Here's a few of my thoughts about the site changes. While I do like the clean look of the site, it does need a graphic update as Spaz suggested. I'm not saying load it up with tons of graphics or flash animated crap, just a revamp of the colors and graphics to give it a more modern feel(Look around at some of the photoshop forums for ideas)
The home page... well I don't like it much. It's kind of redundant the way it is, almost all of the info on the home page I could have got from opening the forum index. Having a featured thread and pic of the day/week is good, but rather then some twit-derrr or any other newsfeed garbage, it should have snow condition reports. A calendar??? Uhhh I usually know what day it is by the time I get here lol. The welcome/stats banner at the top is wasted space, the little box on the right with the same info is sufficient to tell me I'm logged in.
I guess if it was me admining the site, I would ditch the google ads, maybe leave the small link row at the top. Instead I would sign up for affiliate programs from online snowboard retailers, use their dynamic banners so that the sales and hot deals are displayed. I'm not sure how much the forums (or parent forums or whatever) make from google, but I bet you guys would make a couple bucks off affiliate programs, and as an added bonus the site stays 100% snowboarding (although I do find it kind of funny when I'm reading a thread about how much of an idiot Palin is and one of her ad banners pops up at the top).
And please please add a link in the main link chain at the top the goes Home>forum index and link the logo to the home page, that drives me nuts.
Either way, I'll still continue to visit and participate here be cause it really is the best SB forum I've found.