Outdoors: Boston Ski and Snowboard Show on the horizon

Courtesy Photo/Mary Gayle SartwellDave Sartwell is ready for the ski season, how about you?

The annual Boston Ski and Snowboard Show will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center on Boston Harbor from Nov. 12-15. Here is a chance to see the latest gear, talk to folks from your favorite mountain, watch some great entertainment, and save big bucks on outdoor gear. 

Fun Activities

Kids can get in the action with on slope simulators at the Wachusett Mountain Kids Snowpark and Learning Center Burton’s Riglet Learn-to-snowboard Park. Expert children’s instructors put the kids in real gear and guide them on their first glides. It will be a perfect place to test out winter fun and see how ready a youngster is to hit the slopes.

In addition, ELITEAM Fitness Challenge returns under the expert guidance of World Champion medalist Doug Lewis and World Cup skier Kelly Lewis. They will guide youngsters through a challenging but fun obstacle course to learn about fitness levels and how to build those levels to master the slopes this winter in an interactive arena presented by Loon Mountain and MIX104.1.

The Slackers slackline demo and competition arena will feature slackline walking which is a popular fitness regimen that is a challenge that will provoke lots of laughter a with the physical challenge. There will also be the Skyriders trampoline aerial ski spectacular presented by Killington Resort. In addition, the SIA Nordic Village will host The Biathlon Experience which will include actual laser rifle target competitions. You can try out nordic equipment on an astro turf track.

Equipment and Clothes

East Coast Alpine will set up its store and feature thousands of skis, snowboards, boots, and clothing plus accessories all at great savings. For the first time at the Expo, Great Glen Outfitters will be featuring cross-country and snowshoe gear, clothing, and accessories at the new Nordic Specialty Shop. See the new fashions at the Vertical Runway Fashion Show presented by Stowe Mountain Resort and WAAF. In addition, almost every major ski equipment manufacturer will be there to show off their newest creations.

Resorts

There will many ski resorts and travel companies there to offer a whole range of lift ticket, season pass and vacation package, many of which will be Expo only offers. Get to meet the representatives, scoop up trail maps and posters and free give-a-ways. 

Admission and Tickets

The cost is $15 for adults with children under 12 admitted free. The admission ticket includes a one year subscription to SKI or Skiing magazine plus a $10 Liftopia gift card. You can purchase tickets at a discounted price on line at www.skisnowexpo.com. Show hours are from 3-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tuna Landings

So I leave Mike Parisi and Henry Wilgo for two days and they go out and land a 750 lb. beauty! They were fishing on the southwest corner of Stellwagen in the same place where we caught the huge shark only a few days before. The day had been slow as only tuna fishing can be.

About 5:30 p.m. they talked about wrapping it up and calling it a season, but decided to hang on for another hour because of the running tide. They had no sooner made this decision when this huge bluefin tuna decided to strike. He bent the telephone pole they call a tuna rod and just flew away from the boat. It took them almost two hours to finally get the big fish to come close. It was now pitch black out with only the boat lights giving illumination.

“It was hard to harpoon him as all I could see was the reflection in the water,” said Mike. “I finally got him and we got a rope around his tail. The problem was he was so big we couldn’t pull him into the boat!”

They solved that problem with a three-pulley block and tackle. They didn’t get into the harbor until about 10:30 p.m. Not a bad result for the last day of their season.

Record Tarpon Caught

David Prevost of Houma, LA caught a 246.1-pound tarpon while fishing off Grand Isle last Thursday. If his record is certified, it could be a national record. According to the International Game Fish Association, the largest tarpon caught in US waters is a 243-pound fish from Key West.

Vermont Bow Record Moose Taken

Tammy Miller, from Fairfax, Vt. took a huge bull moose while hunting in the Northeast Kingdom. This gigantic moose weighed in at 931 pounds. The rack was huge as well, measuring 53 and 3/4 inches. The weight exceeds the previous archery record animal taken last year of 919 pounds by Kevin Rice.

She and her husband Eric had scouted the area hard for five weekends before the season started. They new from the tracks and trails they were in an area that had several moose. When they arrived in the area that morning they could here the big moose raking the brush not far from them. Her husband scraped the brush with a bone and then made a few calls. The big moose came right to them in just a few minutes. He was only about fifteen yards away when Ms. Miller took her shot.

The State ofVermont has a lottery system for moose hunting permits. About half of the permittees are successful every year. The Northeast corner of Vermont plays host to some of the biggest bulls in New England. 

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