Winter is Coming and so is the Edmonton Sled Show | Mountain Sledder
Fall is officially here, and that means it’s time to get ready for sledding season. To get your mind and machine properly prepared for the rapidly approaching winter there is no better way than check out the annual Alberta Snowmobile and Powersports Show (ASPS) at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
The 3-day exhibition takes place every year in October, and it’s the biggest event of its kind in Western Canada. It’s the place to get your first glimpse of the latest iron from the manufacturers, check out the hottest mods from custom shops near and far and get your mitts on all the gear and accessories you’ll need for the season. The show is so big that it regularly takes up four massive exhibition halls covering more than 120,000 square feet.
But the ASPS isn’t just about seeing the newest, coolest stuff in the sledding game. It’s a reunion of all the people that are passionate about our sport. All the big film studs like Chris B. and the other Chris B. are there, hanging out and talking sledding with the regular fellas. And there are the other guys like Rod the Mod, who you haven’t seen since that trip to McBride last year. It’s not even uncommon to recognize someone that you might have stood next to in the beer gardens lineup the year before.
Friday night is usually the busiest, but there’s a lot going on all weekend. Mountain Sledder Magazine will host the annual 509 Film Premiere, presenting this year’s film, Volume 11. It’s a fun chance to have a few drinks and mingle with industry folk and many of the riders in the film.
Tickets are already selling fast, so make sure you get yours early:
On Saturday there is a used sled swap, which is a great way to pass along your old machine to someone else or pick up something that’s new-to-you.
The pace on Sunday is a little more relaxed, and oftentimes show goers will come back to score a few deals after they’ve had the chance to check the entire show out beforehand. Sunday is also the day of the final draw for the Grand Prize of the show—a 2017 Summit 850 X 165 from BRP. You won’t want to miss that!
The 2016 ASPS happens October 14-16 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Show hours are 4-10pm Friday, 10-7pm Saturday and 11-4:30pm Sunday. Tickets are available on TIckemaster and at the door. Visit albertasnowmobileshow.com for more details.
See you there!
– Patrick Garbutt