It’s coming folks! SNOW. It will be here this week for about half of New England. If you’re a skier, perhaps you are looking forward to the snow-filled days of winter. For me, I am not a fan however my husband and kids love the cold and the snow. So for them this is the New England season, they really enjoy. For me, I deal with it as best as I can and find fun things we all love to do together!
Last year, I told you about how my family goes to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo every year. Yes. really, every year. And we love it! Even me while I’m dreaming about fuzzy PJs with feet and hot cocoa. If you haven’t read my post last year about what you find there, then check that out here.
If you have but still haven’t gone or just need some reminders about the ski expo, here are my ‘5 to know before you go’ tips!
Buy your tickets online to save time and money. I don’t know anyone that loves to stand in line so buy your tickets on-line right now. And then next year, be sure you are on their email list, because they just may send a promo code in September get $5.00 off each ticket. But don’t worry this year, you can still get on the saving money band-wagon by going to their website and request your $3.00 off coupon!
With the purchase of your Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo ticket, you are eligible to receive a Liftopia e-gift card and a subscription to either Ski Magazine or Skiing Magazine. However, you MUST complete the survey on the computers, usually set up in the middle of the lobby before the entrance of the Expo. This is one line you don’t want to miss standing in!
Bring cash for parking. Yes, times are changing and most places take credit cards at the parking lots, but do you really want to be searching around Boston for a parking lot that takes them? Save yourself some time and mental anguish and bring some cash. Also, check out this map, courtesy of Parkopedia.com for a list of parking locations and cost.
Do the research before you go! This is the most important one in my opinion. One of the best parts of the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo are the free and discounted lift tickets we get. Here is a sampling of what we got last year:
This is no joke! It’s like this every year. Every vendor has giveaways, or special deals. You need to go to the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo Facebook page as well as every other ski resort page and vendor that will be there to find out what their show special or giveaway is going to be. For example, last year I looked to see that radio station, WAAF had a text a code contest. I texted and I won my family a trip to Sugarloaf mountain in a mountain side condo with ski tickets included. Yes completely awesome! A few years back, we booked a ski trip with Sunday River because of their show special they had going on and we were able to spin the big wheel. My son had just won a season pass to three of the best mountains in New England for his dad.
And speaking of giveaways, don’t waste time giving yourself a hand cramp filling out postcards. Pick up a pack of Avery address labels, head to their website to download a template and fill out your name, address, phone number and email. Print it out and now you have labels to quickly put on all those giveaways! We usually make sure we have three sheets of labels filled out and ready to go!
Bonus Tip for those with kids: Dress your kids in clothes you don’t really care about… The vendors love to give out bumper and logo stickers. My kids, especially my older son, decorates himself into a walking billboard. He loves it, the vendors love it – a win-win right? WRONG! Peeling those damn things off before they go through the wash is simply not fun. Now I either have him help me peel them all off the next day or I put on a shirt that he doesn’t care about – too small, too ugly, too big, you get the idea. Waste of a good shirt, of course, but keeps my sanity in check.
If you go, please let me know if any of these tips helped you out or let me know if you have any of your own to add! Thank you and enjoy the show.
Disclosure: I was not paid nor asked to write this post. There are no affiliate links in this post. The thoughts and opinions are my own. Giveaways and sweepstakes are at the discretion of the vendor. Results may vary.