- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 27, 2002

Expect a variation on the traditional ski show theme this year at the National Ski & Snowboard Expos in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Both expos will share their respective exhibit halls with golf shows.
"We're having two shows in one," producer Fred Zedeck said. "We believe the golf will be an added attraction to skiers because many of them golf." Conversely, the ski show will be an attraction to golfers because demographics indicate golfers often look for family-centered sports in the winter months, Zedeck indicated.
The D.C. area expo is Nov.8-10 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. Admission is $5 (children 8 and under free). The expo will include representatives from U.S. and Canadian ski resorts, manufacturers and retailers who will exhibit products and distribute information. Resorts from Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Utah and New England are committed to having booths at the expo.
An in-show ski swap and a preseason sale of ski and snowboard products are places to pick up bargain equipment and clothing. The swap will benefit the Virginia Special Olympics.
Every two hours Warren Miller's 2002 film, "Storm," will be shown. Tickets for the movie are $5 and include a Ski Liberty/Ski Roundtop/Ski Whitetail day pass. Equipment and clothing demos, drawings and virtual reality skiing are traditional features during the Expo.
The Dulles Expo Center (formerly the Capital Expo Center) is on Route28 south of Dulles Airport. Hours are Friday, Nov.8, 4 to 9p.m.; Saturday 10a.m. to 8p.m.; and Sunday 11a.m. to 6p.m.
The Baltimore area show is at the Maryland State Fair site in Timonium on Nov.15-17. Admission is $5. The Baltimore expo also will showcase ski and snowboard resorts, vacations and equipment, and there will be a sale and a swap. The fairgrounds are off the second exit of I-83, north of the Baltimore Beltway. Information: www.nationalskiexpo.com.
Philly Expo winds down
Today is the last day of the Philadelphia-area National Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Plymouth Meeting Mall west of Philadelphia. Admission is free.
The Philadelphia show, also produced by Zedeck, has many of the same features as the District and Baltimore expos. Plymouth Meeting Mall is off Exit25 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Hours are today, 11a.m. to 6p.m.
Snowshoe's deals Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia strives to be the first southeastern resort operating each ski season and usually succeeds. To make an early season getaway more attractive, Snowshoe is offering special and discounted rates from Nov.22 to Dec.20 with up to 40 percent savings on midweek lodging; $29 adult midweek lift tickets; up to 25 percent savings on weekend lodging; and $39 adult weekend lift tickets.
Snowshoe also has put together some packages:
Ski Free Package Nov.22-26, Dec.1-12. Book two or more nights lodging and receive free lift tickets.
Thanksgiving Package Nov.27-30. Save up to 50 percent on lodging with this four-night package. Four-day lift ticket for $120, four-day rentals for $80 and children 12 and under receive a free lift ticket for the length of their stay.
Winter Celebration Weekend and Demo Dec.13-15. Live entertainment during the day, on-slope games, Big Air Snowboard Bash, free equipment demos from industry reps, mountaintop fireworks, up to 50 percent savings on lodging on two or more night stays and $39 adult weekend lift tickets.
Snowshoe is offering season passes through Dec.8. Midweek adult passes are $238 and anytime passes go for $538. Contact: www.snowshoemtn.com; 877/441-4386.
Best early season snow
To help skiers and snowboarders find the best early season conditions, the editors of www.resortspace.com and the guidebook Ski America and Canada have selected resorts across North America that historically offer the best winter vacation experience.
Common sense tells us that natural snow is abundant out West unless there is a snow drought. This year there was skiing at some Colorado resorts in mid-October. New England skiing and much of eastern Canada's slopes depend on machine snow, which oftentimes creates marginal conditions at many resorts in December. But there are some places in the East that have good early snow, such as Snowshoe, W.Va.; Killington, Vt.; and Sunday River, Maine.
According to the editors of the guidebook, the top dozen resorts selected for an early season vacation combine good snow conditions with extensive lodging, nightlife and dining. The lineup:
1. Alta/Snowbird, Utah
2. Grand Targhee/Jackson Hole, Wyo.
3. Steamboat, Colo.
4. Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia
5. Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo.
6. Winter Park, Colo.
7. Fernie Mountain Resort, British Columbia
8. Lake Tahoe Resorts, California and Nevada
9. Killington, Vt.
10. Sunday River, Maine
11. Bretton Woods, N.H.
12. Le Massif, Quebec
Ski America & Canada, published by World Leisure ($24.95), is a leading guidebook to destination winter resorts in North America. It is available in bookstores, through amazon.com, www.bn.com and www.worldleisure.com.

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