Forget fall. Snow's already coming down, blanketing resorts across the country and signaling the nationwide winter stoke that skiers and snowboarders collectively feel and fuel as those first turns draw near. To help make the wait time more tolerable, ski shows are also covering the country, welcoming summer-ravaged snow enthusiasts through their doors and in on insane equipment deals, lift ticket offers, giveaways, ski movies and an all-out awesome way to spend the day.

“If you have any interest at all in skiing or snowboarding, this is the place to be... it’s a one stop shop to find out what’s new and get a good deal,” said Bernie Weichsel, president of BEWI Productions, which puts on the Minneapolis, Denver and Boston Ski & Snowboard Expos. “This is a way to get close to the sport until a little snow flies and do it economically. It’s a lot of fun.” 

Spend next to nothing on a ticket and gain access to expos hosted in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Jose, Toronto, Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Boston and Albany. Get your gear on with major discounts, ski swaps, lodging deals, reps, pro athletes, ski lessons, and walk away with free or discounted skiing at a resort near you, just for coming out. 

“Basically a family of four can come for $20 and you can’t do much else for that,” Weichsel said, emphasizing that kids get in for free at the Minneapolis, Denver and Boston shows.  

Pay attention to the details when purchasing tickets. Many expos offer coupons and discounts online to lower ticket prices. 

Armed with everything you need to know, there's no excuse not to go get in on the fun in your town.