|One thing I looked forward to here in Bellingham, Washington was to meet the guys who create “Ski Journal” (as well as the “Frequency, The Snowboard Journal”),
“SJ” is a graphic intensive publication covering skiing in a delicious way that makes you want to gnaw off a big chunk of anything from powder to park as soon as is humanly possible.
Any bonafide publishing effort should retain humble digs through adolescence (and perhaps even into adulthood). Nicely sticking with those criteria, SJ recently expanded into well apportioned but still modest office space in a Bellingham industrial building. With not exterior signs, you’d miss he place if it wasn’t for photographer Grant Gunderson’s truck parked outside, sporting a Ski Journal window sticker and the ubiquitous tailgate protector of the downhill MTB fanatic.
|Lisa, myself and Louie had a fun conversation with the Ski Journal staffers. Turns out publisher Jeff Glabraith (to right in photo above) as well as photo editor Grant Gunderson and marketing guy Matt Wibby (left in photo) are all Western U grads, so the freshman got an earful (and will probability get an even better take from these guys when the parental units are not present.)
In the photo above I’m looking at Ski Journal’s new hardbound image book. What they’re doing is taking their amazing photo annual and making it into a hard cover tome you could drop on any coffee table. If you’ve wondered how magazines will compete with the web, here is another niche that shows how a bit of creative thought can result in something that simply can’t be replicated by a web browser (at least not yet). In all, good to see this passionate crew, we wish them well — and thanks guys for the WildSnow support!
More about hardcover, according to Matt Wibby: “The hardbound edition upgrade is available for subscribers who pay around $10 more or sold at specialty retailers. The Ski Journal Photobook with limited hardbound edition will be released later on this winter.”
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.