Today in stoke: Snowboard Colorado, inaugural issue

Snowboard Colorado is a rad new freebie magazine in local shops this month. The mag is the latest project from Adam Schmidt, founder of the Boulder Snowboarding Group (Westword's Best of Denver 2010 pick for Best Shred Heads) and it's the real deal: A 100-page glossy celebrating every aspect of the Colorado snowboard scene. The BSG (1,462 members strong as of this writing, and celebrating its second anniversary this month) and Snowboard Colorado are partying together on Friday, September 10, at Beta to give the mag a proper launch, but Schmidt and company have already hit the ground running.

The mag is in local shops all over Colorado now, and you'll likely get a copy pressed into your hands if you're at any of this month's snowboard movie premiers, including next week's Snowboard On the Rocks at Red Rocks, which Schmidt had a hand in putting together.

"The success of the BSG showed me that we've got a good crew here and a big enough scene to support a new local magazine," Schmidt says. "We've got so many of the best mountains here, the best riders, the best companies, and the best writers and photographers. Colorado's the center of the snowboard universe as far as I'm concerned, and that's where we're coming from with Snowboard Colorado."

That's Erik Van Assche on the cover (above), as photographed by local photographer Terry Ratzlaff, boosting a crippler 720 at the Denver Glacier, a not-so-secret urban spot under the Auraria Parkway.

Inside you'll find contributions by Colorado-based pros Chad Otterstrom and Pat Milbery, as well as reviews by Shannon Johnson (we gave Best Snowboard Blog honors to her blog,, a look at the new tech in Never Summer's 2010-2011 Heritage boards (Best Local Boards for Locavores), a rundown of recent renovations at Colorado resorts, and profiles of Breck local Eric Willett, 10 year-old grom Redmond Gerard, Never Summer team rider Lakota Sage, and the TS Boardshop on South Broadway, among others.

Schmidt says he's planning to publish nine issues a year, September through May, and he's already putting the finishing touches on the October issue, which includes a feature on Colorado's "ghost mountains," long-dead ski areas that that may still be worth a visit.

Pick up a copy in Denver at TS Boardshop, Emage, or The Singletrack Factory, or just about any snowboard shop in Colorado.

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Colin Bane
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