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Back Talk ¿ October 2000

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I read the list of 100 things to do before you die “The Skier’s List,” February 2000 at least 10 times. I’ve already done about 80 percent, but have yet to get a letter published in Skiing magazine #28. Thanks for including Toni Matt in the write-up. This spring I hope to duplicate his feat at Tuckerman.

Thomas Scheib

via the Internet

Kudos on “The Skier’s List.” It made me laugh so hard that if I was on the lift, I might have fallen off. It also made me realize why skiing is one of the greatest loves of my life. I also hope to have #55 Ski a long bump run without stopping-and nail it. under my belt by season’s end. Thanks for such a great mag.
John Todd
Hammonton, New Jersey

I just received the new mag and loved your top 100. Thank you for narrowing down the list of goals in my life. Although as a Canadian, I would never wear the red, white, and blue and scream at a World Cup downhill.
Chris Magee
Calgary, Alberta

I would like to thank you guys for a great magazine; it rocks. The article you wrote about “100 things worth doing before you die” is great. It really got me thinking about all the great times I’ve had on skis. It is a list of what skiing is really about: having fun. And if you publish this, that will leave me with only 28 more things to do before I die.
Chris Steffey
Columbus, Ohio

Just wanted to say thanks for “The Skier’s List.” On a family ski vacation in Tahoe last spring, my brother-in-law Brian and I took up the challenge to do a few of the things you recommended. In the space of a week, we skied KT-22 (#2), got countless face shots (#10), rented snowboards and rode the beginners’ lift (#12), took nonskiing friends skiing (#13), drove through a raging storm (from Reno to Incline Village) to go skiing (#15), flirted briefly with a lift op (#17), hiked for some turns (#18), danced in our ski boots (#25), stole cafeteria trays and sledded down after the lifts closed (#46), scammed free lift tickets (#53), skied across a border-Nevada to California (#62), straight-lined (#63), thigh-burned (#64), jumped a cornice (#65), turned several cartwheels down a nice couloir (#71), told war stories about my injury (#70), skied stuff that scared the holy bejesus out of us (#78), farted in a funitel (#80), dragged snowboarders on the flats (#83), and were very, very grateful for snow, mountains, gravity, skiing, and Skiing magazine (#100). Now, if you’re kind enough, we can get #28 and feel like we really accomplished something.
Andy Angelino
Baltimore, Maryland
Brian Shay
San Diego, California

I’d almost forgotten, but “The Skier’s List” reminded me. Skiing is about having fun and pushing the envelope-wherever, whenever. I’m breathing easier now. Thanks.
Kurt Walberg
Littleton, Colorado

I love your magazine, but there was one thing that disappointed me in the February 2000 issue. Don’t get me wrong-“The Skier’s List” was awesome, but in #2 and #3, you listed several places you should ski. I feel you’ve left one out. In Sugarbush, Vermont, there’s a run called Rumble. It’s one of the most insane slopes I’ve ever skied.
Dominick Santini
Port Jervis, New York

“The Skier’s List” got me thinking. I respectfully submit number 101: Cancel all subscriptions to magazines that carry tobacco ads-before more die. So long as SKIING decides to peddle disease and death on its advertising pages, it will remain on my “do not resuscitate” list.
Terry Morse
Palo Alto, California

Hey, cut us some slack. We turned down at least 20 crack and heroin adds this month.-Ed.

I am 15 years old and I think your magazine stinks. The last thing a real skier wants to know is what nightlife there is in a ski town. Your magazine seems geared toward the sex-seeking, boozing idiots out there who really don’t care about skiing at all.

Articles like “Working Girls” January 2000 are what make your magazinee truly disgusting. Maybe Skiing should be moved to the section of the newsstand where Playboy is. Jessica DonovanLexington, Massachusetts

Good idea, Jessica. We’ll tell Santa what a good girl you’ve been.-Ed.

One tip: If you are going to have sex and nudity in a skiing magazine, then at least make it gender equal. The only photo I found appealing to me, a female, was the Kahlua ad on page 83.
Sandy Young
Elko, Nevada

More naked guys…got it.-Ed.

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