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Got the fall blues? You still have to wait for snow, but you can gear up for the season at one of these regional ski shows. You’ll find kick-ass deals on equipment and clothing, learn about the latest at your favorite resort, and collect more free stuff than you can fit in your SUV.
> BOSTON SNOWSPORTS EXPO
Bayside Expo Center, Boston
November 16-19; 617-825-5151
Info: Ski Market’s preseason sale features over 200 exhibitors, an expanded XC and snowshoe demo area; ski-celebrity appearances; freeskiing demos; trampoline air shows; in-line skate competitions.
> GIANTS STADIUM SKI SHOW AND SALEGiants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
December 4-9; 800-ALL-SKIS
Info: Lowest prices of the season on equipment and skiwear; live bands; blowout sales; shuttles from Princeton Ski Shop in NYC (21 East 22nd St.).
> NATIONAL SKI & SNOWBOARD EXPOS
Philadelphia: Plymouth Meeting Mall
Washington, D.C.: Ballston Common Mall, Arlington, Virginia
Long Island: Walt Whitman Mall, Huntington, New York
Info: Preseason discounts on 2001 gear; 100 exhibitors; virtual-reality ski-racing competition; premieres of Warren Miller’s Ride.
> 2000 SOUTHEAST WINTER SPORTS SHOW
Cobb County Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Info: The largest ski show in the southeast with discounted merchandise; 50 exhibitors; travel deals; ski-trip giveaways.