Final Issue of the Season Features The Draft, Profiling 20 Best Under 18

Just when you think that Powder's 38th Volume couldn't get any better following the oh-so-sweet January Photo Annual with coverboy Dan Treadway, Powder drops the final issue of Volume 38 with the February issue.

For the first time in the magazine's storied 38-year history, Powder profiles the 20 best skiers in the world ages 18 and under in The Draft 2010. And, no, we're not talking solely the new kids on the block innovating the sport in the park. Rather, all disciplines—racing, moguls, big mountain, and park and pipe—are well represented, featuring groms from Switzerland to New Zealand to Sweden. We enlisted the sage help of industry veterans, photographers, pros, and filmers to ensure proper methodology for determining the 20 best through the world. In fact, February coverboy Duncan Adams is ranked number three in The Draft. The result is the most definitive guide and profile of the grom scene in skiing today. The Draft 2010 is here!

Editor Derek Taylor examines Simon Dumont, the most polarizing skier today, while asking the question: Why you hate Simon Dumont; and why you shouldn't. Dumont's intensity and competitive character, to say the least, have shaped him into one of the best skier's in the world, but also one of the most misunderstood. Behind the TV cameras, photo shoots, and non-endemic sponsor obligations, lies a clearer picture, one that's contained in a tight circle of friends and family, and the desire to be the best.

Skiers use a train to access the solitude and snow of the San Juans in this month's Latitudes. Co-Op-run ski areas are mirroring the emergence of Co-Op markets, with two ski areas and groups of skiers trying to establish their own in British Columbia and Vermont, respectively. Bode Miller is the best capricious skier racer in the world according to the New York Times while the most decorated ski racer—male or female—in U.S. history Lindsey Vonn readies herself for Vancouver 2010 to earn her first Olympic medal. John Symms avoids ninos, Telluride and Red Mountain Resort honor a true skier, Jack Carey, the Jaded Local offers avie safety tips, and Sammy Carlson tells us what's inside his pantry. We analyze women's ski slopestyle at the Winter X Games, Telluride's radical Gold Hill Chutes, What It Feels Like to crash at 70 M.P.H., and the urban influences of Montreal native Kaya Turski (Did you know she can speak Polish?).

Oh yeah, we also feature 10 pages, instead of the customary eight, of photo ecstasy. The February issue is one giant portal to a cozy, cozy place. Read it, look at it, drool on it, and then go ski in the park, in the backcountry, at your favorite resort, or down your driveway.