Looking for bargains on ski gear? Then, head to the Can-West Calgary Snow Show Nov. 6-7. The 22nd annual show features one of the biggest ski swaps in Alberta and has new attractions this year.
"The biggest draw is the Southern Alberta Ski Swap," Kevin Collins told us. "Retailers bring down gear from last year and some from this year, and you can save a ton of money." The swap supports the Calgary Alpine Racing Club. Those who enter used gear or clothing in the swap sale receive free admission to the show and 80 percent of the sale price of their items.
Collins expects about 10,000 snow enthusiasts to visit the show where prizes are given away. The new $30,000 grand prize gives away two season passes and a condo rental for use all winter at Panorama Mountain Village. Entering the drawing for prizes requires filling out a ballot.
Entertainment includes a jib jam with skiers and snowboarders from WinSport Canada's Canada Olympic Park hopping on the rails. New musical entertainment features a showdown of indie bands. The SnowSeekers Fresh Trax Band Competition plays on the main stage with six bands throughout the weekend. The competition to enter the show started with Internet voting that closes Oct. 29. The top six bands vie to be the winning band heading to the mountains with lift tickets, accommodations, and a gig in an episode of SnowSeekers TV.
The show also includes exhibitors from Canadian and U.S. resorts. You can catch up on what's new at Alberta resorts such as Castle Mountain, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Marmot Basin, Nakiska, and Mount Norquay. Many British Columbia resorts will be represented, too.
The Calgary Snow Show runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Hall D ofBMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary. Admission at the door costs $10 CAN for adults and $8 CAN for seniors and students. Children 11 and younger are admitted free. A family pass admitting two adults and two students costs $25 CAN.