Most startup magazines don't make it past their first issue, so we're stoked to see the second issue of Snowboard Colorado in shops this week, and with Gretchen Bleiler boosting big on the cover to boot.
In addition to a great interview with Bleiler -- the 2010 X Games champ with Aspen roots -- issue #2 follows Chad Otterstrom into the Red Mountain backcountry (paired with an article on avalanche awareness), profiles local photographer Jon Paciaroni, gives a handy breakdown of all the local season pass options, puts the gloves on for an A-Basin vs. Loveland debate for those of you still deciding which pass to pony up for and goes Halloween ghost hunting at undead Colorado ski areas including Berthoud Pass, Stagecoach, Geneva Basin, Hidden Valley, Cuchara Mountain, Squaw Pass, Hesperus, Pioneer, Climax, Arapahoe East, Sharktooth, and St. Mary's Glacier.
There's also a Street Corner urban mission with Ricthie Colasanti, a Youngins profile on Arvada grom Chris Corning, a couple of Trick Tips with Pat Milbery, a Shop Local profile of The Wright Life in Ft. Collins (one of the first shops in the world to carry snowboards, and now at it for more than 30 years), reviews by Shayboarder (Westword's 2010 pick for Best Snowboard Blog) and more, 100 pages in all. Preview the issue online, then pick up a free copy at just about any local board shop.
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