You asked for it again, so you got it…again. The Girl’s Gospel II. A stream of consciousness/info column for women in snowboarding. I’ll cover everything I can think of to bring you princeses up date on a bi-monthly basis on what’s happening with women worldwide in the snowboarding industry.

First, news from the home front here in Utah. We’ve gotten so much powder in the past few weeks that I actually had to take today off to rest my thighs. Can you believe that? Not to make anyone jealous (especially those of you in Tahoe stuck in the rain), but perhaps y’all might consider moving to Utah some day. Like our license plates say, it’s “The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

Top news of the day is the recent organization of a group called the Snow Sports Association for Women (SSAW). Launched last June as a catalyst to expand women’s involvement in all snow sports, the SSAW has recruited hundreds of women across the country in just six months. Last week in Salt Lake City, Utah, was the second meeting of the SSAW. We discussed different committees, goals, and the launch of both snowshoe and snowboard branches to the SSAW. As of last week, the SSAW has come up with the following committees: Equipment, marketing, instruction, resort, media, soft goods, retail, health and fitness. Our goals are to: 1) Be the leading authority and resource for information promoting awareness and participation of women in snow sports; 2) Communicate women’s needs and motivations for participating in snow sports to the industry, the media, and current and potential consumers; 3) Promote the fun, active lifestyle of snow sports; and 4) Develop role models for women consumers. Depending on where you live and what you’re interested in, you can join any committee and help promote women in winter sports in your area. Yours truly is heading up the snowboard division of the SSAW, so email me at Wigmag@aol.com. for info on the snowboard branch. Call (970) 349-6461 for general info on SSAW. Membership costs $25.

Other news from Utah is the Snow Industry Association (SIA) trade show and on-snow demonstrations that just took place this week at Solitude Ski Resort. According to the most recent SIA surveys, women’s participation in snowboarding has increased from 24 to 30 percent. Which means we’re becoming an even more influential part of this market. We also make up the largest percentage of new snowboarders.

Since we’re becoming such a significant segment of snowboarding, more manufacturers of snowboard apparel and hard goods are catering to women. Which means lots more cool stuff for us. I’m still gathering data for a big article to be seen in the near future in Circleplus on women’s boots, boards, bindings, and clothing. The K2 Clicker will revolutionize your edge-to-edge control and give you the ability to thread through even the tightest grove of Aspens, but Burton again has popped up with some incredible women’s boots that actually keep your heel down, called the Drifter and the Ruler. Nike’s got a women’s line of hard goods too, but like many of the companies at the demo, they didn’t have women’s boots ready to test. So more on that later. Other boards that I tried include the pro signature boards, Bev Sanders 149 and Wendy Powell 151. Both have narrow waists, lots of sidecut, and are a lot lighter than last year’s version, making it easier for someone weighing around 110 to 150 to get it on edge. As for accessories, Smelly Tuna (I know, I hate that name, too) came outith a retro sneaker/shoe called The Foot that looks like a Simple shoe but has a rubber sole that comes way high on the sides. It falls somewhere between a skate shoe and an aprs ride shoe and retails for around $50. Call (310) 374-2279. Mountain Shades, Inc. is produucing some nifty retro shades called the Jane Doe which retail for around $25. Although I’m not sure how sunglasses can be made for “women snowboarders” their premise is that they are designed by and for women snowboarders. Call (970) 949-6301. As for clothing, good news: lots more technical, less fashion-oriented apparel than last year. Kudos goes to Yang, deep, and Prom for really improving their lines with features such as internal powderskirts, pit zips, and hugger hoods that don’t block your vision. Also, more companies are pumping out clothes for kids. More on apparel later.

With the SIA show came a lot of pros and industry-types. Solitude was a virtual who’s who in snowboarding. Athena and Morgan LaFonte were shooting in the backcountry with photographer Eric Berger; Jane Mauser (she’s in all those Subaru ads these days) set up my bindings while I tested a Victoria Jealouse Freedom 151 from Burton (which rode like a feather). Paige Clay stopped by before heading to Chamonix for two weeks, then on to Los Angeles where she plans to pursue a career in acting. She’d just come off a fashion shoot for Details magazine (look for Morgan La Fonte in that, too). Bonnie Zellers was also there promoting her line of women’s technical gear for The North Face, while Fresh & Tasty magazine won a free heli-boarding trip in a raffle with Wasatch Powderbirds lucky gals. Melissa was crying the night she told me neither had ever been in a helicopter before. So look for a feature on their heli-adventure in FAT’s last issue of the season coming out at the end of March. W.i.g. magazine was at the show as well, checking out everything from snowboard boots for women and women’s signature boards, to these cool snowshoes from K2 that you can just click into with your snowboard boots. I was able to power up the side of Solitude without slipping because the shoes have metal teeth in the bottom for slip resistance.

