The Calgary Snow Show jumps to a new venue this year. The show, which is slated for Nov. 3-4, 2012, moves to Spruce Meadows, and will feature a skate contest and gear clearance sale along with a movie premiere. For Alberta skiers and snowboarders, the show begins the countdown to the ski and snowboard season this winter.

The new location for the Calgary Snow Show is the Equi-plex at Spruce Meadows. The 36,000-square-foot facility is plenty big to accomodate visitors, and features a 4,000-square-foot indoor skate park and 4,000-square-foot gear center where you can find deals on skis, snowboards, boots, clothing and accessories. There is also free parking at the venue.

The skate park will feature an open competition, instructional sessions, and demonstrations by the Skate Team. The skate competition, which is open to anyone, will dole out $3,000 worth of prizes. Participants do not need to register ahead of time.

Once each day, the show will premier the Hurt So Good movie. You can catch the inspiration and carnage from Legs of Steel Skiing at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Here’s the teaser to wet your tastebuds:

Other entertainment consists of free seminars from the Canadian Avalanche Centre and an amateur video contest by GoPro. Prizes to be given out during the show include three heli-ski trips from Eagle Pass Heliboard in Revelstoke, cat skiing pass from Big Red Cats, a one-week stay in Grande Rockies Resort two-bedroom condo, and four two-way satellite communicators from inReach Canada.

Exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada plan to attend as well. Of course, the Alberta resorts will be out in force. You can stop by booths for Castle Mountain, Nakiska, Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Marmot Basin, as well as nearby BC resorts such as Fernie, Kimberley, Panorama, Kicking Horse, and Revelstoke. Other select ski resorts plan on attending from the U.S. and other parts of British Columbia, you can stop by their booths to pick up shwag, see what’s new, and compare.

The Calgary Snow Show is scheduled to run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets cost $8 at the door. Kids 12 and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult.

By planning ahead, you can get discounted tickets for entry to the Calgary Snow Show. You can buy admission tickets at any Safeway for $2 off. You can also order them online for $5 plus a $1 service charge.

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