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Hope, Skiing, and The Snow Show

weatherchannel2016-17storm-namesHope springs eternal. Didn’t the Cubbies prove that this season? As skiers and riders, we are the epitome of eternal optimists. The Weather Channel just released their Winter Storm names. Niko, Pluto and Zeno sound hopeful. Who can forget Nemo?

Nowhere is our annual alpine hopefulness more apparent than at the 25th annual Denver Ski Show Nov 4-6 and The Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo November 10-13, 2016. These expos are a winter wonderland of ski resort booths, aerial acts, ski fashion shows, huge ski and snowboard sales, and the requisite live music and beer gardens.

This year marks the 35th annual hrb-skea-scarfBoston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo, opening Thursday Nov 10 with hours 3 -10pm, Veterans Day Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm, and Sunday 10am – 6pm.

I love going to the Ski Show, to see ski colleagues I haven’t chatted with since last chair, last season. It’s like après ski before our first ski turns of the season, unless you have already made turns at Killington – they opened first in the East October 26. In Colorado, family-ski-lookoutArapahoe Basin opened first in the nation on October 14, Loveland opens same day as the Boston show – November 10.

The Boston.com Ski Show is a veritable candy store for snow sports addicts, loaded with shiny new ski and snowboard gear. If you are planning a ski trip, the Ski Show is an opportunity to talk one-on-one with tour operators, resort reps, and score deals on ski destination packages. I love talking to gear techs and ski resort reps about what’s kathy-heather-skea-sunday-rivernew and improved.

The Country Ski & Sports Fashion Spectacular sponsored by Sunday River is another ski show highlight as the latest trends from Spyder, Volkl, Spyder, Scott, Karbon, Burton, Obermeyer, Marmot and Athalon light up the runway. Boston’s top stylist Kathy Benharris is the producer of the show that will run 3-4 times daily throughout the Expo.pack-family-ski-trips

You are bound to pick up some swag, see some ski buddies and get stoked about the ski season. There’s live music, local food samples and lift ticket giveaways. Glen Plake and his model wife Kimberley will be there, along with other who’s who in the ski biz. Tickets to the Ski Show are $15, kids 12 and under are free. You can save $3 with this coupon here, and your admission earns you a subscription to Ski or Skiing magazine.

SkiSeason2016-17Here’s hoping for a cold snowy year. The Almanac is forecasting frigid and snow-filled in the East. New England ski resorts are due after last year’s balmy bummer of a ski season. The Chicago Cubs would say keep the faith ski friends.

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Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright, Photos by Greg Burke, property of LuxurySkiTrips.com