Three consumer ski shows kick off the new season Nov. 8-10 in Denver, Colo., Seattle, Wash., and San Diego, Calif.
Resorts, retailers, and equipment reps will be on hand to provide information on what’s new at their resorts and with their products.
The three-day Colorado Ski & Snowboard Show, produced by BEWI Sports, will be at the Colorado Convention Center, Hall A, in Denver, Colo. Some of the highlights include Winter Park Kids Learning Center, Keystone KidTopia Play Park, ELITEAM Training Center, Flying Aces Freestyle Aerial Demonstration, and Mountain Activity Center with options like Slacklining, Mountain Board, and Curling.
If all that walking and talking makes you thirsty, walk just a few steps more to the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest and sample handcrafted beers and ales from Colorado breweries; an additional fee applies to imbibe.
Hours are Friday (noon-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Adult tickets are $12; kids 12 and under are free. Save $2 by printing out a coupon from the wesbsite. Save $2 by riding the RTD (Regional Transportation District) and showing your pass or ticket when you purchase your admission. The admission ticket includes a $10 Liftopia gift card and a one-year subscription to either Ski or Transworld Snowboarding Magazine.
Head Northwest to Ski Dazzle’s Seattle Ski & Snowboard Show at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. Ski Dazzle also produces the Los Angels Ski & Snowboard Show (Dec. 5-8). There will be more than 125 exhibitor and sponsor booths featuring the latest clothing, equipment and accessories. Hours are Fri., 2-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Adult tickets are $15 and include a free lift ticket; kids 6-12 are $5 (no free lift ticket). Participating free lift ticket resorts include Crystal Mountain, Summit at Snoqualmie, White Pass, Mission Ridge, and Stevens Pass. Lift ticket choice must be made at the show.
The show features a $2 million sale and swap on current and past season gear with discounts up to 60 percent. There will be free ski lessons, a tire chain installation contest, resort travel seminars, and a rock-climbing wall. Chefs from the Seattle area and guest chefs will be holding cooking demos in a “Taste of Winter” event. Samples and recipes will be available at the end of the presentations.
SnowJam Ski & Snowboard Expo will be in San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, O’Brien Hall. SnowJam also will be visiting Las Vegas Nov. 23-24 at Cashman Center. Events at SnowJam include free Mountain High and Brian Head lift tickets; savings of up to 70 percent on new gear at a MegaSale; resort and equipment seminars;, X-Games BMX Halfpipe Vert Ramp with three shows daily; prizes, contests and show specials.
An adult ticket purchased at the box office is $18; save $3 by going to SnowJam’s website. Kids 13 and under are free with a paid adult ticket or SnowJam Card. Adult admission includes a free lift ticket to Mountain High Resort and a SnowJam Card membership for 2013-14 season. Admission is good for both days. Expo hours are Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. There is a $10 parking charge per car.
Photo: Denver Ski & Snowboard Expo (BEWI Sports)