If you haven’t had a chance to peruse one or more of the pre-season ski sales yet, and even if you have, you can catch up at the 21st annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo by Jeep this weekend. The expo opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday at the Colorado Convention Center in Hall F.
According to expo organizers, prices on last season’s inventory are marked down 40-75 percent. New this year, a section of the retail space will be dedicated to summer outdoor gear with everything from hiking boots to camping gear.
This is also an excellent venue to compare deals and season ski passes since 24 of Colorado’s resorts will be manning booths with Expo-only specials on everything from lodging, lift tickets, and lessons to discounts on dining and mountain resort activities. Coupons, giveaways, and insider recommendations from resort representatives help shoppers plan their day trips, weekend getaways, and winter vacations.
There are various events, demonstrations and interactive stations to check out this year’s expo, including the new Coleman Mountain Activity Center anchored by Gibbon Slacklines, which is a jiggly tightrope challenge, for lack of a better phrase. A pro performance using Slacklines was featured in Madonna’s halftime show at last year’s Super Bowl for some reason. This year, a pro competition and a demo center will be featured to better illustrate this emerging new sport.
In the MBS Mountainboard Zone expo visitors can try doing stunts on the big mountainboards. The MBS Zone will have an obstacle course for beginners and skilled participants.
For aspiring mountaineers, Colorado Outward Bound will be operating a climbing wall and guiding young climbers through the basic skills. And, the ELITEAM Training Center on the floor of the expo features a timed obstacle course that measures basic fitness and flexibility skills.
Other attractions include the Skyriders! aerial trampoline exhibitions presented by Crested Butte, the Winter Park Kid’s Slope for first-time-just-thinking-about-it little skiers, the Keystone Kidtopia bouncy castle, and for those who have always wondered what the sport of curling is all about, demonstrations and a chance to try the sport will be an intriguing new attraction courtesy of the Denver Curling Club.
The Rocky Mountain Brew Fest makes its second annual appearance at the expo with more than two dozen distinct beers and ales from ten local brewers. A separate and additional ticket for the Brew Fest is required. Brew Fest hours are Friday, Nov. 2 from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1-4 p.m. and again from 5-8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 3 from 2-5 p.m. For details on available beers visit www.RockyMountainBrewFest.com.
Expo hours are noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is $12 for adults or $10 with a discount coupon available in The Denver Post or at any Colorado Ski & Golf or Colorado Ski & Sport store, and kids under 12 are free. Admission to the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest requires a Ski & Snowboard Expo ticket. Combination tickets that include admission to both Expo and the Brew Fest are $24 in advance and $27 at the door.
Visit www.skisnowboardexpo.com for discount coupons, to purchase tickets in advance and for details and schedules.