Desperately Seeking Delaney
Just got the new issue and read the piece on Brian and Kevin Delaney’s campsin Colorado. While I enjoyed the story, you forgot to provide some way for readers to contact the camps.Jean Washburn Red Hook, New York Good point, Jean. For more information on the DelaneySnowboard Camps (which we mention every chance we get) visit their Web site atwww.delaneysnowboard.com or call at 1-800-743-3790.-E.M.
Therapeutic Sorry blasphemous goons, spinning reality into a custom-cropped image of perfection. I was in the Pyrenees this winter, and it wasnothing like the photos you ran. For months on end there was no snow. Complete crap day after day. Ipissed away a load of cash and basically got skunked. Then I come home, and after a few months I’m not sogrumpy about the most frustrating winter of my life. I’m putting it behind me, then I see Mike Harrelson’sPyrenees piece Volume 4, Number 2. It looks like they were choking on snow! Where the hell was that?Where the hell was I? I’m so friggin’ pissed I can’t even stand it. Readers beware: this mag is aserpent-tongued liar. John Middle Spivey Chelsea, London
Don’t Believe The Hype I’m a fourteen-year-old boarder from Chicago who first got into your mag about a year ago, and I haven’t missedan issue since. It’s really cool how you guys steer clear of the “jibbing” media hype and thrive on what makessnowboarding feel good. Your pics aren’t all sequence shots of some fakie 360. They are of sweet powderturns and deep carves. Your great editorials and stories make me wanna board 24/7. Thanks for a coolsnowboarding magazine I can look forward to at the end of the month. It would be great if you posted someinfo of good hiking and day packs for snowboarding. Mike J. Chicago, Illinois Check out a pair ofpacks in next issue’s Gear column.-K.H. Too Much Freestyle Where is your magazine headed? At firstit was all about freeride, and that was what the industry needed. But now you guys are heading into thecarving and freestyle arena. What happened? Are you losing the direction that was the original plan of themagazine? If this is going to be your continued path, I would be amazed if you don’t get more complaints.Don’t the freestylers already have enough magazines, published by the same company that publishes you?Thank you.
Eric Briggs South Lake Tahoe, California
Actually, you’re the only reader so far who’s complained that we run too much freestyle. We cover Alpine because freeriding naturallyincorporates the whole mountain-including the groomers-and we don’t completely ignore freestylebecause freeriding also sometimes means a run through the park or pipe.-E.M.
Soul Boarder #1What’s up SB Life! I really enjoy your mag! Your staff has come up with great articles and informative waysto portray the freeride experience. I’m a black, level-three snowboard coach at Heavenly and I must say Ilike what you talk about in your Steps section. My roommate and I did a photo shoot with Scott Markewitz(a famous ski photographer) for Heavenly. My roommate (Chris Lobosco) is in your October ’98 issue. Mypic is a freeride shot in another mag. It’s a powder scene blotting out the rider, so you can’t tell what color Iam. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black rider in your mag. In case my pic ever graces your pages, just beaware there’s a real brother boardin’ behind all that powder.
Johnny Norman (Soul Boarder #1) LakeTahoe, Nevada
A Woman’s Place …
I can’t tell you how much I appreciated “A Woman’s Place” in yourNovember issue. I would like to personally thank and congratulate you on creating a magazine thatwelcomes (adult) women riders, unlike so many other boarding magazines out there. It is fantastic to pick upeach issue and find insightful and inspiring content. I have encouraged all my shred-betty friends to subscribe!
Julia McCunn Santa Fe, New Mexico
“A Woman’s Place” was Melissa Larsen’s idea. She’s TransWorld SNOWboarding’s assistant editor. We forgot to giive her credit before.-K.H.
Would the real Todd Richards please stand up?
I noticed that Todd Richards wrote in baggin’ on Snowboard Life in the first issue this season. I hope this wasn’t THE Todd Richards-the one I’ve looked up to all these years,the one whose complete destruction of the pipe is so sickening. Why would he feel the need to call out thefreeriding mag for not running enough freestyle? I love freestyle riding, but I also see real clear whatSnowboard Life represents. I hope that wasn’t THE Todd Richards, but just some kid that was toochickenshit to put his real name on the letter. It’d be a shame if that was you, Todd. That’d make you prettylame.
Mark Thorin Multnomah, Oregon
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