There’s not quite a chill in the air in Toronto yet, but skiers and boarders alike are turning their thoughts to glistening hills and virgin snowfalls. With that in mind, the Toronto Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place from October 13-16, 2011 is showcasing the latest ski and board equipment, as well as many of Canada’s and the U.S.’s top ski destinations to skiing and boarding enthusiasts. Participants in the ski show include representatives from ski, snowboard and equipment specialty outfitters including Boardskins, Algonquin Outfitters, Skiis & Bikes, the Boardshop, Sporting Life and Gates & Boards. There’s also a Ski & Board Swap where you can trade in your old ski or boarding equipment (must be in good to excellent condition) for new or pre-owned skis, snowboards and boots.
Once you’ve purchased your new gear, you can head over to the booths of four-star ski resorts and agencies including B.C.’s Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sun Peaks Resort, Whistler Blackcomb, Kootenay Rockies Tourism or Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Eastern Canada ski resorts at the show include Mont Tremblant Resort Association, Mont-Saint-Anne, Blue Mountain Resort, Horseshoe Valley Resort and Mount St. Louis Moonstone. If you’re planning on heading south this winter, world renown U.S. ski resorts such as Stowe Mountain Resort and Killington Resort in Vermont and Vail Resorts in Colorado will be on hand to answer your questions.
Don’t forget to check out the Jib Jam Action Alley, where top boarders demonstrate their skills and compete for prizes. You can also print off a TSKI Trail Pass ballot online and get it stamped at exhibitor booths to qualify to win ski packages at Revelstoke, Killington Resort, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Mont Tremblant and Blue Mountain among others.
Tickets are Adults $18, Juniors (6-15) $13, Seniors (60+) $13, under 6 free. Family pass (2 adults, 2 juniors) is $50. Purchasing tickets online will give you express entry to the show. The Toronto Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show hours are Thurs., Oct. 13, 2011 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri., Oct. 14 from noon to 10 p.m., Sat., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.