November 7-9. It didn't list a location though.
I would not spend the money to go again with out some serious incentives.
FWIW, the location actually is given on their website, except that it is given in the exhibitors (not attendees) section:
Although not quite a "show", Ski Challet will also be holding their annual bash in Chantilly as well:
Friday, Aug. 22 (Noon - Midnight)
Saturday, Aug. 23 (10am - 6pm)
Sunday, Aug. 24 (11am - 5pm)
Monday, Aug. 25 (10am - 9pm)
Ski Chalet Warehouse & Store
14130 Sullyfield Circle
Chantilly, VA 20151
Usually, the Alpine Ski Shop (Oakton and Chantilly - http://www.alpineskishop.com/ ) also holds a big sale on the same days as the big Ski Chalet sale to try to attract some of their customers.
The Ski Center sale and NPS swap is Oct. 26th, 2003 (http://www.skicenter.com/events/skiswap.htm )
Tom / PM
PS - I just saw Snowcone's post. I feel pretty much the same way about most of these events. They are great places to shmooze, pick up some brochures, see a flick, ride the skiing simulator/game, and maybe pick up some accessories or seriously old used equipment, but as a way to pick up important stuff (ie, skis, boots, helmets), the prices aren't the best, the selection is limited, and the staff has absolutely no time for the individualized help needed for items like boots. The Expo was also a good place to get your season pass for the local areas - decent pre-season prices and they could take your picture (if you are a new pass holder or have a growing kid).
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I don't think that's a fair characterization of last year's show at the Dulles Expo Center. I would say that the overall size and attendence were pretty impressive.
In addition, I did not see any co-mingling of skiing/boarding with other activities like golf. (BTW, Snowcone - Are you sure we are talking about the same show and the same year?) The only golf stuff I remember at the ski show was the resorts pushing their summer activities. There was another show going on at the same time (...and it might have been golf...), but it was in a completely separate part of their complex.
I would estimate that last fall's ski expo occupied something in the vicinity of 100,000 sq. ft., and at the time we were there, it was surprisingly crowded (ie, maybe a couple of thousand people in the hall at any one moment).
While I wasn't particularly WOW'ed by this show, my generally modest level of interest in such shows is pretty specific to me and maybe other long-time, reasonably advanced skiers. For example, I'm not all that interested in the ski swap, soft goods, or accessory displays. I'm reasonably familiar with most of the ski areas on the east coast, personally don't need to any more brochures from them, and certainly wouldn't attempt to try to book good lodging deals for the upcoming season at such an event.
Rather, at such shows, I would prefer being able to see and lay hands on next season's equipment, being able to chat about it with knowledgable equipment reps, and even viewing short but high quality slide shows or movies from ski areas that I haven't visited in a while and which highlight their latest improvements
On the other hand, it was a most pleasant way to spend 3 hours on a hot summer afternoon, there were lots of nice people from ski areas to chat with, and we even wound up with some free lift tickets. The show even held the attention of my 10 y.o. and got her stoked for the next season's skiing.
Time permitting, I would definitely attend again, but I just don't set my expectations too high. After all, skiing is about being out on the mountain, not at a show, and there is only so much they can do at a ski show.
Tom / PM
PS - Snowsmith - I certainly would also prefer a merged Balto / DC show, especially if it was more in-depth. I also like your idea for joint marketing, a spokesperson, etc. FWIW, the National Ski Expo folks claim they are going to air 800 TV advertisements for their show in the weeks preceeding it. Another FWIW, I take the word, "National" in their name with a very large grain of salt -grin.
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Last year there was a golf section in the main expo floor of the National Ski / Snowboard Expo in Chantilly (Dulles). It was to the left as you entered the doors; it was much smaller and had much less traffic than the ski section.
I'm not certain that last year's event was much smaller than the previous one's at the Ballston Common Mall. It's difficult to compare 3 levels of narrow mall walkways with one large open area. The main expo area in Dulles is very large. It's kinda like comparing the size of a basketball crowd in a tiny old arena versus one in a superdome - the dome crowd often seems smaller since it's filling a smaller section of the building...
I agree with Physics Man that if you set your expectations accordingly, the expo is worth it. Though if they raise the admissions price any more, I'm not certain about that... There is one ski shop from Woodbridge (Village Ski Shop?) that normally has real good prices on jackets and pants. I've saved a lot of money in the past. I would never buy anything that required much service (ie boots) at a ski convention (or the Dilly in Chantilly for that matter). The sales people are just too busy and they may not have all their fitting equipment there. (Ski Chalet normally has the same prices the week after the Dilly if you want more service. Check with them on that.)
There were several equipment reps at last year's show (though not every major brand was represented). I was able to get a lot of useful info from a K-2 rep on ski models and sizing. It's nice to compare what the rep says versus what ski shop sales people say. The equipment reps were generally much less busy than the ski shop booths.
I always seem to get some useful info schmoozing with the ski area reps, whether it's travel/driving recommendations, special events, new trails that were cut, places to stay, happy hours, etc. I've even gotten powder stash and tree skiing recommendations - just have to know how to ask. Plus, it's always fun trying to hit on some of the cuties who work the booth - the ratio is better at the booths than at the areas themselves.
> ...there was a golf section...It was to the left as you entered the
> doors; it was much smaller and had much less traffic than the ski section...
Thanks for the info. Wasn't that also roughly where the ski swap area was located? I saw the swap area, wasn't interested, and never went beyond it to the left.
> ...There were several equipment reps at last year's show...
And here I thought they were vaporware - people were telling me that they were around, but each time I checked back in that area not one of them could be found. I would have liked to chat with them.
> ...I always seem to get some useful info schmoozing with the ski area reps...
Ditto. The Sunday R booth had a photo of a spot on the mtn that my kid recognized. Their reps really appreciated that and there was instant camaraderie, much discussion, etc.
> ... it's always fun trying to hit on some of the cuties who work the booths ...
Really? Unfortunately, however, I'll have to take "The Fifth" on that.
Tom / PM
It was cool to see the Warren Miller movie on a bigger screen. I still can't convince my wife to let me buy the theatre surround sound system.
I thought some of the shops though had good deals on skis. The equipment was the previous years and even the year before that. I can't compare to ski chalet's show because I've never been to that one. It seems I'm out of town every year when it happens.