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Guide to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo

Get Ready for the Skiing and Riding Season With This Annual Event

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Guide to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo

A youngster tried her hand at virtual snowboarding at the annual Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo.

Photo by Eric Wilbur

The Boston Globe Ski and Snowboard Expo is considered the annual kickoff to the winter season. This popular event, held for years at the Bayside Exposition Center, moved to the Seaport World Trade Center in 2010, the same site where it will be this year. The downtown venue, right in the heart of the Seaport district, is a fabulous site for the show, and features a wide range of dining options nearby including Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill, Morton’s Steakhouse, and the Legal Test Kitchen.

The expo boasts dozens of New England ski area representatives, as well as many more from across the nation and Canada. Want to book a trip on the cheap, or try your hand at plenty of freebies including bumper stickers, skiing literature, and even lift tickets? Head on down and talk skiing and riding with those in the know. Retailers East Coast Alpine and Eastern Boarder will present their annual ski sale at the show, and it’s a great way to get a deep discount on skiing and riding equipment, apparel, and accessories.

An average of 45,000 attendees visits the Boston Ski Expo every year. Here’s what to expect:

When: Nov. 10-13, 2011.

Times: Nov. 10 – 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Nov. 11 – 10 a.m. -10 p.m.
Nov. 12 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Nov. 13 – 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: The Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, One Seaport Lane, Boston, (617)-385-5000

Cost: $12 at the door. Get a coupon worth $2 off admission at www.bewi.com.

Who: Dozens of ski area representatives will be on hand to help you plan a trip, or simply discuss what their resorts have to offer. There will also be a number of manufacturers on hand showcasing the latest equipment, travel and tourism agencies, local radio stations, and skiing-related entities like Friends of Tuckerman Ravine and the New England Ski Museum.

For a complete list of this year’s exhibitors, visit www.bewisports.com/expos/boston/exhibitor-list

Events: In addition to the deals and ski vacation information available, there are also a handful of notable and entertaining events happening throughout the weekend.

This year, the Gibbons Games East will be offering potential participants the chance to try out “slacklining,” the act of balancing along a narrow piece of webbing. The event is free with admission, and you can register here.

The Eliteam Fitness Challenge will be hosted by Olympian Doug Lewis, and offers the children the opportunity to challenge themselves on an agility course.

The Skyriders Trampoline Show is always an entertaining aspect of the show. These professional trampoline artists will showcase their skills wearing skiing and riding gear at various points throughout the weekend. Check out the schedule here.

The “Fall Brawl” skateboarding contest will also take place at various points throughout the weekend. See that schedule here.

Parking: There are a good number of metered spaces in the general area of the Seaport. However, if you plan on staying for an extended period of time, here are number of area parking garages and lots.

Public transportation: The Seaport World Trade Center is easily accessible via the World Trade Center station on the Silver Line.

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