Check this out now, sisters, because this month’s Gospel report has more fastnews than I can fit into my tiny computer (affectionately called “Princess”)here at the Site-Formerly-Known-As-SOL. Haven’t heard? Interzine waspurchased by Times Mirror, owners of Transworld Snowboarding, for some ungodlyamount, meshing SOL and TWS On-Line into a mega-mothership of virtualsnowboarding reality. Gospel’s still around for now, although I’m waiting forthe virtual ax to fall upon my virtual throne, so email your support before Iend up like the Dead Angry Interns, to: lee@solsnowboarding.com. Or betteryet, send it right to the top: transnow@aol.com, attn. Brian Sellstrom. Letthe Gospel Live!

www.boardaid.com) tomorrow, March 15, at BearMountain to see The Offspring and Steel Pulse, plus ride with 5,000 othersnowboarders and skateboarders all hoping to have clear skies and a good timewhile raising money and awareness for AIDS research. Ugly statistics show thatAIDS is the #2 killer of people ages 25-44 in the U.S., and that women are thefastest growing population of people infected with HIV. The amount ofcharities receiving the benefits of the money raised at this event is enoughto get this grrl off her keyboard long enough to venture to SoCal in supportof the cause. Look for my complete story on the Site-Formerly-Known-As-SOLthis coming week, March 16.

While we’re on the snowboarding-for-a-cause beat, Boarding for Breast Cancer(the BBC), April 18, 1998, at Sierra-at-Tahoe has named their bands. Line-upincludes: The infamous Foo Fighters, swing-band (and Tina Basich’s favorite),Royal Crown Review, the techno-heads of Moby, and the Toadies, whomever theyare. MC choices are still being determined at time of writing so don’t tellyour friends you heard that Drew Barrymore was the hostess from me. It’s notconfirmed, as I said.

The BBC has raised more than $110,000 dollars to date for breast cancerresearch and continues its efforts to attract attention and spread awarenessabout this disease, all in the memory of Monica Steward from Bonfire, who diedfrom breast cancer at the age of 29 in 1996. Some sobering facts:-1.8 million women in this country have breast cancer-1 million more don’tknow they do.-1 in 8 women in the United States will contract breast cancer sometime intheir lives. -A woman dies of breast cancer every 11 minutes.-Breast cancer kills more women than AIDS.

What’s this mean for us? In younger women (under the age of 35), breastcancer can be more aggressive because of a higher level of estrogen, whichacts like air on fire if it catches the disease. The bummer for younger womenis that diagnosis tends to be ignored or dismissed as a clogged milk duct orsomething. That may not always be the case, so check it again! Mammographyisn’t the ultimate test and unnecessary radiation exposure in our youngeryears could pop up as yet another health risk later in our lives. So don’t getone until after you’re 35-unless your mom, grandmother, sister, aunt (in thatorder) has a history of breast cancer.

What to do? 1) Give yourself regular monthly exams (in conjunction with anexam by a breast health expert every 2 years). If you don’t know how, check-out the breast exam charts in a doctor’s office or better yet, contact theSusan G. Komen Foundation (1-800-I-AM-AWARE) for your own breast cancer healthkit and inside, you’ll find a nifty, illustrated card which gives you step-by-step instructions that you can hang in your shower. 2) Eat healthy stuff-lotsof fruits and veggies. 3) Exercise regularly by riding a lot; have fun;eliminate stressful situations. Our BBC on-line site has all the news you needto help volunteer for this year’s event or to host your own “Board-A-Thon”-mini BBC’s-at your home mountain. Go to: twsnow.com/bbc.html. Your’struly also produced the official BBC TV sw, which will be airing on LifetimeTV this month and in April, so check your local listings. Once it airs, we’dlike to distribute the show to college campuses, high schools, and otherfacilities that target young women, so contact Fuse: fuse@together.net; (802)864-7123 for a copy of the flick, copy of a 3-miute teaser, or a 30-second BBCcommercial. The film is both educational and entertaining with interviews ofMichele Taggart, Olympic silver medalist, Stine Brun Kjeldaas, bronzemedalist, Shannon Dunn, Tina Basich, and musicians Luscious Jackson, That Dog,7-Year Bitch, and Primus.

