Just as snow hits Whistler Blackcomb, the snow show comes to town. The annual Vancouver Snow Show amps up the winter frenzy in Vancouver, British Columbia to prepare skiers and riders for the season. The snow show, put on by CanWest Productions, brings together entertainment and resorts, but most importantly gear. Skiers and snowboarders can buy new and used equipment at steeply discounted prices, and those who buy tickets online can get admission for less.

The snow show corrals snowsports retailers, ski resorts, and travel associations into the Vancouver PNE’s Forum Oct. 26-27, 2012. You can check out what’s new for this year, get vacation planning tips and pick up swag. All Vancouver area resorts—Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain,and Mt. Seymour—will have exhibit booths as well as destination resorts across British Columbia and Alberta.

But if you need gear, you’re in luck. New and used gear is for sale in the annual Winter Extreme Swap to support the Canadian Ski Patrol. More than $1.5 million of equipment lines up for shoppers with discounts on new gear as deep as 80 percent. Red tag items on Saturday are cut by another 25 percent.

The swap will take consignments from the public from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. The show and swap are open to the public from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to the Vancouver Snow Show costs $8 at the door. But if you buy your tickets online, you can get them for $5 instead. Kids 12 years old and younger can get in free when accompanied by an adult.

At the show, the BC Freestyle Ski Association will sponsor a public rail jam that takes place over both days and offers $1,000 in cash prizes. The Go Pro Amateur Extreme Video Contest will also give away $1,000 in prizes to the best videos.
 
Find more information about the swap here and more details about the Vancouver Snow Show here.