Kick Off the Ski Season at MOA Over MEA – Oct. 21 & 22
Bloomington, Minn. (September 6, 2016) --- Minnesota Ski Areas Association and Explore Minnesota will once again team up to promote Minnesota’s array of downhill slope destinations available to Midwestern skiers and snowboarders. The 9th Annual Explore Minnesota Slopes Ski & Snowboard Expo returns to Mall of America’s rotunda on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. each day. 
The Expo will showcase more than a dozen ski hills from around the state as well as area retailers and businesses. Visit the variety of booths to get the best deals on season passes and lift tickets. Stop by the different retailers to see the latest in equipment and fashions.
Participating retailers and winter wonderlands in this year’s Explore Minnesota Slopes Ski & Snowboard Expo will include: Minnesota Ski Areas Association, Afton Alps, Andes Tower Hills, Big Sky Resort, Buck Hill, Buena Vista Ski Area, Burton Riglet Park, Columbia Sportswear, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, G-Team, Giants Ridge, Granite Peak Ski Area, Hoigaard’s, HELP Boardshop, Hyland Hills, Lutsen Mountains, Mount Kato Ski Resort, Mount Ski Gull, Rossignol, Powder Ridge Ski Area, Spirit Mountain, The North Face, Thrash Camp – Vision Elite Sports, Trollhaugen Ski Resort, Welch Village, Winter Park Resort and Wild Mountain Ski and Snowboard.
NEW this year at the Explore Minnesota Slopes Ski & Snowboard Expo:
Past Winter Olympians from our state will be on hand to greet fans and future medalists at the Minnesota Olympic Jumpers booth.
Buck Hill will display its new synthetic turf which they are using to create year-round fun on the slopes.  
Thanks to Burton Riglet Park, the Kids Terrain Park is back for another year. In this safe environment, kids will be towed on a snowboard by a certified coach. 
Minnesota’s slopes offer affordable adventure close to home for Midwestern skiers and snowboarders. In the northeast, there’s a trio of destination downhill resorts featuring some of the biggest hills in the Midwest, complete with exciting terrain parks, lodging and entertainment.
Visitors to the Twin Cities area will find an array of excellent downhill areas. Elsewhere around the state are hills where novices can get their start on the slopes and experts can challenge themselves on steep, advanced runs. Many have terrain parks with lots of features for snowboarders and some have tubing hills, where the youngest in the family can get in on the downhill fun.
The Explore Minnesota Slopes Ski & Snowboard Expo is made possible by their partners: Explore Minnesota, Columbia Sportswear, Nilan Johnson Lewis Law Firm and PistenBully. For more information on Minnesota slopes, visit exploreminnesota.com/slopes
The Minnesota Ski Areas Association encourages citizens and guests of Minnesota to thrive in our winter climate by enjoying the many opportunities for superb skiing and boarding across the state. Our members work together to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all skiers – from beginners to the highly skilled professional - including individuals, families, and competitive teams. For more information, please visit skiandboardmn.com. 
Nina Sveinson, Nemer Fieger, nsveinson@nemerfieger.com, 406-640-0991
Molly Steinke, Nemer Fieger, molly@nemerfieger.com, 612-309-1677