In your editorial”A New Era” in the April ’98 issue, you mentioned how starting Snowboard Lifemagazine gives you the feeling you had in the early days of snowboarding. It’s a shared feelingby some of us who’ve been surfing long enough to remember longboards and conditions without the present Boogie-board plague.
I strapped into snowboarding in 1996 in Summit Countyand experienced a flashback to my adolescent surf adventures. Living in the high country-Canadaand the Inland Northwest-for the last two years has brought me and my family snowboardingmemories to cherish.My surfing addiction fades with increased crowds and fewer waves;I’m restless, looking forward to when the snow flies. I know I’ll get my fix with everyresounding G-force change of direction as I set an edge and lean into it.
Your magazine is clearly the new leader in snowboarding coverage. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date. Please publish some information on snowboard helmets.
Jim StoneMolokai, Hawaii Look for an entire Gear column devoted to the rapidly expandingsnowboard-helmet market in an upcoming issue.-E.M.
I Want More
Your magazine is everything I’ve been looking for-so I subscribed. Yourarticles make for a great read, especially Kurt Hoy’s Chile (March ’98) and MikeFinkel’s New Zealand (April ’98) stories. Excellent! I’ve read ‘em again and again, and every time I’m totally there.
And Kurt, those Steps are awesome. I’ve been riding for six years and have never known what to do with my arms. That is, until now (“The Gunfighter,” April ’98). Thanks, dude. It was just the element I needed. But I do have one complaint: there’s not enough! I want more-more articles and more pictures.
Mom? Is that you? Would you please quit worrying aboutmy job! But seriously, thanks a lot, although I wouldn’t put myself in Finkel’s league as awriter. Support from our readers makes it all worthwhile.-K.H.
Well, I can’t hold out any longer. I’ve been waiting for a good reason to fire up the PC to let you all know how much the mag means to me, and when I saw your blurb asking us to let you know how you’re doing … well, what you’re doing is blowing away all the pseudo-hip, virtually unreadable ragsout there that supposedly represent our sport. You inspire and inform, and do it with class andrespect.
As a relative newcomer to riding (in my second year), the mag has helped metremendously to find the correct equipment and technique to pursue the style of riding that excites me(the carve!), and I honestly don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for the advice andcounsel of some of your writers. I’m not ashamed to say that I read and reread everything KurtHoy offers in his Steps column. His travel stuff is great, too.I can think of perhaps one thing that could possibly set the magazine even farther apart from the legions of pretenders out there: since Snowboard Life is the only publication devoting any meaningful space at all to the art of the carve, maybe you would consider a regular column or article in each issue? Most of us are riding resorts regularly as a simple fact of urban life, and as more riders start carving, perhaps more readers would be reached, as I have been, by your great magazine.
Mark CaprioniSt. Paul, Minnesota
Ashamed! What? We try to represent a fair cross-section of snowboarding,and carving is clearly a vital element. This season’s Steps will include a page dedicated toAlpine riding in each issue. Keep it on edge.-K.H.
Your magazine’s best features are the ads. I can’t stand your lame Alpine/freeriding crap. You’reprobably just poseur skiers. If you really want to be cool, you should at least try freestyle. Ifyou don’t have any cool kickers or pipes in your next magazine, I’ll cancel my subscription.
Snowboarding has always been about individuality and the freedom to express yourself in one way or another. That’s someething we respect too, Todd. Thanks for the input, and we’ll look for that cancellation in the mail.-K.H.
Making SenseYour magazine isGREAT! I especially enjoy the many”how-to” pieces and the make-sense dialogue throughout. I do have a suggestion: Would youconsider evaluating boots, boards, and bindings, like some of the windsurfing magazines do with sails and boards, to compare the pros and cons? Your recent article on step-in bindings did not elaborate on the advantages and disadvantages of the various brands. A big plus for Flow step-in bindings is that you do not have to buy another pair of boots to go with the bindings. You can use your existing soft boots. I don’t believe any other binding on the market has this feature. Anyway, keep up the good work, and happy snowboarding!
Ernie BacsanyiNorthville, Michigan
This year, we’re doing two buyer’s guides-boards in the first issue, boots and bindings in the second. We tend to stay away from evaluating products because we find such “tests” are too subjective. We do, however, attempt to provide the information you’ll need to make sound purchasing decisions.-S.L.
Holding The Torch
Yeah, just like everyone else I very much enjoy readingyour mag. I’m in my third season of snowboarding, and I must say my life now totally revolvesaround riding. Up until early last season, I had hopes of turning pro, but unfortunately I was in acar accident that left me disabled. I still snowboard, and for my abilities, I rip it up!I would like to see snowboarding in the Special Olympics. How could I see that happen?
A handful of states’ Special Olympic programsalready include snowboarding. Call the Alaska Special Olympics at (907) 753-2182 to see how you canget involved. Good luck.-E.M.
Separate But United
I first saw your magazine while working in Whistler in 1995 and have every one since thepremiere issue! I’m now back home in England, but regularly ride Europe.
I was in Val D’Isere/Tignes last winter with a group of friends. Our last day wasbrilliant-perfect powder and bright sunshine-but later we heard about an avalanche down thevalley that killed eleven children and two instructors. It was such a contrast to the incredibly happy day we had that I felt moved to write a poem. Keep up the good work with
Snowboard Life-I think it’s the best snowboarding magazine available.
Under an ice blue skyThe air creaks with cold.We soar beneath the brilliant heavenSoft flinging powder settlingin our wakeSix, separate yet unitedA band of white our only bondWe carve our marksAnd sign our lives across the slopes.Yet joy for us was hell for othersOur ecstasy was earlier theirs-but thenTheir mountain moved while ours stood stillThirteen were separated-now they are united. We do the things we love yet never knowHow lives can change because of one small step. We will return-the mountains ever beckon. But with this thought: theyvare not tamed. They are ourvmasters still, their beauty roaringvvengeanceAnd we,their lowly servants, bow.
Thanks kindly for all the great feedback we received during our summer break. By most accounts, we’re on the right track. But among all those happy, shiny, satisfied customers there must be some disgruntled readers, and we want to hear from you, too. Isn’t there anybody out there who doesn’t like Snowboard Life?
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