And just like that, winter is back, and there’s no better way to kick off the season than with a visit to the 26th Annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo which returns to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver November 10 – 12. It’s the place to stock up on winter gear and apparel and breathe some new life into your ski or snowboard set-up, all without breaking the bank since prices are slashed up to 60 percent off of regular cost. But it’s not just sweet deals on gear and apparel that you’ll find at this year’s expo. Attendees can also take advantage of special expo-only lodging deals and packages from resorts throughout the country, and participate in some fun interactive events in preparation to hit the slopes. If you’re on the fence about attending, check out our top five reasons to hit up the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo this weekend.

It’s Kid-Friendly  

No need to leave the kiddos at home. Not only is entry for kids under 12 years-old free, this year’s expo features an Eliteam Fitness Challenge presented by Purgatory Resort, which is a hands-on interactive physical fitness fun area for kids of all ages to blow some energy. Former U.S. Ski Team member, Kelly Lewis, will be on hand leading agility and challenge courses and chatting fitness. If you’re looking to get your mini shredder started with snowboarding lessons, visit Burton’s Riglet Learn to Snowboard Park inside of the expo where you can get your little one on a board and familiar with the sensation and thrill of snowboarding. For kids more interested in “pizza and french frying,” Loveland’s Kidslope Learning Center will have staff on hand to provide an intro to skiing.

It’s Not Just For Downhill Riders

If cross country skiing is more your jam, you can hit up the SIA Nordic Village Interactive Zone for an introduction to XC skiing, biathlon events and snowshoeing, along with special discounts on all of the gear that you’ll need to get out on the trails.

Beer

Cold brewskis will be flowing in the expo’s Rocky Mountain Beer Garden.

Skication Destinations 

Looking to find the place that will be the home of your next epic skication? Mountain travel experts from ski.com will be on hand to chat about this year’s hottest destinations to ski and ride, like Japan and British Columbia.

Discounts, Discounts, Discounts 

Hitting the slopes can be rough on the budget, but you’ll find epic discounts from over 300 vendors on the gear and lift tickets you need to get on the mountain.

Tickets to the expo are $15 per person and include a $10 GetSkiTicket.com e-gift cards and a one-year subscription to SKI Magazine. Enter promo code: EOWEB for a $3 discount.