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Are ski periodicals biased...?

post #1 of 13
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Volklskier brought up an interesting point in the "Content" poll thread. It concerned whether the various ski magazines ever had non-PSIA instructional articles published. He makes the claim that there is never an alternate opinion offered.

Are the various skiing magazines biased in favor of PSIA?

If this is the case, why does this situation exist?

Should these magazines offer an "equal time" type of policy, or do they have the right to maintain whatever editorial policy they believe to be in their own best interests?

Does PSIA advertising($$$) in these magazines influence the instructional content?


This might generate some interesting perspectives of the ski media.
post #2 of 13
1--agree
2--yes
3--not sure
4--no, that would confuse the reader. Yes, they do have the absolute right to choose their content. My preference would be for the mag to pick the system that is most effective to improve the skier in the shortest time and stick with that. My peeve with what they presently offer is that they tell what to do but too often omit how to achieve it.
5--wouldn't be surprised.
6--the ski media is dying as we watch. How much of each ski mag issue is really interesting to any of us? My subscription is free, and barely worth every penny.

For the best ski tests and reviews, I like Peter Keelty's $20 Tech Support for Skiers subscription site. Well worth the price, IMHO. "Ski" & "Skiing" don't come close.
post #3 of 13
Ski magazines have one object in life and that is to get as much money as possible from advertising.They are there to entertain not to teach.
post #4 of 13
How can they not reflect PSIA when PSIA's tent is so big. PMTS's approach fits within PSIA. If you spacifically want to be outside of PSIA then you must bash PSIA cuz your still in.
post #5 of 13
If you look at the back issues of ski and skiing, HH used to have a regular column. So did Eric and Rob Deslauriers.
post #6 of 13
PSIA advertises in the national ski media? I didn't know that.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post
PSIA advertises in the national ski media? I didn't know that.
Neither did I. I'm out of the loop though... which in this case I think is a good thing.

I always just thought that those instruction columns were just SKI/SKIING/etc choosing the most likely candidate (name) to appear in the magazine. Take them with the same amount of seriousness that you apply to the gear reviews... In other words - look at the pictures.

Later

GREG
post #8 of 13
People always say they never read the Mags. Are you guys admittting that you do?

I do. In fact, I pay good money for them! As a matter of fact, I subscribe because I really like Stu and Mike's instruction articles. They're both members of PSIA and they're both on the masthead, so if that makes SKI biased, I guess it is. What do you expect though, it's not like there's reallya competig organization to draw instructors from, and they have recently published articles by Eric DesLauriers who as far as I know is not in PSIA.

Now Skiing on the other hand does not seem to employ any PSIA people for it's articles. It seems to be more like ski movie stars. Seth Morrison fr example. You get advice more like step 1) point it, step 2) huck it. Maybe not as useful.

I expectthat British mags use BASI guys and Austrian mags use Austrian guys. Who else would they use?
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
People always say they never read the Mags. Are you guys admittting that you do?
I did read the 2006 gear guides. :

Magazines are in favor of what sells magazines. If Stu and Rogan didn't help to sell magazines I doubt we would hear much from them anymore. Not only that, but lets not forget that the articles have to be understood and be helpful to the lowest common denominator of reader/skier. When/if anyone is criticizing content, keep in mind the audience that they are catering to.

Later

GREG
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
Now Skiing on the other hand does not seem to employ any PSIA people for it's articles. It seems to be more like ski movie stars. Seth Morrison fr example. You get advice more like step 1) point it, step 2) huck it. Maybe not as useful.
It's true. As a beginner I find Skiing completely useless when it comes to, you know, actual skiing. Something like "Having trouble on hard snow/ice? Do these drills" would be nice but instead it's "Ski this sick run! Just 1. avoid this rock 2. huck this cliff 3. Oh, it's easier if you drop in here"... or it's some trick :

It came with my season pass but a card came in saying I could get $8 back if I canceled my subscription. Should have accepted the offer

OK, going back to the Beginner forum where I belong. I read most of this site but this section usually make me go : and sometimes :
post #11 of 13
The article in one of the junk mags about wide skis on groomers and skinny skis in soft snow was crap. While I completely agree with the premise the way it was written and the points brought up were absolute doodoo
post #12 of 13
Don't think too deep......

My opinion of my journalists is this......"Hey do you have some copy I can print and call my own?" Do my story for me.

Watch the nightly news, read the paper. This group says that, that group says this....How about....this is the truth or the facts as we uncovered them to be.....

A bit heavy..but all (most) journalist are the same.


Would you write a bad article on a certain heli-trip or outfitter? If you would, do you think you will be invited, wined/dined again? Nope..you will be writing tennis articles next...and so forth.


Bias is bred from Laziness.
post #13 of 13
I don't think they are biased as concerns ski instruction. I think ski instruction is largely a space-filler for them. They are far more concerned about travel and real estate pages than ski instruction.
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