Ya not open to the public, I always looked forward to the show because of the good deals and such but the last few years have been pretty lame. I would prefer to buy hardgoods from my local shop because the deals are not even that much better at the show.
Bang on. I remember going every year when each company had a booth and I could check out all of the best new gear in one spot and talk to reps from each company. I was able to see all the gear that was never carried in Toronto and learn more about all the gear from the guys who know it the best. Now it's all about resorts and retailers selling new/old gear. They also usually have a screening room that shows on a constant rotation new ski/board flicks which is a bonus.
i worked the show for 6 years prior to this year and i stayed as far away as i could this year. even now that im out of the retail game, i can't bring myself to pay money to buy stuff. in all those years, head was the only company that was there. it's been alomst 10 years since a lot of heavy hitters have shown up with their lines.
there's a reason though. the ski show is now a dumping ground for previous years' product. the companies realize this and decided there are better ways to spend their marketing dollars.
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