DrailWhen I moved out west after high school and went nfa for a few years the days of having a subscription to ski magazines was over. I still enjoy reading powder, backcountry, ski journal and sbc skier when they are in front of me, but I can't justify buying them from the store, and even though I've settled down enough to subscribe again, it's just not as worthy of my money with the Internet being so up to date with things.
Because magazines run a year late, they can really only offer trip stories and 'think' pieces. Sadly though, I find that most articles are written in the same old format: We went to X with some pros and a photographer to get shots. The weather tried to shit us down but we found a zone and got some shots. Our life can be so stressful but it's worth it in the end. Often ignoring the real story of the place they were at.
I think the cost of the magazines themselves if you subscribe is very low, and Freeskier gave away free 1 year subscriptions after Sochi. I agree that sometimes the material can be redundant, but there are new, relevant and interesting stories out there. The Detroit shoot and some of their international trips are especially pretty sick and give insight into skiing around the world. As for paper vs. Internet, magazines are still one format that is managing to hold on in the digital age and I hope they continue to.
Does anyone know if and when the next NS yearbook will be released?