Deals, Fashion, Paralympians, High Flyers Headline Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo Nov. 13-16
Northeastern skiers and riders consider the Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo Nov. 13-16 the biggest homecoming party of the season. This year’s new offerings include a fashion show, a Paralympian salute, and a Nordic Village Learning Center In addition to the tried and true aerial show, a perennial favorite.
The 32nd annual Expo, presented by Subaru of New England, brings four days of snow world entertainment to Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Snowsports fans find the deals of the season and discover what’s new for the coming winter across North America and beyond. “This is the Northeast’s annual “communal gathering for snow fiends,” founder and president of BEWI Productions Bernie Weichsel told SnoCountry.com.
Admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available online or at the door and $3 coupons are available online.
If you are looking to get your celebrity fill, skiing icon Glen Plake will be signing posters at the Dalbello booth Friday, Saturday and early Sunday. Olympic gold medalists Donna Weinbrecht (moguls) will be making appearances at the Killington and Ramp booths Friday and Saturday, and you’ll find Tommy Moe (DH, Super G) at the Jackson Hole booth those days as well.
Salute Our Paralympians
A number of the U.S. Paralympic Team’s medalists from the Olympic Games in Sochi will be talking about their experience of competing for their country at the U.S. Paralympics Team Salute. They will also share information about opportunities available for youths, adults and veterans with physical and visual disabilities through the Paralympic and adaptive sport programs.
At the SIA Nordic Village Interactive Zone attendees can try simulations of cross-country, snowshoeing, and jumping for a hands-on indoor learning experience, with instruction by top athletes and expert teaching pros.
This year’s show will also see the return of the Skyriders! – a choreographed aerial show featuring skiers and boarders in a high-flying acrobatic trampoline show and Slackline, one of the hottest competitive and training apparatus on the planet, with a new pro-level competitive event and demo area.
Many resorts will offer show-only lift ticket and lodging deals.
“Before you head to the show, think about where you want to ski and do some research before you come,” Weichsel told us. Doing some footwork before the show will give skiers and riders a starting point as they head into the show. “At the show, you can check out all the deals available at the resorts you are interested in.”
Equipment and clothing deals are also a huge part of the show, but all of the choices may seem overwhelming at first glance. Weichsel suggests doing some research online ahead of time, so you have an idea of what you are looking for when you arrive, and you’ll see that the “best deals of the season are at the show.”
The Vertical Runway Fashion Spectacular, highlighting fashion and performance trends in ski and snowboard wear and equipment, will promote key fashion and equipment brands offered at the Expo’s anchor retailer, East Coast Alpine.
Burton Outerwear, Eider outdoor wear, Mountain HardWear, Ripzone and Powder Room outdoor apparel, RIDE Snowboard Outerwear, Smith Optics, and Volkl Performance Wear are the top tier brands that will rock the Expo runway.
This is Weichsel’s 33rd year producing the Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo. “In the beginning we didn’t sell at the show. We had equipment swaps, but it was primarily informational back then. Now, in addition to all the displays and fun activities, the show is a marketplace for retailers and resorts to give consumers their very best deals.”
Weichsel attributes Boston’s success to the Northeast’s strong community of skiers, riders and resorts. “They see it as a kickoff to the season, and every resort in the Northeast, plus many from the west are here.”
Photo: Meet Paralympians like boarder Nicole Roundy at the Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo. (USOC)