Ken Achenbach on the cover of Int’l Snowboard Magazine – January 1987
Another classic issue of ISM with Ken Achenbach leading the tour of Mt. Bachelor as well as the first ballsy board test by Tom Hsieh and the crew of ISM. “This was the friskiest board tested, the Barfoot was as loose as a goose. Well who can forget those comments from the original board test. And of course the bonus of this issue was the one and only Keith Kimmel interview, not to be missed. This issue closes with a classic ad of Shaun Palmer on the back cover.
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(left) Mike Basich and (right) Matt Schlingmann at Mt Reba (Bear Valley) Photo Shoot in April, 1991
Maybe we were a little ahead of our time. Tom Hsieh had a visionary moment when he arranged a nightime snowboard photo shoot at Bear Valley, Mt. Reba, CA. The crew was assembled (Mike Basich, Matt Schlingmann, Randy Walters, and others showed up for the scheduled two night clothing photoshoot and worked their asses off) … to be published in the Fall 1991 issue of ISM (never happened though since ISM closed their doors after the 90/91 winter season). Mike McDaniel and the crew of Bear Valley had the quarter-pipe and park (one of the first, I suppose) spray-painted for the event (obviously, this was before eco was smart). I shot about 15 rolls of film under a generator-powered Dynalite studio kit from the Bay area (which we blew up). Luckily everything was finished after the first night (till sunrise of course).
And of course, the Mt. Reba painting crew made it all possible.
Jim Zellers at Donner Ski Ranch Lake Tahoe, ISM, Season Annual, Winter 1987 (Photo by Larry Prosor)
Now this is truly a classic issue of ISM. Their first 4-Color cover in 52 pages; there was no turning back. Check Out the following snowboarding stars of the eighties. You can look at the mag in flip-format here!