Ski Fever is ready to rock Portland. The 32nd annual Portland Ski Fever and Snowboard Show comes to the Portland Expo Center on Nov. 4-6. It is touted as the Northwest’s biggest swap with entertainment, ski resort booths, gear reps, pro riders and discounts.
“Our Portland show is just huge. It is the largest multi-retailer show in the country,” Organizer Dan Schindler said. “Everyone—retailers, equipment manufacturers and resorts—all join forces to make it happen."
You can preview the action here in this YouTube clip:
This year’s Portland show will feature the new Hot Dog Skier Lounge with music pumping from a van. “We had our van painted in professional graffiti by one of Portland’s premier graphic artists,” Schindler said. “The van is turning into a piece of artwork.”
The Hot Dog Skier Lounge will also be a place to flop on bean bag chairs and watch ski movies, compete for prizes or play games. Air hockey, ping-pong and hoop shoots will also be available.
The show also brings in action entertainment with the Sports Authority Rail Jam. The Freeride Theater features "Grand Bizarre" by Poor Boyz Productions.
Ryder, the skiing Scottish terrier, will demonstrate his skills and sign autographs with a paw stamp. He’ll also introduce his new companion, Foxy, who is learning to ski. This video clip from YouTube shows Ryder skiing on the ramp with help from his owner and trainer Bob Wenger.
The best reason to go to the show is the gear deals. Skiers and riders can get up to 70 percent off new and used equipment. The ski swap offers used and non-current gear while local retailers and ski reps come in with the newest goods. Local ski and board shops will include Sublimity, Ski Chalet, Hillcrest, US Outdoor, Bob's Ski Shop, Gorge Performance, Proshop, Play It Again Sports, Exit Real World, Next Adventure, Windance and Zumiez.
Attendees at the show receive two-for-one lift ticket offers from Hoodoo, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline, Mission Ridge and Whistler Blackcomb. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply. You can also enter a drawing online for a Kink snowboard and Rossignol bindings.
Admission costs $12 for adults and $3 for juniors ages 6-12. Kids younger than six can get in free. A discount on admission is available by registering online to get a coupon for $2 off, compliments of OnTheSnow and McDonald’s. You can get $2 off an adult admission with the warm coat drive or test drive a new Subaru at Wentworth Subaru to get two free passes to the show.
The show runs Friday from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Find more information about the Portland Ski Fever and Snowboard Show here.
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