It has been nearly three years now since the last time a ski expo has graced the Boston area, a factor that Snowbound Expo is — finally — going to change this November.
The third time should be the charm for Snowbound, which was forced to cancel the last two years due to pandemic concerns. Formerly known the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo, the ski show had always been seen as the unofficial kickoff to ski season in New England, a way to generate the stoke for the winter, and an opportunity to score some notable preseason deals. Snowsports Industries of America (SIA) had purchased the rights to the show in 2019, but has yet to present its re-tooled expo at scheduled stops in Denver or Boston.
SIA describes Snowbound (Nov. 18-20 at the Hynes Convention Center) as a show that “offers a retail experience of the latest gear, equipment, products and is the place to pick up ski passes” with a lineup of speakers “sharing their skills and experiences to get visitors stoked for the next season.”
Among the speakers added to that lineup this week was Olympic and World Cup champ Bode Miller, the New Hampshire Hall of Famer, who will share stories from his career on stage at the expo. Miller will be joined by the likes of North Face rock climber and American mountaineer Conrad Anker, pioneer of extreme skiing, Dan Egan, athlete and storyteller Dani Reyes Acosta, disability access strategist and athlete, Vasu Sojitra, and noted downhiller and Vermonter Doug Lewis.
“I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the Boston ski show crowd again,” Miller said. “No matter where you ski in the U.S., New England skiers stand out. I couldn’t have succeeded without the ski culture they established. It’s a homecoming for me.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased here. Day tickets are $15; a weekend pass for all three days of the show is $30.
More information about the show, including a still-in-progress list of speakers and exhibitors can be found at www.snowboundexpo.com.
Eric Wilbur can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.