In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to the Sacramento Ski & Snowboard Festival at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 19 or Sunday, November 20.
As soft, white powder begins falling onto the mountains, the Sacramento Ski & Snowboard Festival blankets an expansive venue with interactive displays from more than 20 resorts and deals on more than $1 million in gear from brands such as Atomic, K2, and Ride. Twin-tippers and boarders alike can test out jackets, swaddle feet in the latest boots and bindings, and don goggles that yield imaginary visions of glorious slopes and real visions of a convention center tinted slightly magenta. The fest's winter sale showcases gear from Ground Zero and Mammoth Sporting Goods, who will be offering savings of up to 70% off on mountain wear from Burton, Smith, Marker, and other manufacturers. Alongside the sale, festival-goers can skip, frolic, or electric slide through a ski-and-ride school, showcase practiced jumps on the Sierra-at-Tahoe skate ramp, or scale a replica cliff with free ascents on a climbing wall.