I found it on the recommendation of Lucky (where are you, Lucky--haven't seen you in a while?) in the SkiNet forums, which were breathing their last dying breaths at the time. I made a post lamenting the lack of activity at SkiNet, and Lucky pointed me this way.
I very occasionally check in on a few other forums--SkiLovers, PSIA, even Powder now and then, but none of these comes close to EpicSki in terms of content and camaraderie combined.
Years ago, CompuServe had an extremely good online skiing community, with discussions rivaling those of today's EpicSki. That's where I "met" Ott, Wigs (and where are you, Wigs?), Todd M (you too!), and others. CompuServe faded, mostly due to horrendous administration and moderating, and finally disappeared. It was some time before I found EpicSki--the first and only other site to offer what CompuServe's Skiing Forum once had at its peak.
When I joined EpicSki, there were something over 500 members (554, to be exact), which I thought to be huge at the time. Now there are ten times that! While there may have been a few growing pains, mostly felt by AC, I suspect, as he has had to keep up with the demand for server performance and bandwidth and keep a few antisocial miscreants under control, the site has mostly only gotten better.
I think EpicSki provides very serious competition to anything in print. The content--articles, photographs, gear advice, and social interaction--is often superior (although you do have to wade through the mud a little at times), and the opportunity to interact, rather than just read, combine to make EpicSki one of the best off-snow learning environments ever!
By the way, Lisa, I don't believe I actually described this place as "raunchy," did I? I bit more spirited and freewheeling than Paula's SkiLovers, yes, but certainly not raunchy!