National title up for grabs this weekend

Post-Bulletin staff

MINNEAPOLIS — The first Minnesota Ski and Snowboard Expo is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Glen Plake, an extreme skier, will appear at the Expo all three days. Plake has appeared in dozens of films and recently traveled to Peru, where he hiked, then skied, a 20,000-foot mountain.

Nearly 100 exhibitors, including local, regional and western ski areas, are set to participate. They'll be offering Expo-only specials on season passes and instructional programs.

Entertainment and activities at the Expo will include:


• A freestyle aerial trampoline show, presented by Lutsen, and performed by the Sky Riders trampoline team, which includes Olympic athletes.

• An indoor rail jam, presented by Wild Mountain, featuring snowboarders and freestyle skiers from local areas. This competition is part of the nationwide DNA Evolution Tour and winners will compete in the Las Vegas finals in January.

• An indoor learning center, presented by Welch Village. With its non-intimidating carpeted slope and kid-friendly instructors and equipment, this learning slope allows parents to give children up to age 13 their first exposure to skiing.

The expo is runs from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, while children ages 12 and younger are admitted for free.

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