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It’s early November, the temperatures have dropped and snow has begun to turn the sage green of Baldy to the white gold of winter. Skiers and snowboarders from coast to coast are starting to get fired up for another season, so the team from Sun Valley is hitting the road.
This year’s annual fall ski show tour for Sun Valley will include stops from Seattle to Boston, from San Jose to Sacramento and Denver. At each stop our local reps will be giving out great deals, loads of schwag and will be sharing great stories and reasons to visit America’s original destination ski resort.
“It’s a great to get out there and shake hands, say hello to old friends and make new ones. It just gets everybody excited for the season,” said Mike Fitzpatrick, the marketing manager for Sun Valley Resort.
In addition to Sun Valley’s usual stops in Seattle and California, this year’s tour will also include shows in Denver and Boston.
“We see New England as a real good market. Getting to Sun Valley from Boston hasn’t always been easy, but it’s getting easier now,” Mike said, as we discussed the large local population of former New Englanders or people who found out about Baldy and the local world class Nordic and fly fishing scenes while in college in New England.
Besides the easier flights, the Mountain Collective passes should give folks a good reason to ski Sun Valley, or include it in a Western trip to Jackson Hole and Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon.
“We want to get people from the East Coast to make Sun Valley part of their trip West. A couple days here, a couple at Jackson or Snowbird or Alta, it would be the experience of a lifetime,” Mike said, adding “especially coming here to have an authentic ski weekend in a real town.”
No matter which town you call home, if you like to ski or board it would be a good idea to stop by and see the team from Sun Valley during this year’s ski show tour.
“We have schwag beyond schwag. If people come by to say, ‘Hi’ we’ll give them some extra incentive to visit Sun Valley this year.” Mike said.
Here’s a rundown of the Sun Valley’s 2015 Ski Show Tour. Please follow the links to each show for great deals on tickets and parking.
The first Snowbomb Ski and Board Festival show took place during Halloween weekend in San Francisco, with two more stop starting this weekend in San Jose (November 7-8th at the San Jose Convention Center) and Sacramento (November 14-15 at the Cal Expo Center). The Snowbombs are now FREE and include over a million dollars worth of gear and clothing, bouncy houses for the little ones, skate and BMX shows, as well as California beer and wine tastings.
The 46th SkiDazzle: The Seattle Ski & Snowboard Show on November 6-8 at Century Link Field Event Center is always a popular event. SkiDazzle includes free lessons for kids and the “Million Dollar Sale,” which offers great deals for everything from clothes and gear to lift tickets and stay and play packages, as well as their secret “Show Specials.” There are also freer rides (for those over 21) on “The Beast,” a truck turned into a snowboard jump, a rail jam competition and, new for this year, adult beverages of all kinds will be sold and allowed to be enjoyed while walking around the show.
The 65th Annual Ski Swap in Boise is November 6-8th at Expo Idaho in Boise. It’s one of the largest and oldest swaps in the Northwest, with over 20,000 items for sale. Asphalt Buffett will be playing on Friday night.
The 24th Annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo November 6-8 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver offers 20,000-square-feet of gear with prices slashed as well as the Rocky Mountain Beer Garden.
The 34th Annual Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo is November 12-15 at the Seaport World Trade Center. The rocking show along Boston Harbor will include what is being called the “largest ski and snowboard sale ever,” live music, a Long Trail Vermont beer garden, and lots of great deals and giveaways from places like our very own Sun Valley Resort.
Both the shows in Boston and Denver will also feature Alpine Villages to help introduce folks to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and the growing sport of biathlons for those who wish to skiing and rifle shoot.
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