I just returned from the Snow Industries of America (SIA) trade show inVegas, where I was surprised to find, that in this time of “snowboardconsolidation,” that the women’s market was still growing. According to ScottOliver from Burton, “Women’s is the one growth area that’s definitely stillhappening.” Oliver goes on to predict a 30 percent growth in women’s specificcategories such as signature models and boots.

This we’re already seeing, as I’ll describe in full detail in the upcomingCircleplus Hardgoods Review this Fall. But what may surprise you (did me) wasthat some of the ladies are getting more than one signature board. Example:Barrett Christy’s got a 148 and 154 from Gnu (Mervin Manufacturers); TinaBasich has a 143 and 151 from Sims (the latter has an incredible bird designfrom one of Tina’s paintings). Other signature board news: Bev Sanders fromAvalanche will again produce her 148 and K2 has come back with a longerMorgan LaFonte board (see Gospel X) at 155. K2 also got the grrl-bandwagon andpumped out a whole series of boards for us called the Luna, complete withnarrower sidecuts, softer flexes, and “super-light construction” claimsmarketing gal, Heidi McCoy.

Introduced at the show were Salomon’s Synapse step-in system and Switch’s Stella and Millennium women’s step-inboot. Switch communications guy, Patrick Brennan, boasted the boots inner”Ferragamo” fitted last-built by the renowned Italian boot manufacturer witheons of his/herstory in boot development . The fit doesfeel like a nice pair of Milan loafers, but of course with a lot more bulk.Burton had their women’s step-in’s at the show and gave agreat deal of attention to women’s specific molds when I aw the line. But thecutest things happening at Burton are the little kid step-ins-due out by thetime the ’98 winter season rolls around.

Other show oddities: Dina Hemlinger, producer of the snowboard flick 96,showed me her rock of a diamond from rider Mike Olson. Not only is she marriedand working on writing a pilot for the X-Files, but she, along with anotherMervin Manufacturer groupie, were dressed up in beautiful blue ball gowns withsparkling eye glitter, baking chocolate chip cookies at the Lib Tech/Mervinbooth throughout the show. Martha Harkey from Yang didn’t have a booth thisyear, (nor did Belladonna or Kurves, who both are no longer in business), butdid have one of the most practical and stylish outfits at the SnowboardGallery show. Says Martha about Yang, “we’re still in business, but we’reshowing our clothing at the Gallery rather than with a booth this year.” Let’shope it worked.

Rebecca Herath, marketing director for Santa Cruz, held anentertaining press conference with Olympic halfpipe gold medalist, Gian Simmenwho, at 21 and very shy, claimed that it was his “first big win in thehalfpipe” and that to his surprise, when he returned home to Switzerland, hewas suddenly “as popular as Michael Jackson. I just don’t understand, I justdon’t understand…” We do! We do!

With that, Lisa Eilertson, Associate Editor of Snowboarder Magazine(snwbdrmag@sruferoubs.com), Julie Gengo from W.i.g. (www.wigmag.com), and I,toasted with free Jagermeister shots and pieces of Santa Cruz 25th Anniversarycake “to the little boy who could.”

Missy Samilee from Goddess had one of the most unique booths at the show. Herline of boards and apparel, although not super technical, taps into everygrrl’s dream of looking hip on and off the mountain. Launched with the help ofher three brothers, Missy came-up with such designs as “Chanel-inspired”jackets and “Pocket-Full-Of-Posies” apres street-style clothing. The board’swere light, narrow, grrl-oriented, but most notable were the unique graphics,including two by a 17-year-old girl who won the “Goddess Snowboard DesignerAward”-a contest Missy had the foresight to run in Seventeen magazine. ClaimsMissy, “We had more than 3,000 entries from the contest. And we’ve includedsome of the winners’ designs in our T-shirts and board graphics.” Remember themagazine “b lur”? The creator of that little gem, Scott Clum, who is also artdirector of Bikini mag (magbikini@aol.com), has his trademark graphic designwork all over the pages of the Goddess catalogue. A must for any’zine/catalogue art junkie’s collection: (503-399-7452).

