Vail Valley: Ski Expo returns to Denver next week
Great deals on skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, clothing, and accessories will be served up at the 19th annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo, held Nov. 5-7 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The show is billed as the largest ski and snowboard sale in the state with 20,000 square feet of gear and prices slashed from 40 to 75 percent off last season’s prices. The show will also feature several new attractions. A Biergarten sponsored by Paulaner HP USA will have Oktoberfest-style entertainment and a selection of imported beers and wines. WSI Sports will hold 30-minute fashion shows every two to three hours, along with featured items from Colorado Ski & Golf. Clothing will be modeled by six of Colorado’s local ski and snowboard athletes. The Gibbon Slackline is a new attraction for kids. Designed to increase balance, build muscle and stay active in the outdoors, slacklines have earned a following because they are fun. “Slacklining” requires participants to balance along a narrow length of webbing and attempt to make it from one side of the line to the other without touching down. The Expo also features the “ELITEAM” Training Center, an interactive, physical-fitness fun area where kids of all ages can play, train, and challenge themselves on specialized training apparatus. A high-flying trampoline show, the Flying Aces, presented by Keystone Resort, features former Olympians performing super twisty aerial tricks. Free snow cones will be handed out near the show to help spectators keep cool.”Uncle E” will be back on Center Stage with contests including cup stacking, sumo wrestling in oversized suits, and frozen T-shirt contests. The MBS Mountainboard Big Air Show returns with a show that features mountainboarders flipping, spinning, and rail sliding on ramps and rails while launching themselves over obstacles and through the air. For first time skiers, the Breckenridge Kids Slope gives kids a chance to experience sliding on skis on this gently pitched indoor slope. While waiting for their turn to slide, a special kids coloring area will occupy and engage the little ones. For more information, go to http://www.skisnowboardexpo.com.