POWDER Magazine welcomes new hires

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 9, 2011 8:28 am

SAN CLEMENTE, CA — POWDER Magazine, known as “the portfolio of the other ski experience” for the last 40 years, is pleased to announce the return of John Stifter to the editorial staff. Stifter, who served as their Associate Editor from 2007 – 2010, will be filling the position of Senior Editor held by Matt Hansen since 2007.

“Having Stifter back for our 40th anniversary year will be a huge asset,” says POWDER Editor Derek Taylor. “His experience and insight will be invaluable as we transition into the next decade of POWDER.”

Even though Hansen leaves the immediate POWDER offices for the mountains, he will continue to represent POWDER as their Global Editor and will remain as a key voice in the magazine being the point person for all things gear and buyer’s guides related.  

Stifter spent the past year teaching at-risk youth in Spokane, Washington, through President Obama’s AmeriCorps program. “Although cognizant I cannot replicate Matt Hansen’s ski-patrol ‘stache, I am flattered to attempt to fill the massive boots he formed as Senior Editor,” says Stifter. “I am grateful to return to the ski family and honored for the opportunity to assist the most prestigious ski magazine on the planet, especially during its anniversary Volume.”

POWDER is also pleased to announce their new Art Director, Mike Taylor, a 2010 graduate of the University of Alberta. Too young for an Art Director you think? Well, Taylor has been working as a freelance graphic designer since 2004 for a huge range of clients already. Such clients include: the Calgary Flames, Jasper Brewing Company, Alphabet Snowboards and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Taylor was also recently a Production Assistant for Blake Jorgenson Photography in Whistler, B.C. 

Taylor gleamed, “I am incredibly excited and honored to become a part of the POWDER team, especially during the 40th anniversary of the publication.” “The magazine has an amazing legacy and to have the opportunity to be involved with it on the creative front is quite literally a dream job for me.”

Editor Derek Taylor is excited to have Taylor bring a youthful presence to the magazine. “Mike brings a wealth of experience, a youthful perspective and knowledge of the mountain and ski-town culture…We are keen to see where he takes the title visually.”

Both Stiffer and Taylor have relocated to California this May and are currently working in the San Clemente office. Congrats form The Ski Channel!