Skiers and riders look to the fall ski shows to discover improvements ski areas have made during the off-season, talk with equipment manufacturers’ reps, decide on their ski vacation and getaway plans, get deals on swapped or new equipment, and enjoy live entertainment.
Here is SnoCountry.com’s guide to fall shows across the nation. Keep checking back as more details will be added as they become available.
Oct. 15-18: Toronto Snow Show, International Centre, Hall 5, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON, Hours: Thurs., 3-10 p.m., Fri., Noon-10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults $18; Juniors (11-17) and Seniors (65 plus) $10; children (10 and under) free with an adult; Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children) $45.
Highlights: Buy one, get one free lift ticket with admission; Pro-AM Rail Jam; Burton Riglet Park, snowboard park; the Canadian Ski Patrol System’s biggest ski and snowboard swap (according to the organization) that helps support Patrol training programs and volunteer first aid services. Exhibitors will have the latest equipment, deals from resorts across North America.
Oct. 16-17: Minnesota Ski & Snowboard Expo. Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, Minn. No admission or parking fees. Exhibitors include ski and snowboard manufacturers, ski resorts, travel companies, and health and fitness experts.
Oct. 23-25: Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show, Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Ill. Hours: Fri., 3-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult admission $12; kids under 12 are free. Free parking.
Highlights: Manufacturer reps from top ski and snowboard companies; local, destination resorts; purchase new gear; meet pro skier and snowboarders; Southern Region Ski Patrol’s Super Sale featuring over $2 million in merchandise with discounts of up to 70 percent. Prizes, lift ticket giveaways; free Schaumburg Woodfield Trolley service.
Oct. 24-25: Ottawa Ski, Snowboard And Travel Show, Ernst & Young Centre), Hall 3, 4899 Uplands Drive at Airport Parkway, Ottawa, ON. Hours: Sat., and Sun.,10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; $8 on site parking.
Highlights: Over 100 U.S. and Canadian ski and snowboard-related travel destinations, equipment and clothing (discounts from 50-70 percent), lifestyle information and related products and services, at-show-only special offers, plus ski/snowboard swap and sale. Onsite Dodgeball tournament, photo booth, and trampoline demonstrations by Calabogie and Camp Fortune Freestyle Teams.
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Calgary Snow Show, Equi-Plex, Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary, AB. Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults $10; order online and save $3; kids 12 and under free when accompanied by paid adult. Save when you share on Facebook.
Highlights: Calgary Snowmobile Swap & Show in conjunction with Snow Show, Burton Kids’ Zone.
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Snowbomb Ski & Board Festival-San Francisco, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco, Calif. Hours: Sat. and Sun.,10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: General entry free. Powder Pass $25 (admission, one free lift ticket to Badger Pass, Bear Valley, China Peak, Sierra-at-Tahoe). VIP Pass $50 (admission, free lift ticket to Powder Pass areas, unlimited Sat. wine or Sun. beer tasting, buy one-get one free Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows). Platinum Pass also available for $200.
Nov. 6-8: Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo. Produced by BEWI Productions. Colorado Convention Center, Hall F, 700 Fourteenth Street, Denver, Colo. Hours: Fri., Noon-10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: adults $15, kids 12 and under free; additional $3 discount with coupon. Buy tickets online or at door.
Highlights: Equipment with discounts of up to 75 percent; Expo-only lodging deals and packages offered by 26 Colorado resorts; Burton Riglet Snowboard Park; mechanical bull; Mountain Activity Center with inter-active demos. Tip: Show your RTD ticket and get $3 off admission.
Nov. 6-8: Albany Ski and Snowboard Expo, Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. Hours: Fri., 4-9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults $8 online, $10 at the door; kids under 10 free with paid adult. $5 per vehicle in Empire State Plaza parking garage.
Highlights: One of New York’s largest and longest-running winter sports shows; early season discounts on the latest in equipment, fashion, destinations; dozens of prizes; Warren Miller film screenings.
Nov. 6-8: Ski Dazzle – Seattle Ski & Snowboard Show, Century Link Field Event Center, West Hall, 800 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle, Wash. Produced by Ski Dazzle, producers of the Los Angeles Ski Show & Snowboard Expo. Hours: Fri., 3-9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $15 adults or kids with lift ticket offer; $5 kids 6-12, free for 6 and under (no lift. Free lift ticket with general admission for adults only.
Highlights: Sale and swap up to 60 percent; Learn to Ski School for kids and adults; cross country ski course; rock climbing wall, and cooking demonstrations.
Nov. 6-8: Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Ore. Hours: Fri., 1-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: adults $14; juniors (6-12) $3; under 6 free. Discounts online .
Highlights: Equipment up to 70 percent discount; ski swap; Rail Jam, Freeride show, Wine Chalet, Hot Dog Skier Lounge, tire chain contest, and two-for-one lift ticket deals.
Nov. 7-8: Snowbomb Silicon Valley Ski & Snowboard Festival, McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, Calif. Hours: Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Free General entry; $25 Powder Pass (admission, one free lift ticket to each resort: Bear Valley, Badger Pass, China Peak, Sierra-at-Tahoe); $50 VIP Pass (festival admission, unlimited wine/beer (Saturday) or beer (Sunday) tastings, free lift tickets to Powder Pass areas, buy one-get one free Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. Platinum Pass also available for $200.
Nov. 12-15: Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo. Produced by BEWI Productions. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, Mass. Hours: Thurs. and Fri., 3-10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults $15; kids 12 and under free; additional $3 discount with coupon.
Highlights: ELITEAM Fitness Challenge; Skyriders! Trampoline Show; pre-season equipment, accessory, clothing sale; resorts offering show deals; live entertainment; interactive exhibits; fashion show.
Nov. 14-15: Snowbomb Ski & Board Festival-Sacramento, Cal Expo Center, Hall A & B, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, Calif. Hours: Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. General admissionfree); $25 Powder Pass (admission, one free lift ticket to Bear Valley, China Peak, Sierra-at-Tahoe); $50 VIP Pass (festival admission, unlimited wine/beer (Saturday) or beer (Sunday) tasting, free lift tickets to Powder Pass areas, buy one-get one free Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows).
Nov. 14-16: SnowJam/San Diego Ski & Snowboard Festival, Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, Calif. Hours: Fri., 4-10 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. SnoJam card members free admission. Free Mountain High lift ticket with paid admission.
Highlights: MegaSale with savings of up to 70 percent on new gear; manufacturer reps; equipment and resort seminars; Half Pipe Vert Ramp.
Nov. 21-22: SnowJam/The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Festival, Cashman Center, Hall A, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. Hours: Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. SnowJam members free admission. Free Brian Head lift ticket with paid admission.
Features: MegaSale of new gear with savings up to 70 percent; manufacturer reps; equipment and resort seminars; music, prizes.
Dec. 4-6: Ski Dazzle’s Los Angeles Ski & Snowboard Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, park at South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Calif. Hours: Thurs. and Fri., 4-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., noon-6 p.m. Admission: Adults $20 which includes a buy- one-get-one-free super lift ticket; kids 6-12 $5; under six free (no lift ticket offer for kids 6-12).
Highlights: Exhibitors and retailers, free entertainment, Burton Riglet Park, rock climbing wall, win lift ticket and prizes, ski sale and swap up to 70 percent off.
Photos: (Top right) Burton Riglet Snowboard Park (Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo/Joan Christensen); Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show (Facebook/SkiFever & Snowboard Show); Bottom: Super Sale (Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show)