SNOW Magazine Winter Issue 2017 / 2018

SNOW Magazine Winter Issue 2018 [Publishers Letter]

Mother Nature got the memo

The seasons have officially changed, Mother Nature got the memo that school started. Fall is here! Beyond loving the wonderful cool temps and being awestruck by the gorgeous changing colors, this is the time we shift gears and start thinking about all things winter. Time to buy that pass, start conditioning, discover new gear, yearn for the latest must-have fashion ski wear, and decide where to ski.

This issue is packed full of fashion, fun, and fabulous Alpine stories and destinations. Chamonix à la Mode is an ode to the place where alpinism and fine dining intersect. If Chamonix were a religion, its practitioners would be obliged to summit peaks monthly and ski narrow couloirs to demonstrate their faith. They would also know the subtleties of each fromage and vins de la region that exist as their holy communion. Leslie Woit takes you inside as only a local can.

Our fashion editorial was inspired by Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball — to this day still considered “The Party of the Century”. Receiving a coveted invitation was harder than skiing Hangman’s Hollow at Mammoth. Both secretive and suggestive, the art of disguise is as seductive as it is sassy. SNOW invited top European and North American fashion brands as well as a few brash newcomers to our Masquerade SNOW Ball and Spanish photographer Antonio Cordero and stylist John Martinez brought our vision to life at the palatial Villa Padierna in Marbella, Spain.

Julia Mancuso’s Austrian Hip Tips & Tales story was the whirlwind trip of a lifetime. Adventure was the name of the game as we buzzed from Innsbruck to Sölden, St. Anton, and Lech/Zürs. Julia makes everything fun and truly is the life of the party. Up for absolutely anything, she takes on dirndls, figln, climbing via ferratas, and sipping from steins. Seeing these places with this skiing legend was like cruising around world famous surf spots with Laird Hamilton — everyone took notice.

Lori Knowles’ story, Tiger Tales is a tribute to lifelong champion Nancy Greene, who forever changed the sport of ski racing in Canada. Nearly 50 years after the start of her racing career, she continues to make changes in the world as a Senator in Canada’s Parliament. I had the opportunity to meet her during the World Cup finals in Aspen and though unassuming and down-to-earth, her inner tiger still purrs loudly.

For Lost in Snow, writer Andrew Findlay and photographer Steve Ogle have spilled the beans on the Fernie Factor, or Canada’s Niseko. If this cool, authentic town isn’t on your radar, it will be once you read the story and see its flake-laden images. Be sure to pack your fat skis and a snorkel.

Let it SNOW!
Barbara Sanders, Publisher