Deep, Betty, and Bombshell’s booths were all so packed, I was glad I’d madeappointments to see their lines before the show. Of course, this is all goodnews for women because it illustrates this coming season’s snowboard shops’need for women’s apparel. When I was at the Deep booth (deepgirls@aol.com), Ishared my line preview with shop owners from the Front Range in Colorado who’sshop couldn’t keep enough Deep clothing in stock. Not hard to imagine giventhat owner Tracy Fong (who is the proud mother of a baby boy named Mason) hassome of the most technical, and subtle blues and greens in women’ssnowboarding apparel. All of their clothing, including sweat shirts andsweaters, have zip-up fronts because, as Tracy pointed out, “Girls don’t likethings that go over their heads.”

Bombshell’s garments (bombshell@earthlink.net) although bolder and brighter,had way more technical features than last year, such as removable hoods andpowder skirts, and are introducing undergarments like a fleece jogbra. Betty’sMountain Girl parka is a must-citrus green with pit zips, adjustable bungiecord powder skirts, which Janet Freeman claims “are the smartest things I everadded to my stuff”-for the 21st century. It also features a zip pocket rightbetween the breasts for those super special things you can’t ride without(betty@europa.com)

Cristin Inglis, Princess of Gathering of the Goddesses, has announced thatshe is going to host the fourth annual Gathering after all, March 25-29 atSquaw Valley, California. As she says, it’s a “calling for the Stellar Sistersof Snowboarding and related industries to unite for a symposium of networking,snowboarding, and relaxing.” The Gathering truly is informational and a bunchof fun, but personally, I think the best part is wearing an “I’m A Goddess”pass officially for three whole days. Cost is $495 including lodging and lifttickets. Call (714) 856-0123; for travel arrangements call Wendy @ (800)870-8646.

Katie Bush, director of Women Only Snowboard Camps emailed from Sugarbush,Vermont, to inform me of her fourth season of camps for women. It seems I’veunknowingly plugged my friend’s camp, the Wild Women’s Snowboard Camp(Bearsb@aol,com), mercilessly to the Easter-coasters chagrin. To Katie andMaurice McIntosh, systems analyst for the Harvard Law School, my deepestapologies. Katie’s camps are going on as I write (March, Friday the 13th), atSugarbush, Vermont. All abilities welcome, all ages a must. According toKatie, campers average age is 30-something. “The women-only thing gets towomen in their 30′s-they get the idea of what it’s all about,” explains Katie.”It seems that women in their thirties and late 40′s like to be with otherwomen and have fun-it’s something they love to do even if they’re juststarting off snowboarding.”

The Women’s Only Snowboard Camps (an independent camp, by the way) will beholding it’s reunion weekend April 4. If you attended Fresh and Tasty’s Fresh-Sesh at the beginning of this season, you’re welcome to attend the reunionalso. For info about the reunion, next season’s camps, orygrrl’s dream of looking hip on and off the mountain. Launched with the help ofher three brothers, Missy came-up with such designs as “Chanel-inspired”jackets and “Pocket-Full-Of-Posies” apres street-style clothing. The board’swere light, narrow, grrl-oriented, but most notable were the unique graphics,including two by a 17-year-old girl who won the “Goddess Snowboard DesignerAward”-a contest Missy had the foresight to run in Seventeen magazine. ClaimsMissy, “We had more than 3,000 entries from the contest. And we’ve includedsome of the winners’ designs in our T-shirts and board graphics.” Remember themagazine “b lur”? The creator of that little gem, Scott Clum, who is also artdirector of Bikini mag (magbikini@aol.com), has his trademark graphic designwork all over the pages of the Goddess catalogue. A must for any’zine/catalogue art junkie’s collection: (503-399-7452).

Deep, Betty, and Bombshell’s booths were all so packed, I was glad I’d madeappointments to see their lines before the show. Of course, this is all goodnews for women because it illustrates this coming season’s snowboard shops’need for women’s apparel. When I was at the Deep booth (deepgirls@aol.com), Ishared my line preview with shop owners from the Front Range in Colorado who’sshop couldn’t keep enough Deep clothing in stock. Not hard to imagine giventhat owner Tracy Fong (who is the proud mother of a baby boy named Mason) hassome of the most technical, and subtle blues and greens in women’ssnowboarding apparel. All of their clothing, including sweat shirts andsweaters, have zip-up fronts because, as Tracy pointed out, “Girls don’t likethings that go over their heads.”

