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Get Stoked for Ski and Snowboard Season at Snowvana

The Pacific Northwest’s largest ski and snowboard expo returns to the Oregon Convention Center for its seventh year, November 18–20.

By Sam Stites November 15, 2022

One of Timberline Lodge’s vintage Tucker Sno-Cats on display last year at Snowvana 2021

Image: Doug Fish

Mountain-minded residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington can get ready to suit up for the 2022 ski and snowboard season when Snowvana returns to the Oregon Convention Center this Friday through Sunday. 

The event has grown in size and stature since its start in 2016, taking only one year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Snowvana merged with Ski Fever—a pre-winter staple in the Portland community for more than three decades—to offer an even larger selection of manufacturers, retailers, exhibits and demonstrations to help educate consumers on what’s new, and what’s next in snow sports. 

“We’re bringing the industry to the community,” says Deek Heykamp, cofounder and owner of Next Adventure. “Where else can you talk to experts, ski resorts, and manufacturers about the latest technology?” 

With the merger of the two shows, Snowvana now claims to be the largest ski and snowboard expo in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 40,000 square feet of showroom featuring apparel, skis, snowboards, boots, goggles, and just about any other accessory you can think of that helps you glide down a mountain. 

There are also booths that help you stay in peak physical condition, as well as keep your gear tuned to spec. Attendees can find a “screaming deal,” says event cofounder Doug Fish, at the ski swap, where lightly used gear will be on sale at discounted prices of up to 70 percent (preregistration and early drop-off required for sellers). 

"We try to provide as many different activities, interactive features, and products that we can to appeal to a wide variety of people," Fish says. That includes demonstrations, activities for kids, a ski and snowboard film festival, and live music scheduled throughout the weekend. 

The kid's zone at Snowvana features dozens of activities to help the littlest members of your family get stoked for the ski and snowboard season by helping them build skills and understand their equipment. 

Image: Doug Fish

Snowvana runs 4–9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, November 18–20, at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd). Single-day tickets start at $12 advance, $16 at the door, with VIP and multiday passes available, multiticket and Toyota owner discounts, and kids 12 and under free.

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