Nothing gets the Aussie and World Snow industry together like the annual Snow Travel Expos in Melbourne and Sydney.
After two years of lockdowns, travel bans and uncertainty, the Expos are back big time, kicking off with a great show in Melbourne on Sunday 15 May. It’s Hall 1 this year, right up close to the Main Street entrance so super easy to drop in and check out.
Snow Travel Expo head honcho Phil Osborn is stoked things are back to normal. SA’s Owain Price caught up with him for a quick Q&A – he’s pretty stressed with a full show for the first time since 2019.
SA: Nothing brings the snow industry – the snow fans foremost of course, the destinations local and international, accommodation, latest gear, and a host of related stuff from roof racks to insurance. We have missed it the past 2 years – even though you did a great job with the limitations you had.But looks like it’s back big time to celebrate with no lockdowns and travel back on?
“You are correct. It’s switching back on. Australian skiers and snowboarders are keen to move forward and start living life and enjoying their sport and snow travel again. A two year drought was long enough. I personally think all of us with place a higher value on snow travel. Creating memories that last a life time, is a good thing to invest your time and energy into in my opinion.”
SA: Ditto that! Looks like the traditional great selection of international resorts coming down/hopping the ditch – who is here?
All the major destinations are making the journey to Australia. People can meet 70+ destinations from Canada, US, Japan, Europe, NZ, Korea and Australia are all involved. Lots of choice to suit everyones tastes and budgets.
SA: More than ever, it’s not just about the travel, it’s a fun day out – there’s some great stuff, especially for families right? Like in Melbourne Snow Action are opposite the sled dogs – always a favourite. And the climbing wall looks like fun?
We bring the snow community together. People love planning special ski trips. Australian’s are great travellers. They love exploring. And I feel Australians are good at researching and discovering new places.
Events like the Globe Rail Jam bring lots of our top skiers and snowboarders together. It’s a great chance for people to see how talented the crew are riding the Globe Jam.
Free activities for kids, like the climbing wall and the Utah photo booth are very cool. Definitely got to bring the kids along!
SA: Or grandkids .. sigh. The prizes look as awesome as ever?
For sure! Who wouldn’t want to win these – a week in Aspen flying United, a week in YOUR choice of BC resort flying Air Canada are the biggest of the impressive bunch. Then there’s a week in Niseko and a couple of the awesome Ikon Passes.
Snow Action have some awesome prizes on our stand too & the amazing @Bobsledbree Walker ready to sign your FREE copy of the latest issue featuring interviews with her and fellow Kick Ass Aussie Olympians Britt Cox & Greta Small.
We have $25,000 worth of Magazines to giveaway FREE as our we’re back baby bonus! Of course, any contributions also welcome on the days too see you there!