Fall Ski/Snowboard Shows and Swaps Offer Fun, Entertainment and Deals


Contact: Mary Jo Tarallo | info@skiandsnowboard.org


October 2016 – Upcoming consumer Ski and Snowboard Expos and swaps are a good resource for special deals not just for experienced snow enthusiasts but for beginners as well. Events take place in various parts of the country beginning in September and culminating in early December. There still are plenty happening in the next few weeks.

Details on consumer shows are available HERE.

 Typically, retail snow sports specialty shops and also resorts in local communities host swaps often in conjunction with a community group or members of the National Ski Patrol.  

Expos and swaps are organized with current skiers and snowboarders in mind but they also offer opportunities for newcomers. Expos feature a wide array of venders from ski and snowboard resorts in a local market and also from destinations father away. Most also provide indoor lessons, entertainment, food demos and other informational clinics to help consumers make informed decisions about what various venues have to offer.

One of the largest consumer shows is in Chicago the weekend of October 21 – 23, 2016.  There is a show somewhere almost every weekend during November.

The larger expos take place in highly populated metro areas making it easy for urbanite newcomers to gather information from various sources. For example, the Denver and Boston Ski and Snowboard Expos take place the weekends of November 4 – 6, 2016 and November 10 – 13, 2016 respectively. Both feature a substantial equipment/clothing sale, dozens of resort booths and various activities for show-goers.

One of the nation’s largest shows is the L.A. Ski Dazzle that historically has wrapped up the show season and is set this year December 2 – 4, 2016.  

Swaps often start in the fall at snow sports retail specialty shops in many cities or at mountain venues that host or own retailer operations. The focus is more on enabling consumers to sell no longer needed equipment and clothing and provide those in need with some good deals. A quick Google search will provide a trove of information and here are a few examples.

The Vail (CO) Ski Swap is October 21-23 at the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead. It is the 47th year for the event.

In Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is hosting a swap on November 18 – 20 at the Clock Tower Base Lodge.

The Ski Utah web site lists a number of swaps and sales taking place in that state in various locations during October and November.

The Pro-Fit Ski, Snowboard and Bike Tent Swap/Sale takes place Sunday, November 30 at Whitetail Resort in PA.

Local clubs and shops are other good sources for finding out what is happening in a local community. The learntoskiandsnowboard.org web site lists many of the clubs as well as a list of shops located in various parts of the U.S.

“Skiing and snowboarding are very social sports,” said Mary Jo Tarallo, director of the snow sports industry’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard (Month)/Bring a Friend initiative. “I can’t think of a better way for a beginner to learn a lot and also get in the mood for winter than attending a ski/snowboard show. They definitely are FUN!”

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