Who is going? Everyone? Anyone? I'm going to try to hobble around there Friday afternoon. It's in the World Trade Center, which, for us hinterlanders, may or may not be harder to get to and from than the old place
I'll be there Saturday with my son. Only problem is we need to hit a couple of ski swaps up north so it will be a day full of a lot of driving. I missed the Seacoast Ski Club swap last weekend. DOH! We got him a pair of boots there last year for a great price. Of course, they won't fit this year. At least they fit his little brother.
I just came back from a visit to the show and we scored a few freebies such as two free Cranmore lift ticket's, two free Ski Bradford tickets, Stratton 2 for 1, Bolton Valley 2 for 1 and a $10 Ragged discount card.
Hated, hated, hated the show this year, and would consider not bothering next year. First of all, coming in on the new location, there was NO signage - not necessarily the ski show's fault, but frankly it was impossible even to know what direction to walk out of the T station! There wasn't a single sign that said "Seaport World Trade Center is THIS WAY". And, there is no sign on the front of the actual building that says Seaport World Trade Center, either! My friend and I ended up going the wrong way out of the T station and then walked in circles on surface streets before finally identifying the right building (and then, it was really hard to figure out how to get to where we needed inside that building!).
Once inside the ski show, I found the lack of organization astounding. Usually, the game plan is to start at one corner and work up and down each aisle until we get to the far corner - thus guaranteeing that we saw every booth. This year, the show seemed to be segmented into 4 or 5 small areas, each of which ran in a different direction, meaning there was no way to actually start at one end and go to the other without running the risk of missing huge swaths of the show.
Frankly, I have no idea if I saw every booth or not. I did note there were several mountains I usually see that I did not see this time, but, again, it could have been the organization of the show that made me miss them.
As for swag and freebies - very disappointing this year. Usually come out of the show with a HUGE bag of stuff. This year, just one tiny bag. And the only free tickets I got were Cranmore's and Pat's Peak. No one else was doing them. Even Bromley, who normally gives away a BUNCH of free tickets, was doing an end-of-show drawing this year.
I understand that money is tough on everyone right now, but, frankly, money is tough for me, too. The only way I get to go to some of these mountains is by getting a freebie ticket. You figure, if I get a freebie (or even a 2fer) at the ski show, guaranteed me and my wife go together - meaning that they get one full-price lift ticket sale out of the free ticket that I get. On the other hand, if I don't have a free ticket, chances are I just go to B'East for the day (or not ski at all) and therefore the larger mountain misses out on my ski day. I simply can't afford to pay window price for two lift tickets at the larger resorts - so I don't. By scaling back the freebies at the show, the mountains that I normally go to will lose that business. Can't imagine I'm the only one who does this.
Might give a try to the Albany ski show next year - anyone know any details about it? It's almost just as close to home as Boston is.
Albany wasn't bad - they did a promo Sat/Sun first 400 people got a free ticket to a NY mountain. Of course, there were restrictions - I got one for Gore, but its only good until Dec 15 or in March - I'll probably use it in March.
One of my friends got one for Plattekill, he was really disappointed, he was hoping for a "big" mountain - but I told him how good Plattekill is and that he'll be happy to check it out.
The Albany ski show wasn't that good. It was basically one big ski equipment flea market with Alpinhaus being the largest and then 4 or 5 other shops. Actual ski area floor space ended up taking up about 15% of the floor space at the most. There was even a booth pimping replacement windows! Very few give aways or 2 for ones. Most ski areas had entry blanks for some type of a prize.(this was probably a method to get your e-mail or address). Belleayre did have a buy one get one good any time . Back in the day this show didn't sell anything and had about 3 times the number of ski area booths. It was fun to go to and had a nice edge to it. I only go now for just something to do. After about 30 min. it's time to go.
We went on Saturday evening for about an hour before they closed. I would second the complaint about signage. Fortunately, a lot of people were leaving so we just followed the trail of people. We got some Stratton 2-fers but they are only good for early season or midweek after the cut-off date in December. We got one Jay 2-fer. I think they'll be scarce this year. I bought my CHaD cards with a Black Mt NH and a Saddleback ticket with each. I joined Friends of Tuckerman for $50 and got a free Cannon ticket with it. I guess you could say I joined FoT for free and paid less for a Cannon ticket. I didn't care for the layout. Same complaint, too much of a hassle to navigate.
Have to agree on layout, couldn't really get a flow going as we went around. That's easily fixed next year.
Overall though location is much, much better as is the facility. Easy in, easy out parking at nearby surface lots or garage. You could walk out the door and head to any number of places to get food and you weren't held hostage paying for overpriced convention center food like at Bayside (that place was isolated in middle of nowhere so you were essentially trapped there). Bathrooms were light years better and so on.
I was a the Boston show for six hours on Saturday. I was representing my ski club (ACE) and looking for ideas, collaboration, events and deals. I made quite a few contacts and have been working them ever since I got back. I brought a lot of stuff back for my next club meeting, including tickets for raffle. It seems clear to me that the power of many beats the power of one. It was also a good time to see what the party line was. Made lots of ski-related contacts, including $20 rooms in Bethlehem, NH.
It's all what you make of it. The longer you hang around, the more stuff comes out. Awards for hospitality and reception went to Cranmore, Cannon, Burke, Pats Peak and Whiteface.
I agree on the lack of signage. I met Mr. snowforecast.com, he'll be presenting at our February meeting.
Did you know that this is the only time you can get MRG bumper stickers for free? The rest of the year, they are sold in the basebox shop.
I never made it to the equipment dealers, I was simply exhausted. Much harder than a day on the slopes.
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