Ready, Set, Go: Western Ski Shows Unveil 2019-2020 Season
As resorts in the West begin to open, the preseason ski show shifts into high gear to stoke the skiing and snowboarding public about the upcoming year.
These early season festivals typically fill a convention hall with equipment, clothing and resort booths, displays, food marts, entertainment venues and instructional sites. Attendees can get as much as 70 percent off previous season's equipment and accessories, plus get a look at what's new for the upcoming season at a myriad of brand-name suppliers and their retailers.
Plus, resorts will have plenty of discounted travel and lodging opportunities for attendees.
Here's a look at the 2019 lineup of ski shows out West.
Portland SkiFever kicks off on Nov. 1-3 at the Expo Center in downtown. Particular to this show is a massive ski swap where attendees can sell their old equipment and find newer, used replacements.
Also on the first weekend of November, NoCal Ski & Snowboard Festivals (aka SnowBomb) begins its three-city tour of northern California at San Francisco's Pier 35 center. At all three venues, there will be plenty of beer tasting booths – free with a VIP pass – to help visitors get to all 25 resort booths.
Next, on Nov. 8-10, SnowBomb festivities move to the Santa Clara Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza. And the NorCal ski and snowboard festival travels inland to Sacramento for a three-weekend at Cal Expo on Nov. 15-17.
On Nov. 8-10, SoCal gets into the mix with the SnowJam San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Get your admission ticket scanned at the nine resort booths and qualify for free or discounted ticket offers. First 200 Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass holders get in free on each of the three days.
The whole show then transports itself to the Las Vegas Convention Center for SnowJam Las Vegas on Nov. 23-24. A number of resorts will give away free or discounted day passes at their booths, with proof of admission. Others will honor the admission stub at their on-mountain ticket windows.
And, finally on Dec. 6-8, the West's ski show season winds up with SkiDazzle at the Los Angeles Convention. Aside from some 200 booths and massive discounts, the show features a climbing wall and a miniature version of Bear Mountain's Burton Riglet terrai park.