Snowboarders and skiers in the know make a point of putting a big red circle around the dates of the annual SnowSports Expos that open the door to major winter bargains. Some 200,000 of them pour through those doors to avail themselves of the best values in skiing and snowboarding. These giant pre-season sales extravaganzas offer up some of the best deals around for season passes, vacation packages and for new snowsports equipment and clothing.

All this pre-season excitement is set to roll into the following cities in October and November:

Seattle, Wash. Oct. 24-26 Stadium Exhibition CenterFri. Noon-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Portland, Ore. Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Portland Expo CenterThurs. 1 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hartford, Conn. Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Hartford Civic CenterFri. 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Denver, Colo. Nov. 7-9 Colorado Convention CenterFri. Noon- 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Boston, Mass. Nov. 13-16 Bayside Expo CenterThurs. & Fri. 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
San Jose, Calif. Nov. 21-23 San Jose Convention CenterFri. 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Expo admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. There are $3 discount coupons available on-line at www.snowsportsexpo.com, where would-be show visitors can also find up-to-the-minute Expo scheduling and special guest appearances.

Each SnowSports Expo is co-hosted by a major outdoor retailer that rolls out a giant inventory of bargain-priced snowsports equipment and clothing at the center of the SnowSports action. On opening day, crowds of in-the-know skiers and riders line up at the door and surge through the showroom aisles at the SnowSports Expo’s opening bell. Major brand name equipment is snapped up at astonishing prices over the course of the Expo.

The SnowSports Expos showcase all that is fun and exciting about winter snow adventures. Hundreds of resorts are on hand with special season pass and vacation offers, often at “show only” prices. The Expos also mark the “last chance” to purchase special offers at value-priced pre-season rates. Resort personnel are on hand with all the latest information about where to stay, what’s new and details of all the special events lined up on their winter calendars.

The hallmark of Expo excitement is the non-stop entertainment that dominates these annual celebrations of winter. Extraordinary athletic talent is on display day and night as world-class ski and snowboard champions take the stage with aerial demonstrations of their amazing skills, to the delight of rapt audiences. Kids get a kick out of poster signings with their winter heroes, who in turn give advice and hope to these budding stars of wintersports. The youngsters take home all kinds of treasured stickers, posters and mementos that abound at exhibits throughout the Expo hall.

The irrepressible Expo emcee “Uncle E” keeps things lively from day into night as his colorful commentary guides showgoers to hour-by-hour special events, demonstrations and show-only special offers. Favorite “apres-ski” food and libations are available throughout the Expo halls.

“Our SnowSports Expos really capture the entire spectrum of wintersports fun, at the same time that they provide skiers and riders with professional advice on getting the most out of their days on the slopes in the winter ahead,” says SnowSports Expo producer, Bernie Weichsel, president of BEWI Productions in Waltham, Mass.