The Snow Report: It’s Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo Week! Plus, Sugarloaf’s Lifts Get an Upgade

Parties! Raffles! Movies! Free Stuff! It's the best time before snow actually starts falling.

It’s Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo week!

The four day winter sports extravaganza kicks off on Thursday at 3 p.m. when the doors to the Seaport World Trade Center open to the general public. Tickets for Boston’s largest ski expo are just $15 for adults, while children can attend for free. If you look hard enough, though, you can find discounted ticket deals on the internet. You do not want to skip this expo, as there are so many free prizes and cool exhibits to check out.

On Wednesday, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Vermont North Ski Shops, Ski The East, and Lucky’s Lounge are teaming up to host an unofficial night-before benefit party for the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, a Tahoe-based national non-profit that supports action sports athletes by raising awareness about injury prevention and aiding those who have suffered life-altering injuries. Tickets are $20 and include one beer.

Boston Ski and Sports Club is hosting its own season kickoff event at Royale on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. This event is always a fun party and definitely worth checking out whether or not you go to the Expo. Over 30 different exhibitors are expected, while bartenders will be serving drinks from Royale’s large central bar. There will be plenty of raffle prizes, with the grand prize being a new pair of custom-made skis from East Boston’s Parlor skis. Tickets are $10 for BSSC members and $15 for non-members.

On Thursday, Teton Gravity Research is screening their new 2015 winter ski film Paradise Waits at the House of Blues. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The screening starts at 8 p.m. but the doors open at 7 p.m. Expect the film’s Boston scenes to receive a lot of love from the crowd, particularly the crew’s epic stunts on the streets of Beacon Hill.

Ski Magazine just released a tremendous longread profile of New Hampshire’s own Bode Miller as he takes off the 2015-2016 racing season in order to continue to recover from a horrendous injury and spend more time with his family. A brief excerpt:

What no trophy case can reflect is the unconventional racing style that got Miller to the top—a way of carving that turned the pieties of technique and tactics upside down, making virtues out of what many coaches would have previously called bad habits. Leaning his hips back, he put bend in the tails of his skis; holding his arms out to his sides (rather than driving them forward) enhanced his balance, though all the windmilling gave him an appearance of recklessness.

Sugarloaf is moving forward with its efforts to revamp its lift operations. The new housing for the King Pine lift arrived at the Maine resort on Saturday. Sugarloaf is investing $800,000 in a new lift gearbox, anti-rollback technology, and new braking systems. Similar work is being done to the popular Timberline Lift.