Midwest ski shows in Chicago, Minneapolis and north off the border in Canada are taking place this month, which means winter, skiing and snowboarding aren’t far away. People in this electronic age still love to come to the shows. They can often find some great ticket or vacation deals through the resorts. Get hyped for the coming season.
The largest of the Heartland shows the Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show, is Oct. 23-25, and is again being held on the north side of Chicago at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Show hours are Friday, 3-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-9p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $12 daily. Children 12 and under are free, and parking is free at the convention center for show attendees.
There’s even a free trolley to nearby shopping. Attendees receive lift ticket vouchers for Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Big Snow Resorts Indianhead Mountain and Blackjack with each paid admission.
Admission includes thousands of dollars in daily prize, lift ticket giveaways and a ski movie premiere. You can meet manufacturing reps previewing the new gear for the coming season, and pro skiers and snowboarders will be stopping by.
Local ski resorts from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as top destination resorts from many western states will be on hand to help plan winter vacations and answer questions. A sale with over $2 million in discounted merchandise from specialty retailers will be held as well as a huge used equipment sale run by the Southern Region Ski Patrol.
The sixth annual Minnesota Ski & Snowboard Expo, produced by the Minnesota Ski Area’s Association, is set for Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., Oct. 16-17. Ski resorts from Minnesota, Wisconsin,Vail Resorts and Big Sky will be on hand. Local retailers and manufacturing reps will be on hand showcasing the latest gear.Kids can even get a quick snowboard lesson at Burton’s Riglet Park right in the Rotunda. Show admission and parking are free.
The Toronto Snow Show takes place at the International Centre Hall in Mississauga, Ontario, Oct. 15-18. An adult ticket is $18, junior and seniors $10, and you receive a coupon for a Buy 1 Get 1 Free lift ticket, which you can redeem at participating Ontario resorts.
New this year is the Burton Riglet Park for young snowboarders, and there will be a Pro-Am Rail Jam.The show is a montage of manufacturers, retailers and resorts geared towards getting you ready for the coming winter. Show hours are Thursday, 3-10 p.m., Friday, noon-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Photos: The Windy City Ski Show in Chicago is Oct. 23-25 (Windy City Ski Show/Facebook); Mall of America hosts the Minnesota Ski & Snowboard Expo Oct. 16-17 (Minnesota Ski Show)