I'm more of a Ski Mag reader myself..I never get the first issue because its always equipment I can't afford anyway. haha :-) Now if they told me the cheapest place to get seasonal rentals, I would be all over that!
*~It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport.~* -Fridtjof Nansen
Just checked the "calender", I think I would add Sept 1st as the First day of Meteorilogical Fall as a milestone towards snow ski season. My copy of Powder has not arrived as of today, may have to make a call to find out what the delay is.