Burlington, VT — August 18, 2016: It’s official, no matter what the forecasters say, winter starts on October 1. “That’s when we inaugurate the ski season here in Vermont with one big weekend-long party,” says Rotarian Peter Hawks, “and it’s called the Vermont SKI + RIDE Expo.” Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 23 via the Flynn box office and information on show hours, ticket pricing and schedules is here.

The first winter sports show in Vermont, VT SKI + RIDE Expo is being put on by the Rotary Club of Burlington as a benefit for Hawks’ Flyin Ryan Foundation and presented by title sponsor,Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine. Additional sponsor support comes from University of Vermont College of Medicine, Farrell Distributing and Long Trail Brewing.

For the weekend of October 1-2, the Sheraton of South Burlington will be the scene of ski films, the latest ski and ride gear, demos, a beer tent, bands and lots of new gear. More than 50 exhibitors will occupy the space, bringing with them bargains and some never-seen 2017 gear.


Burlington Rotary President Springer Harris outlines the reasons you can’t miss this:

  • TOP GEAR. All the major ski shops —Outdoor Gear Exchange, Pinnacle Sports, Ski Rack and others will be there showcasing what’s new for 2017. Plus, see what brands such as Volkl, Marker, Renoun, J Skis, Powe and others have on tap for this year and check out great bargains on last year’s equipment.
  • RESORT NEWS & DEALS: Nearly all of Vermont’s major resorts will be present and ready to showcase what’s new for 2017 and the latest deals on lift tickets and passes.
  • MOVIES, SLACK LINES & CLINICS: See the latest releases from Matchstick Productions, Ski the East, TGR and others. Learn backcountry tips, bootfitting techniques and more at top clinics that will be going on all day.
  • BEER & MUSIC: Long Trail Brewing’s beer tent will be pouring limited release Flyin’ Ryan and a host of other brews. Drink up and listen to The Dog Catchers and other live music acts.

And there’s a fourth reason: All proceeds from this event support the charitable works of the Burlington Rotary and the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation. “We want this show to celebrate the passion for freeskiing and principles that my son Ryan lived by,” says Peter Hawks, referring to freeskiing legend Ryan Hawk’s Principles of Living, which the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation promotes. “And we hope to get more people excited about what skiing and riding here in Vermont can offer.

“You’re going to see some very cool new things at this show “ says VT SKI + RIDE editor Lisa Lynn. “Some of the most innovative products in the winter sports market have come from Vermont brands.” She adds: “With 18 alpine, 30 Nordic resorts and with more than 3 million skier and rider visits annually, Vermont is one of the top three states in the country for skiing and riding.”

“We are modeling this after the Boston Ski Show expect about 5,000 in our first year,” says Harris. “The show is happening at a time when there are more than 40,000 students in Vermont and it’s prime foliage season,” he notes.