So is Skiing Mag back in paper magazine format?
In Paper, mailed to your house, yes. A year ago, maybe two, The parent company of Skiing said it would no longer be offered in print. My subscription $$$ were applied SKI mag. I was underwhelmed and resigned myself to the fact that this was better than a poke with a sharp stick in my eye.
Now this. Do I send off a $20 (sans one cent) check with the bonus offer of a useless Chinese made undersized "blanket" in order to once again receive a decent ski mag (IMO-hey I liked the mag YMMV)? In my mailbox, no less. Something that I can fondle (ever try to fondle a webpage ) and share with friends.
Just get Powder and forget the hassle. It's a better mag anyway, and f 'em for putting you through the hassle of the lame content in that virtual mag + SKI - yeah, that's a good replacement
That's like when they canceled National Geographic Adventure (great mag, imo) and finished out my sub with regular Nat Geo - okay in its own right, but not what I paid for.
I subscribed a while back when I got that offer. The message I wanted to send was: there's a market for something better than Ski; don't cancel Skiing again. Of course, I make sure my Powder subscription is up-to-date.
I got the same offer, but I just tossed it. Had I noticed the enticing allure of the cheap, undersized chinese-made blankie, however, I might not have been so hasty!
I'll go against the grain and say do it. You liked it before, and it's only 20 bucks sans a penny. You'll spend that much on a nice lunch at most decent resorts.
Once burned, twice shy.
But here's the rub: what if the Parent Company reneges and once again cancels the print version of Skiing? I can handle the loss of Skiing, but the thought of having my SKI subscription extended another year or two is a bit much to bear.
(I never actually subscribed to SKI in the first place.)
I was on the fence once I saw the blankie but, no. I'll pay for Powder, I get Ski free. I always found Skiing more entertaining than Ski, but I think if they are offering a "Professional Discount" keep the 20 dollar blanket and send me the mag for free.
It used to be 10 bucks. Must be twice as good now. (Or half the advertising?--sure.) I miss the ego boost I used to get when they described runs I did as twice as steep as they really are (D8 is 45 degrees?--give me a break.)
What? You have to PAY? The only time I glance at either SKI or SKIING is when they happen to appear gratis as part of some promotion.
Ski Journal. 'Nuff said.
Kootenay Mountain Culture is good, too, but regional.
Neither does ski tests.