I spent the last 2 days in Las Vegas at the Snowsports Industry of America trade show. It was my first “business trip” and I had an absolutely great time and got through it even though it didn’t end up as originally planned. I made it and had a ton of fun and fell in love with my job even more. This trade show was VERY different from the sort of trade shows I’d been to in the past with a previous job that I won’t discuss any further, lets just say this is my kind of trade show.
First of all… yesterday I was supposed to pick up my boss, Katie at the airport in Vegas to do this project together- turns out, there was a blizzard in Utah and they closed the airport. I was going to have to do this thing solo. Chris’s flight didn’t leave until 2:30, so I begged him to help (which wasn’t very hard) until he left. He’s the best, I’m lucky he was there. Him and I moved over to Mandalay Bay hotel and started hauling stuff in for my work project. My work involved decorating lockers to look like an U.S. Ski Team/U.S. Snowboarding athlete’s locker. So ahead of time, we got everything together, packed it up and I drove it to Las Vegas on Friday (with Chris’s help). Then yesterday (Monday) I filled pre-set up lockers at a booth with all the stuff I had brought. Here’s some photos to give you an idea.
she’s on the freestyle team. She LOVES bright pink.
So that’s 4/6 lockers I did. It was a lot of work. I was exhausted at the end of the day yesterday and had enough of Vegas so I literally spent the whole night in my awesome hotel room at Mandalay Bay. I had floor to ceiling windows with a view of the strip- here’s a photo.
I walked around the SIA show and really enjoyed myself. It was completely different than any other trade show I’d been to. Different in a VERY good way- the show had a “anything and everything goes” attitude- basically an attitude that said, “I’m a ski bum with a professional job working for a snow sport company and it rocks”. I’m used to a business suit requirement at a trade show- that wouldn’t fly here.
This man is wearing hot pink jeans, a cowboy jacket with tassels, a purple shirt underneath, white cowboy boots and carrying a canteen covered in leather. Awesome!
This is the way the exhibitors at the Electric booth were dressed. Electric makes ski goggles, I have no idea what Santa costumes have to do with ski goggles.
I guess I’m not trendy enough to understand?
Oh yeah.. and notice the can of Bud Light on the counter.. Love it!
So I noticed an unusual amount of people in motorized wheelchairs. I saw over 10 of these today zipping down the aisles with people driving them that didn’t seem to have a disability or an injury. At first I gave them the benefit of doubt that there must be something wrong that I can’t see from the outside. But after I saw a guy driving one with a girl on his lap and a guy drive one through a spray of silly string (at the Volcom booth), I decided this must be another trend I am not aware of. Or maybe the convention center is just so big that it’s quicker to ride than to walk?
This was pretty sweet- an indoor ski/snowboard park made of carpet with tons of oil on it (to make it slippery) and some park elements and the best part was the rolling conveyor belt spinner track near the top. The conveyor belt was similar to the rollers that your luggage goes through at the airport when going through security- you know the round metal tubes that spin to move luggage along? Anyway.. that’s what was used to help the ski/snowboard demonstrators get momentum before heading on the rail. This was pretty cool to watch!!