October marks the start of winter for keen skiers and snowboarders up and down the country. Whether you're a seasoned skier looking to try the latest equipment or a newbie wondering where to take your first ski holiday, the UK's ski shows are a great place to start.
What: Scotland's Ski and Snowboard Show and The Scottish Outdoors Show
Where: The SECC in Glasgow
When: Oct. 15 and 16.
Highlights: Try and buy the latest equipment at a discount (skis, boards, boots, jackets, salpettes, googles and more); get expert advice from professionals on which equipment is right for you; book a holiday deal at the World Resorts Section; watch the Freestyle Jumps Show where pros battle it out to pull the sickest stunts; speak to major ski employers at the Natives' Jobs Fair; and grab a cold beer at the apres-ski bar.
Price: Pre-booked tickets cost £10 and include: a free day's ski pass to one of the Scottish ski resorts worth £30; free entrance to the Scottish Outdoors Show which takes place at the same location; and a free outdoors goody bag worth £10. Tickets on the door cost £12 for the Saturday and Sunday.
What: London's Ski & Snowboard Show
Where: Earls Court, London
When: Oct. 19-23.
Highlights: Watch the UK's best riders in action on the Trespass Hip Kicker and have a go at snowtubing or the Aosta rodeo. The K2 Highest Ollie Tournament returns this year; all ages can test the lmits of the latest K2 equipment while competitors battle for the highest ollie. The Brand Arena offers the latest ski and snowboard styles from all the top brands and The Land Rover Fashion show returns this year to inspire you with new styles. Natives Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
Price: Tickets cost £10-14 adults; £8-9.50 students; £4-7 children (11-16); and £7-10 seniors. Children under 11 go free.
What: The Daily Telegraph British Ski & Board Show
Where: NEC in Birmingham
When: Oct. 28-30
Highlights: Demos from the pros at the Big Air Show; the Adventure Winter Film Festival 2011; free lessons at the mobile indoor Skills Slope; the Ice Climbing Challenge; and Fit To Ski with tips from Olympic skier Graham Bell. Of course they'll also be the ski and board industry's top brands setting up camp to show you what's new for the coming season, including Head, Dynastar, Nordica, Atmoic, Blizzard, Dynamic and more.
Price: Advanced tickets cost £6.50-£10 adults and £2:40 children. Tickets on the door cost £7-12 adults and £2:50 children. Children under 5 go free.