(Board Winner)

Down And Out

I love your mag. I've been a subscriber for about a year now and I like the way you lean more toward backcountry riding–the soul of snowboarding.

Enclosed is a self-portrait I took on the chairlift ride up to the first-aid station last year. I hit some ice in front of a jump and after my face took the initial impact, I landed on my wrist, which displaced itself about three inches past my hand. Snowboard Life was my only consolation for the rest of the season. Oh yeah, my board … I guess I'll be renting for a while 'cause it's cracked along the nose beyond repair.

Thanks for putting out such an awesome magazine. I love the pics.

Kyle Peterson

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Every once in a while, a sob story actually works. Maybe it's the photo, maybe it's because it didn't seem like poor Kyle was actually fishing for the free board. In any case, Kyle, don't worry about having to rent anymore, because you brand-new Nitro is on the way.–E.M.

Crafty Reader

I'm a loyal reader of your magazine and pick it up every month. In your October issue, I came across the Tech article about setting up a home shop. Since I tune my own board, I thought this would be a great project–I really didn't have a good spot to work on my board. Inspired by the article, I drew up plans and made a list of supplies needed.

Then, after a few visits to my local Home Depot, I had everything I needed to begin. I set up in my garage and put together the workbench you see in the photo provided–it took me two half days to finish and came out better than I expected. The floor in my garage is slightly sloped, and I thought I'd never get the workbench level, but it worked out well. If I hadn't seen your article, I probably would've never thought of making a workbench. Thanks for making such a great magazine with informative articles. Now, I think I'll go tune up my board.

Toran Sheftick

White Plains, New York

Habitual Brit

I've gotta say that Snowboard Life totally rocks. But I really have to blame you for turning me into a snowboard junkie. I can't get enough of it. Snowboard Life explains so well how to perform tricks and how to ride a board better that I'm always going down the dry-slope (ouch!) practicing–my wife (snowboard widow) hardly remembers me.

When I'm not riding, I'm working all the hours possible to get kitted out and go abroad this season. Thanks! But seriously, Snowboard Life is tons better than the mags in the U.K.–it's my first choice. In fact, it would be a sin not to buy it. Thanks for a superb read.

Glyn Ridgers


Rutgers Rant

I'm writing to you from Rutgers in New Brunswick at 2:00 a.m. to tell you how disgusted I am about the letter Will Anderson sent you about the SUV Shootout. I must personally say that I think that guy is a total jackass. I cannot comprehend how one small article in a magazine that he supposedly loved for two years could make him do an about-face and cancel his subscription. I personally don't have a subscription to this magazine, but I assure you it will be coming soon. I admit that I wasn't really ecstatic about seeing an SUV Shootout in Snowboard Life, but I overlooked it. I'd prefer to see shots of mountain carving or articles that improve my riding. But how can you take offense about something that's a part of our sport? I'd be curious to know how Will gets to the mountains. Will, what do you drive?

My ride is an old 80s BMW–an old car with nothing fancy about it. When I go to the mountains with my friends, my car is never an option. We take a four-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder up there. So, until the day I can warp up to the top of the mountains like our pal Will, I think it's quite all right to have an SUV article once in a while.

I give kudos to Snowboard Life for providing such a good magazine. At the same time, I curse the intolerable, change-resisting idiots who send letters like that in. I hope you were not affected by the insignificant gibberish of the stupid speaker in Washington.

Joe Royle

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Young Is Beautiful

First off, I'd like to say that your mag rocks. It's the only one with the down-to-Earth riding that relates to what 99 percent of us can do, not that superman stuff you only see in the movies and other magazines. You guys are headed in a great direction.

I'm eighteen years old, and this will be my fifth year of riding. The reason I'm writing is to set the record straight–this mag is not only for the older generation! Not all of us my age are out in the park trying to spin our heads off. Don't get me wrong–I love to hit jumps–but in between is where the real action takes place. I'm sure when the editors put this magazine out, they had no idea people would write in and say, “This mag is great for older people like me” and all that other B.S. It's perfect for people my age, too. After all, my dad, who is 44, always goes riding with me, and I love it–especially the free lift ticket.

Mike McKinnon

Kayseville, Utah

The Right Start

I began this season by freeriding in two-and-a-half feet of Vermont powder. Dropping into Sugarbush's Paradise glades, there were three- or four-foot drifts among the trees. Everyone I met had the same affliction–a terminal ear-to-ear grin. Most of us were only regretting that it was our first day–with legs reminding us that April was a long time ago.

At the end of this perfect freeriding day, I arrive home to find another huge dump at my house–this time it was four-and-a-half millimeters of the freshest clay-coated magazine stock, covered end-to-end with the millennium's first Snowboard Life. Does life get any better?

I really enjoyed the article on Jake Burton–a local legend. No other snowboard magazine would focus on his personality so much. The photo contest, boardercross, and “Access” articles lived up to my high expectations of Snowboard Life.

Keep up the great work. My two boys (ages ten and fourteen) and I are counting on you to save us from thousands of boring “big-air” shots the other mags print. Powderhounding is a family tradition, and so is Snowboard Life.

Paul Moody

Hyde Park, Vermont

Going Insane

This may be the most sincere thank-you letter I've ever written. I just recently moved from my home-sweet-home in the Sierra Nevadas to go to school in the Bay Area. On the first day of school I picked up your magazine in a fit of homesickness, and I wanted to thank you for helping me stay sane. Every time I read a copy of Snowboard Life, it reminds me that the mountains and the snow are still there, waiting for me to come home to them. Too many other boarding magazines focus on big air and halfpipes, and forget what the mountains are all about. I can't wait for Christmas break so I can go out there and carve through powder 'til I die.

So thank you! Keep your magazine focused on photos and great articles that actually give the mountains some respect, and maybe I won't go insane after all.

Heidi Shulse

Santa Clara, California