Denver, Colo., Sept. 29, 2012—Snow has already arrived, snowmaking at several resorts is in full swing, and the countdown begins for the last, best outdoor sale of the year at the 21st annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo from Nov. 2-4, 2012 in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in Hall F. This gigantic sale is a magnet for shoppers on the prowl for skis, snowboards, boots, outdoor clothing, and essential accessories such as helmets, hats, goggles, and gloves. The reason: prices on last season’s inventory are marked down 40-75 percent. New to the shopping section of the Expo is an area dedicated to non-winter outdoor gear and accessories such as hiking boots, camping gear, and summer accessories with discounts up to 50 percent.
In addition to the sale, all 26 Colorado resorts have exhibit space with many of them offering “Expo-only” specials on everything from lodging, lift tickets, and lessons to discounts on dining and mountain resort activities.
The Expo gets extra kid-centric this year with the debut of the Coleman Mountain Activity Center. A star attraction is the Gibbon Slackline where kids can demo on the apparatus and watch competition. Slacklining is the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing that is low to the ground and firmly anchored. The sport and its athletes are currently on Madonna’s current tour where three Gibbon athletes are performing with the Material Girl. The MBS Mountainboard Demo Area will also be part of the Mountain Activity Center, giving Expo-goers the opportunity to try their all-terrain “snowboard on wheels”. The frequently mobbed ELITEAM Training Center presented by Eldora has a timed obstacle course that measures basic fitness and flexibility skills and kids can compete against their own times and each other. Other kid-magnets will be the Keystone Kidtopia bouncy castle where energetic pre-skiers and riders can bounce into the inflatable walls with reckless abandon. The Winter Park Kid’s Slope for first-time, just-thinking-about-it little skiers offers a gentle introduction to the concept of sliding downhill while for visual entertainment, the aerial trampoline exhibitions by the Skyriders presented by Crested Butte appeals to kids, teens, and their parents.
Adults can take a break from shopping and entertainment at the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest, back for the second year with a larger selection of beers and ales and more local brewers including AC Golden, Bristol Brewing, Elevation Beer Company, Great Divide Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Odell Brewing, Grand Lake Brewing, Ska Brewing, and more.
Hours are noon to 10 pm on Friday, Nov. 2; Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $12 for adults or $10 with a discount coupon available in The Denver Post or at any Colorado Ski & Golf or Colorado Ski & Sports store. Discount tickets can also be purchased in advance at skisnowboardexpo.com. Kids 12 and under are free. Admission to the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest requires a Ski & Snowboard Expo ticket. Combination tickets that include admission to both Expo and the Brew Fest are $24 in advance and $27 at the door. Combo tickets include one 12-ounce beer of choice plus three 4-ounce samples. Additional sampling tickets can be purchased onsite--3 for $5, 7 for $10, and 15 for $20. The beer with the most tickets turned in for the full beer will be declared the People’s Choice Winner.
For more details and activity schedules, visit skisnowboardexpo.com.