Denver Expo Signals Official Start To Ski, Snowboard Season
High-flyin' fun at ski and snowboard expo. (Colo. Ski & Snowboard Expo photo)
A sure sign that winter is just around the corner comes when the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo opens its doors in downtown Denver.
Over the Nov. 10-12 weekend at the Colorado Convention Center, everyone who’s anyone in the Colorado resort industry will be there to entice, entertain and educate. Thousands of attendees will be tempted by equipment bargains, lift ticket discounts and lodging deals during the 26th annual snow sports extravaganza.
In addition, displays and activities will be set up to pique interest and get skiers and riders fired up for the forthcoming season.
The show runs noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $15 for a day at the show, with a gift card included, and can be bought online or at the door at 700 Fourteenth Street in Denver.
Here’s some of the highlights:
- For buyers, Colorado Ski & Golf stores gather their excess inventory of last year’s gear together for a 40-60 percent off sale during the Expo.
- Newbies should stop at First-Timers Booth near the entrance, which has what the never-ever needs to get an introduction to either skiing or snowboarding this season. And, Loveland Ski Area will set up a Kid’s Slope where their instructors will be on hand to give first-time youngsters a feel for sliding downhill.
- Need info on where to go? All Colorado resorts and many others in the West will have booths, and multi-resort ticket purveyors will show up with info on the resorts on their ticket plans. The Ski.com pavilion focuses on powder vacations to places like Hokkaido, Japan, and the Powder Highway in British Columbia.
- Want to learn about nordic skiing? The Ski Industry Association will set a “nordic village” for X-C, biathlon and snow shoeing demonstrations.
- Entertainment comes in the Flying Aces Aerial Trampline Show, and presentations on free style and slope style competitions that will be in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
- And, if fitness and fun are of interest, there’s an obstacle course, water rowing challenge, ropes course, climbing wall, slackline, and mechanical bull riding on the convention center floor.