Bombshell’s garments (bombshell@earthlink.net) although bolder and brighter,had way more technical features than last year, such as removable hoods andpowder skirts, and are introducing undergarments like a fleece jogbra. Betty’sMountain Girl parka is a must-citrus green with pit zips, adjustable bungiecord powder skirts, which Janet Freeman claims “are the smartest things I everadded to my stuff”-for the 21st century. It also features a zip pocket rightbetween the breasts for those super special things you can’t ride without(betty@europa.com)

Cristin Inglis, Princess of Gathering of the Goddesses, has announced thatshe is going to host the fourth annual Gathering after all, March 25-29 atSquaw Valley, California. As she says, it’s a “calling for the Stellar Sistersof Snowboarding and related industries to unite for a symposium of networking,snowboarding, and relaxing.” The Gathering truly is informational and a bunchof fun, but personally, I think the best part is wearing an “I’m A Goddess”pass officially for three whole days. Cost is $495 including lodging and lifttickets. Call (714) 856-0123; for travel arrangements call Wendy @ (800)870-8646.

Katie Bush, director of Women Only Snowboard Camps emailed from Sugarbush,Vermont, to inform me of her fourth season of camps for women. It seems I’veunknowingly plugged my friend’s camp, the Wild Women’s Snowboard Camp(Bearsb@aol,com), mercilessly to the Easter-coasters chagrin. To Katie andMaurice McIntosh, systems analyst for the Harvard Law School, my deepestapologies. Katie’s camps are going on as I write (March, Friday the 13th), atSugarbush, Vermont. All abilities welcome, all ages a must. According toKatie, campers average age is 30-something. “The women-only thing gets towomen in their 30′s-they get the idea of what it’s all about,” explains Katie.”It seems that women in their thirties and late 40′s like to be with otherwomen and have fun-it’s something they love to do even if they’re juststarting off snowboarding.”

The Women’s Only Snowboard Camps (an independent camp, by the way) will beholding it’s reunion weekend April 4. If you attended Fresh and Tasty’s Fresh-Sesh at the beginning of this season, you’re welcome to attend the reunionalso. For info about the reunion, next season’s camps, or the Fresh Sesh, call(800) 552-5065; bark@snowevents.com.

And finally, if you called regarding Morgan LaFonte’s Extreme Camps like Idid, you’ll discover they didn’t happen. According to Mike Reynolds of PeakExperience, the adventure travel company that puts on these extreme camps forskiing and snowboarding, “We didn’t get the news out there in time. But we’retalking with Morgan about hosting a camp in Valdez this winter and possiblythis summer in South America.” If you’re still interested, call (800)842-7855.

Finally, “Harvest,” the movie by Teton Gravity has some sick Julie Zellsegments and even better music-even though it is considered a ski flick. Also,Justin Hostynek’s “Absinthe” is a must for any grrls snowboard flickcollection. And a Gospel congratulations to Bonnie and Jim Zellers on theirupcoming parenthood!

That’s all for now. Tune in next month for the Gospel on the women who rulethe U.S. Open, the backcountry goddesses from the upcoming scene in Alaska(where if you’re any sort of extreme rider, you’re renting a van and nestingin Valdez for the month), and other grrly news.WigMag@aol.comwww.wigmag.coms, or the Fresh Sesh, call(800) 552-5065; bark@snowevents.com.

And finally, if you called regarding Morgan LaFonte’s Extreme Camps like Idid, you’ll discover they didn’t happen. According to Mike Reynolds of PeakExperience, the adventure travel company that puts on these extreme camps forskiing and snowboarding, “We didn’t get the news out there in time. But we’retalking with Morgan about hosting a camp in Valdez this winter and possiblythis summer in South America.” If you’re still interested, call (800)842-7855.

Finally, “Harvest,” the movie by Teton Gravity has some sick Julie Zellsegments and even better music-even though it is considered a ski flick. Also,Justin Hostynek’s “Absinthe” is a must for any grrls snowboard flickcollection. And a Gospel congratulations to Bonnie and Jim Zellers on theirupcoming parenthood!

That’s all for now. Tune in next month for the Gospel on the women who rulethe U.S. Open, the backcountry goddesses from the upcoming scene in Alaska(where if you’re any sort of extreme rider, you’re renting a van and nestingin Valdez for the month), and other grrly news.WigMag@aol.comwww.wigmag.com