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SAM Magazine-Boulder, Colo., Aug. 1, 2006-Storm Mountain Publishing Company (SMP), parent of Freeskier magazine, has crafted a long-term partnership agreement with Global United Publishing (GUP) to publish Snowboard magazine. GUP had said earlier that it would not publish its September issue due to financial constraints. The parties expect to finalize the partnership within the next 30 days.

"This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Snowboard and Freeskier," said SMP publisher Brad Fayfield. "As independent publishers, Mark and I have faced similar challenges competing against the corporate media giants. This union will allow us to work together to level the playing field and take our respective titles to entirely new levels."

"We had several interested parties, and ultimately we decided that joining forces with Storm Mountain Publishing and its team was the best way to go," said Sullivan. "Our titles complement one another perfectly, and having the infrastructure and resources of a successful, independent publisher will help us reach the next level. Storm Mountain Publishing also shares our philosophy of contributing to the health and long-term growth of our respective sports."