Derek Taylor once held the most important job in ski media at a time when magazines dominated the media landscape. Derek was Editor in Chief of Powder Magazine, but before that, he was a “ski bum” in Crested Butte right about when Seth Morrison and the US Extremes came to town. In the early days, DT made ends meet by freelance writing for outfits like ESPN The Magazine, The Ski Journal, Freeskier, Outside, Bike Magazine, and more. Then he landed the dream job at Powder. On the podcast, we talk about his journey from college soccer player to dirtbag skier, the early days of Crested Butte, and the rise and fall of Powder Magazine. The Buena Vista Surf Club asks Inappropriate Questions.
Derek Taylor Show Notes:
3:00: Rugby, The Hartford Whalers, soccer, and skiing; growing up
10:00: High School, college soccer, leaving and going to Crested Butte and what the town is like
15:00: Ski v Snowboard rivalry, and all the players of Crested Butte
20:00: Rollerblade: They invented inline skating and make the best skates on the planet.
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23:00: Covering the US Extremes for the school paper, ski bumming, is Vail the enemy article, and landing an internship at Bike
32:00: Moving to CA and working for free, making a difference at Bike as an intern, going back to Crested Butte, learning how to freelance through friends, X-Games, and leaving CB
41:00: High Cascade Snowboard Camp: The legendary snowboard camp
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43:00: Getting hired by Powder, Powder Magazine readership, where they make their money, what is lifelike writing at the mag
49:00: Pressure at the magazine, favorites, his writing, passed over and eventually landing the Editor in Chief role, and his vision with Powder
56:00: Crazy expense reports, writing the letter from the editor, managing Powder in the changing landscape of media, and money
63:00: Changes when getting bought, fighting for his team, what happened to Powder, and giving up work to become a stay-at-home dad
75:00: Inappropriate Questions with The Buena Vista Surf Club