The September 2012 issue, featuring a cover photograph by Grant Gunderson of Chris Rubens at Mount Baker, Washington, is 188 pages of redesigned awesome, with a larger, easier-to-read font and a progressive design.
Sarah Burke's tragic death shook the world in January 2012. Skiing lost an innovator and a friend. POWDER remembers Burke with a 14-page tribute written by longtime Senior Correspondent Leslie Anthony, which celebrates the life of the freeskiing queen. Her closest ski friends and her family give their remembrances, as several photos from her childhood to adulthood run throughout. This feature attempts to immortalize Burke the same way she lived her life: honestly, with humility, an unforgettable smile, and a spirit that will never vanquish.
Look to the beautiful 12-page Shooting Gallery to get the powder pulse revving with deep powder shots, a few urban jibs, serious air time, and more powder for your starved psyche.
In addition, POWDER adds new flavor to the latest volume, with two new departments: Glass, a photo page that sets the tone, and Powder Profile, an introspective look at an intriguing character. Revelstoke's Izzy Lynch kicks off Powder Profile, disclosing her thoughts on Revy's burgeoning female scene in addition to her Live It, Love It non-profit that provides adaptive sports opportunities for those who have suffered spinal-cord injuries.
Speaking of Revelstoke, Features Editor Porter Fox logs an in-depth account of the biggest resort in North America in a 12-page feature story. Deep in the woods and mountains of British Columbia, Revelstoke Mountain Resort possesses the ultimate triple threat of options: Ski an untapped resort with copious sidecountry options, cat ski outside the resort boundary, or heli ski with Selkirk Tangiers. Whatever you choose, Revy might be the one-resort quiver for the ultimate skier.
But, of course, the September issue is known for the Buyer's Guide, and POWDER brings it with its most comprehensive guide yet. Spread over 61 pages that include over 300 products—skis, boots, and bindings—the Buyer's Guide satiates every skier's gear appetite. The 2013 Skier's Choice Fantasy Draft has a different look from its 2012 predecessor, giving the Drafter more of the limelight, so that you can match your style with one of 15 Drafters. These skiers offer up their ideal setups from the best gear on the 2013 market. Want more than those endorsements? Thirty-six brands detail their latest and greatest over 38 pages in the Hardgoods Catalog.
While La Nina and El Nino may be roshambo-ing to figure out who's showing up this winter, one thing is for sure: POWDER'S is back with a blast for its 41st season.