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Notice the similarity between this shot and the one on the October cover? This one came close, but is a little too distant and dark.

Notice the similarity between this shot and the one on the October cover? This one came close, but is a little too distant and dark.

This photo captures the carefree magic of ski-town life. The image, however, is a bit

This photo captures the carefree magic of ski-town life. The image, however, is a bit “soft” in focus for cover use.

A gorgeous, idyllic photo of New England's backwoods. Alas, black-and-white covers aren't popular at the newsstands with our readers.

A gorgeous, idyllic photo of New England’s backwoods. Alas, black-and-white covers aren’t popular at the newsstands with our readers.

This beautiful Sierra scene conveys the thrill of nailing first tracks. The small skier, unfortunately, would

This beautiful Sierra scene conveys the thrill of nailing first tracks. The small skier, unfortunately, would “disappear” on a cover.

Wish you were here? But in the best cover shots, the skier makes eye contact. Rule No. 1: Engage the reader.

Wish you were here? But in the best cover shots, the skier makes eye contact. Rule No. 1: Engage the reader.

What warm-blooded skier would fail to linger over this shot? It's stunning. But the tiny competitors would be lost in cover type.

What warm-blooded skier would fail to linger over this shot? It’s stunning. But the tiny competitors would be lost in cover type.

Deep powder, blue skies, gondolas, the Matterhorn: Almost too good to pass up. But the image is just a bit too busy for type.

Deep powder, blue skies, gondolas, the Matterhorn: Almost too good to pass up. But the image is just a bit too busy for type.

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