Boots And Blindings
What’s up, Snowboard Life? Love your mag, but what happened to your issue onboots and bindings? It was supposed to be in the issue following your awesome snowboard buyer’s guide.Okay, things happen-it didn’t make the following issue. However, I just received my January issue, and theboots and bindings buyer’s guide was nowhere to be found. Again, I really enjoy your mag, but how aboutsome follow through? What about integrity? If you have any (which remains to be seen), you’ll print my letterso that I and all other loyal readers and subscribers will know what happened and when we can expect thisvery important issue in the future.
Mike Emerson Ouch! That hurts, man! Track down a copy of ourNovember issue (Volume 4, Number 2), flip to page 60 to our boot and binding buyer’s guide, andkindly eat crow. Securing a subscription so you don’t miss a single issue may avoid embarrassingsituations like this in the future. We weren’t going to run this letter, but in an effort to maintain someintegrity, we felt compelled. Look for our next boot and binding buyer’s guide in our second issuenext season. Bye now.-E.M. Huge Props
I just got another DOPE issue of Snowboard Life today, and Iwas literally bouncing off the walls when I read the segment about Cliff Ahumada and the Carvers’Expression Session. Huge props out to Cliff for having the balls to get the carving side of snowboarding outthere, and to Snowboard Life for being a killer mag! Brent Nordstrom Edina, Minnesota
A Letter From Finland
Thank you for making the only snowboarding magazine I’ve foundworth subscribing to. I’ve especially enjoyed the Alpine articles and photos, like “Alpinpunk” in the Januaryissue. The Tech page is also good. Even if most snowboarders prefer freestyle, I think in the crowd of othermagazines, there’s a clear need for Snowboard Life.
Matti Vihervuori Helsinki, Finland
A friend of mine allowed me to view his copy of the December issue and I have a question aboutone of the photos in the Photolog, a nice, full-page shot of K2 rider Chris Engelsman. It says it was shot atAlta, Utah. Can you explain how that is possible since Alta doesn’t allow snowboarding? As a monoskier,snowboarder, and lifetime skier, I am quite familiar with Alta’s policy on boards, so what’s the deal?
Confused in Ohio, Zoid
The photo in question was taken early season before the resort opened and isa result of some good old-fashioned hiking.-E.M.
Great mag. I thought you’d gonethe way of the dinosaurs. I was forced to read other rags that suggested you had gone out of print. Imaginemy relief when I found your December issue in the magazine rack. I like the way you focus on more practicalitems without being too boring. I really like the Steps section. It’s good to get advice on things you can do(unlike some other mags that show how to do an inverted 720 spine snapper). Could you possibly dosomething on halfpipe basics? I was wondering if there are any competition circuits for older boarders likemyself (38 plus)? I wouldn’t mind some friendly older competition (the youngsters act so hostile-not tomention that they kick my old butt). Speaking of being older, I have been boarding for over ten years now,and I’ve seen a lot come and go. Whatever happened to guys like Craig Kelly, Dave Dowd, or DamianSanders? I hope they’re not selling used cars). Well folks, best of luck and keep up the good work. It wasreally nice to read a mag that’s more about snowboarding than teenage angst, not to mention your tastefullack of scantily clad females makes it easier to read in the teacher’s lounge. G.F. Winsor Cumberland, Rhode Island
Our October and January issues both featured Steps on halfpipe basics. Contact theUSASA at www.usasa.org for info on regional amateur contests for riders of all ages. And finally, I’mhappy to report that Craig, Dave, and Damian are all riding strong. Craig’s stilll one of Burton’s topteam riders, Dave splits his time between coaching at Mt. Hood and living out of in a yurt inColorado, and when Damian’s not riding, he hosts some of the freakiest soirées Southern Californiahas ever seen under the moniker Club Rubber.-E.M.
I am writing in response to that thar fella inLouisiana who was offended by that thar Burton ad with beautiful Victoria. Frankly, I think he needs tolighten up-I thought it was great! The ad is tame compared to some of the other ads in many snowboardmagazines. And he’s offended by a company whose integrity is unequaled in the business. Burton is one ofthe more family oriented firms around! I am sure much consideration went into the ad before they decided torun it.
Believe it or not, we’ve powered out six more issues of Snowboard Life. Now,if you don’t mind, we’re going to squeeze in as much riding as we can before the snow melts. Take thisopportunity to give us some feedback. What are we doing right? Or wrong! Any suggestions for nextseason’s volume? We’d love to hear from you.