|Originally posted by Bob Barnes/Colorado:
Welcome to EpicSki, Telebob! Do you, by any chance, have the same initials as I do?
I too would read any article I came across by Peter Shelton or John Fry. Perhaps I was a little unfair in my blanket condemnation of all ski magazines--every once in a while, there's a pearl in the oyster.
A compilation of colums from ski town newspapers--hm-m-m--that reminds me of one "magazine" worth reading, if you can get hold of a copy: the Mountain Gazette. This one's had some real gems....
But I repeat that EpicSki fills the gap, in many ways. It's like a live magazine, with thousands of writers, thousands of articles, and letters to the editor that answer back! And it comes out every day. It's a trend that is likely to continue, as EpicSki grows and gains critical mass, and as the paper magazines fail to compete.
Yeah, I dig Mountain Gazette and they have definitely filled the advocacy role to some degree -- I've done a couple of short pieces in the reincarnated version and the MG book is a good example of what I'm thinking about, except they limited it to their own magazine. I'd like to skim ski town papers from around the country, going back 10-15 years, to paint a portrait of the contemporary ski life. I'd try and place a special emphasis on humor, as I think the industry takes itself a little too seriously these days. That's another refreshing element in these forums; people aren't nearly as self-important and pompous as some of the ski mag editors can be. Cheers!