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Toronto Ski Show - Deals? Worth it?

post #1 of 8
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I'm just looking for some feedback.

I'm not a "stuff" guy. I don't enjoy checking out new gear (I could barely tell you what I ride, and I definitely couldn't tell you what my kids ski). I'd rather spend my $$$ on lift tickets. I buy a new snowboard when the p-tex doesn't work anymore.

I know a guy who buys a board there every year, despite the fact that some years he doesn't make it to the hill at all. He's always trying to get me to go... But I'm not interested in looking at equipment.

That said, I'm always on the hunt for lift ticket deals. Is there anything at the show that beats the common discounters like liftopia. I've scored some sweet 2 for 1 deals at the WNY ski shows in the past, but they don't charge admission. Admittedly, those shows wouldn't be worth the bridge tolls if it weren't for the coupons. Is there anything like that in TO for the bigger Eastern mountains?
post #2 of 8

I am a "stuff" kind of guy (admittedly, my weakness), and I go every year with the wife and kids.  While I do enjoy looking for equipment and great deals for the kids when they CONTINUALLY outgrow everything, they do have some deals.

 

A few examples off the top of my head:

 

-$10 lift tickets to Glen Eden (ya, it's small but it's a short hop down the 401, can't beat ten bucks)

 

-2 for 1 at Mount St.Louis/Moonstone

 

-Blue Mountain usually has a couple things

 

-there are PLENTY of deals for bigger resorts farther away......IF......you plan on making a "trip" to their resort.  Vermont and Quebec resorts always have "TO-show only" deals if you're willing to book far enough in advance (I'm usually not, so I pass).  You might get lucky on a few NY resorts like Kissing Bridge and possibly Holiday Valley.

 

-Ski Canada Magazine always has subscription deals that beat any of their other coupons, etc.  Much cheaper, plus they give a free set of good ski socks (which cover the cost of the subscription anyways)

 

You do pay admission though, so factor that into your cost analysis. That said, for a family of four, I only need to get one deal to make it worth the savings. Plus, it's a fun day out with the kids and they love seeing the outdoor rail jam, etc.  Plus the contests....both my kids have won contests (free t-shirts and ball caps) and they loved it.

 

AND ON A FINAL NOTE.......they do have some serious contests.  Last time we were there, we won an all-inclusive, week long ski trip to Banff (flights, accommodations, meals, shuttles, lift tickets).  I'd say I recouped my admission money pretty darn good on that one :D 

post #3 of 8

I filled out every frickin survey and got bup..  DAMMIT!!!  :D

post #4 of 8

I used to love the ski show, haven't been in years.  I know Mslm offered their 5x5 season passes at a discount last year for the ski show also.  If I was around that weekend I'd be going but I won't be around until the end of March.  The only time I ever skied on a carpet was at the Toronto Ski show.  Was enough of an experience I've never forgotten that rotating carpeted ramp with flags.  

post #5 of 8
I was there last year for the Skiers Edge booth @ came home w some cheap skis!
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Given the drive in from niagara, and the admission, I'll probably pass. You saved me the trouble!
post #7 of 8

Ah, come one!  Get out of.......Welland??..........for a day, and get to the Big Smoke!   :cool

 

 

(I say from experience)

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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

Ah, come one!  Get out of.......Welland??..........for a day, and get to the Big Smoke!   cool.gif


(I say from experience)

Those poor Wellanders! It never ends for them.

I'm actually in Grimsby so I'm quite a bit closer. Still, I generally avoid the city as much as I can. I had to cross through yesterday en route to Belleville... Sat on the 401 near Oshawa for the better part of an hour.
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