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The 21st annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo opens for businessNovember 2-4, 2012 in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in Hall F.

The gigantic sale is a magnet for shoppers on the prowl for skis, snowboards, boots, outdoor clothing, and essential accessories such as helmets, hats, goggles, and gloves. The reason: prices on last season's inventory are marked down 40-75 percent. New this year: a section of the retail space will be dedicated to summer outdoor gear with everything from hiking boots to camping gear.

24 of Colorado's resorts will be manning booths with Expo-only specials on everything from lodging, lift tickets, and lessons to discounts on dining and mountain resort activities. Coupons, giveaways, and insider recommendations from resort representatives help shoppers plan their day trips, weekend getaways, and winter vacations.

Keeping kids engaged while adults shop is another Expo tradition. New this year is the Coleman Mountain Activity Center anchored by Gibbon Slacklines-a jiggly tightrope challenge that has exploded in the past two years.This year, a pro competition and a demo center will deliver exciting competition and a chance to try this emerging new sport.

In the MBS Mountainboard Zone, it's not about being a spectator. Instead of demonstrations by pro athletes, this year Expo visitors can try doing stunts on the big mountainboards. No, not backflipping over trucks, but wannabe mountainboarders can take a board for a test ride. The MBS zone will have an obstacle course for beginners and skilled participants. And for aspiring mountaineers, Colorado Outward Bound will be operating a climbing wall and guiding young climbers through the basic skills.

The frequently mobbed ELITEAM Training Center with its timed obstacle course that measures basic fitness and flexibility skills brings kids back year after year in hopes of improving their performance.

Other attractions include the Skyriders! aerial trampoline exhibitions presented by Crested Butte and the Winter Park Kid's Slope for first-time, just-thinking-about-it little skiers. Energetic pre-skiers and riders can bounce into the inflatable walls with reckless abandon in the Keystone Kidtopia bouncy castle.

Adults can gravitate to the section of the Expo dedicated to the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest, back for the second year with more than two dozen distinct beers and ales from 10 local brewers. A separate and additional ticket for the Brew Fest is required. Brew Fest hours are Friday, Nov. 2 from 6-9pm; Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1-4 pm and again from 5-8 pm; and Sunday, Nov. 3 from 2-5 pm. For details on available beers, visitwww.RockyMountainBrewFest.com

Expo hours:
Friday, 11/2:Noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday 11/3:10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 11/4: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults or $10 with a discount coupon available in The Denver Post or at any Colorado Ski & Golf or Colorado Ski & Sport store. Visit www.skisnowboardexpo.com for discount coupons and to purchase tickets in advance.

Kids 12 and under are free.

For details and schedules, visit www.skisnowboardexpo.com

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