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Snow sports convention moving to Denver in 2010

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

SnowSports Industries America Tuesday announced it would move its annual trade show from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver starting in 2010.

The show, touted as the “biggest ever” convention booking for Denver, could draw 20,000 or more people every year.

The move came as welcome news to Venture Sports owner Mike Brumbaugh.

“I’ve got a bumper sticker that says, ‘Vegas sucks – move SIA to Denver,'” Brumbaugh said.

“This is awesome,” Brumbaugh added. “My employees like to go to Vegas, but as a businessman, I like to go, get my business done and leave.”

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The business Brumbaugh and other ski shop owners take care of is orders for the next season. Manufacturers have booths at the event, and sales people take orders from all over the country.

The nonprofit industry group made the move for both more space and a location closer to major ski areas.

“We’ve literally been turning companies away and denying established brands the opportunity to expand their presence at the trade show,” SnowSports Industries America President David Ingemie said. “Strictly from a space issue, especially meeting and event space, we have been looking at alternatives for some time.”

Denver tourism officials said the annual show will be a boon for the city.

“This will be one of the largest conventions held in Denver every year and even better, it comes in January, traditionally the slowest month of the year,” said Denver Metro Convention Bureau President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Scharf.

The association’s 2008 show will be Jan. 29 ” Feb. 1 in Las Vegas.

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