Did anyone see that lame fashion spread in Bazaar with Kate Moss decked out in snowboard gear? I missed it, but I guess it bummed out lots of real women snowboarders and Bazaar’s getting loads of hate mail. Speaking of magazines, there’s a couple of new women’s sports publications coming out this year that were lurking around the show: Cond Nast’s Women’s Sports and Wieder Publication’s Jump. Both intend to cover women in sports, including snowboarding. Personally, I’m trying be big-hearted and say Give them a chance!, but don’t forget the magazine’s who made women’s sports cool to being with: W.i.g., Wahine, and Fresh & Tasty.

This just in: Luscious Jackson is the confirmed headliner for Boarding for Breast Cancer (the BBC) at Sierra at Tahoe, April 19. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Breast Cancer Fund, so come check out the Big Air Exhibition and Halfpipe competition with more than 120 pros. Bring your camera for some epic shots, too. The BBC also provides lots of free boards to demo, a 5-buck raffle where you can win snowboard clothing (proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Fund), and incredible music all day long. We’re still working on the rest of the band line-up, so stay tuned. For more information on how you become involved with the BBC, ride in the exhibitions, or become a sponsor, call Fuse Sports Marketing.

Other events to check out include March 14-15 at Bear Mountain, CA, and don’t forget the second annual Gathering of the Goddesses at Big Sky, Montana, April 10-13. This year’s event will offer discussions about the FIS and ISF organizations, news on women in snowboarding, how to tune your board, an SSAW snowboard meeting, and lots of free-riding with other goddesses. Call Cristin Inglis at (714) 856-0123.

Boardercrossers will be stoked to hear that E. Dan Smith and Dan Amlaw (the Dans) are planning on hosting the first Team Boardercross World Championships April 20 at Breckenridge, CO. Cash for the first place team is a whopping $30,000. The hokey part though, is that to entice TV coverage, promoters want to have one rider on each two-person team to wear a helmet camera. Easy way to snap your neck, if you ask me.

And finally some ‘zine stuff I recently got in the mail. Check out Alarm Clock, which is all about women in music (Allen Salyer, P.O. Box 1551, Royal Oak, MI 48068). I think it costs a buck. You wouldn’t believe how jammed-packed this ‘zine is with reviews, profiles, and essays on women in music. I also got this cloth covered ‘zine called Girl Patch. It’s a ‘zine “wedged between theory and passion” and all that other good stuff from the girl-next-door perspective on life, women in rock, and literature. Write to: 6663 W.W. Bvtn-Hills, Box 208, Portland, OR 97225. Panacea and All the Pretty Horses is a superb job of cut-and-paste at it’s best. Stuff on the Unabomber as a political prisoner, bands, letters, other ‘zine reviews and fiction. Cost is $2, and they’re also looking for ads. A full-page is $30. Write to P.O. Box 123, Gaston, OR 97119.

That’s it for this time, my princesses.
lude March 14-15 at Bear Mountain, CA, and don’t forget the second annual Gathering of the Goddesses at Big Sky, Montana, April 10-13. This year’s event will offer discussions about the FIS and ISF organizations, news on women in snowboarding, how to tune your board, an SSAW snowboard meeting, and lots of free-riding with other goddesses. Call Cristin Inglis at (714) 856-0123.

Boardercrossers will be stoked to hear that E. Dan Smith and Dan Amlaw (the Dans) are planning on hosting the first Team Boardercross World Championships April 20 at Breckenridge, CO. Cash for the first place team is a whopping $30,000. The hokey part though, is that to entice TV coverage, promoters want to have one rider on each two-person team to wear a helmet camera. Easy way to snap your neck, if you ask me.

And finally some ‘zine stuff I recently got in the mail. Check out Alarm Clock, which is all about women in music (Allen Salyer, P.O. Box 1551, Royal Oak, MI 48068). I think it costs a buck. You wouldn’t believe how jammed-packed this ‘zine is with reviews, profiles, and essays on women in music. I also got this cloth covered ‘zine called Girl Patch. It’s a ‘zine “wedged between theory and passion” and all that other good stuff from the girl-next-door perspective on life, women in rock, and literature. Write to: 6663 W.W. Bvtn-Hills, Box 208, Portland, OR 97225. Panacea and All the Pretty Horses is a superb job of cut-and-paste at it’s best. Stuff on the Unabomber as a political prisoner, bands, letters, other ‘zine reviews and fiction. Cost is $2, and they’re also looking for ads. A full-page is $30. Write to P.O. Box 123, Gaston, OR 97119.

That’s it for this time, my princesses.