Get ready to be dazzled Chicagolanders. Ski Dazzle will be kicking off the 51st annual Chicago Ski Show & Snowboard Expo Nov. 6-8, which will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. As usual it promises lots of entertainment and fun for Windy City snowsports enthusiasts. It's one of the oldest ski shows in the nation.
The show will feature over 125 exhibitor and sponsors booths showcasing the world of snow sports. There will be money saving resort show specials and over $2 million worth of brand-name skis, snowboards, clothing, and accessories that will all be discounted by up to 70-percent. Shanty Creek will again be offering 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.
An Action Sports Film Theater will be showcasing the hottest new sports action films and the latest DVDs available with non-stop action throughout the three days.
There will be a free rock climbing wall, and professionally trained instructors will be on hand to assist those new to the sport. An open amateur rail jam takes place Saturday and Sunday. The event will be open to all riders and skiers in two brackets; 15 and over and under 15. The cost to compete is $35 per person, which includes a free show pass and a chance to win some prizes. There's even a remote chance of winning a pro contract for an outstanding performance.
The Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council (CMSC) will have two live auctions and a booth with information on clubs throughout the area, as well as some of their discounted trips and club activities for members.
The Daily Herald and Boyne Resorts have teamed to provide free ski lessons for attendees on an indoor ski school ramp. Bring a beginner to the show and 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.
Tickets to the show are $12 and can be purchased and printed online so there's no waiting in line at the Convention Center. Children (6-12) are $3; five and under are free.