Gear up for winter

"At the ski shows you're going to see the new gear, and it's a good place to go if you're getting started," he said.

Soon after the expo, Powers will be heading west to begin training for the 2006 season with his fellow Olympians. Powers, a Burton Snowboards-sponsored rider since he was 9, will be promoting his 2006 Powers promotional deck.

For the first time, children younger than 12 will be allowed in free on Hannaford Supermarkets' family day on Sunday, Nov. 5. Hannaford is one of the event sponsors this year, and Hannaford stores are selling expo tickets at reduced prices.

As for the goodies, Alpin Haus, the presenter of the expo, will feature several new items with savings as much as $100 lower than competing retailers, said Danny Canton, assistant manager of ski sales for Alpin Haus in Amsterdam.

"We are bringing a lot of stuff. As the main sponsor, this (expo) is a big deal for us," Canton said.

Advanced tickets for the Ski and Snowboard Expo can be purchased at the customer service desk at Hannaford stores in the region. Adults are $6, $2 less than at the door, and children ages 4 to 11 are $4.

For information about the expo, visit www.albanyskiandsnowboardexpo.com. ""

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