PORTLAND, Ore. -- An estimated 18,000 people turned out to the Portland Expo Center this weekend with one thing on their minds: fresh powder.

Organizers of this weekend’s Wentworth Subaru Ski Fever and Snowboard show, which kicked off Friday and is set to run through Sunday evening, said people were buzzing about the foot of snow expected on Mount Hood this weekend and about the possibility that, as a result, ski season could open before Thanksgiving.

“It's a La Nina year, and it's already snowing heavily up there,” said Dan Schindler, owner of the Les Schwab sponsored show. “People couldn't be more excited.”

The show featured everything from state-of-the-art skiing and snowboarding gear to drastically discounted goods.

Sheri Parshall drove to the show from Government Camp Sunday morning and said the snow was falling when she left.

“Everybody's like okay did you get your pass? Do you have the combination to the locker room? We're just so stoked,” she said.

The show was scheduled to wrap up at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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