Even if you don’t need new gear, the entertainment at the upcoming Seattle Ski Fever and Snowboard Show could be worth experiencing. After all, how often do you get to see dogs on skis?
The annual Seattle Ski Fever and Snowboard Show returns Oct. 28-30 with prime attractions packed full of entertainment. Rail jams, music, movies and contests pump up the ski fever, but the little black Scottish terrier named Ryder can upstage them all. The pooch, who even has his own season pass at Mt. Bachelor, skis down the ramp to delight cheering crowds.
“He’s skiing and the whole time wagging his tail,” Ski Fever Organizer Dan Schindler said. “He skis to the bottom of the ramp, and when he’s done, he signs autographs.” Okay, Ryder can’t actually sign autographs, but he has a cute paw print stamp.
Ryder, left, is teaching Foxy, right, how to ski in preparation for her debut at the Seattle show. Photo by Bob Wenger.
Ryder skis and snowboards. He seems to have so much fun that his buddy Foxy, a three-year-old red Pomeranian, will be learning to ski this year. Foxy’s debut will be at the Seattle show. Bob Wenger, owner of Ryder and Foxy, will oversee the on-snow training in his hometown of Bend, Ore.
The dog theme continues at Ski Fever with the new Hot Dog Skier Lounge. The lounge is a place filled with video games, beanbag chairs, air hockey, ping-pong, hoop shoots and ski movies.
“It’ll be a total scene to hang out and take a break from the ski fever,” Schindler said. “We’ll have competitions for prizes and a lot of fun.”
Of course, the backbone of Ski Fever is always the gear sales and booths. Attendees can get up to 70 percent off gear and chat with ski reps about the latest equipment. Seattle retailers such as Kitsap Sports, Seattle Ski and Snowboard, Mountain to Sound Outfitters, Zumiez, Sports Authority, Escape Outdoor, Grass Roots Outdoor and I and I Boardshop will also bring new equipment to sell.
The Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol gear swap is part of Ski Fever. The swap features new, non-current, closeout and lightly used skis, snowboards, boots, and accessories.
Ski Fever attendees receive two-for-one lift ticket offers from Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass and White Pass. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply to the tickets.
Admission to the Seattle Ski Fever costs $12 for adults and $3 for juniors six through 12 years old. Kids under six can get in free. Register online to get a coupon for $2 off courtesy of OnTheSnow.com and McDonald’s. You can also get $2 off the adult admission by participating in the warm coat drive.
Ski Fever takes place Oct. 28-30 at the Washington State Convention Center. The show runs Friday from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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