Memo to local skiers: The season is just beginning. That's the message being delivered at the seventh annual Baltimore Ski and Travel Show.
At the show, which started yesterday and continues today and tomorrow at Festival Hall, ski enthusiasts from novice to expert will find opportunities to watch world champion skiers and in-line skaters. They can get information as well as bargains on equipment and fashions. And they will even have a chance to put on skis and tackle a 65-foot indoor ski slope, get tips on technique, and compete on a revolving deck for prizes.
This show will feature the tour debut of Bob Wickline's World of White Ski Music Video Concert, a video of six ski-oriented songs coordinated with thrilling film footage from some of the world's best ski cinematographers. Segments of the video and selections from the accompanying album have been on the "Today" show and "Entertainment Tonight."
The Flying Egan Brothers, Dan and John Egan, will be at the show along with a multimedia presentation of their "extreme skiing," in which they take the sport to the world's most difficult slopes.
World champion freestyle skier Patricia Karnick will be featured in the Rolling Snow Revue, a performance of freestyle skiing on an indoor revolving ski deck. She will be joined by Olympic medalist Lane Spina and his brother and coach, Yale Spina.
Because skiers have begun to use in-line skating as a way to keep in shape for skiing, Rollerblade Inc. is sending its internationally known Team Rollerblade to give demonstrations of stunt maneuvers and choreographed dance routines. Team Rollerblade has been featured on numerous national commercials and has been invited to participate in the opening for the 1992 Winter Olympics as well as the half-time show at the 1992 Super Bowl.
Show participants will also have the opportunity to be more than spectators. The Rolling Snow Rally will give experienced skiers the opportunity to race for prizes on the revolving ski deck. The Rollerblade demonstration area will give participants the opportunity to try in-line skating. And instructors from the Rossignol/Killington Ski School in Vermont will provide free lessons for novice and first-time skiers on an indoor ski slope that is 65 feet long, 16 feet high and 21 feet wide.
Nationally known skiers Pam Fletcher and Lisa Feinberg-Densmore will be giving tips on improving ski techniques.
A theatrical group from the Vail/Beaver Creek ski area, the Buckaroo Bonanza Bunch, will provide entertainment at a family ski center designed to provide information on family ski vacations.
Local ski shops will have extensive selections of the latest
equipment and fashions for sale. And there will be hourly fashion shows.
Representatives from many ski areas and travel agencies will be offering information about trip packages. Some special low-cost packages will be offered just for the show.
Admission is $5 per person, children under 12 will be admitted free.
The hours of the Baltimore Ski and Travel Show are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
RTC The Show will take place at Festival Hall, 1 W. Pratt St., next to the Baltimore Convention Center.