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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Posted: November 11, 2015

Get stoked for winter fun at the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo this weekend

Written by: Carey Kish

Skiers and riders: Drop everything and get on down to Boston this weekend for the biggest and best kickoff to the winter season you can possibly imagine!

The Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo really just a big party centered around snow sports. It’s a great way to find out about everything fun and exciting that’s going on this winter around New England, Eastern Canada and in many other parts of the U.S. The Expo is huge with incredible energy, a can’t miss time for all of us winter lovers. Besides, what’s not to love about a day trip to Boston! Spend some quality time at the Expo, then catch some city life, a pint or two and some good food to boot downtown.

The gigantic retail sale right in the Expo hall is a huge annual draw, offering great savings on winter gear and travel. Retail partner East Coast Alpine sets up its pop-up store featuring thousands of skis and snowboards, boots, and clothing plus accessories, all at great savings. And for the first time at the Expo, cross-country and snowshoe gear, clothing and accessories will be featured at the new Nordic Specialty Shop at the Nordic Village inside the Expo hall, hosted by Great Glen Outfitters, Gorham, NH.

Get properly outfitted for the coming winter, including great active wear and boots. Enjoy winter by being properly dressed for it. Stop by dozens of ski resort and travel company booths to find not only fantastic Expo-only offers but the whole range of lift ticket, season pass and vacation packages offered at some of the best prices of the coming winter.  Find out what’s new at the resorts, in equipment enhancements, and take time out for a little apres ski fun in ski-themed pub areas.

Plenty of great ski deals to be had at the ski resort booths at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

Plenty of great ski deals to be had at the ski resort booths at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

The Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo also feature live performances, interactive exhibits, lift ticket and gear giveaways, entertainment and tons of children-centric activities, including kids’ learn-to-ski/snowboard arenas. There’s nothing like getting the family jazzed for winter than taking the whole gang to Expo to set the wheels in motion.

A new twist on a favorite Expo attraction has the NFL sponsoring the ever popular Skyriders! trampoline aerial ski spectacular, presented by Killington Resort. Learn more about NFL’s Play 60 Initiative, a national program to get kids more physically active each and every day. The NFL sponsorship at Expo will showcase videos and interactive games right in the Expo hall, including Super Bowl film highlights celebrating 50 years of The Big Game.

SIA Nordic Village hosts The Biathlon Experience, including actual laser rifle and target and daily competitions, plus introductory tryouts of cross-country and snowshoeing using real equipment on astro turf track.  Nordic Village is especially popular with youngsters ready for fun new experiences on snow.

Protect Our Winters (POW) will bring an important perspective to Expo on ways to combat climate change. POW partners with pro athletes in presenting its youth education assembly program in partnership with The North Face, using their firsthand experience in the mountains to influence and inspire people to get involved at all levels to reverse climate change. Their enlightening program will be presented regularly during the Expo.

Get a look at new trends in slope fashion at the Vertical Runway Fashion Show, scheduled throughout Expo’s four-day run, presented by Stowe Mountain Resort and WAAF. Expert commentary by Boston fashion expert Kathy Benharris will showcase the hottest new looks to dazzle on snowy slopes this winter.

Deals, deals, deals from from far and wide at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

Deals, deals, deals from from far and wide at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

Get kids off to a great start this winter with special indoor slope simulations at the Wachusett Mountain Kids Snowpark and Learning Center and Burton’s Riglet Learn to Snowboard Park. Expert children’s instructors put the kids in real gear and guide them on those first glides.  It’s the perfect place to test out winter fun and see how ready a youngster is to hit the slopes.

The ELITEAM Fitness Challenge returns under the expert guidance of World Championship medalist Doug Lewis and World Cup skier Kelley Lewis. They’ll guide youngsters through a challenging but fun obstacle course to learn about fitness levels and how to build those levels to master the slopes this winter in an interactive arena presented by Loon Mountain and MIX104.1.

The Slackers Slackline Demo and Competition arena, where the action never stops, continues to grow as both a popular fitness regimen and a lot of energetic fun for youngsters. Slackline is tightrope walking just inches from the ground, a challenge that provokes lots of laughter along with physical challenge.

Frank’s Place music stage, presented by 106.3 Frank FM, brings live entertainment from some of the region’s best talent at regularly scheduled gigs throughout Expo’s long weekend of apres ski action.

Big news! Tickets will be on sale at the “Big Air at Fenway” Expo booth on opening day of Expo and through November 15 and at redsox.com/bigair. This will be the first chance for you to nail down a seat to this freestyle spectacular. New Englanders will get an eye-popping view of Olympic and World Champion snowboarders and freeskiers competing right in Fenway Park, February 11-12, 2016, a first for Boston. Wow!

There's fun stuff to do for all ages at the Expo. Carey Kish photo.

There’s fun stuff to do for all ages at the Expo. Carey Kish photo.

Take a break in the Expo non-stop action at the ever-popular Long Trail Beer Garden, with great pours from the Vermont-based brewery, and stop in for a visit at the WZLX 100.7 Classic Ski Lodge, where “tweet & meets” and selfies are the call-to socialize amidst the colorful apres ski style setting.

Explore winter weather forecasting from the experts at the WBZ-TV Mobile Weather Lab, with on-air personalities stopping by throughout Expo’s run to share their outlooks on the coming winter. Use the Expo App, like Expo on Facebook and Twitter.

Interact on the SkiSnowExpos Mobile App along with Facebook and Twitter to score valuable prizes from the Expo exhibitors, starting in early October and throughout the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo. Olympic gold skiers Tommy Moe from Jackson Hole, and Donna Weinbrecht with RAMP skis and Killington, will be at Expo, as well as local Olympian Pam Fletcher. Look for them and get yourself an autograph.

Admission to the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo is $15 at the door, but if you go online you can get a coupon for $3 off. Do it, and use the difference for a brewski at the show. Your paid admission also gets you a free subscription to Skiing magazine and a $10 Liftopia gift card.

Winter is coming. Start it off right at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

Winter is coming. Start it off right at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

Make it a super relaxing round-trip by leaving your car in Portland and riding the Amtrak Downeaster train to North Station or the Concord Coach bus to South Station. The venerable T can then get you to the Expo and anywhere else in downtown. If you do drive, there are a couple ways to save big on the city parking. Park at the Marine Central Parking Garage at 1373 Northern Ave. for only $12 for up to 8 hours, and ride the free shuttle from the garage right to the Expo entrance doors. The other good option is to park underground at the Seaport Hotel across the street from Expo; it’s for $28.75 for up to 10 hours, but you must pre-book online.

Hope to see you in the big crowd in Boston. Yeah!

MORE INFO: Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo.

CAR-FREE TRAVEL OPTIONS: Amtrak Downeaster; Concord Coach Lines.

SEE MORE OF BOSTON: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Don't miss the Long Trail Beer Garden at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

Don’t miss the Long Trail Beer Garden at the Expo! Carey Kish photo.

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