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Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo Welcomes Winter

Ski-NH-Expo Its a warm welcome to winter at the Boston Expo. (Martha Wilson)

The Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo returns to the Boston Seaport World Trade Center Nov. 8-11, showcasing New England’s coolest winter scenes. The annual winter sports extravaganza is the best way to prepare to hit the slopes fully armed with the latest information and the best pre-season pricing and Expo-only savings on lift tickets and season passes, vacation specials ski and snowboard gear. 

Many exhibiting companies, from ski resorts to tour operators to gear providers, will be offering Expo-only special offers on lift tickets, travel/vacation packages, and new gear. Contests, raffles, giveways and games guarantee that Expo visitors will more than cover any entrance fees paid at the door.

Find all manner of gear and fun at the Expo. (Martha Wilson)

Country Ski & Sport brings in truckloads of ski and snowboard gear, clothing, and accessories, setting up the region’s biggest pre-season wintersports sale. 

Amateurs to pros show off their stuff at the Boston Open Rail Jam. (Martha Wilson)

The new Boston Open Rail Jam will be the largest indoor ski/snowboard Freestyle Rail Jam the East Coast has ever seen, with a prize purse of up to $10,000. Pros and amateurs ages 9 and up will be ripping the course along with color commentary, games, product tosses and DJ action. 

Her Turn at the She Shed

Also new this year is the “Her Turn At The She Shed” where women can make connections, explore the options and take control of the winter experience, whether skiing, snowboarding, hitting the Nordic trails or savoring the apres-ski hours. Join in both scheduled programs and informal chats about women-specific skiing and snowboarding needs. Hear from fitness specialists and learn about female-specific gear and apparel. Get beauty and fashion tips and learn about on-snow programs designed for women. Look into winter recreation and travel options. The vibrant ski house atmosphere will invite women to explore an array of topics, guided by award-winning authors and bloggers, Olympic champions, travel experts and more. 

The TGR Stokemobile, a solar-powered, tricked- out, high-tech mobile unit will make a larger-than-life presence on the Expo floor. The Stokemobile brings the action indoors for an immersive experience, including its huge flat screen TVs displaying TGR and Outside TV content, VR exhibits, the latest in lifestyle and branded merchandise, music, star athlete appearances and more. 

Subaru of New England sponsors the first-ever Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo Coat Drive. All showgoers can drop off "lightly used" winter jackets that will be donated to those in need during the cold winter months. Donors will receive Subaru swag and a $10-off coupon from Country Ski & Sport good towards a purchase of a new jacket at the Expo.  

Wachusett Mountain Kids Snowpark and Learning Center gets the kids off to the right start this winter with beginner ski and snowboard lessons on revamped indoor slope. Expert children’s instructors put the kids in real gear and guide them on their first glides. It’s the perfect place to test out winter fun and get youngsters eager to hit the slopes.  

The always thrilling Skyriders Aerial Extravaganza showcases daring aerial choreography with athletes sporting skis and snowboards while flying high off dual trampolines. 

The ELITEAM Fitness Challenge is boosting its family appeal with an ever-changing array of fitness fun apparatus, under the expert guidance of U.S. Olympic skier and Hall of Famer Doug Lewis, whose training team will challenge youngsters to new fitness goals on dual obstacle courses and unique fitness challenges. 

Get the scoop on national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day, Jan. 11 at resorts across the country. It’s the perfect way to celebrate these favorite sports while introducing family and friends to a new winter fun experience. 

There is the ever-popular Long Trail Beer Garden, with great pours from the Vermont-based brewery, in conjunction with Ski Vermont.  Stop in for a visit at the WZLX 100.7 Classic Ski Lodge, where “tweet & meets” and selfies are the call-to-socialize in a colorful après-ski setting. Expo offers up food courts and food samplings and is situated in the heart of Boston’s newest neighborhood of trendy food attractions.  Make a day or night of it and plan to take in the whole Seaport experience.   

All your favorite resorts represent in Boston, with deals, giveaways and more. (Martha Wilson)

For Expo specials updates check out Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Admission is $15 adults; under 12 free. Doors are open 3 -10 p.m. Friday and Satuday; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Sunday. Paid admission includes one-year subscription to SKI magazine and a $10 Gift Card from GetSkiTickets.com. Tickets may be purchased online as well as at the door.

Underground parking is available at the Seaport Hotel and at Marine Central, 373 Northern Ave. Check online for special offers.  

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