It's time for the world's biggest most exciting pre-snow bash. The 35th annual Metro Ski & Snowboard Show breaks the ice on the 2008-09 ski season Wednesday through Sunday 22-26 October at Olympia in West Kensington. This is your chance to start the juices flowing and you'll be chomping at the bit by the time to snow is falling in earnest you.

Londoners know Olympia is a 123-year-old exhibition center, considered to be the largest building in the kingdom covered by one span of iron and glass. The show is located in Olympia Grand Hall. The nearest underground and overground station is Kensington (Olympia). Turn left out of the station exit. The entrance to Olympia Grand Hall is on the right hand side on Olympia Way. The show is presented by the Metro newspaper.

Show hours Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices Wednesday-Friday are £9 for adults, but it bumps up to £13 Saturday and Sunday. There are reduced prices for students and seniors, and kids under are free.

The show is jammed with features, starting with the Spine Jump where the London Ride and British Show Tour Championships will be staged. The Ice Kingdom is the place for family fun on the ice rink and, more adult-like fun, in the Ice Bar. The Brand Arena and Fashion Showcase lets you preview the merchandise for the new season and enjoy a fashion show on the catwalk. Look for workshops on how land jobs in ski resorts all over the world this winter.

Don't miss a visit to the Gigloo where the après-ski life of the Alps is recreated in Central London. It's free, too. Here's a hint: Show up Wednesday night when comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Andrew Maxwell from Meribel's Altitude Festival tickle the funny bones. Many more acts are booked as well throughout the five days. The Gigloo is also home to Canadian Husky sled dogs and the World Resorts Village.

We'll be there, too. Look for is in Stand #726.'s UK edition gives you the news of interest when you are planning a trip to ski resorts throughout Europe and North America. Say hello to our U.K. editors Alicia Gough and Patrick Thorne.