March 04, 2011 Features & Images » Feature Story

Ten terrible years for Skier Magazine 

Popular publication celebrates a decade


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Anthony had the same footloose existence outside of production. One time he and Whistler-legend Paul Morrison set out to ski their way through Sasquatch anecdotes in a story entitled "Bigfoot Eat their Dead," where the bizarre believers they encountered quickly proved more interesting than the stories themselves.

Events were often pure madness: a story on the Saab Salomon X Wing Rally involved driving - and skiing - through checkpoints in seven European resorts in seven days. After several busy days of 1 a.m. bedtimes and 5 a.m. wake-ups, Anthony found himself asleep on a chairlift in minus-15C. A stranger woke him, and he skied off in a dreamy daze only to find that he had to rappel over a 283-metre cliff. "It was just crazy stuff like that all the time. It was relentless," reminisces Anthony.

Some Skier adventures ended up in his popular 2010 book: White Planet: A Mad Dash through Modern Global Ski Culture , but they play in a more mature light without the visuals and snide remarks of the magazine.

Under all the silliness, however, is an enduring affection between all the partners in crime. After Bogoch left for Skiing , Skier 's Toronto responsibilities were taken over by Mike Berard and Colin Field, who in turn passed them on to current editor, Chris O'Connell, who oversaw production of a 10th anniversary issue. Although it's been several years since they worked together, Anthony and Bogoch still speak weekly. Anthony has moved down Skier 's masthead to Features Editor, and pursues his multitude of other projects - science, musical productions, book writing. Bogoch, who recently left his editor-in-chief position at Skiing magazine for a Chicago advertising agency says of Anthony: "He was a true mentor and we became true friends." He describes their camaraderie as the "best part about the job for me."

Anthony speaks equally warmly of his partnership with Bogoch, and adds: "There's a lot of very talented, very funny writers and awesome photographers that we got to work with, and we were both very aware that Skier would not have been anything like it was if we didn't have all this amazing material to work with. All the Canadian writers and photographers and athletes that we wanted to showcase at the beginning are still the backbone of the whole thing."

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