It's a sure sign that winter in the Heartland can't be far off.

The 52nd Ski Dazzle Chicago Ski & Snowboard Show is less than three weeks away. Billed as the Midwest's largest consumer ski show, it takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Nov. 5-7. It's one of the oldest continually run ski shows in the U.S.

The show features over 125 exhibitor and sponsors booths showcasing the world of snow sports. Nearly 60 resorts from across the country, including many from the Midwest, will be on hand to answer questions and help with trip planning. It also includes a $2 million gear and accessories sale with discounts up to 70-percent off.

Tickets to the show are $12 and can be purchased and printed online so there's no waiting in line at the Convention Center; follow the link below. Children under 13 are free.

Shanty Creek is providing a free $50 lift ticket with each paid adult show admission.  The free lift ticket is good any day of the season except for some blackout dates over the holidays. The resort also is offering an optional lodging package, which is explained when you pick up the ticket.

Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands is providing free ski lessons for attendees on an indoor ski school ramp.  Bring a beginner to the show.  They can get their first lesson, complete with all the equipment necessary, right there.  By the time they get to the ski hill they will be ready to go.

An Action Sports Film Theater will be showcasing the hottest new sports action films and the latest DVD's available with non-stop action throughout the three days.

There's a free rock climbing wall where professionally trained instructors will be on hand to assist those new to the sport.

The Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council (CMSC) will have two live auctions this year and a booth with information on clubs throughout the area as well as some of their discounted trips and club activities for members. The auctions will feature snow sports equipment, lift tickets, lodging, and season passes. All proceeds benefit CMSC charities and events.

More information.