Fairgrounds is the site of the San Diego SnowJam on Nov. 8-10 before the expo moves to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Nov. 23-24. Admission prices each weekend are $19 in advance, $22 at the gate; kids 13 and under get in for free. Among the swag is a lift ticket to Snow Valley (San Diego show only), Brian Head and Eagle Point plus discounted lift tickets at selected Southern California and Utah resorts. Details at snowjamshow.com.